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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
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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
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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

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
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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

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
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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

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 Potsdam 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

Βλέπεις όλη την πόλη εν συντομια. Το μόνο μείον είναι ότι αφενός δεν μας έδειξε το ξυλινο σπιτι alexandrowka ως αξιοθέατο και αφετέρου στο νεο παλάτι neues palais δεν το είδαμε καν από την πλευρά του κήπου λόγω έλλειψης χρόνου. Καλο θα ηταν να υπήρχαν περισσότερες στάσεις για φωτογραφίες ( έκανε μόνο 3 στα παλατια) και στα υπόλοιπα αξιοθέατα.

Potsdam: City and Castles Tour Reviewed by MARIANNA, 02/05/2020

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!

Segway Tour: Potsdam Highlights Reviewed by Anonymous, 08/12/2020

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.

great tour but probably most enjoyable when you speak german, the live tour guide made it hard to listen to the english recorded information, we did get information in english at the stops but this was less detailed than the german story

Potsdam: City and Castles Tour Reviewed by Nova, 08/06/2020

We were very lucky. We had a wonderful guide Rob M. He was knowledgeable and funny. It was a drizzling gray day, our group was small, transportation was desolate, it was like we were on a private tour.

From Berlin: Discover Potsdam Day Tour Reviewed by Stephanie, 10/17/2019