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Soviet Potsdam: Private Tour of the Forbidden City

1. Soviet Potsdam: Private Tour of the Forbidden City

In the summer of 1945, the Cecilienhof Palace and the surrounding "Neuer Garten" park were closed to the public for the Potsdam Conference. The most powerful heads of state in the world came to Potsdam: Joseph Stalin, Harry S. Truman and Winston Churchill. The conference was an end to World War II, but also the starting point of the Cold War. For almost five decades, the Soviet military town No. 7, a “forbidden city”, was located next to the New Garden park. It was one of the most important intelligence sites of the Soviets during the Cold War. Here were, among other things, the German headquarters of the military counterintelligence of the KGB and a remand prison. On the tour you will learn more about the work and life in this forbidden city. Finally, head to the Glienicke Bridge that became world famous as the "Bridge of Spies" where the 2015 Hollywood film of the same name was shot. During the Cold War, agents were exchanged between East and West because the bridge was the border between the GDR and the American sector in West Berlin.

Potsdam: Royal Palaces and Gardens Private Black Van Tour

2. Potsdam: Royal Palaces and Gardens Private Black Van Tour

Start this fascinating tour with pickup at your hotel in Berlin. From there, you will be transported to the beautiful city of Potsdam to begin an 8-hour tour through an atmospheric city crammed full of history and cultural heritage. Whether it's the Prussian Royal Family or Cold War espionage that excites you most, you will not be disappointed. Less than 1 hour from Berlin, Potsdam is a small city surrounded by picturesque landscapes, beautiful nature, abundant palaces, castles, and baroque architectural wonders. Led by an expert guide, explore the picturesque Potsdam and learn the stories behind the city’s spectacular façade. You will visit Glienicker Brücke (Bridge), which crosses the River Havel and runs through the middle of the East/West division. There, hear exciting stories about the spies’ exchanges, undertaken by the allies 3 different times. Many other historic traces of the German division can still be found here as well. The tour will lead you through the former KGB headquarters, the unusual small colony of wooden houses built almost 200 years ago, and other highlights that expose the Soviet influence after the Second World War. Next, visit the Dutch quarter, whose endless rows of red brick houses will remind you of Amsterdam. Potsdam is a city constructed from a patchwork of cultures. The New Garden was commissioned by King Frederick William II more than 200 years ago. After roaming this beautiful fairy-tale garden, the tour guide will lead you to Cecilienhof Palace, the location of the famous Potsdam Conference, built in 1916.  There, walk through the very halls where Stalin, Truman, and Churchill negotiated after the war. Perhaps one of the most visited places in Potsdam is the grave of Frederick the Great at Sanssoucci; situated at the top of a vineyard, it's a truly wonderful spot. You can also visit the other Prussian Royal Family graves at the awe-inspiring Peace Church. The spectacular design of the church is known to evoke spirituality even in those who do not believe. There is so much to see and hear about in this city. At the end of the tour, just sit back and relax as the tour guide transports you back to your hotel. About our guides: Our Berlin/Potsdam tour guides are more than just guides — they are true characters of the city, with deep knowledge of Berlin’s history, art and politics. Some of them were eyewitnesses to the Cold War, and all of them enthusiastic ambassadors of their city. As our guest, we want you to feel welcomed and catered to. Our guides will always take the time to answer your questions and can adapt the itinerary to suit your personal wishes and interests.

Gardens & Palaces of Potsdam Bike Tour from Berlin

3. Gardens & Palaces of Potsdam Bike Tour from Berlin

Start the tour at the main entrance of the TV Tower in Alexanderplatz. From there, take the train to Potsdam. Once there, you will leisurely explore the various palaces and gardens of Potsdam and Sanssouci, covering about 10 miles (16km) in roughly 4.5 hours. Explore the Prussian palace complex of Sanssouci, home to the famous Orangerie, two palaces, as well as many beautiful gardens, parks, and buildings. Then make your way through Potsdam’s historic center, including the Dutch Quarter and Potsdam’s own Brandenburg Gate. In the New Gardens, see the fantastic Marble Palace, before going to Cecilienhof, where Truman, Stalin, and Churchill concluded the Potsdam Agreement. Finally, explore the area’s extensive Cold War history with a visit to the no-man’s land between West Berlin and East Germany and over the Glienicke Bridge where Cold War spy exchanges routinely took place.

Forbidden City: 5-Hour Tour of Potsdam from Berlin

4. Forbidden City: 5-Hour Tour of Potsdam from Berlin

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Potsdam on this exciting tour from Berlin. Visit the “Military Town No. 7,” also known as the “forbidden city.” See the last vestiges of the Soviet occupation and discover interesting facts about the history of this place. Explore the remand prison of the Soviet Military Counterintelligence at Leistikowstraße 1, the epitome of torture and torment for thousands of Germans and Soviet military personnel, now a memorial and meeting place. Explore the somewhat remote Bornstedt Cemetery, a place filled with mystery, secrets, and history. See burial vaults, family graves, and private cemetery sections of famous personalities. Cross over the Glienicke Bridge and the Berlin suburbs to the Old Market Square with St. Nicholas' Church, the Old Town Hall, and the new state parliament. Then, drive through the Dutch Quarter to reach the Bornstedt Crown Estate, from where you’ll walk towards Sanssouci Park. Other highlights include the Russian colony Alexandrowka, the New Garden, the Marble Palace, and Cecilienhof Palace. At the end of the tour you can enjoy the view from Belvedere on the Pfingstberg.

Potsdam: Private Soviet History Walking Tour

5. Potsdam: Private Soviet History Walking Tour

Explore the small but extremely historical city of Potsdam, which together with Berlin was the Prussian center of power. Learn about the connections of Soviet history in 3.5 hours and enjoy the highlights of the city. Learn about the enormous importance of Potsdam to the Soviets and hear interesting facts about the Allied victorious conference in 1945. See one of the most important intelligence sites of the Soviets in East Germany and visit the world-famous Glienicke Bridge, Bridge of Spies, used for agent exchange. Start at Potsdam Central Station and walk to the Old Market. The city center of Potsdam was destroyed in World War II. You will learn more about the reconstruction of the city in socialist East Germany and current reconstructional projects. Then head for the city´s Soviet War cemetery, the final resting place for hundreds of Red Army soldiers. Then take the bus and go to Cecilienhof Palace, the venue for the Potsdam Conference in summer 1945. After visiting the former KGB district you eventually go to the Bridge of Spies. The bridge once was the border between the East and the West, hence the iron bridge was part of the Iron Curtain.

From Berlin: Potsdam 5-Hour Tour by VW Bus

6. From Berlin: Potsdam 5-Hour Tour by VW Bus

Climb aboard the comfortable VW bus and discover Potsdam, the stronghold of the Hohenzollern for almost 300 years. Admire the fascinating cultural landscape, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, comprised of almost 20 palaces and extensive park grounds surrounding Baroque architecture. See the beautiful Charlottenburg Palace and head along Königsstraße to the first park in the cultural landscape of Potsdam: Park Babelsberg. Here you will make your first stop before continuing on across the Glienicke Bridge and the Berlin suburb to the old market square with St. Nicholas’ Church, the old town hall, and the new parliament building, modeled closely on the old city palace. Drive through the Dutch Quarter to Bornstedt Crown Estate, where you can stroll towards Park Sanssouci. The first stop there is at the palace of the same name with its fascinating Baroque garden. Depending on the time and your interests, you can explore further attractions in the park including the Marly Garden of the soldier king, the Church of Peace, and Charlottenhof Palace by Frederick William IV, the New Palace, and the gallery of Frederick the Great. Drive in the VW bus through the Russian colony Alexandrowka and the “Forbidden City”, the European headquarters of the KGB during the Cold War, to the New Garden, where you will find the Marble Palace and Cecilienhof Palace. From the nearby Belvedere on the Pfingstberg you will have a fantastic view of Potsdam and its highlights.

From Berlin: Discover Potsdam Half-Day Excursion

7. From Berlin: Discover Potsdam Half-Day Excursion

Berlin without Potsdam is like Paris without Versailles - leave Berlin without a trip to its royal residence, and you can't say that you've seen it all. Potsdam's fairy-tale landscapes are inviting and playful, and make any walk a delightful experience. Arrive from Berlin at the “Kaiser Bahnhof”, the final Emperor’s personal train station, and set off through the sprawling Sanssouci gardens. Accompanied by an expert guide, you will learn all about the Prussian Kings. From the ridiculous to the impressive, from the ineffective to the mighty, you’ll learn how Prussia rose from a minor European power to the foundation of the German Empire! Discover where Wilhelm II fled Germany at the end of World War I, see the impressive Venetian mosaic in the solemn Church of Peace, and find out just why Germans leave potatoes on Frederick the Great’s grave! Enjoy a relaxed trip from Berlin and back again on a 4-hour trip to Potsdam’s most famous and beloved park.

Berlin: Potsdam - Kings, Gardens & Palaces 6-Hour Tour

8. Berlin: Potsdam - Kings, Gardens & Palaces 6-Hour Tour

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!

Potsdam: Private Bus Tour with Sanssouci Palace Park Walk

9. Potsdam: Private Bus Tour with Sanssouci Palace Park Walk

Explore Potsdam with its magnificent palaces and parks on a private bus tour. See the Old Town's cobblestoned streets and Dutch Quarter, stroll through Sanssouci Palace's famous park, and more. Hop on your bus and sit back and relax as your guide explains Potsdam's rich, 1,000-year-old history. Hear stories of Prussian kings and how they lived their lives in this charming city. Stop at Cecilienhof Palace, marveling at its impressive yet rustic architecture with wooden beams and archways, to snap a few photos. Continue through the city to see the famous Dutch Quarter — where you'll feel you're more in the Netherlands than in Germany — and many other Prussian buildings, including the Orangery and the New Palaces. Then stretch your legs and walk through the manicured gardens and park of Sanssouci Palace. Stroll past pristine, white statues, perfect rows of flowers, and flowing fountains, listening to your guide's historical stories of past kings.

From Berlin: Potsdam Private Guided Tour in English

10. From Berlin: Potsdam Private Guided Tour in English

Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Potsdam, including round-trip transfers from Berlin and a guide and driver exclusive to you. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer by private vehicle and drive through the lakeland borough of Wannsee en route to Schloss Glienicke and the Glienicke Bridge, site of spy swaps during the Cold War. Continue to Potsdam for a tour of the town that served as the residence of Prussian kings and German emperors of the House of Hohenzollern for 3 centuries. Marvel at the majestic castle of Babelsberg. Visit New Garden, home to the Marble Palace and Schloss Cecilienhof. Admire the lakeside Marble Palace and learn about the Potsdam Conference that took place at Schloss Cecilienhof, when the leaders of the United States of America, Britain, and the Soviet Union decided the future of Germany after World War 2. Next, go to the Russian colony of Alexandrowka and see 13 wooden houses built in the 1800s for the Russian singers of the First Prussian Regiment of the Guards. Continue into downtown Potsdam for lunch (own expense). Then, see historic sights such as St. Nicholas Church and the Old Town Hall. Admire Potsdam City Palace, partially reconstructed in late 2013 and now home to the parliament of the federal state of Brandenburg. End with a look at the Rococo architecture of Sanssouci Palace, built during the reign of Frederick the Great. As a private tour, you can choose the attractions that most interest you, and enjoy the full attention of your guide at all times. Palace opening times vary according to the day of the week, so your choice of palace will depend on the day of your tour. For example, tours can include Neue Kammern or Neues Palais (where Emperor Wilhelm II signed the Declaration of War in 1914) at Sanssouci Park instead of Sanssouci Palace.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 147 reviews

Our guide, Mr. Raschke, was an almost inexhaustible source of knowledge. The time passed happily, very interesting and very vivid. We were a group of four people, it was pleasant to walk past the other large groups and, in contrast to them, to listen to every explanation of our guide in a relaxed manner and also to be able to comfortably ask questions. A very personal experience!

This day tour can only be recommended to everyone. You are shown a lot and there is also a lot of information about it. A big thank you to Mr. Westerkamp who gave us a very nice trip. We would make such a booking again and again.

Excellent tour. The Blas guide took a full tour of Potsdam and gave us a real history lesson. I recommend!

It was absolutely entertaining and interesting! Thanks to our guide Holger for the great tour!

A very thoughtful and interesting route. Mr. Guide was very knowledgeable. I recommend!