Private Gardens & Palaces of Potsdam Tour

Private Gardens & Palaces of Potsdam Tour

Potsdam is Berlin’s most popular day-trip destination and for good reason. It’s a veritable playground for biking with many Prussian and Cold War sights tucked deep in parks and along quiet alleyways. Reserving a private guide just for your group will give you the chance to explore this beautiful area and learn about its history, all on your own schedule.

We start by taking the train our TV Tower shop for the 25+km journey to Potsdam, where our bikes are waiting for you. In 6.5 - 7 hours, including transport time, our tour covers about 16 km (10 miles) so there is a bit more biking than our other Berlin tours. However, Potsdam is also quite flat with lots of sights and stops.

Here are some of the many reasons why we think you’ll love our Gardens & Palaces of Potsdam Bike Tour:

  • Realizing that with its 20+ palaces, numerous parks and gardens, unique WWII and Cold War role in history, and distinct present-day flair, that Potsdam is far more than the “Versailles of Berlin”, but rather earning of its UNESCO World Heritage status in many ways.
  • Appreciating the power, lifestyle, and grandeur of the Hohenzollern legacy through their various lavish gardens, parks, and palaces.
  • Understanding the impact the Potsdam Agreement at Cecilienhof had on Europe to close out World War II foreshadowing an era of tension and distrust in the ensuing Cold War. 
  • Comparing the Potsdam of today - a vibrant university city filled with creative minds and energy - within the backdrop of life under communism behind the Iron Curtain.

At the end of our tour we will journey on the train back to our shop in Alexanderplatz.  Our staff are happy to provide you with recommendations for dining, shopping, or exploring following your tour. 

If you're coming to Berlin for a special occasion, like a birthday or anniversary, let us know in the comments!  We want to make your private tour with us as unique as possible. 

Tour Highlights

  • Sanssouci Palace
  • Nikolai Church
  • Old Town Hall
  • Dutch Quarter
  • New Gate
  • Brandenburg Gate Potsdam
  • Chinese House
  • Stop for lunch in historica Dutch Quarter (cost not included)
  • New Palace
  • Orangerie Palace
  • Obelisk
  • Alexandrowka
  • Cecilienhof Palace
  • Bridge of Spies - Glienicke Bridge
    • Comfortable cruiser- or city-style bike
    • Helmet (provided but optional)
    • Experienced, English-speaking guide
    • Option to keep your bike after tour at a discounted rate
    • Free bike rental after your tour for the remainder of the day
    • Free bottle of water
    • Free poncho in case of rain
    • This tour is conducted in English by our experienced team of guides.
    • Each bike has an easy-to-use luggage rack, perfect for small bags or extra layers.  Larger bags can be locked up in our shop during the tour.
    • We will make a lunch stop during the tour.  Please be sure to have cash with as any food is not included.
    • We always stop at each site, so there's plenty of time to take great pictures!
  • Private tours meet at our Alexanderplatz shop, located at the base of the giant TV Tower (Fernsehturm). The address is Panoramastraße 1a, 10178 Berlin.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Expand/Collapse Where is the meeting point?

    Private tours meet at our Alexanderplatz shop, located at the base of the giant TV Tower (Fernsehturm). The address is Panoramastraße 1a, 10178 Berlin.

  • Expand/Collapse Are reservations required for this tour?

    Private Tours can only be guaranteed when booked in advance.  We recommend booking as far in advance as possible.  We are, however, happy to book last minute Private Tours when possible.

  • Expand/Collapse What do I need to bring with me on tour?

    Be sure to bring your camera and some cash for the lunch break.  We also recommend that you bring an extra layer of clothing in case it get’s chilly during the tour.  There is a luggage rack on our bikes so you can easily carry some small items with you.

  • Expand/Collapse What is your cancellation policy?

    Due to the nature of guide scheduling for private tours, cancellations or rescheduling requests must be done at least 7 days in advance of the activity start time to be eligible for a full refund. Reschedulings are subject to availability and fare difference may apply.

    *See restrictions here

  • Expand/Collapse Do I need to reserve a bike separately?

    No- the bike is included with the bike tour, so just bring yourself and we will take care of the rest!

  • Expand/Collapse Do we stop for lunch?

    Yes, we will make a stop for lunch during the tour.  Please remember that the cost of food is not included in the tour price, so make sure to have some cash with you.

  • Expand/Collapse Is this tour appropriate for kids?

    Our tours are great options for families and kids are very welcome, but please note that this is a long day.  We have several types of kids’ bikes, seats, and helmets to make sure everyone of all sizes is comfortable on tour.  You know your kids best, so if you think they'll enjoy 6.5 hours of biking and touring, then we're keen to have them join us!

  • Expand/Collapse What if I haven't ridden a bike in a while?

    Don’t worry, it’s just like riding a bike!  Our tours move at a very comfortable pace so don’t worry if you are a bit rusty.  A private tour gives you the advantage of testing out the bikes for as long as you'd like before we get started.  

  • Expand/Collapse What happens if it rains?

    The tour will still run in case of rain.  We try our best to take cover but sometimes we are exposed to the elements.  We have pocket-sized rain ponchos that we provide for free to all of our private tour guests. 

  • Expand/Collapse Do we go inside the museums and monuments?

    There are over 20 palaces in Potsdam, plenty of parks and gardens, and endless history!  We privledge cycling on this tour, and as such, we do not include entry into any one palace.  The palaces are often non air-conditioned, small, and often have significant lines.  Of course if you have your heart set on seeing the inside of a particular palace, let us know in the comments of your booking, and we'll do our best to accommodate your request!

  • Expand/Collapse Can I combine this tour with other tours?

    Of course!  In fact, our tours make great compliments for each other.  If you want to include a specific site on this tour that's not mentioned in the description, or if you're curious about package deals, just reach out to us at [email protected] 

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