Potsdam: Private Tour with a Vehicle – Time for Palace Entries Included!

  • Audio Guide
  • Live Guide
  • Day Trip
  • E-Ticket
  • Private Tour
  • Pickup Service
  • 8 hr

Potsdam was a city of kings – a German Versaille where the Hohenzollern monarchy of Prussia constructed lavish palaces in which they could spend their summers. It was also the setting for the Potsdam Conference, where geopolitical giants Josef Stalin, Harry Truman and Winston Churchill met in the summer of 1945 to seal the post-war fate of Germany and Europe. This 8-hour tour with a car takes you to Potsdam to experience the pomp and grandeur of Prussia and explore the origins of the Cold War. With your own private vehicle, you have the opportunity to explore much more of the UNESCO-listed palace gardens than would be possible by just walking. As part of the tour you will also be able to enter both the Sanssouci and Cecilienhof palaces. Please be aware that palace entry costs are not covered as part of the tour and that you will be supplied with an audio guide for the duration of your visit to each palace.

Itinerary Details

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Sanssouci Palace

Climb through the tiered vineyard up to Frederick the Great's iconic summer palace. Visit the grave of Prussia's most famous monarch, and learn how he became a legend. Go inside the palace and marvel at the stunning decor of the 13 rooms.

Duration: 45 minutes

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See where Truman, Churchill and Stalin sat for plenary sessions when they met to shape the fate of post-war Germany and Europe at the Potsdam Conference.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Glienicke Bridge

Cross the 'Bridge of Spies', from West Berlin into East Germany, where the US and USSR swapped captured agents during the Cold War.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Neues Palais

Stare up in awe at the imposing New Palace, largest of the residences on the Potsdam grounds and what Frederick the Great referred to as his 'boasting', and witness where Kaiser Wilhelm II signed the declaration that sent the Germans to war in 1914.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Marmorpalais

Gaze out over the Heiligen See (the 'Holy Lake') and take in beautiful views of Frederick William II's Marble Palace.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Potsdam Friedenskirche

Explore the private church of the Prussian monarchy, and descend into the crypts to visit the graves of Frederick William IV and his wife Elizabeth, queen of Prussia and former princess of Bavaria.

Duration: 15 minutes

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See where Frederick the Great housed his private art collection, a building the lead architect said would rival the splendor of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)

Walk beneath the towering arch of Potsdam's Brandenburg Gate – built to celebrate the Prussian triumphs in the three Silesian Wars, and predating Berlin's Brandenburg Gate by roughly 20 years.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Hollandisches Viertel

Wander through the close-set streets of picturesque, red-brick houses in the Dutch Quarter and learn how Dutch craftsmen were drawn to Potsdam in the early 18th century to contribute to the expansion of the then garrison town.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Nauen Gate

Pass beneath another of Potsdam former city gates, built to designs created by Frederick the Great and the first example of British Gothic Revivalist architecture appearing in Germany.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Old Market Square

Drive past Potsdam's 'Alte Markt' and see the Nicholas Church, the Old Town Hall, and the former Potsdam City Palace – now the Brandenburg State Parliament building.

Pass By: Alexandrowka

Drive around the thirteen charming wooden houses of the 'Russian Village', originally the home of the home of the Russian singers of the First Prussian Regiment of the Guards.
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