Potsdam Culture & history

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Potsdam: City and Castles Tour

1. Potsdam: City and Castles Tour

Experience the beautiful sights and impressive castles of Potsdam on this interesting and entertaining city tour on the trail of "Old Fritz" (Frederick II). Drive through Potsdam's inner city and through the Dutch Quarter to the Glienicker Bridge. Learn more about the "Forbidden City" and walk around the Cecilienhof Castle. Visit Alexandrowka, the colony of traditional Russian wooden houses known as "Little Siberia." Finally, discover the famous terraces of Sanssouci as well as the grave of Frederick II. Walk past beautiful gardens and admire the biggest palace in Potsdam before spending the afternoon as you wish.

Berlin: Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and Potsdam Tour

2. Berlin: Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and Potsdam Tour

Acquire deeper knowledge of World War II history and understand the cruelty of the crimes committed against the victims of Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp with a guided visit. Afterward, explore the ancient Slavic town of Postdam and its royal palaces and gardens. Board your bus at the TV tower at Alexanderplatz and begin your drive to the first stop. Meet your Sachsenhausen Memorial guide and enter the camp to understand the dimensions of the cruelty that took place there. Learn about how jobs were distributed and how the camp was run. After your visit, set off towards Potsdam. Hear the story of how it went from being a Slavic town to becoming a royal residence. See the palaces and gardens where the royal families and their courts ruled and walked. Take a guided walk and enjoy some free time to discover the area on your own.

From Berlin: Potsdam Half-Day Tour

3. From Berlin: Potsdam Half-Day Tour

Explore Potsdam’s main attractions, baroque streets, and elegant castles on a guided walking tour from Berlin. Take the train to the city of kings and Kaisers and learn about the city’s long history and faithful restoration. Marvel at the Rococo style at Sanssouci Palace, the former residence of Frederick the Great, and uncover the hidden secrets of its architecture. Learn how Frederick expanded the city magnificently during his time as a patron of the arts and where he is buried in Sanssouci. Pass the Church of Peace in the palace grounds of Sanssouci Park, which is referred to as "the German Versailles". Continue through elegant streets, manicured gardens, and charming water fountains and discover the Dutch Quarter and the impressive Nauener Gate. Go to Cecilienhof Palace to learn why Potsdam is so important to the history of World War II. Hear how Stalin, Churchill, and Truman divided Germany during the Potsdam Conference in 1945. Arrive lakeside to admire the Marble Palace with its Greek temple ruins and continue along the banks of the Havel River. Here, cross the Glienicke Bridge, better known as the "Bridge of Spies", to see where the CIA and KGB exchanged secret agents.

Soviet Potsdam: Private Tour of the Forbidden City

4. 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.

From Berlin: Potsdam Half-Day Guided Tour

5. From Berlin: Potsdam Half-Day Guided Tour

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.

Potsdam: Guided Private Car Tour from Berlin

6. Potsdam: Guided Private Car Tour from Berlin

Start your Potsdam sightseeing adventure from the comfort of your accommodation in Berlin. Here, your driver will be waiting to pick you up. After a short meet and greet you and your group will hop aboard your private, air-conditioned vehicle and set off to Potsdam.  Enjoy the luxury of a schedule that can be completely customized to your needs. You also have the ability to combine your 4-hour Potsdam tour with a Berlin city tour. Throughout the duration of your tour, you will ride in a business class vehicle, equipped with air-conditioning and a microphone, allowing you to learn from your professional and informative driver. When traveling through Potsdam, you'll can see the following sites: Glienicke Palace, Babelsberg Palace, Glienicke Bridge, Palace and Park Sanssouci, New Palace, Orangerieschloss, New Chambers, Charlottenhof, Cecilienhof, Dutch Quarter and the Potsdam old city center. You will also have the chance to stop at some of these sites and enter the premises. Finish your tour with a relaxing drive back to your accommodation in Berlin and enjoy an evening of rest after a day of adventure. 

Berlin: City Highlights and Cold War Walking Tours

7. Berlin: City Highlights and Cold War Walking Tours

Our Berlin guided walking tours will introduce you to its most famous (and infamous) landmarks. After discovering its architectural and historical highlights, you’ll deep dive into 20th-century Berlin, reliving the city’s pivotal moments in more recent years. If you don't have time to join our day tour and evening tour on the same day, don't worry! Your ticket is flexible from the first use. These fascinating walking tours piece together Berlin’s perilous past by guiding you through those places that changed the course of history. Use the free Vox City app (included in your ticket) to discover more of Berlin and its incredible history. Historic Berlin includes: Gendarmenmarkt Hausvogteiplatz Friedrichswerder Church DDR Museum Museum Island Marx and Engels Forum Alexander Platz Berlin Television Tower Traces of the Cold War includes: Potsdamer Platz Holocaust Memorial Brandenburg Gate French cathedral Topography of Terror Pariser Platz Konzerthaus Berlin The German Church Rausch Chocolate House Main sights in Berlin self-guided routes: Great wall Reichstag Checkpoint Charlie Pergamon Museum Berliner Dom Soviet War Memorial St. George and the Dragon statue St. Mary's Church Marienviertel and Potsdam: Friendship Island Potsdam city Palace Unity Square Barberini palace City canal St. Nicolas Church Old guard house Luisenplatz ...and many more!

From Berlin: Royal Palaces & Gardens Private Black Van Tour

8. From Berlin: Royal Palaces & 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.

Babelsberg Park and World History Walking Tour

9. Babelsberg Park and World History Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided walk in Babelsberg Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get an insight into the turbulent history of this dreamlike parkland. Learn about the dramatic era in which Babelsberg Park was created and the role it played at the end of WWII. After 1961 it was divided by the Berlin Wall and the history of the park is closely linked to escape attempts across the Iron Curtain. From the Babelsberg Palace, take in stunning views of the Bridge of Spies, a symbol of the Cold War. Today the bridge connects Potsdam, the former capital of the greatest GDR district with the former West Berlin. After an easy 2-kilometer walk, return to the starting point.

Battle of Berlin: Full Day Historic WWII Private Tour

10. Battle of Berlin: Full Day Historic WWII Private Tour

The 1945 Battle of Berlin included some of the deadliest fighting in recorded military history. On this full day private black van Berlin tour, you’ll learn about the battle itself and how it led to the eventual fall of the Nazi regime. Follow along with an expert guide in military history as they explain the chaos of the battle, the strategies involved, and the surrender of the Third Reich. We will visit the Reichstag building, which was one of the central targets of the Red Army during the battle, and see the unmarked site of the former Führerbunker, where Hitler eventually died by suicide. Learn about the Nazi’s air defence system and the series of flak towers built in Berlin and beyond, to protect the regime from air attack. You’ll also stop at the Museum Berlin-Karlshorst, located on the site where the German armed forces surrendered, and WWII ended. Lastly, visit two Soviet war memorials, at Tiergarten and Treptower Park, both commemorating the Soviet soldiers who died during the Battle of Berlin. About Our Guides Our Berlin tour guides are more than just guides — they are true characters of the city, with deep knowledge of Berlin’s history and politics. Some of them were eyewitnesses to the Cold War, and all of them are enthusiastic ambassadors of their city. On this tour, you will be led by an expert in military history, who will be happy to take the time to answer all your questions about the Battle of Berlin and WWII.

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based on 686 reviews

It was very easy to find the meet up spot since the guides were wearing lanyards and there was a tour sign. Johnny was an attentive and knowledgeable guide for our trip to Potsdam. He made sure everyone had the right train ticket, knew where to go, and was available for any questions. He had many photos printed to help support his stories. Definitely recommend! My tour was about 4 hours round trip from Berlin (10am to around 2pm).

Chisca was wonderful. My son and I were the only english speaking in the group but Chisca made every effort to pull aside and explain details to us is english. The concentration camp was sad but important to see. Potsdam was beautiful. We actually decided to stay there for dinner and skip the bus ride back!

Beautiful day trip to Potsdam! Lots to see and experience in the city and castle! Visually stunning and close to Berlin if you’re looking for an excursion not too far from the city.

Very easy and organized. Able to see many of the main sights in Potsdam even on a tight schedule. The guide Ava (Eva) was extremely knowledgeable and friendly.

Great way to learn about the history of this area.