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Potsdam by Boat: Island Cruise

1. Potsdam by Boat: Island Cruise

On this boat trip, enjoy the beauty of the river landscape around Potsdam with its Havel lakes and picturesque villages surrounded by great scenery. Hop on board, lean back and drive through the village of Caputh, the fishing and vine town of Werder, and pass the Sacrow–Paretz Canal in the north of Potsdam as well as the buildings, castles and manor houses of the Hohenzollerns on the banks of the Havel. See the impressive Caputh Castle, the Marble Palace or Cecilienhof Palace in the New Garden. Cruise past Glienicke park with its casino built by Schinkel, and discover Babelsberg Castle near the river. Finally, your journey takes you to famous Glienicke Bridge. Enjoy the unique panoramic view of Brandenburg's capital.

Potsdam: 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Ticket

2. Potsdam: 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Ticket

Explore one of the most beautiful cities in Germany with a 1-day ticket to the hop-on and hop-off bus in Potsdam, capital of the state of Brandenburg. You can jump off at any of the 12 stops along the route, and with buses every 30 minutes (1 hour in winter) discover the shops and stylish alleyways surrounding Brandenburger Strasse and the famous Dutch Quarter. Hop off at Schloss Sanssouci Palace, Friedrich the Great's amazing 18th-Century palace, reminiscent of the grandeur of Versailles, and stroll through the magnificent 600-acre park. Walk through richly furnished chambers, and step out onto flowery terraces and beautiful gardens. Or visit the Raphael Room at The Orangerie, home to dozens of Raphael copies. A full tour lasts 105 minutes and includes entertaining commentary from a live guide. Alternatively, hop-off within a 1-day period at any of the following stops: 1. Luisenplatz 2. Hauptbahnhof (Main Train Station) 3. Filmmuseum 4. Dutch Quarter 5. Glienicker Brucke 6. Marble Palace 7. Cecilienhof 8. Alexandrowka 9. New Palais 10. Orangerie 11. Sanssouci 12. Grand Obelisk

Potsdam: City and Castles Tour

3. Potsdam: City and Castles Tour

Experience the beautiful sights and impressive castles of Potsdam on this interesting and entertaining city tour on the trail of "Old Fritz" (Frederick II). Drive through Potsdam's inner city and through the Dutch Quarter to the Glienicker Bridge. Learn more about the "Forbidden City" and walk around the Cecilienhof Castle. Visit Alexandrowka, the colony of traditional Russian wooden houses known as "Little Siberia." Finally, discover the famous terraces of Sanssouci as well as the grave of Frederick II. Walk past beautiful gardens and admire the biggest palace in Potsdam before spending the afternoon as you wish.

Potsdam: Palace Tour by Boat

4. Potsdam: Palace Tour by Boat

Discover Potsdam from the water and admire the wonderful parks and palaces of the Hohenzollern Dynasty. See the most beautiful sights from the water in just 90 minutes in the morning or the afternoon. Cruise by Babelsberg Park with its imposing palace, see the Flatow Tower and the Hofdamenhaus, then pass under the historically-significant Glienicke Bridge to Jungfernsee. Ride along the former border between east and west and get a glimpse of the impressive palaces and gardens. See the Church of the Redeemer, Sacrow and discover the fairytale castle on Pfaueninsel. Further high points of the tour include the New Garden with its marble palace and the Cecilienhof Palace, where history was made in 1945 with the signing of the Potsdam Agreement.              

Potsdam: Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour 24-hour Ticket

5. Potsdam: Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour 24-hour Ticket

See Sanssouci Palace, the Dutch Quarter, Glienicke Bridge and more with a flexible bus tour past all the key Potsdam sights. Begin your discovery of this fascinating city at either Central Station or one of 16 convenient hop-on hop-off points. Settle into a seat on the top deck and enjoy informative audio commentary via your personal headphones. Enjoy the full 100-minute round trip in one go, or jump on and off throughout the day; the choice is yours. Either way you'll discover famous sites like the Neues Palais and Cecilienhof. Come and go from the bus as you like. Walk in the tranquil gardens of Sanssouci Park, or hit the stores on Potsdam's shopping mile.

Berlin-Wannsee to Potsdam 3-Hour World Heritage Cruise

6. Berlin-Wannsee to Potsdam 3-Hour World Heritage Cruise

This boat cruise takes you from Wannsee along the Havel River to Potsdam and back. Cruise through the palaces and gardens of Potsdam and Berlin, a UNESCO World Heritage region. Here you’ll have the opportunity to experience Prussia’s history. The chain of lakes in and around Berlin attracts visitors from all over the world. Visitors can relax at one of the lidos or walk around the picturesque natural landscape that extends along Wannsee and the Oberhavel lakes. Discover the rich history of two regions near Berlin: the southwest and north. Famous personalities, such as the painter Max Liebermann or the playwright Heinrich von Kleist, lived and worked in Wannsee, making it a place of historical importance. The historical places give you the opportunity to go back in time and relive history. The cruise takes you from Wannsee to Kladow, passing by Pfaueninsel (Peacock Island), Nikolskoe, and the Church of St. Peter and Paul. Continue on towards the Savior's Church, Cecilienhof Palace and its old dairy farm, and the Glienicke Bridge. Float by the Babelsberg Palace, Flatow Tower, Hans-Otto-Theater (Schiffbauergasse), "Freundschaftsinsel" (Friendship Island), and Potsdam/Lange Brücke before returning back to Wannsee.

Potsdam: Sanssouci Palace Guided Tour from Berlin

7. Potsdam: Sanssouci Palace Guided Tour from Berlin

Explore the Sanssouci Palace and Park on this guided day trip. Travel by climate-controlled bus and take in the top sights in Potsdam. Admire the Dutch Quarter and stroll thorugh Sanssouci Palace and Park. Board the comfortable in Berlin's central Kurfürstendamm district and take a short drive to Potsdam. Begin your tour of Potsdam's sights and listen as your guide share's fascinating stories. Walk through the Dutch Quarter to see its magnificent buildings and admire the Russian colony of Alexandrovka along the way. Head to Sanssouci and go past the grand buildings that were once the center point of Prussia's imperial grandeur.  Take in the stunning gardens of Friedrich II's legendary Sanssouci Palace, and experience a true piece of history. Go by the Chinese teahouse and the New Palace. Return to your meeting point at the end of your tour. 

Potsdam: Biosphäre Potsdam Entry Ticket

8. Potsdam: Biosphäre Potsdam Entry Ticket

In the center of Potsdam there is a place with a holiday-atmosphere 365 days a year, the Biosphere Potsdam. Experience the jungle landscape with over 20,000 beautiful plants and many exotic animals. Discover colorful orchids, climbing plants and vines, along with cocoa and coffee plants. See free flying birds, terrariums with insects and reptiles, bird aviaries and an underwater world. Experience the magic of the butterfly house as big, colorful, fluorescent and camouflaged butterflies float above you.   In the aquasphere, experience the sea in a whole new way. Wander through the mangroves and dive into the mystical deep sea. It is shaped by darkness, but also by the illuminating colorfulness of the deep sea fish. 

2-Hour Seven Lakes Tour from Berlin's Wannsee

9. 2-Hour Seven Lakes Tour from Berlin's Wannsee

Enjoy a 2-hour tour of the idyllic Havel Lakes, the chain of lakes so rich in traditions that not just locals are drawn to them. Venture beyond Little Wannsee to Pohlesee, Stölpchensee, Griebnitzsee, Glienicker Lake and Jungfernsee, before returning to Wannsee. Relax with the whole family on the beach or enjoy a walk into the picturesque wilderness along Wannsee and Oberhavelsee. See where such famous personages as the painter Max Liebermann or the dramatist Heinrich von Kleist lived and worked and get to know the historic significance of the lakes. Discover the rich history of the regions southwest and north of Berlin from the water. Travel back in time at these historically-significant sites and experience the history anew. The tour takes place from Wannsee across the Havel to Potsdam. Enjoy the tours through the idyllic Havel Lakes and many historic buildings like the Babelsberg Palace or the Church of the Redeemer, Sacrow. See the fascinating island landscape in the north of Berlin. Valentinswerder, Baumwerder and Scharfenberg are just a few must-sees for nature-lovers. The tour operator's dock is located across from the Pfaueninsel. The island can be reached by ferry for a small fee. It is not possible to reserve outdoor seats.

Berlin WelcomeCard: Museum Island & Public Transport

10. Berlin WelcomeCard: Museum Island & Public Transport

The Berlin WelcomeCard Museum Island allows you to see more of Berlin for less. This is your ticket to the main attractions of the German capital with many tourist highlights, including sightseeing tours, attractions, theaters, restaurants and more, offering discounts of up to 50%. A complimentary guidebook is also included, helping you to make the most of your stay with tour suggestions and handy insider tips. Opt for free transport within zones A and B (Berlin) or A, B, and C (covering Berlin and Potsdam) when you select your Berlin WelcomeCard Museum Island option. Located in the city center on an island in the Spree River, Berlin’s Museum Island boasts a complex of 5 internationally acclaimed museums: the Pergamon Museum, the Old Museum, New Museum, Old National Gallery and Bode Museum. Together they form a world-famous and unique architectural ensemble, which was declared a UNESCO World heritage Site in 1999. With this ticket, you will have free access to them all (one visit per day per museum). See the antique collections of Berlin’s State Museums at the Old Museum and go back to Ancient Egypt at the New Museum. The Bode Museum houses Byzantine art and Oriental sculptures, while at the Pergamon Museum you can see splendid examples of Islamic art.

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What people are saying about Potsdam

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 12,228 reviews

We had a great tour guide who, with charm and wit, gave us a very good understanding of the history of the Hohenzollern. I was able to put myself in the time very well and I really enjoyed it. Thank you very much again. The bus driver also brought us safely through the city and gave us the opportunity to take photos of the historic buildings. Thank you for this.

Very nice tour with a variety of impressions and information. If you want, you can also get food and drinks at the table with friendly service. The information about the sights is easy to understand over the installed loudspeakers. The weather kindly cooperated too.

Pleasant experience. Nice staff. Easy way to see Potsdam in a day. :)

Very nice experience. Jazmine's excellent guide tour.

Very beautiful and interesting for the whole family