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Private Tours of Potsdam with Matti

"I am so glad I booked this tour as Potsdam was way bigger than I  initially thought.  Matti was awesome and very knowledgeable about both old Prussian history, German Emperors as well as Cold War events. We learned a lot. Highly recommended!"

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Your local Berlin & Potsdam guide: Matti

Looking for a local private tour guide in Potsdam? You're in the right place! Whether by foot or car, a compact 3-hour tour or a full 8-hour day – it's all up to you!

Potsdam offers a delightful contrast to Berlin with its numerous palaces, gardens, and charming old town. A local guide will help you maximize your time and experience the best of what Potsdam has to offer.

Drop me a message for a quote! Prices range from 50 to 100 Euros per hour, tailored to your group size and tour duration. As a local Potsdamer, I LOVE showing people around and sharing the city's rich history and beauty.

What you're going to see:


What is the Itiniary?

Totally up to you! We can meet at your hotel and travel to Potsdam together via public transport or by car/bus OR we can meet directly in Potsdam. Then we can see the following places: New Market Square with Nikolai Church, City Palace and Old Townhall, New Palace, Sanssouci Palace, Historic Windmill & Grave of Frederick the Great, Church of Peace and Sanssouci Garden, Brandenburg Gate, Dutch Quarter & Nauener Gate, Russian Colony Alexandrowka, Cecilienhof Palace, site of the Potsdam Conference of 1945, New Garden with Marble Palace & Holy Lake, Bridge of Spies (Glienicker Brücke) and Babelsberg Palace. We can then finish in Potsdam or journey back to Berlin together. Note that palace entries are not included, but can be organized upon request. Feel free to have a look at this list of ALL sights in Potsdam and let me know if you wish to add any of these to the tour. 

How to tour Potsdam?

There are three main areas in Potsdam: The Old Town, Sanssouci Garden, and the New Garden with Cecilienhof Palace and the Bridge of Spies. Public transport is necessary to get from one area to the next. Apart from that, Potsdam is very walkable. Due to its surprising spread, a private tour with a knowledgeable guide can ensure efficient navigation and insights into the town's expansive history and beauty, typically spanning anywhere between 3 and 8 hours (including a well-deserved lunch break in Potsdam's beautiful old town). Transportation in Potsdam can be arranged based on your preferences. If you prefer a smoother experience, I can arrange for a car or bus. Keep in mind that relying on public transport may mean occasional waits, with buses and trams sometimes running every 20 minutes, potentially extending the tour duration. While a car is advantageous, it's not mandatory. Palace entry isn’t included, but arrangements can be made to ensure you witness the grandeur within these architectural marvels. I can pick you up in Berlin or we meet directly in Potsdam.

How to get to Potsdam from Berlin?

For transport to and from Berlin, arrangements can be made upon request. Options include car or train travel, with frequent S7 trains running every 10 minutes and slightly faster RE1 trains every 20 minutes. I can pick you up and drop you back off in Berlin or meet you at Potsdam's central station, providing directions as needed. The latter option can save you up to 2 hours of guiding fees. However, your comfort and preferences dictate the transportation approach for our Potsdam exploration.

How expensive are Potsdam private tours?

Potsdam private tour costs vary, generally falling between 50 and 100 euros per hour. However, the final price is influenced by various factors like duration, group size, inclusions, and customization. Additionally, the use of private cars or buses for transportation or palace entries during the tour can increase the overall cost. For accurate pricing based on your preferences and transportation needs, it's best to directly inquire with me.

Will we actually visit any palaces?

During our tour, we'll get a wonderful view of numerous palaces from the outside, complete with captivating stories and stunning gardens. If you're interested in exploring the interiors of a palace, just let me know, and I'll make the arrangements. Do keep in mind that entry fees for palace visits will be an additional cost. The renowned Sanssouci Palace operates with time slots, especially in high seasons, which tend to sell out quickly. Inform me of your interest early so we can secure those tickets promptly. The advantage: a Sanssouci ticket includes access to most other palaces in the area that do not require specific time slots for entry. Among the other popular palaces are Cecilienhof, famous for the Potsdam Conference, and the grand Neues Palace. Since the pandemic, external guides aren't permitted inside the palaces anymore. Your visit will involve an audio guide while I wait outside. Rest assured, I'll be available to continue our exploration once you've completed the palace tour.

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