Explore the story of a mighty European state that no longer exists – the Kingdom of Prussia. Learn how this defunct power redrew the map of the European continent under the reign of Frederick the Great; became the driving force behind German unification and the leading state in the German Empire from unification in 1871.
Examine the jewel in the Prussia crown – the breathtakingly captivating ensemble of UNESCO World Heritage listed parks and palaces in Potsdam – the former summer residences of the Prussian Kings & German Emperors – 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…
PRICE: 850€ ($910/£720)inc 19% VAT
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 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.
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.
750€ for a 6 hour private van tour – max 6 person group ($910/£685)
includes 19% VAT, guide fee, booking fee, admin fee, transportation and driver costs, and tourism insurances.
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).
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.
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Our payments are securely processed using Stripe/PayPal invoicing – all major credit cards accepted.
All tours conducted in accordance with current German government Covid-19 precautions and guidelines.
The first step in booking any of our tours is to get in touch – either by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by using the contact box below.
What sort of tour/s are you interested in? Have you already booked your accomodation and would like your tour to start there? How many days are you staying in Berlin and would you like to book multiple tours?
Once we have received your initial request we will get back in touch within 24-48hrs with further details and a proposal for your trip.
Bookings for the high season (May-December) need to be paid in full in advance – we accept VISA/Mastercard/Paypal/Bank Transfer and plenty of other forms of payment.
Ostseestrasse 77, Prenzlauer Berg,Berlin 10409