WHEN & WHERE
Palaces, Parks, and Prussians!
For nearly three centuries, the scenic town of Potsdam just outside Berlin was the residence of the Prussian kings, princes, and German emperors of the House of Hohenzollern who created a fairy-tale landscape of palaces, gardens, and churches that ranks among the most beautiful in Europe.
Our walk takes you past the dreamlike castle of Babelsberg and up to the lakeside Marble Palace with its Greek temple ruins. See an idyllic Russian village before exploring the quaint little 18th Century Dutch quarter. No surprise that Potsdam has been accorded UNESCO World Heritage status.
But the cruel realities of 20th Century history intervened in 1945. Visit the grounds of Cecilienhof Palace, scene of the Potsdam Conference, where an American president, a Soviet dictator, and a British prime minister sat down to shape the future of Germany and Europe after World War II, ushering in the Cold War. Cross the “Bridge of Spies”, where Gary Powers was traded in 1962 and see the former Stasi prison, run by the East German secret police.
The tour ends back in the 18th Century. Finish in the enchanting surroundings of Sanssouci Park and Palace, created by Frederick the Great. You can then explore Sanssouci on your own or accompany the guide back to Berlin.
Please note that we do not visit the inside of the Sanssouci Palace on this tour. If you want to visit the palace after the tour we recommend booking from a timeslot of 16:00 or later. Bookings must be made with the palace directly online, which you can do by clicking here.
If the Sanssouci palace is bookedout we recommend other sites including Schloss Cecilienhof and the Neues Palais (New Palace)!
Outside Starbucks opposite Hackescher Markt S-Bahn station.
Address: Neue Promenade 3, 10178 Berlin
GPS: 52.52301, 13.401557
The following S-Bahn trains and trams stop at Hackescher Markt:
S-Bahn: S5, S7, S75
Tram: M1, M4, M5, M6, 12