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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

Bi-lingual guide is friendly but did not speak English on the bus tour

Easy to find starting location. Bus left on time. Booked 10.30am on 8 Sep for an English guide so thought the he will be speaking English on the bus. However, he explained quite well during the walking tour of. Guide is friendly and showed interest to answer questions regarding the sites. English audio guide is fair but defnitely missing out on what the German audiences are laughing about. Total duration is slightly over 3 hours, inclusive of over an hour of walking. Will reconmend this tour.

Potsdam: City and Castles Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 09/09/2018

Would have been 5 star if the tour had been described better

This tour was described as a walking tour, but was actually a bus tour with a couple of stops and short walks at the stop. The guide Oliver was very personable and when required to give his talks his English was very proficient The majority of those on the tour were German and Oliver gave them a running commentary while the British had to listen to a pre-recorded guide. The meeting point was poorly described and required us to phone the tour company to find where it was.

Potsdam: City and Castles Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 06/04/2018

Good oversight but a bit more English would be better

The tour was a good insight into the main bits of Potsdam. We booked for an English speaking guide. It was on a double decker bus stopping at various points. The group was mostly German. On the bus we were given headphones which described all the sights which was fine. It was when we stopped at various sites the guide spent most of the time describing the sites in German and ran out of time for the English translation but when he got to it he was great

Potsdam: City and Castles Tour Reviewed by Dilip, 07/03/2019

Great tour!! Ideal to get a broad overview!

Our guide was very knowledgeable with great information. He also kept it entertaining and time went by fast. I personally recommend doing the tour early so that there is time afterwards to return to Sansouci's beautiful park for a walk and to the city center to check out some more of the various neighborhoods.

Potsdam: City and Castles Tour Reviewed by Richard, 07/22/2018

Lovely way to get around with own informed guide beats

I got much more out of this type of guided excursions to the main features as we got off bus and had option would c being guided around the palaces exterior on the ground, while getting a good feel via open top bus of the whole beautiful place. Helped my t was a beautiful day!!

Potsdam: City and Castles Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 09/05/2017