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Potsdam, City of Emperors Tour

A stunning day-trip to probably the most beautiful town in Germany

ABOUT THE Potsdam, City of Emperors Tour

This 6-hour day trip to the stunning city of Potsdam is a must for anyone visiting Berlin. Once the home of the German emperors, before being trapped behind the Berlin Wall during the Cold War, Potsdam is a photo-perfect town filled with palaces, lakes and exquisite gardens.


Your Potsdam, City of Emperors Tour meets in front of the Starbucks at the Brandenburg Gate (S/U-Bahn Brandenburger Tor).


One of Germany's most beautiful towns

This day trip from Berlin is the perfect way to see Potsdam, one of Germany’s most beautiful towns. Starting at the iconic Brandenburg Gate, your expert local guide will take you on the train to Potsdam, about 45 minutes away from Berlin. From there, you will stroll over to the Alten Markt (Old Market), where the Potsdam City Palace has now been rebuilt following its destruction in WWII.

Palaces, lakes and gardens

After that, you’ll take a tram out to the beautiful Havel river, where you’ll look across the water to take in sites like the Babelsberg Palace (now home to the famous Babelsberg film studios), and the infamous Bridge of Spies, where spy swaps took place during the Cold War. Then, you’ll stroll through the stunning Neuer Garten (New Garden), finding yourself at the beautiful Cecilienhof Palace (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), where your guide will tell you how the German Crown Prince lived there before the royal family abdicated at the end of WWI, and how in 1945, Stalin, Truman and Churchill (later Atlee) decided the fate of post-war Europe at the famous Potsdam Conference.

Take in the picture-perfect Sanssouci palace and park

After you've seen the English-style Neuer Garten and Cecilienhof, you’ll take a short bus ride into the Potsdam town center, where you will visit Germany’s largest UNESCO World Heritage site, the French-style Park Sanssouci, complete with the picture-perfect Sanssouci Palace.

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Your Potsdam, City of Emperors Tour starts in front of the Starbucks at the Brandenburg Gate (S/U-Bahn Brandenburger Tor)

  • Marvel at the stunning Sanssouci Palace
  • Discover the intrigue of the infamous Bridge of Spies
  • Take perfect photographs of the gorgeous Babelsberg Palace
  • See various palaces of the German royal family and learn about their abdication at the end of the WWI
  • Hear about the decline of Potsdam during it’s time in Communist East Germany
  • Stroll through the perfectly manicured gardens and along the glistening lakes
  • Learn about the famous Potsdam Conference that took place at the end of WWII
  • You can stay and explore Potsdam further on your own, or return with your guide on the train to central Berlin


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Inclusions & exclusions
What’s included
  • Expert local guide
  • Break for lunch
What’s not included
  • Train ticket (ABC day pass required)
  • Lunch
  • Entrance to palaces
Additional Information
  • The independent guides who employ us to market their tours have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 6 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
  • You will need to purchase an ABC day transport ticket for this tour and validate it before joining the trip
  • You can stay and explore Potsdam further on your own, or return with your guide on the train to central Berlin
  • Children under the age of 13 may join free
  • Wear comfortable shoes – tour covers 5-6km of walking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Tour runs rain, hail or shine, but is entirely outdoors, so please dress appropriately
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