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Potsdam's Gardens Tours

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Potsdam's Gardens
Potsdam’s stunning gardens, and the historic buildings within them, comprise part of the largest UNESCO World Heritage Site in Germany. Built during the reign of Frederick the Great of Prussia, in the middle of the 18th century, these gardens originally surrounded the palaces and buildings that made up the royal family’s summer residence.

The Basics
The elegant gardens of Potsdam reflect the vision and ambition of King Frederick the Great, who wanted to establish a Versaille-like complex. The monarch hired architects and garden designers to build a series of palaces and auxiliary buildings, all connected by a vast park. Today, the city’s landscape of interconnected lakes, parks, and gardens is a popular attraction.

Take a guided walking or biking tour of the city to see its buildings and parks, or opt for a hop-on hop-off bus tour and explore at your own pace. Visit Sanssouci Park, which contains Italian-style gardens with fountains, the New Palace, the Charlottenhof Palace, the Roman Baths, a magnificent botanical garden, and other sights. Then head to Neuer Garten, the Babelsberg Park and Palace, and other notable attractions.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Potsdam’s gardens are a wonderful attraction for history buffs, gardeners, and families looking for a day of exploring.
  • Some tours include sights in Berlin as well as in Potsdam.
  • Many tours include guides and round trip transportation but not food or drink. Check specific tours for details.
  • Be prepared to pay for admission to some sights.
  • The gardens offer on-site parking.

How to Get There
Potsdam is located along the Havel River, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) southwest of Berlin’s city center. The drive from Berlin takes about 45 minutes. The city is also easy to reach via rail: from Berlin Central Station, take the S7 (which takes about 40 minutes) or the RE1 (for roughly 30 minutes).

When to Get There

Potsdam’s gardens are generally open all year round, but hours change seasonally. The palaces and parks host musical concerts and festivals frequently throughout the year, especially in the spring and summer. Christmas season is also a popular time to visit, as many palaces host festivals and holiday markets.

Neuer Garten and Babelsberg Park
While Sanssouci Park is Potstdam’s most famous spot, the city’s other sights are also stunning. Visit the New Garden (Neuer Garten), a romantic English-style garden next to Cecilienhof Palace. On the grounds of Babelsberg Palace, you’ll find a 19th-century steam-engine building and a tiny castle (Kleines Schloss). Climb the castle tower for a 360-degree view of the park and nearby waterways, then enjoy a coffee at the elegant, wood-paneled café.
Address: Postdam 14469, Germany
Admission: Varies
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Private Walking Tour: The Royal City of Potsdam

Private Walking Tour: The Royal City of Potsdam

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Escape the busy city of Berlin and take a day trip to see the beautiful palaces and gardens of Potsdam. This region was once home to the Prussian royal dynasty and was not harmed during the atrocities of World War II. Visit many of the city’s important landmarks like Cecilienhof Palace, the Bridge of Spies, and Sanssouci Palace and learn about the history of the city on this private excursion.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$324.67
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Private Tour: Berlin Highlights and Potsdam Palaces

Private Tour: Berlin Highlights and Potsdam Palaces

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Explore the best of Berlin and Potsdam on this private, full-day sightseeing adventure. Visit many of Berlin’s top attractions on this guided, 9-hour tour — like Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin Wall Memorial, Museum Island and Olympic Stadium, to name a few. Then head to nearby Potsdam to discover the city’s remarkable royal palaces. Enjoy a detailed commentary about the history and culture of both cities from the expert driver/guide. Customize the tour for any specific interests and feel free to ask as many questions as desired along the way.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$893.48
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Day Trip To Potsdam From Berlin

Day Trip To Potsdam From Berlin

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Leave Berlin behind to experience a town that is home to palaces, historic sites, gardens, and enchanting narrow streets. Ride by train with your guide for full-day walking tour to Sanssouci palace and park, a miniature version of Bradenburg Gate and pop in and out of local shops along the way. Enjoy a local lunch at a traditional German restaurant or opt to experience an authentic beer garden.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$232.63
Price varies by group size
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Price varies by group size
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Potsdam Bike Tour with Rail Transport from Berlin

Potsdam Bike Tour with Rail Transport from Berlin

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Get to know the best of Potsdam on a guided, 4.5-hour bike tour around this scenic university town. Discover its beautiful palaces, parks and gardens. See the historical city center and Dutch Quarter. Pedal past the royal residences of Sansoucci Palace, one of the largest UNESCO World Heritage sites in Germany. Visit Cecilenhof Palace, where Churchill, Truman and Stalin wrote world history, then stop at a beer garden for lunch (own expense). A train ticket plus the use of a bike and helmet is included.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$86.51
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$86.51
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Potsdam Walking Tour from Berlin

Potsdam Walking Tour from Berlin

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Get out of Berlin for the day by taking this 6-hour day trip from Berlin to picturesque Potsdam. Drink in the sights of the baroque palaces, placid lakes, manicured gardens and spouting water fountains of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed spot. Let your guide steep you in the history of the place regaling you with tales from centuries ago all the way up the Cold War.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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