Top attractions in Potsdam
7 places to visit in Potsdam
Looking to see impressive architecture, fascinating historic tours, and palaces? Look no further. Potsdam's sightseeing highlights have secured it World Cultural Heritage status, so if you have a day or a week here, read on to find out the must-see attractions.
1. Charlottenhof Palace
This neo-classical palace lies at the southwest corner of Sansoucci Park, making it a great day out if the sun’s shining. Once a mere summer residence for Frederick William IV.
2. Biosphere Potsdam
Explore 20,000 species of plant in this tropical biosphere, where you get a sense of rainforest life. Open every day – last admission is at 4:30PM weekdays, 5:30PM weekends.
3. Church of the Peace
If you like to find peace and quiet, this place has you covered. A great option as part of a longer trip to explore Sancoussi, the beautiful building is framed by ponds and trees.
4. Sanssouci Palace and Park
Arguably the most beautiful views in Potsdam are found at the Sansoussi Palace and Park. Give yourself a day to explore the grounds and look out for summer concerts and events.
This palace is almost cute compared to the city’s larger structures, but it’s no less important. The site of Churchill, Truman and Stalin’s discussions to partition Germany.
The largest nightclub in Brandenburg, Waschhaus is also a center for art, culture, music and film. In summer, enjoy the open-air cinema. Exit at Schiffbauergasse/Uferweg station.
7. Dutch Quarter
Chocolate box buildings from the 18th century house small shops, cafes and bars, which attract plenty of visitors to this picturesque part of town. Relax - soak up the atmosphere.
Planning Your Visit
How long do I need?
Many visit Potsdam as a day trip from Berlin, but it’s really a destination in its own right. Leave two to three days to get a real sense of the place.
How do I get there?
Berlin Tegel Airport is the nearest international option, and transfers take under an hour. Trains from Berlin Hauptbahnhof take under half an hour and leave around every 30 minutes. The S-Bahn also travels to Potsdam (zone C).
How should I get around?
Many visitors choose to explore the city using bikes, which can be rented throughout the city. You can also explore by boat, taking in great views from the water.
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- Best time to visit
- Late spring/early summer is best for a visit when the days are long, the parks are green and the temperatures are mild so that you can walk, bike or boat your way around.
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What people are saying about Potsdam
Martin war ein ausgezeichneter Segway Trainer: weder meine Frau noch meine Tochter haben so was bis jetzt gemacht, trotzdem hat alles prima geklappt. Und der Weg war nicht kurz! Ohne zu akademisch zu sein, hat Martin uns ein Stück der Geschichte der Gegend erzählt. Die Rundfahrt selbst war spannend. Einfach einwandfrei! Immer gerne!
We had a great and informative trip. Our guide, Nikolai, was very good and took his time explaining the history of Potsdam and answering our questions. It's pretty much a full day tour and worth the time, just be careful there won't be much left to enter Sanssouci at the end.
The guide arrived on time, as agreed, we had sufficient time to explore the park, castles and the town of Potsdam. The commentary was professional
Very nice trip, good guide. We saw must have of Potsdam. We were german-english family, and we felt taken care of our guide.
Nadav is very knowledgeable guide. He knows the story behind of each of the castle.