Cecilienhof Palace

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Potsdam: City and Castles Tour

1. 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: 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: Palace Tour by Boat

3. 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.              

From Berlin: Potsdam Half-Day Tour

4. From Berlin: Potsdam Half-Day Tour

Explore Potsdam’s main attractions, baroque streets, and elegant castles on a guided walking tour from Berlin. Take the train to the city of kings and Kaisers and learn about the city’s long history and faithful restoration. Marvel at the Rococo style at Sanssouci Palace, the former residence of Frederick the Great, and uncover the hidden secrets of its architecture. Learn how Frederick expanded the city magnificently during his time as a patron of the arts and where he is buried in Sanssouci. Pass the Church of Peace in the palace grounds of Sanssouci Park, which is referred to as "the German Versailles". Continue through elegant streets, manicured gardens, and charming water fountains and discover the Dutch Quarter and the impressive Nauener Gate. Go to Cecilienhof Palace to learn why Potsdam is so important to the history of World War II. Hear how Stalin, Churchill, and Truman divided Germany during the Potsdam Conference in 1945. Arrive lakeside to admire the Marble Palace with its Greek temple ruins and continue along the banks of the Havel River. Here, cross the Glienicke Bridge, better known as the "Bridge of Spies", to see where the CIA and KGB exchanged secret agents.

From Berlin: Private Potsdam Half-Day Tour with Hotel Pickup

5. From Berlin: Private Potsdam Half-Day Tour with Hotel Pickup

Explore Potsdam’s main attractions, baroque streets, and elegant castles on a private walking tour from Berlin. Take the train to the city of kings and Kaisers and learn about the city’s long history and faithful restoration. Marvel at the Rococo style at Sanssouci Palace, the former residence of Frederick the Great, and uncover the hidden secrets of its architecture. Learn how Frederick expanded the city magnificently during his time as a patron of the arts and where he is buried in Sanssouci. Pass the Church of Peace in the palace grounds of Sanssouci Park, which is referred to as "the German Versailles". Continue through elegant streets, manicured gardens, and charming water fountains and discover the Dutch Quarter and the impressive Nauener Gate. Go to Cecilienhof Palace to learn why Potsdam is so important to the history of World War II. Hear how Stalin, Churchill, and Truman divided Germany during the Potsdam Conference in 1945. Arrive lakeside to admire the Marble Palace with its Greek temple ruins and continue along the banks of the Havel River. Here, cross the Glienicke Bridge, better known as the "Bridge of Spies", to see where the CIA and KGB exchanged secret agents.

Berlin: Potsdam - Kings, Gardens & Palaces 6-Hour Tour

6. Berlin: Potsdam - Kings, Gardens & Palaces 6-Hour Tour

Join this tour for an adventure through the fairy tale gardens, lakes and palaces of the Prussian Kings, German Emperors and Soviet Commissars of Potsdam. Located just 20 minutes away from Berlin, the city is a World Heritage Site and it is no small wonder. Not only is it incredibly picturesque with many manicured gardens, statues and water fountains dotted over hundreds of green acres and various palaces, but it is brimming with an equally fascinating history. You will visit the manorial residence of Germany's last Kaiser, Wilhelm¬ II, used by Churchill, Truman and Stalin during the Potsdam Conference. Discover the conversations that sealed the fate of Cold War Europe for the next half century. Ride through the Dutch Quarter, built up by the infamous "Soldier King", known for the giant men he collected for his showcase military regiments. Continue to the stunning Sancoussi Palace of Frederick the Great and see his final resting place Discover the forbidden town used by the Soviet Secret Service until 1994, the ruins of a KGB jail and the Glienick Bridge, used by the CIA and KGB for spy swaps, including U2 Spy Plane pilot Gary Powers. See where the ceremonial handshake between President Paul von Hindenburg and the new Chancellor Adolf Hitler took place on the 21st March 1933 in Potsdam's Garnisonkirche (Garrison Church), symbolizing a coalition of the military and Nazism. Visit the mammoth New Palace, with over 200 rooms and 400 statues, built to celebrate the end of the Seven Years' War, in which Prussia ousted Austria from its centuries-long role as the dominant power in German affairs. See the Roman Baths, the Chinese Tea House and more. But it is not all history. You will need refreshing; so we will visit a fantastic local Biergarten midway for a light lunch and a cold drink! Cheers!

Soviet Potsdam: Private Tour of the Forbidden City

7. Soviet Potsdam: Private Tour of the Forbidden City

In the summer of 1945, the Cecilienhof Palace and the surrounding "Neuer Garten" park were closed to the public for the Potsdam Conference. The most powerful heads of state in the world came to Potsdam: Joseph Stalin, Harry S. Truman and Winston Churchill. The conference was an end to World War II, but also the starting point of the Cold War. For almost five decades, the Soviet military town No. 7, a “forbidden city”, was located next to the New Garden park. It was one of the most important intelligence sites of the Soviets during the Cold War. Here were, among other things, the German headquarters of the military counterintelligence of the KGB and a remand prison. On the tour you will learn more about the work and life in this forbidden city. Finally, head to the Glienicke Bridge that became world famous as the "Bridge of Spies" where the 2015 Hollywood film of the same name was shot. During the Cold War, agents were exchanged between East and West because the bridge was the border between the GDR and the American sector in West Berlin.

From Berlin: Potsdam Half-Day Guided Tour

8. From Berlin: Potsdam Half-Day Guided Tour

Berlin without Potsdam is like Paris without Versailles - leave Berlin without a trip to its royal residence, and you can't say that you've seen it all. Potsdam's fairy-tale landscapes are inviting and playful, and make any walk a delightful experience. Arrive from Berlin at the “Kaiser Bahnhof”, the final Emperor’s personal train station, and set off through the sprawling Sanssouci gardens. Accompanied by an expert guide, you will learn all about the Prussian Kings. From the ridiculous to the impressive, from the ineffective to the mighty, you’ll learn how Prussia rose from a minor European power to the foundation of the German Empire! Discover where Wilhelm II fled Germany at the end of World War I, see the impressive Venetian mosaic in the solemn Church of Peace, and find out just why Germans leave potatoes on Frederick the Great’s grave! Enjoy a relaxed trip from Berlin and back again on a 4-hour trip to Potsdam’s most famous and beloved park.

Potsdam: Guided Private Car Tour from Berlin

9. Potsdam: Guided Private Car Tour from Berlin

Start your Potsdam sightseeing adventure from the comfort of your accommodation in Berlin. Here, your driver will be waiting to pick you up. After a short meet and greet you and your group will hop aboard your private, air-conditioned vehicle and set off to Potsdam.  Enjoy the luxury of a schedule that can be completely customized to your needs. You also have the ability to combine your 4-hour Potsdam tour with a Berlin city tour. Throughout the duration of your tour, you will ride in a business class vehicle, equipped with air-conditioning and a microphone, allowing you to learn from your professional and informative driver. When traveling through Potsdam, you'll can see the following sites: Glienicke Palace, Babelsberg Palace, Glienicke Bridge, Palace and Park Sanssouci, New Palace, Orangerieschloss, New Chambers, Charlottenhof, Cecilienhof, Dutch Quarter and the Potsdam old city center. You will also have the chance to stop at some of these sites and enter the premises. Finish your tour with a relaxing drive back to your accommodation in Berlin and enjoy an evening of rest after a day of adventure. 

From Berlin: Royal Palaces & Gardens Private Black Van Tour

10. From Berlin: Royal Palaces & Gardens Private Black Van Tour

Start this fascinating tour with pickup at your hotel in Berlin. From there, you will be transported to the beautiful city of Potsdam to begin an 8-hour tour through an atmospheric city crammed full of history and cultural heritage. Whether it's the Prussian Royal Family or Cold War espionage that excites you most, you will not be disappointed. Less than 1 hour from Berlin, Potsdam is a small city surrounded by picturesque landscapes, beautiful nature, abundant palaces, castles, and baroque architectural wonders. Led by an expert guide, explore the picturesque Potsdam and learn the stories behind the city’s spectacular façade. You will visit Glienicker Brücke (Bridge), which crosses the River Havel and runs through the middle of the East/West division. There, hear exciting stories about the spies’ exchanges, undertaken by the allies 3 different times. Many other historic traces of the German division can still be found here as well. The tour will lead you through the former KGB headquarters, the unusual small colony of wooden houses built almost 200 years ago, and other highlights that expose the Soviet influence after the Second World War. Next, visit the Dutch quarter, whose endless rows of red brick houses will remind you of Amsterdam. Potsdam is a city constructed from a patchwork of cultures. The New Garden was commissioned by King Frederick William II more than 200 years ago. After roaming this beautiful fairy-tale garden, the tour guide will lead you to Cecilienhof Palace, the location of the famous Potsdam Conference, built in 1916.  There, walk through the very halls where Stalin, Truman, and Churchill negotiated after the war. Perhaps one of the most visited places in Potsdam is the grave of Frederick the Great at Sanssoucci; situated at the top of a vineyard, it's a truly wonderful spot. You can also visit the other Prussian Royal Family graves at the awe-inspiring Peace Church. The spectacular design of the church is known to evoke spirituality even in those who do not believe. There is so much to see and hear about in this city. At the end of the tour, just sit back and relax as the tour guide transports you back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Cecilienhof Palace

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based on 4,004 reviews

It was very easy to find the meet up spot since the guides were wearing lanyards and there was a tour sign. Johnny was an attentive and knowledgeable guide for our trip to Potsdam. He made sure everyone had the right train ticket, knew where to go, and was available for any questions. He had many photos printed to help support his stories. Definitely recommend! My tour was about 4 hours round trip from Berlin (10am to around 2pm).

Beautiful day trip to Potsdam! Lots to see and experience in the city and castle! Visually stunning and close to Berlin if you’re looking for an excursion not too far from the city.

Very easy and organized. Able to see many of the main sights in Potsdam even on a tight schedule. The guide Ava (Eva) was extremely knowledgeable and friendly.

The itinerary was very good. We came late but they were flexible and put us on the next tour schedule

Great way to learn about the history of this area.