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Soviet Potsdam: Private Tour of the Forbidden City

1. 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: Royal Palaces & Gardens Private Black Van Tour

2. From Berlin: Royal Palaces & Gardens Private Black Van Tour

Start this fascinating tour with pickup at your hotel in Berlin. From there, you will be transported to the beautiful city of Potsdam to begin an 8-hour tour through an atmospheric city crammed full of history and cultural heritage. Whether it's the Prussian Royal Family or Cold War espionage that excites you most, you will not be disappointed. Less than 1 hour from Berlin, Potsdam is a small city surrounded by picturesque landscapes, beautiful nature, abundant palaces, castles, and baroque architectural wonders. Led by an expert guide, explore the picturesque Potsdam and learn the stories behind the city’s spectacular façade. You will visit Glienicker Brücke (Bridge), which crosses the River Havel and runs through the middle of the East/West division. There, hear exciting stories about the spies’ exchanges, undertaken by the allies 3 different times. Many other historic traces of the German division can still be found here as well. The tour will lead you through the former KGB headquarters, the unusual small colony of wooden houses built almost 200 years ago, and other highlights that expose the Soviet influence after the Second World War. Next, visit the Dutch quarter, whose endless rows of red brick houses will remind you of Amsterdam. Potsdam is a city constructed from a patchwork of cultures. The New Garden was commissioned by King Frederick William II more than 200 years ago. After roaming this beautiful fairy-tale garden, the tour guide will lead you to Cecilienhof Palace, the location of the famous Potsdam Conference, built in 1916.  There, walk through the very halls where Stalin, Truman, and Churchill negotiated after the war. Perhaps one of the most visited places in Potsdam is the grave of Frederick the Great at Sanssoucci; situated at the top of a vineyard, it's a truly wonderful spot. You can also visit the other Prussian Royal Family graves at the awe-inspiring Peace Church. The spectacular design of the church is known to evoke spirituality even in those who do not believe. There is so much to see and hear about in this city. At the end of the tour, just sit back and relax as the tour guide transports you back to your hotel.

From Berlin: Potsdam & Sanssouci City of German Kings Tour

3. From Berlin: Potsdam & Sanssouci City of German Kings Tour

Following a ride on the S7 from Berlin, head straight to the regal city Potsdam. Take a walk through the gardens of Sanssouci and admire the many, beautiful plants. See the new palace, the Sanssouci Palace and other beautiful structures in a World UNESCO location. See a part of history as you witness the place where Germany and Prussia were planned. Later walk to the old city center, crossing the beautiful promenade and the dutch red houses. End your tour in a quint cafe located in an old square in the old town. During the tour hear the unbelievable story of Frederick the Great, who against all odds created a new empire in Europe, and the ramifications for all of Europe.

Berlin: Private Guided Tour of the Main Sights

4. Berlin: Private Guided Tour of the Main Sights

Private three-hour tour of the city of Berlin for small groups of up to 8 people with a private driver-guide. All our vehicles are business-class and equipped with air-conditioning and microphones.You can book additional hours or combine with a Potsdam-tour. In approximately three hours you can choose to see the following with changes according to your wishes with 1-2 stops at sights of your choice: ReichstagNew buildings in the government quarterMain Train StationBrandenburg GateUnter den LindenStaatsoperMuseum IslandTV TowerNikolaiviertelGendarmenmarktPotsdam Squareremains of the Berlin WallPhilharmonieSynagogeCharlottenburg PalaceMemorial CurchKaDeWeVictory ColumnBellevue PalaceKongresshalle

Potsdam: Guided Private Car Tour from Berlin

5. Potsdam: Guided Private Car Tour from Berlin

Start your Potsdam sightseeing adventure from the comfort of your accommodation in Berlin. Here, your driver will be waiting to pick you up. After a short meet and greet you and your group will hop aboard your private, air-conditioned vehicle and set off to Potsdam.  Enjoy the luxury of a schedule that can be completely customized to your needs. You also have the ability to combine your 4-hour Potsdam tour with a Berlin city tour. Throughout the duration of your tour, you will ride in a business class vehicle, equipped with air-conditioning and a microphone, allowing you to learn from your professional and informative driver. When traveling through Potsdam, you'll can see the following sites: Glienicke Palace, Babelsberg Palace, Glienicke Bridge, Palace and Park Sanssouci, New Palace, Orangerieschloss, New Chambers, Charlottenhof, Cecilienhof, Dutch Quarter and the Potsdam old city center. You will also have the chance to stop at some of these sites and enter the premises. Finish your tour with a relaxing drive back to your accommodation in Berlin and enjoy an evening of rest after a day of adventure. 

Babelsberg Park and World History Walking Tour

6. Babelsberg Park and World History Walking Tour

Enjoy a guided walk in Babelsberg Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get an insight into the turbulent history of this dreamlike parkland. Learn about the dramatic era in which Babelsberg Park was created and the role it played at the end of WWII. After 1961 it was divided by the Berlin Wall and the history of the park is closely linked to escape attempts across the Iron Curtain. From the Babelsberg Palace, take in stunning views of the Bridge of Spies, a symbol of the Cold War. Today the bridge connects Potsdam, the former capital of the greatest GDR district with the former West Berlin. After an easy 2-kilometer walk, return to the starting point.

Battle of Berlin: Full Day Historic WWII Private Tour

7. Battle of Berlin: Full Day Historic WWII Private Tour

The 1945 Battle of Berlin included some of the deadliest fighting in recorded military history. On this full day private black van Berlin tour, you’ll learn about the battle itself and how it led to the eventual fall of the Nazi regime. Follow along with an expert guide in military history as they explain the chaos of the battle, the strategies involved, and the surrender of the Third Reich. We will visit the Reichstag building, which was one of the central targets of the Red Army during the battle, and see the unmarked site of the former Führerbunker, where Hitler eventually died by suicide. Learn about the Nazi’s air defence system and the series of flak towers built in Berlin and beyond, to protect the regime from air attack. You’ll also stop at the Museum Berlin-Karlshorst, located on the site where the German armed forces surrendered, and WWII ended. Lastly, visit two Soviet war memorials, at Tiergarten and Treptower Park, both commemorating the Soviet soldiers who died during the Battle of Berlin. About Our Guides Our Berlin tour guides are more than just guides — they are true characters of the city, with deep knowledge of Berlin’s history and politics. Some of them were eyewitnesses to the Cold War, and all of them are enthusiastic ambassadors of their city. On this tour, you will be led by an expert in military history, who will be happy to take the time to answer all your questions about the Battle of Berlin and WWII.

Potsdam: Private City Highlights Tour in a Vintage Minibus

8. Potsdam: Private City Highlights Tour in a Vintage Minibus

Discover the different facets of the small but historically important city of Potsdam. The city is not only a Prussian residence and Garrison Town, but is also one of the birthplaces of European cinema and gained great importance in the 20th century. Explore the city and learn about its past on board of a modern Soviet vintage minibus. Departing from Potsdam Central Station or your hotel, head towards the famous film studio Babelsberg. Visit the historic site of the Potsdam Conference, Cecilienhof Palace. Next door at Hiroshima-Nagasaki Square, visit the former villas of the historic figures Truman, Churchill, and Stalin. Then, head to the world-famous Glienicke Bridge, aka Bridge of Spies, which was used for agent exchange and features in the Hollywood movie of the same name. Continue the tour and pass by the former Soviet KGB district, for decades a "forbidden city" in the center of Potsdam. Then, stroll along the Russian colony of Alexandrowka before heading to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Park Sanssouci, the favorite residence of the Prussian King Frederick the Great. Visit the stunning New Palace, a symbol for the rise of Prussia to a European power. Find out about the significance of the palace in regards to World War I. Next, stop at the “Rechenzentrum” Potsdam, a cultural center in a GDR building with a 70-meter-long mosaic depicting motifs of the space race. Right next to it is the controversial construction site of the Garrison Church. Your final stop will be at the Old Market, the historic center of the city. Marvel at the fascinating architecture of the St. Nicholas Church, the City Palace, the Old Town Hall, and the Barberini Palace before returning to the meeting point where your tour ends.

Berlin: Half-Day Private Albert Einstein Sites Walking Tour

9. Berlin: Half-Day Private Albert Einstein Sites Walking Tour

Explore the places of relevance to Albert Einstein’s life in a half-day walking tour in Berlin. Listen to interesting stories and facts from the guide (in the language of your preference) as he takes you back in time. Enjoy a warm cup of coffee (not included) while on the walk. Start your 2-hour walk from the Brandenburg Gate considered to be a must-see site when in Berlin. Move on to Einstein Unter Den Linden café frequented by politicians and media representatives. Grab something to eat and drink (not included). Next, visit the former Royal Prussian Academy of Sciences which houses the Berlin State Library today. Einstein presented his field equations of general relativity to the Academy here in 1915. Wrap up your walk by visiting the oldest university in Berlin, Humboldt University. Einstein delivered lectures at the university from 1915 to 1929. The tour (3-hours and 5-hours options) also includes a visit to Wissenschaftpark or Albert Einstein Park.

Potsdam: Guided Walking Tour

10. 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.

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It was an impressive tour. Our guide gave us a lot of information about the time of the castles and life there. We were traveling with our relatives from Canada and we all loved the tour. Our guide spoke very understandable English, was very engaging and had a very good sense of the level of information needed. It was an all-round beautiful and very impressive day.

Great Tour! So much to see, but our guide Johannes did an awesome job of keeping us on schedule. He also took the time at the start of the tour to get our input on what most interested us in Potsdam so we hit the highlights because you really can not see everything in one day.

Excellent tour, very well put together, very informative. Both our guide Sabine and our driver Andreas were great, a great team and they looked after us wonderfully. We can unreservedly recommend it.

Our castle guide was just great! Charmingly funny ( for me as a native of Basel it was a pleasure ) and very competent. Our driver was great too. Best wishes to both E. RothCueni

Tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. It was a great way to spend a day.