Potsdam – Royal Paradise and 1945 Conference Venue: Potsdam lies just outside of Berlin. This beautiful town was the home of Prussia’s royalty, and is filled with the parks and palaces of Prussians kings, princes, and German Emperors.
Our walking tour leads you through exquisite parks to the sites of Schloss Glienicke, Babelberg Castle, and the Marble Palace, built by the king Friedrich Wilhelm II, who earned the unfortunate nickname ‘the fat and useless’. The tour also goes into Potsdam’s city centre, where you can take in 18th century Dutch quarter, the gothic revival Nauen Gate, and Potsdam’s own Brandenburg Gate. With so much of Prussia’s history preserved in one place, it’s no surprise that so many places in Potsdam are UNESCO world heritage sites!
It’s not all parks and palaces though, Potsdam has a lot of Cold War history, too. You’ll leave Berlin and enter Potsdam by walking over the ‘Bridge of Spies’, where the USA and the Soviet Union swapped agents during the Cold War. In the town centre you will see the site of a former Stasi prison, and your guide will take you to Cecilienhof, where Stalin, Churchill, and Roosevelt met to decide Europe’s fate at the Potsdam Conference.
The tour finishes with a trip to the breathtaking palace and garden of Sanssouci. Inspired by Versailles, this was Frederick the Great’s favourite palace. You will be free to stay and enjoy the gardens after the tour, or accompany the guide back to Berlin.
Meeting/pick-up point: Outside Weihenstephaner restaurant opposite Hackescher Markt S-Bahn station.
End point: Sanssouci Palace, Potsdam.
Duration: 6 hours.
Start/opening time: At 9:45am.
End/closing time: At 3:45pm.
Opening days/period: April – October: Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. November – March: Saturday.