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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.
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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.
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Tour operated by: Original Berlin Walks