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Spend the day exploring the German city of Potsdam, once home to Prussian kings and the German Kaiser, during this 6-hour guided walking excursion. Explore the numerous palaces, castles and parks of this beautiful city, a location some have compared to France’s Versailles, on foot, listening to insightful commentary from your guide as you go. Your visit also includes a complimentary Berlin city map with museum and public transit info.

Highlights

  • Walking tour of Potsdam
  • Train ride from Berlin to Potsdam
  • See palaces, castles and other fanciful attractions
  • Hear about Potsdam during the wars of the 20th century
  • Cross over the famous ‘Bridge of Spies’

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What You Can Expect

Discover Potsdam Walking Tour

Discover Potsdam Walking Tour

Get a taste for the beautiful architecture and fascinating royal heritage of Potsdam during this 6-hour walking tour from Berlin. Over the course of your stroll through this picturesque city you’ll get a sense for German history as you wander past the city’s wealth of royal palaces, castles and parks.
Start your trip at 9:40am outside the Berlin Zoo Station, where you’ll meet your guide. From there you’ll proceed by public transport (at your own expense) for about 1 hour, headed approximately 15 miles (24km) outside the city center to Potsdam. Once you arrive, follow along with your guide as you explore the fairy-tale architecture of this unique city, once the home to German royalty.
Stop by the palace of Cecilienhof, the site of the famous 1945 conference between the United States, Soviet Union and United Kingdom, then check out the castle of Babelsberg and the re-created Greek temple at the Marble Palace. You’ll also have the chance to see a variety of architecture built in a variety of styles from around the world, including a traditional Russian village, Italian renaissance-style churches and 18th-century Dutch buildings.
Though Potsdam exhibits a variety of “fantasy” architecture, the realities of the 20th century proved to be a dose of harsh reality for its residents. Learn about the legendary 1945 Potsdam Conference that sealed the fate of Germany and Europe, setting up the Cold War that soon followed. Then cross the “spy swap” bridge where American U-2 pilot Gary Powers was traded in 1962, and visit the location of the KGB Prison, situated in an area once known as “Forbidden Town.” You’ll also see the infamous former Stasi Prison, once run by East Germany’s feared secret police.
End your walking tour back in the majestic landscape of Sanssouci Park and Palace, a complex whose name means “Without a Care!” which was built by German leader Frederick the Great in the 18th century. Your tour ends here, allowing you the option to continue your visit on your own or return to Berlin with your guide.

Customer Reviews

Larry

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our tour guide was extremely knowledgable and very helpful. He explained the history of each place we visited with very precise detail. I would highly recommend this tour.

suzanne r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

we had a great day, our tour guide,JJ, was hugely enthusiastic and informative.
He made it all really interesting , with props, performed his own street art, and told some pretty bad jokes!

perfect! could not recommend the day more.11 old and 13 year old kids loved it too and 83 year old father fun for all the family, thanks , JJ!

James G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I would highly recommend this tour.

mahindaa

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent walking tour. The tram rides and bus rides helped in minimising the walking aspect of the tour. Excellent guide.

Robbie C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Potsdam walking tour was excellent! The key word is Walking, and there is a lot of it so make sure you have good shoes. Matti the guide was very good giving us a lot of insight into the history of the Potsdam and Berlin area. I would highly recomend this tour!

Louis S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Matthew N Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed the whole day. Great experience catching local trains, tram and buses as well as walking the pathways and streets that make up Potsdam region. Our guide was a fountain of knowledge who took personal interest in each one of us to ensure we got max value. Would freely recommend this tour to any able bodied person. We did walk over 14 km that day. If you do go, where covered shoes as the gravel on open toe shoes is not good

Seda S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Potsdam is definitely a mustsee. Its historical background is pretty complex and it is very interesting and satisfying to see German history as a whole. And our tour guide Jess was brilliant. As he is a graduate history student, he transfers his knowledge pretty objective and visual material he uses is quite subsidiary in remembering all of the figures. Most of all, his approach to all of us was quite kind and talkative. Though being exhaustive, we enjoyed the tour so much

Margaret S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour
Really informative and helpful guide and got to see all the highlights of Potsdam

Our guide also gave us a good grounding in how to use the trains so we stayed a few afterwards to see the Sansouci palace and easily made our way back to Berlin

Highly recommend it

Michael J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Jess was very knowledgable and answered a lot of questions from the group. I would definitely recommend this tour.

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