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Discover Potsdam Day Tour from Berlin

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Potsdam, a city just outside of Berlin, is where the Hohenzollern dynasty made their home. Come and discover its marvellous Prussian palaces, picturesque 17th-century streets and gorgeous parks on a relaxing day tour with an expert guide.

Duration: 6 hours
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  • English
We spent a very pleasant day exploring Potsdam with our guide, David. Our group met in Berlin and traveled to Potsdam on public transportation (30 minutes). David walked with us all through the city for several hours. We stopped for lunch in the downtown area before heading to the palace. In spite of the damp weather and intermittent showers we had a great day.
i would highly recommend both OBW and David.
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Highlights

  • Visit beautiful palaces and parks
  • Learn some Cold War history
  • See where the 1945 Potsdam Conference took place
  • Explore the charming Old Town
  • Walk through Potsdam's very own Brandenburg Gate
  • Discover Germany's largest UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Description

Taking the train from Berlin, you’ll enter Potsdam by crossing the famous “Bridge of Spies”, where US and Soviet forces exchanged spies during the Cold War. The bridge offers magnificent views of the Gothic revival-style Babelsberg Palace, built in the 19th century for Germany’s Empress Augusta.

The next stop is the 18th-century New Garden where you’ll see the Cecilienhof Palace – the venue of the 1945 Potsdam Conference, as well as Frederick William II’s Marble Palace with its faux Greek ruins. Afterwards, you’ll visit the picturesque Dutch Quarter in the centre of Potsdam. Stop for some coffee and cake or relax with a German beer, perhaps?

During the final part of the tour you’ll pass through Potsdam’s very own Brandenburg Gate and into the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sanssouci Park. Sanssouci, which means “without worries”, was built by Prussia’s most beloved king, Frederick the Great. You’ll walk through the terraced gardens up to his summer home to finish your tour in style.

Afterwards, you can stay in Potsdam and explore the royal gardens or join your guide for the journey back to Berlin.

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What’s included & not included

  • Expert local guide
  • Public transport tickets (a full-day pass for Berlin zone ABC costs around €8)
  • Food
  • Drinks

Meeting point

In front of STARBUCKS (opposite the Hackescher Markt S-Bahn station) (In front of STARBUCKS (opposite the Hackescher Markt S-Bahn station))

Reviews from travellers (3)

4.3/5

A
We spent a very pleasant day exploring Potsdam with our guide, David. Our group met in Berlin and traveled to Potsdam on public transportation (30 minutes). David walked with us all through the city for several hours. We stopped for lunch in the downtown area before heading to the palace. In spite of the damp weather and intermittent showers we had a great day.
i would highly recommend both OBW and David.
O
My wife and I went on a tour of Potsdam with Original Berlin Walks. The tour guide was named Jim. Jim was an excellent guide; he was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He was patient when answering questions. I learned a lot from Jim. Jim majored in German history in college. I highly recommend the Potsdam tour with Original Berlin Walks.
Great Potential, bad planning
All in all, the tour was interesting, informative, and Potsdam is wonderful. Rachel, our tour guide, was very nice, welcoming, and knowledgeable.

However, when it comes to logistics, the tour wasn't successful at all. First, it was entirely based on public transportation, meaning we had to rush from spot to spot to make the next tram/bus/train and had very little time in each attraction to absorb the beauty of the town.

Second, the tour was much shorter than advertised. The ad (and the booking) said it would be 6 hours long. In reality, we met in Berlin at 9:45, left at 9:55 (without two group members, but that's a whole different story), and finished the tour in Potsdam at 15:00. My math gives me 5 hours and change, not including the (self-governed) ride back to Berlin. I don't know where the extra hour went, but we would have made good use of it - for example in longer stops, photo ops, tours inside at least one of the free-entry palaces, etc.

All in all, the content of the tour was OK, but the organization was amateur at best.

This operator has 59 reviews for other tours

4.9/5

K
Berlin Walking Tour
We were so impressed with the walking tour.
Dave was so knowlegable, considerate and amusing.
We learnt so much that truly helped us enjoy our further few days in Berlin. Fantastic information passed on in a way that was easy to understand and easy to remember.
Dave included everyone and spent the right amount of time at each stage if the tour.
Everyone felt comfortable and we didn't want the tour to end. It was the highlight of our holiday.
Thank you.
Amazing insightful tour
Sarah was superb, this was a great way to not only capture the highlights of this city but to get your bearings geographically. Where didn't we go! From the story of Ampelman (I am so glad they retained some of the flavour of east Berlin), to be standing on the bunker site where Hitler and Eva went to ground. One of the most profound memorials was in the Neue Wach it's a minimalist memorial, a building with a sculpture in it of a woman holding her dying child. They have opened the roof and there is a round hole above her so when it rains or snows, she gets wet.
S
Awesome walking tour with Chris!
We had Chris as a guide and the guy is great. He gave us a pretty complete intro to German history, so that the tour had a context and we could understand easier why the city is the way it is today. It was a 4-hour walk which gives a good idea of what you might want explore more in depth.
Sue A
Jonathon was an excellent tour guide. His knowledge of the sights, history and storytelling was great. Even though the weather wasn't on our side he made the tour interesting and fun. A definite tour to take and see all the main landmarks.
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