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Berlin: World Heritage Cruise to Potsdam

Berlin: World Heritage Cruise to Potsdam

This boat cruise takes you from Wannsee along the Havel River to Potsdam and back. Cruise through the palaces and gardens of Potsdam and Berlin, a UNESCO World Heritage region. Here you’ll have the opportunity to experience Prussia’s history. The chain of lakes in and around Berlin attracts visitors from all over the world. Visitors can relax at one of the lidos or walk around the picturesque natural landscape that extends along Wannsee and the Oberhavel lakes. Discover the rich history of two regions near Berlin: the southwest and north. Famous personalities, such as the painter Max Liebermann or the playwright Heinrich von Kleist, lived and worked in Wannsee, making it a place of historical importance. The historical places give you the opportunity to go back in time and relive history. The cruise takes you from Wannsee to Kladow, passing by Pfaueninsel (Peacock Island), Nikolskoe, and the Church of St. Peter and Paul. Continue on towards the Savior's Church, Cecilienhof Palace and its old dairy farm, and the Glienicke Bridge. Float by the Babelsberg Palace, Flatow Tower, Hans-Otto-Theater (Schiffbauergasse), "Freundschaftsinsel" (Friendship Island), and Potsdam/Lange Brücke before returning back to Wannsee.

Berlin: 7 Lakes Boat Tour through the Havel Landscape

Berlin: 7 Lakes Boat Tour through the Havel Landscape

Embark on a boat trip through the chain of lakes between Berlin and Potsdam, encountering magnificent evidence of Prussian history. Experience a blend of culture, history, and the Havel landscape in the south-west of Berlin. Drive past natural banks and listed buildings through the former border area between the GDR and the West. Experience the Havel landscape, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, with magnificent parks, churches, and castles. Pass the Schildhorn, Berlin's largest landscape protection area – the Grunewald – and the Grunewald Tower, Villa Lemm, the Schwanenwerder peninsula, the Imcheninsel, one of Germany’s smallest nature reserves, and the Kladow harbor. Continue your journey across the Great Wannsee, past the Wannsee lido, Villa Lemm, the House of the Wannsee Conference, and Villa Liebermann. Glide past beautiful villas and gardens from the Great to the Little Wannsee, past the Pöhlesee and Stölpchensee. Move from Prinz-Friedrich-Leopold-Kanal to Griebnitzsee, reaching the Potsdam Havel. From the magnificent Babelsberg Palace and Park and Glienicke Palace, located directly on the water, sail under the Glienicke Bridge, the infamous “Agents Bridge”, and reach Lake Jungfernsee. From there, the boat tour takes you upstream past the Church of the Savior in the former border area between East and West and the fairytale Peacock Island with its pleasure palace and its historic buildings back to the Lindenufer.

Private Sightseeingtour im Taxi nach Potsdam und Sanssouci

Private Sightseeingtour im Taxi nach Potsdam und Sanssouci

After picking you up from your hotel, we drive over the highway to the city of Potsdam (East Germany). We park next to the old windmill. From there we have a first view over the park of Sanssouci. We head over to the little palace itself (timeslot, tickets included if you have chosen this option). You will see there the palace of King Frederic II, the Great, on the vineyard. It has only 8 rooms, but very well crafted in the Rococo style. One half was used by himself, library, bed room, music room, audience room. The others were used by his (only male) guests. The most famous among them was Voltaire. They discussed, had dinner or played music together in the beautiful oval hall with columns made by Caracas marble. The whole interior is saved from the time of construction 1745-47. During main season (1st April to 30th Sept) you can see the the kitchen (original interieur 19th century) and the picture gallery, with the original collection of Frederic II, including Incredulous Thomas from Caravaggio. From there we have a beautiful walk over the garden terrace of the palace, seeing the grave of Frederic and his dogs. We walk down the vineyard, towards the huge fountain. From there we take a scenic way through the landscape shaped garden with meadows, small bridges, a Chinese House (can be visited) and more figures and temples, preciously arranged. And always a view through the trees and bushes towards another palace, obelisque, the windmill or some grottos and scultpures. Mostly we finish this little walk by the stairs towards the marvellous "palace of plants" from the 19th century, the Orangerie palace. We stroll through its gardens, fountains, bushes and roses, totally in Italian architecture, built by the last Prussian King, Frederic William IV. Partly still refurbished, but with a beautiful panorama view over the Sanssouci park, including the New Palace. From there it's only a little walk back to our car. We take our car and have a route through (!) the garden, passing the Orangerie Palace and head over to the huge New Palace. It was as well built from Frederic II after the 7-years-war in a record time of 7 years only. To brag about his victory, as he confessed - and to store there his family, when he was visited. Because he preferred to live only with his friends in the vineyard palace. And left his wife in another palace in the North of Berlin. We could visit this palace with 400-600 rooms (depending if you count servant's rooms), but most guests decide to have a view on the beautiful baroque city centre of Potsdam. Unlike Berlin, it's almost preserved from the war, but the city palace was recently reconstruced. We finish our tour with our route back to Berlin, passing the Cecilie's Palace (Potsdam conferenc was here in 1945, can be visited), the spy bridge (Glienicker Brücke) with view on the palaces of Babelsberg and Glienicke. And turn back via Federal Street No. 1, we old Reichsstr. 1 of the German Empire, back to your accommodation.

Potsdam: 5-Hour-Tour "Forbidden City" from Berlin by VW-Bus

Potsdam: 5-Hour-Tour "Forbidden City" from Berlin by VW-Bus

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.

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I'm from Berlin and I make the trip every year to ring in the summer. It's one of the most beautiful boat trips in Berlin and Brandenburg, as you travel through nature and pass numerous cultural monuments. You also have the option of getting off at various piers and getting back on a later boat. For example, if you start from Wannsee, you can stop in Potsdam for almost 3 hours and explore the city. Unfortunately, the trip has become a bit expensive over the years, but it's still worth recommending.

A very beautiful route, lots of interesting impressions. The team on board was very friendly. The service was quick and the food and drinks were delicious. This tour is recommended.

Everything was perfect. Booking, process, time. The stories were very interesting. Everything went smoothly.

Great. Just a leisurely way to explore the area around Berlin on the water. I would do it again.

Waiter is friendly. Ship is round ship, view is good.