In the Forbidden City (Private Potsdam Tour)

Learn more about the fascinating Soviet secrets of Potsdam. Hear about the Allies’ Potsdam Conference in the summer of 1945, the KGB activities in Soviet Potsdam, the life in the Forbidden City and the world-famous 'Bridge of Spies'.

In the summer of 1945, the Cecilienhof Palace and the surrounding "Neuer Garten" park were closed to the public for the Potsdam Conference. The most powerful heads of state in the world came to Potsdam: Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, US-president Harry S. Truman and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Clement Attlee). The conference was an end to World War II, but also a starting point of the Cold War.

For almost five decades, the Soviet military town No. 7, a “forbidden city”, was located next to the New Garden park. It was one of the most important intelligence sites of the Soviets during the Cold War. Here were, among other things, the German headquarters of the military counterintelligence of the KGB and a remand prison. On the tour you will learn more about the work and life in this forbidden city.

Finally, you’ll head to the Glienicke bridge, which became world famous as the Bridge of Spies. During the Cold War, agents were exchanged between East and West because the bridge was the border between the GDR and the American sector in West Berlin.

Please note: The permanent exhibition of Cecilienhof Palace as venue for the Potsdam Conference with the conference room is not part of the tour, but may be optional. A guide license for Cecilienhof Palace is existing. The entrance fee is not included in the tour price and the tour is then possibly shortened elsewhere. Please discuss the details in advance with us.

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Meeting point:

In front of the Cecilienhof Palace, to the left of the main entrance to the commemorative courtyard. Calculated address:
Im Neuen Garten 10, 14469 Potsdam, Germany 

End point:

Glienicke bridge 


Approx. 2.5 hours, easy three kilometer walk.

The tour takes place in all weathers, so dress appropriately.


1-4 persons = 139,00 €

5-7 persons = 159,00 €

8-10 persons = 169,00 €

11-15 persons = 189,00 €

16-20 persons = 219,00 €

21-25 persons = 249,00 €

26-30 persons = 269,00 €

Unclear number of persons? No problem. If you end up being more people, you can pay the difference on the spot.


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What you can expect:

  • + A private group tour

  • + A experienced and friendly local guide

  • + An exciting tour from the specialist for tours about the Soviet history of Berlin and Brandenburg

  • + Coverage of the the UNESCO world heritage site New Garden

  • + A booking confirmation by email with further information


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