Sanssouci Park

Sanssouci Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Berlin: Potsdam Half-Day Tour

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

From Berlin: Potsdam Half-Day Tour in Spanish

6. From Berlin: Potsdam Half-Day Tour in Spanish

Visit the home of Frederick The Great in Potsdam. As a great lover of the arts and culture, Frederick II beautified the city with majestic palaces and gardens. Experience a trip back in time on this Spanish-language walking tour of the Imperial City. Perfect for those wishing to experience the culture and history of Germany, this tour then takes you to the home of the Hohenzollern dynasty. Also experience the historical Dutch Quarter as well as Sanssouci Palace to finish the tour.

Potsdam: Private Potsdam Walking Tour

7. Potsdam: Private Potsdam Walking Tour

Explore the charming city of Potsdam with its 1,000 years of history on a private guided walking tour. See the old town's sights and walk through the enchanting Sanssouci Palace's manicured gardens. Discover Potsdam's charming old town with the rebuilt City Palace and seat of the Brandenburg State Parliament, the enchanting Dutch Quarter, which will make you feel like you are in the Netherlands, and Potsdam's Brandenburg Gate. Listen to tales from your guide, learning about this small city. Then, stroll through the dreamlike park of Sanssouci Palace — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — with its delicate statues, rows of flowers, and enchanting buildings. Walk through history as you learn how the palace was built as a summer retreat in the 1700s.

From Berlin: 6 Hour Tour to Potsdam

8. From Berlin: 6 Hour Tour to Potsdam

Among woods, parks and lakes, surrounded by legends and crowded with Royal Palaces, at the gates of Berlin, discover one of the most picturesque cities of Germany: Potsdam. See the ancient Prussian splendor and find clear signs left by the socialists of the GDR and the current search for a historical image. Also, get to know "Frederick the Great", the philosopher king who lived in the middle of the 1700s. Walk through Sanssouci Park, also known as "the German Versailles". Next, cross the lesser known but older Brandenburg Gate to get to the Dutch Quarter. Finally, see another beautiful park: the Neuer Garten of the Castle of Cecilienhof, where the famous Conference of the victors of the Second War was held in 1945. End your tour at the the Bridge of Spies, a place that served as an exchange point for secret agents during the cold war.

From Berlin: Potsdam Private Guided Tour in English

9. From Berlin: Potsdam Private Guided Tour in English

Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Potsdam, including round-trip transfers from Berlin and a guide and driver exclusive to you. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer by private vehicle and drive through the lakeland borough of Wannsee en route to Schloss Glienicke and the Glienicke Bridge, site of spy swaps during the Cold War. Continue to Potsdam for a tour of the town that served as the residence of Prussian kings and German emperors of the House of Hohenzollern for 3 centuries. Marvel at the majestic castle of Babelsberg. Visit New Garden, home to the Marble Palace and Schloss Cecilienhof. Admire the lakeside Marble Palace and learn about the Potsdam Conference that took place at Schloss Cecilienhof, when the leaders of the United States of America, Britain, and the Soviet Union decided the future of Germany after World War 2. Next, go to the Russian colony of Alexandrowka and see 13 wooden houses built in the 1800s for the Russian singers of the First Prussian Regiment of the Guards. Continue into downtown Potsdam for lunch (own expense). Then, see historic sights such as St. Nicholas Church and the Old Town Hall. Admire Potsdam City Palace, partially reconstructed in late 2013 and now home to the parliament of the federal state of Brandenburg. End with a look at the Rococo architecture of Sanssouci Palace, built during the reign of Frederick the Great. As a private tour, you can choose the attractions that most interest you, and enjoy the full attention of your guide at all times. Palace opening times vary according to the day of the week, so your choice of palace will depend on the day of your tour. For example, tours can include Neue Kammern or Neues Palais (where Emperor Wilhelm II signed the Declaration of War in 1914) at Sanssouci Park instead of Sanssouci Palace.

Potsdam: Private Bus Tour with Sanssouci Palace Park Walk

10. Potsdam: Private Bus Tour with Sanssouci Palace Park Walk

Explore Potsdam with its magnificent palaces and parks on a private bus tour. See the Old Town's cobblestoned streets and Dutch Quarter, stroll through Sanssouci Palace's famous park, and more. Hop on your bus and sit back and relax as your guide explains Potsdam's rich, 1,000-year-old history. Hear stories of Prussian kings and how they lived their lives in this charming city. Stop at Cecilienhof Palace, marveling at its impressive yet rustic architecture with wooden beams and archways, to snap a few photos. Continue through the city to see the famous Dutch Quarter — where you'll feel you're more in the Netherlands than in Germany — and many other Prussian buildings, including the Orangery and the New Palaces. Then stretch your legs and walk through the manicured gardens and park of Sanssouci Palace. Stroll past pristine, white statues, perfect rows of flowers, and flowing fountains, listening to your guide's historical stories of past kings.

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What people are saying about Sanssouci Park

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 795 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).

The guide was Georgia, who was informative and entertaining. Despite a very hot day, and having waited for a while since Get my Guide told me the tour started half an hour earlier than it actually did, it was a very enjoyable experience. Georgia was also tremendously helpful, handing out useful information to everyone, and to me personally her help in getting where I needed to go on the return journey was invaluable.

We did this tour with 7 older women. Our concern that 2.5 hours might be too long was completely unfounded. Our young guide Holger was very competent and authentic. He always answered our questions. Through his personal family history, he allowed us to be a very lively part of this difficult time. We would book a private tour with Holger again at any time.

Matti was a fantastic guide! He was so informative and made the tour very interesting He was knowledgable about everything He really looked after us all

The guide managed to show us the main attractions in a few hours, suggesting the best and scenic routes that would be difficult to find on your own.