The Glory Of Prussia Tour - Potsdam Sanssouci

The Iron Kingdom & The Golden Cage

The Glory Of Prussia

For more than 200 years Berlin served as the capital of a powerful European state that no longer exists – the Kingdom of Prussia.

This ‘Iron Kingdom’ helped redraw the map of the European continent under the reign of Frederick the Great – and following the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte saw its political and economic influence grow exponentially. Becoming the driving force behind German unification and the leading state in the German Empire from unification in 1871.

Traces of this once glorious Imperial power remain visible across Berlin – but most significantly in an ensemble of opulent royal palaces and parks in the nearby city of Potsdam.

A flute concert of Frederick the Great at Sanssouci/Adolph von Menzel

Visit The Summer Residences Of Prussian And Imperial German Royalty

Breathtakingly captivating, the city of Potsdam boasts over 20 palaces and villas, constructed in various architectural styles, that once served as the summer residences of the Prussian royal family.

To experience this 2,000 hectare UNESCO World Heritage-listed site now is to embark on a study in the awesome beauty of Italian RenaissanceFrench baroqueEuropean-Chinoise and, most importantly – Frederician Rococo design.

From the opulent interiors of the Sanssouci Palace to the tranquil waters of the river Havel and the immaculately landscaped lawns of the royal gardens; exploring these beautiful parks and historic palaces is both calming and enlightening. A relaxing respite from the bustle of Berlin.

Guaranteed to rejuvenate your spirit and stimulate your mind.

Schloss Sanssouci in 1895/Public Domain

Tour Sites

  • The Charlottenburg Palace
  • The Bridge of Spies
  • The Glienicke Palace
  • The Babelsberg Palace, the childhood residence Of Wilhelm I – the first German Emperor
  • The former Emperor’s train station
  • The impressive New Palace on the west side of the Sanssouci Park
  • The Orangerie Palace
  • The Chinese Tea House
  • The Sanssouci Palace, the most renowned of Potsdam’s former royal residences, built by Frederick the Great
  • The grave of Frederick the Great 
  • The panoramic vista of the terraced vineyard in front of the Sanssouci Palace
  • The Bildergalerie, with its world-class collection of Flemish & Dutch Baroque art and Italian Renaissance masterpieces
  • The Church of Peace
  • The quaint cobbled-streets of Old Town Potsdam
  • Potsdam’s Brandenburg Gate
  • The Dutch Quarter
  • The Alexandrowka Russian Colony
  • The New Gardens
  • The Schloss Cecilienhof, site of the 1945 Potsdam Conference attended by Truman, Stalin and Churchill 

Explore This Enchanting UNESCO World Heritage Site

Neues Palais/Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-30705-0012 / Klein / CC-BY-SA 3.0

Tour Details

city of kings and emperors, Potsdam housed Prussia’s royal House of Hohenzollern (lit: ‘High-Taxer’) family on the edge of Berlin until the fall of German imperialism in 1918. While actually older than Berlin as a city settlement by around 300 years, Potsdam only began to rise to importance in the 1600s – with the growing power of Prussia. This city settlement would soon boast its own grand palace, following the acquisition of Potsdam by the Great ElectorFrederick William I – from the aristocratic Hake family.

Now often referred to as Berlin’s equivalent of Versailles, Potsdam has a collection of impressive palaces and gardens – mostly originating in the 18th and 19th centuries. The most famous of which being the Schloss Sanssouci – commissioned by Frederick the Great to act as his philosopher’s retreat away from the pomp and ceremony of the Prussian capital of Berlin.

Although Potsdam did not make it out of the Second World War unscathed, it retains much of its old-world splendour – visible in its luscious lakeside parkscastles, and its charming historical centre. It would also serve in 1945 as the location of the final conference of the war-time Allies – with Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and US President Harry S. Truman gathering at the Cecilienhof Palace to conduct 17 days of negotations that would come to define the Cold War landscape – and shape the framework of European and German discourse for decades to come. 

Come and join us for a day out in this beautiful city, boasting architectural wonders of Baroque, Rococo & Neo-Classical style. European in the truest sense of the word.

Best experienced during the warmer months – from April until November.

History Beyond the myth

Beyond visiting the sites across Berlin and Potsdam that are connected with the Prussia era we will also discuss the myths and realities of the story of what was once one of the greatest European powers.

  • Why did Berlin become the capital of Germany?
  • What was the Kingdom of Prussia?
  • When was Prussia abolished?
  • Why did the Prussian royal family construct their palaces in Potsdam?
  • Was National Socialism the continuation of Prussian imperial ambition?
  • Was Potsdam damaged during the Second World War?
  • Why was Schloss Cecilienhof chosen for the post-WWII Potsdam Conference?
  • Why is there a Russian colony in Potsdam?
  • Does Potsdam have the largest Dutch quarter in the world outside of Holland?
  • How did Frederick the Great get his nickname?
  • Did Frederick the Great introduce the potato to Germany?
  • Did Frederick the Great invent the Blitzkrieg?
  • Was Frederick the Great gay?
  • Was German unification inevitable?
  • Are there any living relatives of the German Hohenzollern royal family?
  • Was Prussia the first state to adopt the Protestantism of Martin Luther?
  • Was Prussia the last area in Europe to convert to Christianity?
  • Was Germany responsible for the First World War?

Plus much more…

Prices

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750€ for a 6 hour private van tour – maximum 6 person group
($910/£685)*

includes 19% VAT, guide fee, booking fee, admin fee, transportation and driver costs, and mandatory German tourism insurances

(*prices in non-Euro currency calculated based on market rate at time of booking)

Transportation

All vehicles are recent model Mercedes Benz V-class/Volkswagen Caravelle vans suitable for up to six people.

For larger groups we also provide mini-vans and buses (up to 60 people).

Professional & Licensed

Member of the Berlin Guides Association – Bündnis Berliner Stadtführer e.V.

Secure Payment

Paypal/Stripe Checkout

Our payments are securely processed using Stripe/PayPal invoicing – all major credit cards accepted.

Safe Travel

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All tours conducted in accordance with current German government Covid-19 precautions and guidelines.

Cancellation Policy

All reservations can be cancelled via email up to one month before the first tour date – subject to a 25% cancellation fee.

Starting Point

Our tours can start whenever and wherever is best for you. Whether you’re an early bird or late sleeper.

Whether you prefer to start at your accommodation or elsewhere.

Contact Matt

Matt Robinson - Berlin Experiences Owner

Berlin Experiences

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Berlin 10409