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From Berlin: Private Tour of Potsdam with a Guide

1. From Berlin: Private Tour of Potsdam with a Guide

Enjoy a private tour to the heart of Potsdam from berlin with a guide. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sanssouci Palace, gardens, Bridge of Spies, and more on a half-day tour. After being picked up from the hotel in Berlin, drive to the border of Wannsee and Potsdam. You will cross the Glienicke Brücke, known as the Bridge of Spies where the US and Soviet Union swapped captured agents during the Cold War. Continue to the New Gardens to see the Marble Palace across the Heiliger See lake and the Cecilienhof Palace, the site of the Potsdam Conference where the Cold War began. Your expert guide will provide an in-depth commentary throughout the tour. From Cecilienhof, you will move to Potsdam’s downtown. Enter the historical center of Potsdam through the gothic-revivalist Nauen Gate, proceeding on foot through the picturesque Dutch Quarter to Potsdam’s Brandenburg Gate. Next, step into the famous Sanssouci Gardens, the monumental Neue Palais, and then to the Sanssouci Palace, the iconic summer residence of Frederick the Great. Delve deeper into the gardens on foot, visiting the Chinese House, the Roman Baths, and the Orangerie. There will be several short breaks during the tour for refreshments. At the end of the tour, you will be driven back to Berlin, accompanied by your guide.

Berlin: 3-Hour Yacht Sailing Experience with Sailing Lesson

2. Berlin: 3-Hour Yacht Sailing Experience with Sailing Lesson

Spend time on the water during your visit to Berlin. Sail along Wannsee Lake and Havel River on a 39-foot offshore cruiser. Learn to handle the yacht or simply sit back and relax. Your 3-hour sailing experience begins at the harbor next to the House of the Wannsee Conference. Sail in the Wannsee Lake and down Havel River amongst nature and many well-known sites of Berlin. Learn from the professional skipper how to steer the yacht, handles the ropes, or watch how they maneuver the yacht. If you prefer, simply just lay back, relax, and enjoy the sun. During your sailing experience, snacks and drinks will be available onboard.

Wannsee: 4h Private Seven Lakes Boat Tour with Skipper

3. Wannsee: 4h Private Seven Lakes Boat Tour with Skipper

Experience the beauty of historic Wannsee and its seven surrounding lakes, with your own private boat and captain. Begin your cruise on Tiefensee, with mesmerizing harbor views of historic Babelsberg Castle. Catch a glimpse of the luxurious villas hidden along the harbors of Griebnitzsee, known to host movie stars and celebrities.  Continue your route through the Stölpchensee, Pohlesee, Kleiner Wannsee, and Großer Wannsee, until arriving at Peacock Island, famous for its whimsical summer palace. A slight detour before your return will take you to Jungfernsee, home of the historic Cecilienhof Palace where the Potsdam Agreement was signed in 1945.

Tagestour: Private Wannsee Lake and Werder Yacht Cruise

4. Tagestour: Private Wannsee Lake and Werder Yacht Cruise

See Potsdam from the back of a boat on a private, round-trip yacht tour and experience the city and its landmarks from the water. Start the tour with your private skipper waiting to welcome you on board at the dock. From Potsdam’s city center you’ll head to the Tiefensee, taking in the sights as you relax on the comfortable yacht. From there, head across to the Kleiner and Großer Wannsee, past downtown Potsdam at the Templinersee, and towards Caputh Castle. Along the way, there will be stops to refresh yourself in the water, or you can take the wheel for a while and feel like a captain yourself. Or just sit back, have a cool drink (not included), and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Enjoy the sight of the picturesque Werder Havel and Hermannswerder islands. Then finally, head back to the dock, relaxed from a day touring the scenic waters of Potsdam.

Berlin: 5-Hour Tour on the History of the Third Reich

5. Berlin: 5-Hour Tour on the History of the Third Reich

Explore Germany's history on this tour focusing on Nazi terror. Visit Wilhelmstrasse, the “Topography of Terror” documentation center, and the Sachsenhausen Memorial. Travel down Wilhelmstrasse, the government district of the German capital, which was completely rebuilt in just one year. Walk from the Brandenburg Gate towards the “Platz des Volksaufstandes 1953," the path on which Hitler led a huge torchlight procession to take possession of the Reich Chancellery on 30 January 1933. See the German Ministry for Consumer Protection, where Konrad Adenauer had an official residence and spent more than a month hiding from the Nazis. See the Federal Ministry of Labor, where the Ministry of Propaganda used to be housed. Visit the monument to Georg Elser, whose planned assassination attempt at the Bürgerbräukeller in Munich failed. The Reich Air Ministry was located at “Platz des Volksaufstandes 1953,“ and it was here that the “pre-Wannsee Conference” on the “Final Solution” was held under the leadership of Göring. At the “Topography of Terror” documentation center you can learn more about the perpetrators of oppression in the permanent exhibition, from the Gestapo, the SS, and the Reich Security Head Office. You can also see the remnants of the cells at the infamous prison house. Ride in a VW bus and visit the Sachsenhausen Memorial in Oranienburg, which played a significant role as a model and training camp because it was close to Berlin and was the official residence of all camp inspectors.

From Berlin: Potsdam Private Guided Tour in English

6. 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.

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What people are saying about Wannsee

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,671 reviews

A wonderful tour with a great view at all times and wonderful properties on a beautiful large boat with lots of space in all weathers. We were 8 people and sat comfortably together at the front of the boat, we were able to have a nice chat, marvel at the great surroundings, listen to music and just enjoy. It was a beautiful day, also thanks to the nice skipper. I would book them again anytime. We recommend.

Absolutely worth it! Spent a great day on the water with friends with a very nice host (captain/owner), who had nicely prepared the day, offering a variety of activity options for us to choose, including a lot of flexibility for any spontaneous changes. Definitely will go on another trip with this host and his yacht, as soon as the opportunity arises. From me: highly recommended; exceeded my expectations!

We had a very good sailing tour in good weather over the Wannsee and the Havel. Whoever wanted could set sail, help with turning maneuvers and / or take the helm. Who just wanted to relax could do that too! However, there were no snacks and drinks - you should bring your own.

Super hospitality....and our kids were also enthusiastic...great Mediterranean feeling...cordiality right from the start...and a fantastic lake landscape...

Great tour by Johannes. Great information about the sites.