Day trip

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

4.7 / 5

86 reviews

Activity provider: Insider Tour Berlin
Day trip

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

Activity provider: Insider Tour Berlin

From US$ 31.38 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.

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Duration 6 hours
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Limited to 15 participants


  • 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!
  • 6-hour guided tour with English-speaking guide
  • A 1-day ABC metro ticket (required for the tour)
  • Entrance fees

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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.
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based on 86 reviews

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Very informative tour that covered the palace precinct and concluded with a visit to the palace sansoucci. Entry was not included and would take a lot of time. Instead we visited a church with mosaic from an Italian basilica. We then walked through the Dutch quarters, the place where the potsdam conference was held and then walked to the bridge of spies before heading home on the bus/train. Very educational but be prepared to walk. My pedometer read 20500 steps

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March 23, 2023

If you have a day to travel outside Berlin, this tour is a MUST DO! Potsdam is a lovely little town with lots of cute shopping streets, cafes, and restaurants. Not to mention its deep World War II and Cold War History. This walking tour -- coupled with a 45-minute train ride each way to get to / from Berlin -- was truly fantastic. Our guide grew up in East Germany, was incredibly knowledgeable, and his childhood stories and insights into what life was like in the East made the tour unforgettable. The tour group was less than 20 people, and we really appreciate well-managed tour groups like this when we are traveling. It was a LOT of walking -- and in the dead heat of August -- but the guide was really considerate about finding shady spots and benches for us as a reprieve from the heat. Such a great and different activity!

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March 23, 2023

Tobi was very knowledgeable and made the tour both fun and factual - he was great only disappointment was that we didn’t get to go into the palace and it was specifically mentioned when booking that it included entry to the palace - I know a few of us were disappointed

March 23, 2023

Product ID: 21465