Six hour private van tour – max 6 person group
includes 19% VAT, guide fee, booking fee, admin fee, transportation and driver costs, and tourism insurances
Our Glory Of Prussia Tour can start wherever is best for you – at your accommodation or elsewhere
Discover the story of a mighty European state that no longer exists – the Kingdom of Prussia. Understand how this defunct power redrew the map of the European continent; became the driving force behind German unification, and the leading state in the German Empire.
Examine the jewel in the Prussia crown – the captivating ensemble of UNESCO World Heritage listed parks and palaces in Potsdam – the former summer residences of the Prussian Kings & German Emperors –join us inside the Golden Cage of the Iron Kingdom.
…Schloss Charlottenburg, Schloss Sanssouci, the grave of Frederick the Great, the Schloss Cecilienhof site of the Potsdam Conference, the Neues Palais, the ‘Bridge of Spies’, and much more…
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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 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 Elector – Frederick 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 entirely unscathed, it retains much of its old-world splendour – visible in its luscious lakeside parks, castles, 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.
The Charlottenburg Palace
The Bridge of Spies
The Glienicke Palace
The Babelsberg Palace
The former Emperor’s train station
The New Palace
The Orangerie Palace
The Chinese Tea House
The Sanssouci Palace
The grave of Frederick the Great
The panoramic vista of the terraced vineyard in front of the Sanssouci Palace
The Church of Peace
The quaint cobbled-streets of Old Town Potsdam
Potsdam’s Brandenburg Gate
The Peter Paul Church
The Dutch Quarter
The Alexandrowka Russian Colony
The New Gardens
The Cecilienhof Palace
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.
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?
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?