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From Berlin: Potsdam Full-Day Kings, Gardens and Palaces Trip

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From Berlin: Potsdam Full-Day Kings, Gardens and Palaces Trip

From US$ 28.36 per person

Explore the city of Potsdam with a English-speaking guide on a half-day tour of its picturesque palaces, lakes and gardens. Steeped in history, from Frederick the Great to Churchill, Truman and Stalin, you will take a trip back in time.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Pickup optional
Please wait in the hotel lobby 5 minutes before your scheduled pickup time. Your guide will be wearing a yellow name tag for easy recognition.
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Tour the picturesque city of Potsdam just outside Berlin
  • Explore the Dutch Quarter, Neuer Garten, Cecilienhof Palace and Garrison Town
  • Visit the location for the Potsdam Conference between Stalin, Truman and Churchill
  • Discover forbidden town used by the Soviet Secret Service
  • Stop off at a Biergarten for a light lunch and refreshments
Full description
Join this tour for an adventure through the fairy tale gardens, lakes and palaces of the Prussian Kings, German Emperors and Soviet Commissars of Potsdam. Located just 20 minutes away from Berlin, the city is a World Heritage Site and it is no small wonder. Not only is it incredibly picturesque with many manicured gardens, statues and water fountains dotted over hundreds of green acres and various palaces, but it is brimming with an equally fascinating history. You will visit the manorial residence of Germany's last Kaiser, Wilhelm¬ II, used by Churchill, Truman and Stalin during the Potsdam Conference. Discover the conversations that sealed the fate of Cold War Europe for the next half century. Ride through the Dutch Quarter, built up by the infamous "Soldier King", known for the giant men he collected for his showcase military regiments. Continue to the stunning Sancoussi Palace of Frederick the Great and see his final resting place Discover the forbidden town used by the Soviet Secret Service until 1994, the ruins of a KGB jail and the Glienick Bridge, used by the CIA and KGB for spy swaps, including U2 Spy Plane pilot Gary Powers. See where the ceremonial handshake between President Paul von Hindenburg and the new Chancellor Adolf Hitler took place on the 21st March 1933 in Potsdam's Garnisonkirche (Garrison Church), symbolizing a coalition of the military and Nazism. Visit the mammoth New Palace, with over 200 rooms and 400 statues, built to celebrate the end of the Seven Years' War, in which Prussia ousted Austria from its centuries-long role as the dominant power in German affairs. See the Roman Baths, the Chinese Tea House and more. But it is not all history. You will need refreshing; so we will visit a fantastic local Biergarten midway for a light lunch and a cold drink! Cheers!
Includes
  • 6-hour guided tour with English-speaking guide
  • 1-day ABC ticket required for the tour
  • Entrance to the palaces
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Meet outside Friedrichstr. train station, on the square beside the 'Traenenpalast' (Palace of Tears), Reichstagufer 17, 10117 Berlin.

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What to bring

  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  •  As of April 1st 2020, tours will meet outside Friedrichstr. train station, on the square beside the 'Traenenpalast' (Palace of Tears), Reichstagufer 17, 10117 Berlin.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 41 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Transportation
    4.2/5
  • Value for money
    4.9/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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We had a great and informative trip. Our guide, Nikolai, was very good and took his time explaining the history of Potsdam and answering our questions. It's pretty much a full day tour and worth the time, just be careful there won't be much left to enter Sanssouci at the end.

October 27, 2019

Overall a good tour. The palace, the old city and the walk from the Brandenburg gate were very nice. Charming shops and restaurants. For us , a senior citizen couple it too long and tiring, we left the tour an hour before the end as we were too tired. It could be reengineered To a 4 hour tour for senior citizens

August 5, 2019

Amazing

Our guide, Yan is an excellent man, his English and knowledge is very good and even he protected us from the rain by giving us raincoats. During this 6-hour tour, we learned a lot of thing about German history and it was really interesting to see the places in Potsdam with a small group of people. I would 100% recommend to see Potsdam when you visit Berlin and you should insist to be on the group of Yan :)

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August 27, 2018

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