Potsdam

Time

10 am

Duration

6 hours

Meeting Point

Reichstagufer 17, 10117 Berlin

Prices

Adult

aged 18 to 64

€28.90

Senior/Student/Youth

aged 65 and over/7 to 17

€24.90

WelcomeCard

€24.90

Children

aged 6 and under

free

Required Transport Ticket

ABC 24-hour ticket required

Highlights

  • Stroll around the small shops, galleries and cafés of the old Dutch Quarter, an ensemble of two-storey red-brick houses that is unique in Europe.
  • Traverse the Glienicke Bridge, a former border crossing between East and West dubbed the “Bridge of Spies” for its use in the exchange of prisoners.
  • Take in the splendid Sanssouci Palace, Frederick the Great’s favourite residence, which is set in beautiful grounds scattered with temples, churches and follies.
  • Visit the UNESCO-listed Cecilienhof Palace, which was built in the style of a country manor and used to host the historic Potsdam Conference in 1945.
  • Explore the “Forbidden City”, the headquarters of Soviet counterintelligence during the Cold War.
  • Walk under the ornate triumphal arch of Potsdam’s Brandenburg Gate on your way to the graceful Friedenskirche (Church of Peace).

Starting Point

Meet your guide on the square next to the Tränenpalast (Palace of Tears), Reichstagufer 17, 10117 Berlin.

Description

The palace complexes and landscape gardens of Potsdam were designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1990 – and it’s easy to see why. With its many magnificent edifices, serene lakes, manicured gardens, statues and water fountains dotted over hundreds of green acres, this ensemble is a real feast for the eyes.

Completed in 1742, the Dutch Quarter (or “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.

After crossing the “Bridge of Spies”, the tour arrives at Cecilienhof, a palace that was originally intended as a residence for the last Crown Prince of the German Empire but came to host the Potsdam Conference in 1945. We describe the talks held between the UK, US and USSR leaders – Churchill (and later Attlee), Truman and Stalin –, which were to seal the fate of Cold War Europe for the subsequent half century. Walk around the Soviet “Forbidden City”, one of the most important intelligence sites of the Soviets in East Germany during the Cold War.

Often referred to as the “Versailles of Germany”, Sanssouci Palace is 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.

Finishing Point

Your guide will travel back with you to Friedrichstraße station in the centre of Berlin.

Insider Route

This itinerary is intended to give you a general idea of our route on this tour. You can expect to see and hear stories about all of these sites, as well as many more! Please be aware that the route is subject to change on any given day, should unforeseen circumstances arise.

  1. Meeting point – on the square next to the Tränenpalast (Palace of Tears), Reichstagufer 17
  2. S-Bahn Potsdam – upon arrival in the beautiful city of Potsdam, hear a fascinating overview of Potsdam’s history.
  3. Alter Markt and Potsdamer Stadtschloss – spectacular square and newly reconstructed city palace
  4. Glienicke Bridge (known as the “Bridge of Spies”) – site of spy swaps during the Cold War
  5. Neuer Garten and Marmorpalais (Marble Palace) – gorgeous sprawling gardens and some of the most attractive palaces Potsdam has to offer
  6. Schloss Cecilienhof (Cecilienhof Palace) – the last of the royal palaces to be built (1917) and the location of the 1945 Potsdam Conference
  7. Former “Forbidden City” – the HQ of the KGB and a no-go area for locals
  8. Dutch Quarter – this unique and appealing collection of Dutch-style houses is an architectural marvel.
  9. Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate Potsdam) – its two vastly different sides were designed by two different architects.
  10. Friedenskirche (Church of Peace) – a picturesque church with an eye-catching tower set amid beautiful gardens
  11. Sanssouci Palace – Frederick the Great’s opulent summer residence

Insider Reviews

A great trip from Berlin.

My daughter and I very much enjoyed our visit to Potsdam accompanied by our excellent guide Toby. He was very knowledgeable and friendly and he brought the place to life for us. Thank you! Germina J. May '24

Excellent Tour!

My uncle and I did a tour of Potsdam with Mikael and it was AMAZING! Meeting up was easy and Mikael knew exactly which routes to take to maximize our sightseeing opportunities. There's a ton to see in Potsdam, and if you don't know your way around you could easily lose time getting lost and searching for something. Mikael was extremely knowledgeable of the sights and was able to answer every question we had. Jack W. May '24

Fantastic tour.

I originally planned to go to Potsdam on my own, but this small group tour made things way easier. Mikhail was a great guide! At the end, I was able to go visit Cecilienhoff on my own. Fantastic day out! Angela N. May '24

I'm very glad I did it!

If you have limited time and money then this is a great way to get a good taste of Potsdam in the space of a few hours. Saw the beautiful Wannsee, the famous Bridge of Spies, Cecilenhof and Sansouci Palace. Our tour was well paced and the guide Mikhail was informative and friendly. I would definitely recommend this tour and I'm very glad I did it. Elaine Nov. '23

Very nice tour of Potsdam.

Very nice tour of Potsdam. Maria is such a lovely tourist guide. She knows so much! I would recommend this tour to my friends. Vesna Oct. '23

Very good tour.

Very good tour. Gregor was excellent. Very good value for money. Might be worth mentioning the number of steps involved in the San Souci for those with walking difficulties. Caroline K. Oct. '23

Vast, beautiful, refreshing parks, esp....

Neuer Park, to reach palaces were healing experience, unforgettable and blessing. Strongly recommend to join the Potsdam day trip for Berlin tourists. Dave S. Sept. '23

Perfect Potsdam Introduction!

This 6 hour tour is probably the best introduction to the Prussian city that a person can have. He introduces you to the past, the present and the funny stories that Potsdam has to share. All the while making sure you get to enjoy an idyllic walk and get to take all the pictures you'd like. My family and I highly recommend investing in this for those who might not know Potsdam well or do not want to go straight to paying for every museum there is in this UNESCO World Heritage city 🙂 Paulie Sept. '23

Great Daytrip to Potsdam.

We had a great guide - provided excellent historical information ranging from the reign of Frederick the Great to the Potsdam Conference following WW2. I did not know a great deal about Prussian history before taking this tour - it was fascinating. We saw many beautiful structures including Sansoucci Palace. This was an easy day trip from Berlin and had an entirely different feeling and look than the capital. Would definitely recommend. Hanesh P. Sept. '23

Insider is the best.

Fantastic tour with Insider! Our guide explained the significance of everything well and connected well with the group. Wouldn’t hesitate to tell someone to book this tour. K. James Aug. '23

Fab place and excellent day out!

Visited Potsdam on a guided walking last week..the Place itself is amazing and our guide organised the tour brilliantly with ample breaks, Train, Tram and bus rides in between.. to summarise its a Great place with lots of history and amazing architecture complimented by a very well organised and informative guide. PT Aug. '23

Interesting tour.

We did this tour last week. Good comprehensive tour tour. But was tiring as it was really sunny and hot. We travelled by train from Berlin and later by tram in Potsdam. Saw,all the sights. Our guide was very clear and knew his history. Would recomend this tour. V. & K. Presence July '23

Insider did a great job.

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable in the history of Potsdam and the story of the palaces. Would recommend him and this tour for anyone interested in the subject. Tomm K. June '23rd

Great snap shot of Potsdam.

The guide did a fantastic job of moving at a good pace to keep to schedule but also allowing us to stop and take photos in the right plaves. He was extremely knowledgeable and showed personality rather than simply reciting facts. V. Patel June '23