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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.

  • Charlottenhof Palace

    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.

  • Biosphere Potsdam

    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.

  • Church of the Peace

    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.

  • Sanssouci Palace and Park

    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.

  • Cecilienhof

    5. Cecilienhof

    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.

  • Waschhaus

    6. Waschhaus

    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.

  • Dutch Quarter

    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.

Frequently asked questions about Potsdam

What top attractions are a must-see in Potsdam?

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.

Good to know

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +49
  • 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

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 3,289 reviews

This is a great tour of the best sites in Potsdam! Most of the time is spent on the bus which is great for winter/bad weather, with the chance to walk around the main sites with a tour or on your own. If you book the tour for a language other than German, you can listen to the foreign language audio guide in the bus.

A great tour that dove into the history of the area in relation to the Cold War. Our guide was very knowledgeable, as he grew up in the area, and could give us personal insight. Would definitely recommend.

Really really good. Great tour guide, informative and entertaining. I can only recommend.

Wonderful tour guide, very interesting and informative tour, entertaining and fun

Very interesting city tour with a very well informed city guide. Gladly again.