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How to Spend 1 Day in Potsdam

How to Spend 1 Day in Potsdam

Less than an hour from Berlin, Potsdam is a popular choice for day-trippers and a picturesque alternative to staying in the capital. One day is just enough time to explore the UNESCO-listed palaces, visit the infamous Bridge of Spies, and learn about Potsdam’s fascinating history. Here’s how to spend one day in Potsdam.

Morning: Prussian Palaces and Parks

Potsdam’s sights are spread out over a large area, so it’s worth exploring with a guide to make the most of your time, as well as gain historic insight. Join a walking or bike tour, or if you prefer to travel independently, a hop-on hop-off bus tour offers the best of both worlds with on-board commentary. Start with a visit to the city’s star attraction, Sanssouci Palace, which was the 18th-century residence of Prussian King Frederik the Great. Leave time to explore the highlights, from the magnificent palace interiors to the vast parklands, which feature a terraced vineyard, Orangery Palace, and Charlottenhof Palace.

Afternoon: City Landmarks and Soviet Sites

Potsdam’s historic center is home to a number of significant landmarks including St. Nicholas' Church and the Brandenburg Gate. Take a walk down Brandenburg Street, the city’s principal boulevard, where you can pick up souvenirs, and then head north to visit the famous Glienicke Bridge. Nicknamed the Bridge of Spies, the bridge across the Havel River marked the border between East and West Germany during the Cold War and was a notorious exchange point for Soviet and American spies. If time allows, Cecilienhof Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and nearby Babelsberg Park are both worth a visit. 

Night: Drinking and Dining in the Dutch Quarter

Summer visitors might want to time their visit for the annual Potsdam Palace Night, when Sanssouci Palace hosts an evening of music, theater, and fireworks. Otherwise, head into the Dutch Quarter, so-called for its characteristic redbrick houses, built in the 18th century to house Dutch craftsmen. Today, the historic houses are populated by shops, bars, and restaurants, making the quarter one of the liveliest spots to spend the evening in Potsdam.

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Discover Potsdam

Discover Potsdam

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Discover the city of Potsdam, once home to Prussian kings and the German Kaiser, on a full-day walking tour from Berlin. See how royalty left its mark on the city's streets as you wander past Cecilienhof Palace, King Frederick William II’s Marble Palace, the Dutch quarter, and the UNESCO-listed Sanssouci Palace and Gardens. Stop for lunch (own expense) in the city center, learn the regal history behind each site that you pass, and return to your original departure point in Berlin when your tour concludes.
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  • 6 hours
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City and Palaces Tour Potsdam - Stadt- und Schloesserrundfahrt Potsdam

City and Palaces Tour Potsdam - Stadt- und Schloesserrundfahrt Potsdam

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Explore Potsdam on this morning tour and discover the Brandenburg town of gardens and royalty with a local guide. Taking in sights of major palaces such as Sanssouci, New Palace, and Schloss Cecilienhof as well as the baroque old town, the tour showcases the most interesting corners of the city as tales of Potsdam’s bygone kings ring in your ears. If you travel in the summer months, the tour also includes a ticket for a Potsdam hop-on hop-off bus tour.
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  • 3 hours
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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
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$231.52
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City Sightseeing Potsdam Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Potsdam Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Explore the most popular places in Potsdam on this scenic hop-on hop-off bus tour. Visit many of Potsdam’s top attractions—like Sanssouci Palace, Cecilienhof, the Orangerie, and Potsdam's Gardens to name a few. Select a 1-day pass, then board at any of the stops and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live on-board commentary in English and German. Audio guides in French, Spanish, Italian and Russian are also available.
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  • 1 hour
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Private Tour: Potsdam Day Trip from Berlin

Private Tour: Potsdam Day Trip from Berlin

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Get to know the best of Potsdam on this private, guided, 7-hour trip from Berlin. Discover its beautiful palaces, parks and gardens. Learn how this scenic town served as the residence of Prussian kings and German emperors for three centuries. See the historical city center and Dutch Quarter. Travel 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 and stop in downtown Potsdam for lunch (own expense). Berlin hotel pickup/drop-off included. 
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  • 7 hours
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Private Half-Day Walking Tour of Potsdam and Sanssouci

Private Half-Day Walking Tour of Potsdam and Sanssouci

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Explore the one-time seat of the Prussian kings on this private half-day walking tour of Potsdam, including the magnificent Sanssouci Palace. Follow your guide around the historic center of Potsdam, stopping to snap photos of the Brandenburg Gate; stroll around the opulent City Palace and admire the red-brick buildings of the Dutch quarter. Then, marvel over the UNESCO-listed wonder of Sanssouci Palace, and explore the palace gardens, the Chinese Tea House and the tomb of Prussian King Frederic the Great.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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World Heritage Potsdam Cruise from Berlin

World Heritage Potsdam Cruise from Berlin

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Explore Berlin’s surrounding lakes and landmarks on a 1.5-hour cruise to Potsdam. Learn about the history of the city and surrounding region from your onboard guide. Relax and snap photos of the beautiful scenery as you make your way to the ‘Versailles of Germany’ passing by landmarks such as Babelsberg Palace and the Lange Brücke.
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  • 3 hours
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Berlin Tegel Airport Departure Transfer from Potsdam Hotels

Berlin Tegel Airport Departure Transfer from Potsdam Hotels

Schedule a private vehicle that can carry up to six passengers and sit back and relax as the vehicle travels from any Potsdam center hotel to Berlin Tegel airport for your departure flight.
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  • 45 minutes
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Private Walking Tour of Soviet Potsdam through Red Potsdam

Private Walking Tour of Soviet Potsdam through Red Potsdam

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Explore Potsdam’s Soviet history on this guided walking tour. See the city’s historic center, learn about Potsdam’s role as one of the largest Soviet bases in East Germany, and visit landmarks like the legendary Bridge of Spies, the once restricted area that housed the KGB’s headquarters, and the castle where Stalin, Churchill, and Truman negotiated the end of World War II.
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In the Forbidden City - Potsdam Walking Tour

In the Forbidden City - Potsdam Walking Tour

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While Potsdam is renowned for its scenic gardens and castles, it also played a critical role during World War II and the Cold War. Learn all about the city’s 20th-century history on this immersive walking tour. Begin at the UNESCO-listed Cecilienhof Palace: host to the Potsdam Conference that ended WWII. As you go, you’ll also discover the city’s former KGB headquarters, will see other Soviet–era landmarks, and will visit the “Bridge of Spies” where secret agents were exchanged during the Cold War.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Jewish Berlin

Jewish Berlin

Learn about Jewish Berlin on this focused history tour. Follow a guide on a carefully curated itinerary that moves through the old Jewish district, stoping at the first synagogue (built in 1714) to the new synagogue (built 1866). Listen to commentary surrounding how the Jewish community in Berlin influenced the rest of the world.
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  • 3 hours
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Berlin Tegel Airport Arrival Transfer to Potsdam Hotels

Berlin Tegel Airport Arrival Transfer to Potsdam Hotels

After arriving at Berlin Tegel Airport, take a comfortable transfer to your hotel in Potsdam. Skip the long taxi and shuttle lines and arrange a private vehicle, for up to six passengers, to get you to your final destination. Meet your chauffeur in the arrivals hall at Tegel Airport and sit back and relax until you reach your hotel in Potsdam.
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  • 45 minutes
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