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Potsdam: Sanssouci Palace Guided Tour from Berlin

1. Potsdam: Sanssouci Palace Guided Tour from Berlin

Explore Sanssouci Palace and Park on this guided day trip. Travel in an air-conditioned bus and see the most important sights of Potsdam. Admire the Dutch Quarter and stroll through Sanssouci Palace and Park. Board the bus in the central Kurfürstendamm district of Berlin and travel to Potsdam. Your tour of Potsdam's sights begins in Berlin and listen to the fascinating stories of your tour guide. Admire the Dutch Quarter along the way, see its magnificent buildings, and admire the Russian colony of Alexandrovka. Drive to Sanssouci and pass the magnificent buildings that were once the focus of Prussia's imperial splendor. Stroll through the impressive gardens of Friedrich II's legendary Sanssouci Palace and experience a true piece of history. Our local guide will be happy to answer your questions or provide exciting reports about the history. At the end of your tour, return to your meeting point.

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

2. 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: Sanssouci Park Self-Guided Gardens Audio Tour

3. Potsdam: Sanssouci Park Self-Guided Gardens Audio Tour

The beautiful Sanssouci Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is full of historical palaces, statues and gardens. A visit to the park is an absolute must for any visitor to Potsdam! On this walking tour, I’ll bring its stories, landmarks and even its legends to life as you stroll from the Obelisk, near the Great Fountain, and past numerous monuments to the Church of Peace, where many of the Hohenzollern Kings are buried. On this hour-long tour, you’ll find out why Frederic II, also known as Frederic the Great, loved this place so much that he built himself the intimate Sanssouci Palace, and spent most of his time there. You’ll also hear how Peter Lenné, one of the world’s best-known garden architects, transformed the park some 100 years after Frederic. I’ll show you Holländischer Garten (Dutch Garden), Nordischer Garten (Nordic Garden), Sicilian Garden and Marlygarten (Marly Garden). Along the way, you’ll see: • Neptune Grotto, a monument filled with thousands of crystals and shells • The Grave of Frederick the Great, where you’ll find out why there are potatoes on his grave • Orangery Palace, that was built for Frederic William IV who loved Sanssouci Park almost as much as his grand-uncle • Apollo the Archer, one of artist Ernst Moritz Geyger’s most famous statues • Chinese House in Sanssouci Park where you’ll hear why the statues surrounding the teahouse don’t look Chinese You’ll also have an opportunity to: • Learn why Frederic the Great was almost executed by his father, Frederic the Soldier King • Take some amazing pictures of the park and its landmarks, including Sanssouci Palace which is also known as Little Versailles and Prussian Versailles • Find out why Frederic the Great was buried next to his dogs • Visit the Historic Mill of Sanssouci, a working mill with a beautiful view • See undecipherable hieroglyphics and fake ruins from Sanssouci’s Courtyard Castle • Marvel at over 130,000 plants and flowers including fig trees, a vineyard, and the last tree from the Royal Nursery • See an original Venetian mosaic from the early 13th century So take a deep breath and allow the beauty and serenity of the park to wash over you on this hour-long stroll through the gardens that Frederick the Great loved so much.

From Berlin: Potsdam Half-Day Tour in Spanish

4. From Berlin: Potsdam Half-Day Tour in Spanish

Visit the home of Frederick The Great in Potsdam. As a great lover of the arts and culture, Frederick II beautified the city with majestic palaces and gardens. Experience a trip back in time on this Spanish-language walking tour of the Imperial City. Perfect for those wishing to experience the culture and history of Germany, this tour then takes you to the home of the Hohenzollern dynasty. Also experience the historical Dutch Quarter as well as Sanssouci Palace to finish the tour.

Soviet Potsdam: Private Tour of the Forbidden City

5. 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

6. 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. Set off with your expert guide to marvel at the impressive architecture of Potsdam's historic city centre. Then, continue through the tree-lined avenues of the famous and impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sanssouci Gardens with decorative fountains, ornate flower beds, and splendid palaces. 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 this relaxed 4 hour trip from Berlin ending right in front of Sanssouci Palace. After that, it's up to you if you want to see more of Potsdam or the Palaces on your own, or accompany your guide back to Berlin.

Potsdam: Private Potsdam Walking Tour

7. Potsdam: Private Potsdam Walking Tour

Explore the charming city of Potsdam with its 1,000 years of history on a private guided walking tour. See the old town's sights and walk through the enchanting Sanssouci Palace's manicured gardens. Discover Potsdam's charming old town with the rebuilt City Palace and seat of the Brandenburg State Parliament, the enchanting Dutch Quarter, which will make you feel like you are in the Netherlands, and Potsdam's Brandenburg Gate. Listen to tales from your guide, learning about this small city. Then, stroll through the dreamlike park of Sanssouci Palace — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — with its delicate statues, rows of flowers, and enchanting buildings. Walk through history as you learn how the palace was built as a summer retreat in the 1700s.

Gardens & Palaces of Potsdam Bike Tour from Berlin

8. 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

9. 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.

From Berlin: Potsdam 5-Hour Tour by VW Bus

10. 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.

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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).

Jim was our guide and was very proffessional. His explainations were profond and full, his knowledge is very large and the items were very interesting. We enjoy the tour very much !! Thank you and please thank Jim for this lovely day.

Guide Sue was very informative in her talk. Driver Ben drove slowly, giving us time to see and even take pictures occasionally. The trip took 4 hrs exactly, clockwork. Weather wasn’t the best. Worth to go.

Our guide Maria filled the tour with many fun facts on top of the detailed historical description of events and made it a pleasant day.

Brilliant guide informative and friendly Gorgeous palace not to be missesd