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Potsdam Walking Tour: Day Tour by Train from Berlin

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Join us for an adventure through the fairy tale like gardens, lakes and palaces of the Prussian Kings, German Emperors and Soviet Commissars.

Description

Potsdam is listed as a World Heritage site by the UN and it is no small wonder. Not only is Potsdam incredibly picturesque with many palaces, lakes, manicured gardens, statues and water fountains dotted over hundreds of green acres but it is brimming with an equally fascinating history.

We'll visit the manorial residence of Germany's last Kaiser, Wilhelm II, used by Churchill (to be replaced by Atlee), Truman and Stalin through the Potsdam Conference and describe the conversations that sealed the fate of Cold War Europe for the next half century.

Ride through the Dutch Quarter built up by the infamous "Soldier King", known for the giant men he collected for his showcase military regiments, to the stunning Sancoussi Palace of Frederick the Great and his final resting place (also learn why Hitler hung his portrait in the Führer Bunker).

Discover the forbidden town used by the Soviet Secret Service until 1994, the ruins of a KGB jail and the Glienick Bridge used by the CIA and KGB for spy swaps, including that of U2 Spy Plane pilot Gary Powers.

See where the ceremonial handshake between President Paul von Hindenburg and the new Chancellor Adolf Hitler took place on 21 March 1933 in Potsdam's Garnisonkirche (Garrison Church), symbolising a coalition of the military (Reichswehr) and Nazism.

Visit the mammoth New Palace (Neues Palais), (with over 200 rooms and 400 statues), built to celebrate the end of the Seven Years' War, in which Prussia ousted Austria from its centuries-long role as the dominant power in German affairs, the Roman Baths and Chinese Tea House and more.

Did we mention the visit to a fantastic local biergarten midway for a light lunch and a cold refresher? Relax, be fascinated and have a great day out!

Meeting Point

West: Meet outside main entrance to Zoo Station in front of McDonalds (View West Meeting Point Map)

Includes

  • English-speaking guide
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Potsdam Walking Tour: Day Tour by Train from Berlin

Duration: 6:30 hour(s)
Available: Wed, Fri and Sun
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: English-speaking guide

Nikolai is one of the best tour guides. He did the most from a little. He load us with information that someone would skip.

Inna

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Schedule

  • 09:35

    Check-in at S+U Zoologischer Garten Train Station

  • 09:50

    Dutch Quarter

    The Dutch Quarter was constructed between 1734 and 1742 to house Frederick William I's "Potsdam Giants". Today, you can browse through the many crafts shops, galleries, workshops, antique shops and cafes among the group of red-brick buildings.

  • Sanssouci Palace

    Visit the gorgeous summer residence that literally means "without a care". This humble palace was commissioned in 1745 by Friedrich II otherwise known as Frederick the Great. Here you will also find the guesthouse Neue Kammern, the Picture Gallery and Sanssouci Park.

  • Glienicke Bridge

    This historic bridge connects Potsdam to Berlin and played a significant role during the Cold War. Aptly nicknamed the "Bridge of Spies", this emerald-colored bridge served as an exchange location for high-profile spies between East and West Berlin.

  • Cecilienhof

    See the rustic palace of Crown Prince Wilhelm, the residence which is most known for hosting the Potsdam Conference in 1945. Some rooms were also used by Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill. View from afar the beautiful display of flowers shaped like a red star.

  • 15:50

    Check-out at S+U Zoologischer Garten Train Station

  • (For Check-In) Meeting Point West (Hardenbergplatz 2-4, 10623) Time: 09:35:00

  • (For Check-Out) Meeting Point West (Hardenbergplatz 2-4, 10623) Time: 15:50:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Meeting Point West (Hardenbergplatz 2-4, 10623) Time: 09:35:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Meeting Point West (Hardenbergplatz 2-4, 10623) Time: 15:50:00

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Notes

Requirement(s) - Others
  • Please bring along a train ticket, you'll require an ABC zone ticket (one way is 3.00 Euros or a day pass is 6.80 Euros and a small group ticket for up to 5 peoples for the day is 15.50 Euros)

Additional Note(s)
  • Children aged 12 and under are free when accompanied by a paying Adult.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a minimum of 1.

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Reviews

Nikolai is one of the best tour guides. He did the most from a little. He load us with information that someone would skip.

Inna

Maria our guide was excellent - knowledgeable, engaging delivery - she trained as an actress and fun. We covered quite some ground... and walked in areas where most tourist may miss if they were on some bus tour. Potsdam needs more time to explore and this walking tour is a good introduction for the next visit! more

E T L

You can experience Potsdam for a very reasonable price.
We used a bus when we arrived there. We visited Sanssouci Palace an...
d Cecilienhof Palace.
Because of time limitation, we didn't enter Sanssouci Palace, but instead we went to the smaller villa. There was a lot of paintings.
At the Cecilienhof, we also didn't get in, but we saw the room where the Potsdam Conference was held from the outside.
I guess it would be better if we were able to go inside.
There is a lot of walking, so better wear comfortable shoes.
The guide was very good and explained everything enthusiastically. He explained us how to get back to Berlin as well.

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Anonymous

Potsdam is famous around the world and it turned out to be a beautiful town. The guide explained the historical background to a gr...eat detail and we learned a lot. You can go to Potsdam by yourself, but you can get a lot more out of it if you visit it with a local person. I recommend it.

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Anonymous

lots to see,plenty facts to learn about,only found as at our age found it to be quite tiring.but enjoyable all the same. the whole... set up from meeting up to the very facts from our tour guide. more

michael

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  • Any cancellations made within 2 business days of your activity (after 10:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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