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The lobby of your hotel
Your personal guide for the day will meet you in the lobby of your hotel and escort you to Potsdam, using Germany’s efficient public transport system. The train ride provides an ideal opportunity to discuss the city’s early years and the trials and tribulations of the House of Hohenzollern, a royal German dynasty.
Upon arrival in Potsdam, it quickly becomes clear why its palace complexes and landscape gardens were designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1990. But not only is the city incredibly picturesque, with its many magnificent edifices, serene lakes, manicured gardens, statues and water fountains dotted over hundreds of green acres, it is also steeped in fascinating history.
Our unique tour will lead you through the picturesque Old Town, taking in the remarkable Dutch Quarter. Completed in 1742, this “Little Amsterdam” boasts charming cobbled streets and pretty red-brick buildings. Commissioned by the infamous “Soldier King”, Frederick William I (also renowned for the giant men he recruited for his showcase military regiments), these 134 terraced houses were built to accommodate Potsdam’s growing community of Dutch artisans.
During our in-depth tour, you will have the chance to admire Potsdam’s answer to the Brandenburg Gate on your way to Sanssouci Palace, often referred to as the “Versailles of Germany” and a masterpiece of rococo architecture. Built as a summer residence for Frederick the Great, the palace stands in 700-acre grounds that are a masterpiece of landscape design with their blend of man-made features, formal gardens and natural landscapes.
After crossing Glienicke Bridge, the “Bridge of Spies”, you will arrive at Cecilienhof. This palace built in the style of a country manor was originally intended as a residence for the last Crown Prince of the German Empire, but came to host the Potsdam Conference in 1945. Your expert guide will describe the talks held between the leaders of the UK, US and USSR – Churchill (and later Attlee), Truman and Stalin: these negotiations were to seal the fate of Cold War Europe for the subsequent half century. You will also get to walk around the “Forbidden City”, one of the most important Soviet intelligence sites in East Germany during the Cold War.
On the way back to Berlin, your Insider guide will happily point you in the direction of your next destination or advise you on how to maximise your time in Berlin.
The following list of sites is intended to give you an idea of what you can expect to see on this tour. Please note that our exact route may vary on the day, depending on circumstances and your hotel pick-up point.
Our guide, Maria, was great, fun and tokd us alot about Potsdam and especially Friedrich the great. I highly recommend this tour. Árni S. July '22
A very interesting day trip. We travelled by train tram bus & by foot. The guide was Thomas who has a wealth of knowledge. The architecture is amazing. The prices are very reasonable and I would urge everyone to take this day tour to Potsdam. Clint17176 July '23
1 day outside Berlin for a change of atmosphere Visit to different places: city center, spy exchange bridge, Potsdam conference, Sanssouci castle. IT George June '23
Our superb guide, Jamie, introduced us to the wonders of Potsdam and made us all wish we'd met Frederick the Great. He was funny and informative (Jamie that is; not Fred). History truly came alive for me that day. Rick edu April '23
This was an excellent day out of Berlin. Beautiful and peaceful surroundings it is hard to believe it is so close to Berlin. The train ride is not too long and the guide makes sure there isn't endless walking for the sake of it, the route is very logical and we took a bus for part of the tour. Wanderer365 Sept. '22
We were very lucky on two counts; a small group of 5 and a well-informed guide. The transport was easy, the timing and walking distances manageable and the information provided was second-to-none. How our guide managed to ensure that we never waited more than 5 minutes for a tram or bus is beyond me. Today was truly the highlight of our trip to Berlin; thank you. Trevor P. July '22
Fantastic tour with Nikolai, an informative and engaging guide. Five stars for the content of the tour and five stars for the guide. Zak R. May '22