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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-Wannsee to Potsdam 3-Hour World Heritage Cruise

2. Berlin-Wannsee to Potsdam 3-Hour World Heritage Cruise

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.

Potsdam: 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Ticket

3. Potsdam: 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Ticket

Explore one of the most beautiful cities in Germany with a 1-day ticket to the hop-on and hop-off bus in Potsdam, capital of the state of Brandenburg. You can jump off at any of the 12 stops along the route, and with buses every 30 minutes (1 hour in winter) discover the shops and stylish alleyways surrounding Brandenburger Strasse and the famous Dutch Quarter. Hop off at Schloss Sanssouci Palace, Friedrich the Great's amazing 18th-Century palace, reminiscent of the grandeur of Versailles, and stroll through the magnificent 600-acre park. Walk through richly furnished chambers, and step out onto flowery terraces and beautiful gardens. Or visit the Raphael Room at The Orangerie, home to dozens of Raphael copies. A full tour lasts 105 minutes and includes entertaining commentary from a live guide. Alternatively, hop-off within a 1-day period at any of the following stops: 1. Luisenplatz 2. Hauptbahnhof (Main Train Station) 3. Filmmuseum 4. Dutch Quarter 5. Glienicker Brucke 6. Marble Palace 7. Cecilienhof 8. Alexandrowka 9. New Palais 10. Orangerie 11. Sanssouci 12. Grand Obelisk

Potsdam: Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour 24-hour Ticket

4. Potsdam: Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour 24-hour Ticket

See Sanssouci Palace, the Dutch Quarter, Glienicke Bridge and more with a flexible bus tour past all the key Potsdam sights. Begin your discovery of this fascinating city at either Central Station or one of 16 convenient hop-on hop-off points. Settle into a seat on the top deck and enjoy informative audio commentary via your personal headphones. Enjoy the full 100-minute round trip in one go, or jump on and off throughout the day; the choice is yours. Either way you'll discover famous sites like the Neues Palais and Cecilienhof. Come and go from the bus as you like. Walk in the tranquil gardens of Sanssouci Park, or hit the stores on Potsdam's shopping mile.

2-Hour Seven Lakes Tour from Berlin's Wannsee

5. 2-Hour Seven Lakes Tour from Berlin's Wannsee

Enjoy a 2-hour tour of the idyllic Havel Lakes, the chain of lakes so rich in traditions that not just locals are drawn to them. Venture beyond Little Wannsee to Pohlesee, Stölpchensee, Griebnitzsee, Glienicker Lake and Jungfernsee, before returning to Wannsee. Relax with the whole family on the beach or enjoy a walk into the picturesque wilderness along Wannsee and Oberhavelsee. See where such famous personages as the painter Max Liebermann or the dramatist Heinrich von Kleist lived and worked and get to know the historic significance of the lakes. Discover the rich history of the regions southwest and north of Berlin from the water. Travel back in time at these historically-significant sites and experience the history anew. The tour takes place from Wannsee across the Havel to Potsdam. Enjoy the tours through the idyllic Havel Lakes and many historic buildings like the Babelsberg Palace or the Church of the Redeemer, Sacrow. See the fascinating island landscape in the north of Berlin. Valentinswerder, Baumwerder and Scharfenberg are just a few must-sees for nature-lovers. The tour operator's dock is located across from the Pfaueninsel. The island can be reached by ferry for a small fee. It is not possible to reserve outdoor seats.

Berlin WelcomeCard: Discounts & Transport Berlin Zones (ABC)

6. Berlin WelcomeCard: Discounts & Transport Berlin Zones (ABC)

The Berlin WelcomeCard, available as 48-hours, 72-hours, 4-day, 5-day, or 6-day option, offers a great, cost-effective means to explore the city in-depth. Travel on public transport in fare zones Berlin ABC and receive exclusive discounts of up to 50% with many participating partners. Whether you're taking a city tour or visiting a museum, theater, or restaurant, when you use the Berlin WelcomeCard, you can see all Berlin has to offer at an amazing price. You'll also receive a pocket-size travel guide with lots of tour suggestions and insider tips. Each WelcomeCard includes free transport for up to 3 children between 6 and 14 years old. Children under the age of 6 generally travel for free. Enjoy discounted rates for the following activities and attractions: • Sightseeing tours • Guided city tours • Bike tours • Boat rides • Various attractions • Museums • Theater/stage performances • Palaces • Restaurants & bars  • Shopping & souvenirs • Fun, sport & relax Visit sights and attractions, such as the following: • AquaDom & SEA LIFE Berlin • Berlin Dungeon • Olympiastadion Berlin (Olympic Stadium) • Berlin Dom  • German Spy Museum • Madame Tussauds Berlin • Legoland Discovery Centre Berlin • Tierpark Berlin • Anne Frank Center • Charlottenburg Palace • Comedy tour Berlin • German Opera • Friedrichstadt-Palast • TimeRide Berlin • TV Tower • Botanical Garden • German Historical Museum, German Museum of Technology • Asisi Panorama „Die Mauer“ • Panoramapunkt • DDR Museum • Fork & Walk Tours Berlin • and many more! And of course you should not miss the following free sights and locations when visiting Berlin: • Brandenburg Gate & Unter den Linden • Reichstag & German Parliament (pre-booking required) • Checkpoint Charlie • East Side Gallery • Gendarmenmarkt • Kurfürstendamm • Potsdamer Platz & Alexanderplatz • Berlin Wall Memorial

Potsdam: Sanssouci Palace Guided Tour from Berlin

7. Potsdam: Sanssouci Palace Guided Tour from Berlin

On your beautiful tour of Sanssouci, stroll past the grand buildings that were once the center point of Prussia's imperial grandeur. Take in the stunning gardens of Friedrich II's legendary Sanssouci Palace, and experience a true piece of history. After meeting at Kurfürstendamm, take a short bus ride and arrive in Potsdam for a guided tour of the city. Your guide will show you all of the city's best sights, and they're sure to tell you a fascinating story or two. Stroll through the Dutch Quarter to admire its magnificent buildings and admire the Russian colony of Alexandrovka along the way. The highlight of this tour is, of course, the visit to Sanssouci Palace. A walk through its beautiful park grounds, passing by magnificent Chinese teahouse or the New Palace, are sure to inspire.

Potsdam: Guided Walking Tour of UNESCO Site and Architecture

8. Potsdam: Guided Walking Tour of UNESCO Site and Architecture

Enjoy the scenery of Potsdam from the northern city center. See parts of the designated UNESCO World Heritage Site at Sanssouci Palace, once the summer home of the Prussian ruler Frederik the Great in traditional Rococo architectural design. Your tour guide will bring you from here to other anecdotal locations in the German city, including the famous Nikolaikirche (St. Nicholas Church) with its massive Classicist style dome, modeled after ancient Greek architecture, and completed in the 1830s. Any stop along the way will be dissected in its history and cultural significance in the city as your guide is a historical expert on this small town. Impressive facts and antidotes will lead you along your guided tour and give you precise knowledge of Potsdam.

Potsdam: Guided Walking Tour

9. Potsdam: Guided Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the fairytale charm of Potsdam and see some of its stunning attractions with a local guide. Time flies as you walk along the picturesque streets of this city. See the magnificent Sanssouci Palace, the summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. Take a stroll inside Park Sanssouci, a large lush park surrounding the palace and graced with decorative features like the Temple of Friendship and the Great Fountain. Hear fascinating stories about the history behind the city and get your guide's recommendations on how to best spend time in Potsdam.

Berlin: 48-Hour or 72-Hour Bike Rental

10. Berlin: 48-Hour or 72-Hour Bike Rental

Pick up your bike at the Kulturbrauerei, an old industrial brewery complex in the heart of Prenzlauer Berg. Meet the staff who will provide you with your bike and adjust it to your requirements, ensuring a comfortable and safe ride. Receive a personal lock, a map, bike baskets, tension belts, helmets, trouser clips, sunblock, and rain ponchos so you can explore Berlin in all weather conditions. Then, explore Berlin at your own pace. Ride along the banks of the River Spree and explore both the former Western and Eastern sections of Berlin. Discover beautiful parks including Tempelhofer Park and Treptower Park which are perfect for cycling. If you need assistance simply contact the bike depot crew by phone who will be happy to help. You can return the bike after closing hours if you need some more time to explore.

Frequently asked questions about Potsdam

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Planning Your Visit

  • How long do I need?

    Many visit Potsdam as a day trip from Berlin, but it’s really a destination in its own right. Leave two to three days to get a real sense of the place.

  • How do I get there?

    Berlin Tegel Airport is the nearest international option, and transfers take under an hour. Trains from Berlin Hauptbahnhof take under half an hour and leave around every 30 minutes. The S-Bahn also travels to Potsdam (zone C).

  • How should I get around?

    Many visitors choose to explore the city using bikes, which can be rented throughout the city. You can also explore by boat, taking in great views from the water.

Good to know

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +49
  • Best time to visit
    Late spring/early summer is best for a visit when the days are long, the parks are green and the temperatures are mild so that you can walk, bike or boat your way around.

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What people are saying about Potsdam

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 4,941 reviews

This is a fantastic tour to a beautiful town. Plenty to see and this was made all the better by our brilliant guide Matti who is extremely knowledgeable about the history of Potsdam. Highly recommended tour if you like walking

Matti was a fantastic guide! He was so informative and made the tour very interesting He was knowledgable about everything He really looked after us all

Must Go. Wonderful place and the Guide Steve is amazing.

Was a great expiriecne, Postdam is a very nice city.

That was really really a nice trip ❤️ Thankyou ❤️‍