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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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.


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.

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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

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.

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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

Brief insight into the main features of Potsdam and Sanssouci .

We enjoyed driving around the suburbs of Potsdam, and seeing the grand houses. Tour of Sanssouci was brief, but showed main features! Brief walk around the beautiful gardens.
Sanssouci Palace and Park Tour in Potsdam Reviewed by Sue, 09/12/2016

excellent tour and a great way to mix history, excercise and fun...

Myb9 year old and I really enjoyed this tour. It had the princess castles for her and some historical overview for me. Informative and enjoyable. Thanks Patrick!
Gardens & Palaces of Potsdam Bike Tour Reviewed by Fern, 05/30/2016

Beautiful city, great to escape the bustle of Berlin

Chris was a great guide, a local therefore he had plenty of knowledge of the city. Segway is a fun way to get around, if you haven't done it before then you should try it!
Segway Tour: Potsdam Highlights Reviewed by Peter, 05/12/2016

Relaxed & informative visit to the unique and lovely Sans Souci Palace

Highly recommend this tour to Frederick the Great's beautiful palace and garden, Sans Souci - 4 hours is the perfect time for a first visit to Potsdam, the tour provides an overview of the town itself by coach and a small group guided tour of the Palace - we hope to return and stay longer in Potsdam next time as we would like to explore the gardens in summer weather!
Sanssouci Palace and Park Tour in Potsdam Reviewed by Sharon, 03/23/2016

Very impressive - fountain not working, but a great birthday treat !

For my wife's birthday, we went to Berlin (I was there as a student in 1962 but not since); four very full days, visiting most of the major tourist sites - Reichstag, Hackesche Hofe, Museumsinsel, Berliner Dom, Gedachtniskirche, Sans Souci Palace and Potsdam, Jewish Memorial, Checkpoint Charlie, Jewish Museum, Alexanderplatz - and some wonderful meals at Entrecote Fred's, Galeries Lafayette, Hard Rock Café. Simply wonderful !
Sanssouci Palace and Park Tour in Potsdam Reviewed by Martin, 02/08/2016

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