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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

Josh was our guide and was very informative.

We have been lucky with the October weather as it has been hot and we had a great day walking with Josh. Potsdam is a nice and historical town to visit. Good to refresh our history.

Who knew? History of a nation in one kesson. Fun and informative.

Bastian knows his stuff and shares his passion for history in an easy and engaging jaunt through Potsdam. wear comfortable shoes and buy your ABC transit ticket before you go to save time. Better yet, a Berlin ABC Welcome Card will do the trick.

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

Excellent guide, very interesting sights.

Our tour guide was knowledgeable, a good speaker with a good delivery and a nice sense of humor. She covered the history of the area in good detail for a day's tour. She was attentive to our specific needs as well.

Berlin: Potsdam - Kings, Gardens & Palaces 6-Hour Tour Reviewed by Elizabeth, 08/26/2017

English version was thorough and seemed equal to the German coverage.

A good overview of the castles and gardens. Our guide (Thomas) was very helpful and tried hard to make sure everyone got the information and assistance they required.

Potsdam: City and Castles Tour Reviewed by Leon, 08/23/2017