Forbidden City: 5-Hour Tour of Potsdam from Berlin

Forbidden City: 5-Hour Tour of Potsdam from Berlin

From $332.20 per group up to 2

Discover the “forbidden city” in Potsdam and learn interesting facts about its history on this 6-hour tour from Berlin. See the Dutch Quarter, Sanssouci Palace, and the Bornstedt Cemetery, and admire the view from Belvedere on the Pfingstberg.

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Wheelchair accessible
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  • Enjoy a private tour through Potsdam away from the crowds of tourists
  • Admire the fantastic view of the Havel region and the Glienicke Bridge from Babelsberg Palace
  • See the Old Market Square and the Dutch Quarter, stroll through the New Garden, and admire the Cecilienhof Palace
  • Reach Sanssouci Palace and other sights in the park via hidden pathways
  • Learn all about the "forbidden city," a Soviet military town in Germany
  • Discover the Bornstedt Cemetery, the final resting place of approximately 500 well-known personalities
Full description
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.
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned VW bus
  • Tour guide
  • Related reading material aboard the bus
  • Pick-up from hotel (see details)
  • Entrance fees
Covid-19 precautions
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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    • Most of the palaces in Potsdam (except the New Palace) are closed on Mondays.
    • Admission to the memorial and meeting place at Leistikowstraße 1 is free (closed on Mondays).
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    Informative and thought provoking. A great day had even in bad weather

    I chose this particular tour because it was a 6 hour tour - not sure how a 4 hour tour could have been as informative or paced as well. Johannes, our guide picked us up from our hotel and we enjoyed a private guided tour of Potsdam and its history. Johannes' research and accompanying material brought the past into the present. Lovely stop for lunch - beer hall - great atmosphere smelling the mash cooking. Good food, good company, good sights - can't ask for more.

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    January 22, 2015

    This was a wonderful tour. Would absolutely recommend.

    Have you ever been to a city and just wished you were friends with someone who would show you the ins and outs of a place, who also knew the history? This is the tour for you. Johannes made us instantly comfortable, was knowledgeable, courteous and a pleasure. Really. It was like being new best friends with a history buff who wanted to show you his home. He accommodated us and our one year old son with no complaints while giving us an amazing tour from Berlin through Wannsee and Potsdam. The second you get going the tour begins with interesting facts about all the sites you pass. We travel a lot and I can tell you without a doubt that this was one of the best tours I have ever been on. I was sad that we had this booked on our last day before leaving Germany because I would have loved to have booked his other tours as well. If you are thinking of booking a tour in Berlin, Dresden or Potsdam you should absolutely book with Terra Incognita.

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    December 22, 2014

    Spannende Tour mit einem hervorragenden Guide, sehr empfehlenswert!

    Johannes Westerkamp befragte uns als Erstes nach unseren Wünschen und Prioritäten und passte dann blitzschnell das Programm unseren Erwartungen an. Er wählte die Route so, dass wir innert kürzester Zeit möglichst viele Sehenswürdigkeiten sehen konnten, dies ausdrücklich auf unseren Wunsch; Herr Westerkamp kann sich sehr gut in seine Gäste einfühlen. Auch während der Tour holte er immer wieder unsere Wünsche ab (Essen, nächstes Ziel) und fragte nach, ob wir noch fit genug seien. Zu allen Sehenswürdigkeiten und auch während der Fahrten mit dem VW-Bus wusste er mit seinem breiten Wissen Vieles und Spannendes zu erzählen. Johannes Westerkamp kühlte unsere Getränke an diesem heissen Tag und als sie ausgingen, versorgte er uns mit weiteren Getränken. Die Tour war jeden Franken wert! Es war ein supertoller und spannender Tag und wenn wir das nächste Mal nach Berlin oder Potsdam kommen, freuen wir uns schon auf die nächste Tour mit getyourguide und hoffentlich auch Johannes Westerkamp!

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    May 29, 2014

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