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Potsdam Bike Tour - from Berlin

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Key Highlights

  • Forget the strain of walking! Cover lots of ground on a comfortable bike instead
  • Bike through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Potsdam, a mere 20-minute train ride from Berlin
  • Visit the palace where the Potsdam Agreement was drafted by three of the world’s most memorable leaders
  • See the scars of the Cold War era that still cut across Potsdam
  • Rail travel from Berlin – Potsdam is included
  • See Sanssouci Palace and cycle through the charming Dutch Quarter
  • Tour is led by a knowledgeable English speaking guide
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    01 Apr - 31 Oct: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday

    Duration

    6.5 hours

    Start time

    Start time: 0945h (09:45am)
    Duration: 6.5 hours

    Meeting Point

    Tours meet at the entrance of the giant TV Tower in Alexanderplatz. Our guides will be holding an orange sign saying "Tours Meet Here"
    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at the starting point

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Potsdam is Berlin’s most popular day-trip destination and for good reason. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a biker’s paradise with beautiful open parks that hide Prussian palaces and Cold War relics at the end of quiet alleyways.

    Stroll through the expansive gardens of Sanssouci Palace and rediscover an era of kingly pleasures and royal excess.

    Ride past the small shops and cozy restaurants of the Dutch quarter and admire the triumphal Roman arches of Brandenburg Gate.

    Explore the grounds of Cecilienhof Palace, where Stalin, Truman, and Churchill decided how the world would be rebuilt in the wake of the Second World War, and the seeds of Cold War hostilities were planted in European soil.

    Ride through the no-man’s land that once separated West Berlin from East Germany and explore the vibrant cultural heart of the city, which abounds with artists and University students.

    Itinerary

    Please make your way to the main entrance of the TV Tower in Alexanderplatz, where you will meet your native English-speaking tour guide and collect your bike for this Potsdam In A Day Bike Tour.

    With cushy seats, fat tires and handlebars that come up to meet you, your bike lets you navigate this cyclist-friendly city with the greatest of ease and comfort.

    Take your bike with you on the train to Potsdam, only a 20-minute ride from Berlin across the gorgeous German countryside.

    Arrive in Potsdam and begin your bike tour, accompanied by an expert guide well-versed on the rich history and modern cosmopolitan identity of Potsdam.

    You will cover ten lush and leisurely miles in four-and-a-half hours, feeling the exhilaration of the road without any of the exertion. Tours are suitable for all ages and fitness levels. The tour stops every few hundred meters to discuss the sights and take photos, so you don’t feel any strain.

    Bike past Frederick the Great’s former summer palace of Sanssouci, held up by historians as the German answer to Versailles. Peddle through Sanssouci Park and gaze up at the New Palace, the last great baroque palace of Prussia. The Orangerie windmill and perfectly manicured gardens of Sanssouci provide an eyehole into the power and resplendent lifestyles of the Hohenzollern line of rulers.

    Ride through Potsdam’s Brandenburg Gate and past the quaint red-brick houses in the old Dutch quarter. See the magnificent Marble Palace reflected in the still waters of Heiliger See.

    Enjoy an audio tour of the Tudor-style Cecilienhof Palace, where three giants of history—Stalin, Truman, and Churchill—hammered out over two weeks the terms for the resolution of World War II and the reconstruction of involved nations. Discuss the far-reaching impact of the Potsdam Agreement and its foreshadowing of Cold War tensions.

    Ride through the former no-man’s land between West Berlin and East Germany and over the Glienicke Bridge where Cold War spy exchanges routinely took place.

    Peddle away from the haunted landscape of division and into the lively heart of this University city, which stands in brilliant contrast to life as it was lived behind the Iron Curtain.

    Your tour concludes where it started with a train trip back to Berlin and a drop-off at the TV Tower in Alexanderplatz.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Knowledgeable native English speaking guide
    • Hire of a beach cruiser bicycle
    • Entrance fee and audio guide to Cecilienhof Palace
    • Rain poncho, if needed
    • Train transportation to and from Potsdam
    • Insurance and taxes

    Exclusions

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details
    Kids’ seats, trailer chariots, and kids’ bikes are also available, so kids of all ages can be accommodated. However, kids should be strong bikers if they wish to participate.
    The museum curators at the Cecilienhof Palace discourage kids under 12 years old from participating because of the serious nature of the content

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may haveTour operated in all weather conditions. Rain ponchos are available, should they be needed. For the cold days below 50F/10C free hot tea provided on the tour along with free gloves for use during the tour.
  • Reviews
    • The Best Tour we Did in Berlin

      This was an awesome tour. I have to say it was the highlight of our trip to Berlin. Our guide was excellent, he was able to explain German history in a fun way. Potsdam was...

      Cathy Whittaker