The Best Things To Do in Potsdam

Potsdam is usually a day trip from Berlin but to truly see the city’s many attractions - take about 2 days to fill your travel itinerary. Start your day by exploring the UNESCO World heritage sites- Sanssouci Palace and Park, Babelsberg Park and the Sacrow Park along with the historic places like the Dutch Quarters with 18th century building.

A walk in the Russian Colony ‘Alexandrowka’ offers a peak of the houses of Russian immigrants. Don’t miss out on the famous Café in House No. 4 ( Haus 4).

The Krongut Bornstedt’s Italian architecture along with the adjoining gorgeous gardens, make for a romantic pocket in Potsdam.

For history buffs, the Film Museum (showcasing the history of Cinema in Potsdam), the Potsdam Museum and the Filmpark Babelsberg, is an experience in itself. The art scene in Potsdam is best seen in Altes Rathaus and Gemäldegaleria with the latter showcasing some of the most beautiful paintings at the Sans Souci Palace.

Amidst all the urban hustle-bustle, the war memorials are a reminder of Potsdam’s World War history and pays tribute to all the people who have lost their lives. The ‘Gedenk- und Begegnungsstätte Ehemaliges KGB-Gefängnis’ reminds the city of the repercussions of Dictatorship.

Along with a lesson in history and art, Potsdam completes the experience by offering a variety of things to do.  The Nightlife in Potsdam is lively with insomniac bars and pubs that offer the best food, music and drinks! The ‘Bar-O-Meter’ is a popular hangout spot with an open-menu that dishes out your favorite food and serves a delicious cocktail menu. The La Leander forms the focal point in Dutch quarter for party goers and is a preferred LGBTIQ pub.

Wrap up your stay in the city by tasting a variety of cheese at Kaesestuebchen and shopping for small gifts and souvenirs at Brandenburger Strasse. Apart from the city’s markets that add to its extensive shopping pulse, Potsdam does have popular malls that provide the quintessential shopping experience.  The Stern-Center Potsdam is the perfect place to splurge when in the city and end the stay with some much needed retail therapy.

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Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Potsdam, Germany

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  1. Park Sanssouci

    #1 of 411 Things To Do in Potsdam
    Park Sanssouci

    Tags: Garden, Park, Leisure, Fountain

    Address: Zur Historischen Mühle 1, 14469 Potsdam, Germany

    Timings: 08:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    The Sanssouci Park offers a peace of heaven with stunning landscaped gardens, a gorgeous central fountain and romantic pathways that hug the trimmed trees and shrubs. The view of the Palace compliment...Read more

  2. Sanssouci Palace

    #2 of 411 Things To Do in Potsdam
    Sanssouci Palace

    Tags: Palace, Architecture

    Address: Maulbeerallee, 14469 Potsdam, Germany

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Built close to the mid 18th century as a royal home to Frederick the Great, the Sanssouci Palace is often compared to the Palace of Versailles. The striking yellow building is not hard to miss and its...Read more

  3. Neues Palais

    #3 of 411 Things To Do in Potsdam
    Neues Palais

    Tags: Palace, Architecture

    Address: Am Neuen Palais, 14469 Potsdam, Germany

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Built in the 1760’s after the Seven Year’s War, Neues Palais is considered to be the last Prussian-Baroque palace in the city. The architecture of the place with the high dome and colonial...Read more

  4. Dutch Quarter

    #4 of 411 Things To Do in Potsdam
    Dutch Quarter

    Tags: Historical Site, Architecture

    Address: Potsdam, Mittelstrasse, Potsdam, Germany

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The Dutch Quarter was designed by Jan Bouman and was completely built by the year 1742. Today, the quarter has the greatest collection of Dutch Houses outside of Netherlands. The beautiful 169 buildin...Read more

  5. Filmpark Babelsberg

    #5 of 411 Things To Do in Potsdam
    Filmpark Babelsberg

    Tags: Amusement Park, Entertainment

    Address: August-Bebel-Str. 26-53, 14482 Potsdam, Germany

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Witness the magic behind the scene as you see film sets, costumes, props and equipment come to life. A tete-a-tete with painters, plasterers, costume designers and make-up artists gives you a peak int...Read more

  6. Brandenburger Tor

    #6 of 411 Things To Do in Potsdam
    Brandenburger Tor

    Tags: Historical Site, Monument, War Memorial, Architecture

    Address: Luisenplatz, 14467 Potsdam, Germany

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    After the victory of the Seven Year’s War in 1770, the Brandenburger Gate was raised at the Luisenplatz. The monuments along with the surrounding buildings stay true to 18th century Baroque arch...Read more

  7. Orangery Palace

    #7 of 411 Things To Do in Potsdam
    Orangery Palace

    Tags: Park, Palace, Architecture , Fountain

    Address: An der Orangerie 3-5, 14469 Potsdam, Germany

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    The Orangery Palace was the last palace building built in Sanssouci Park and was made on the orders of Frederick William IV. The elegant building is loved for its Italian influences with sculptures, f...Read more

  8. Chinesisches Haus

    #8 of 411 Things To Do in Potsdam
    Chinesisches Haus

    Tags: Park, Historical Site, Green House, Sculpture

    Address: Am Grunen Gitter, 14469 Potsdam, Germany

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Nestled in a corner of the Sanssouci Park, the Chinesisches Haus’s golden pillars and sculptures beckon one and all. The mint-green house resembles a cross between a Chinese Tea House and a fair...Read more

  9. Historische Mühle Von Sanssouci

    #9 of 411 Things To Do in Potsdam
    Historische Mühle Von Sanssouci

    Tags: Outdoors, Historical Site, Windmill

    Address: Maulbeerallee 5, 14469 Potsdam, Germany

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    The Historic Windmill is synonymous with Frederick the Great and the Sanssouci Palace. The mill shot to fame after the legend of the book named ‘Miller of Sanssouci’ in late 1780’s. ...Read more

  10. Alexandrowka

    #10 of 411 Things To Do in Potsdam

    Tags: Museum, Historical Site, Unesco Site

    Address: Russische Kolonie 2, 14469 Potsdam, Germany

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The Alexandrowka is the Russian Quarter of Potsdam and consists of 13 houses built between 1826-1827 under the orders of Friedrich Wilhelm III- a Prussian King. The place is declared as a part of the ...Read more

  11. Neuer Garten

    #11 of 411 Things To Do in Potsdam
    Neuer Garten

    Tags: Garden

    Address: Am Neuen Garten, 14467 Potsdam, Germany

    Timings: 08:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    Neuer Garten covers an area of 102 hectares and even though restored and renovated over time, still carries the essence of the early 19th century. Johann August Eyserbeck designed the gardens to refle...Read more

  12. Nikolaikirche

    #12 of 411 Things To Do in Potsdam

    Tags: Church, Religious Site

    Address: Am Alten Markt, 14467 Potsdam, Germany

    Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Originally designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, the church was completed in 1850 much after the architect’s death and also his successor- Ludwig Persius. The church was severely damaged during t...Read more

  13. Nauener Tor

    #13 of 411 Things To Do in Potsdam
    Nauener Tor

    Tags: Landmark

    Address: Friedrich-Ebert-Straße, 14469 Potsdam, Germany

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The Nauen Gate was designed by architect Johann Gottfried Büring on the orders of Frederick the Great who insisted on the classic Gothic and medieval architecture of the gate. Today, the structur...Read more

  14. Friedenskirche

    #14 of 411 Things To Do in Potsdam

    Tags: Church, Religious Site

    Address: Marly Gardens, Am Grünen Gitter 3, 14469 Potsdam, Germany

    Timings: 11:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    The Potsdam Friedenskirche or the Church of Peace was built on the insistence of King Frederick William IV. Designed by the court architect- Ludwig Persius in the mid 19th century, the church’s ...Read more

  15. Biosphare Potsdam

    #15 of 411 Things To Do in Potsdam
    Biosphare Potsdam

    Tags: Forest

    Address: Georg-Hermann-Allee 99, 14469 Potsdam, Germany

    Timings: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Biosphere Potsdam recreates a tropical jungle all year round. The place consists of around 20,000 types of plants, exotic fauna and the highlight- an hourly thunderstorm! The small walkways, beautiful...Read more

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  • Schloss Sanssouci

    Zur Historischen Mühle 1

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Dampfmaschinenhaus

    Breite Straße 28

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Schloss Charlottenhof

    Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 34a

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Jägertor

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Holländisches Viertel

    Hollaendisches Viertel 1

    Historic and Protected Sites
  • Römische Bäder

    An der Orangerie 1 Haus-Nr

    Historic and Protected Sites
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  • Silent Gliss GmbH

    Am Spitzen Berg 45

  • Teufelsberg

    Teufelseechaussee 10

  • Kreuzberg

    Schönleinstraße 9

  • TLG Kulturbrauerei GmbH & Co

    Schönhauser Allee 36

  • Mieterberatung Prenzlauer Berg GmbH

    Mickestraße 14

  • Caritas Bezirksstelle Prenzlauer Berg/ Weissensee/ Pankow

    Dänenstraße 19

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  • Heiliger See

  • Templiner See

  • Sacrower See

  • Schlachtensee

    Terassenstraße 40

  • Krumme Lanke

    Fischerhüttenstraße 89

  • Schäfersee

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  • Potsdam Museum

    Breite Straße 13

  • Jan-Boumann-Haus

    Mittelstraße 8

  • Me Collectors Room Berlin

    Auguststraße 68

    Museums Landmarks
  • Checkpoint Charlie

    Friedrichstraße 43-45

  • The Story of Berlin

    Kurfürstendamm 207-208

  • Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum

    Fasanenstraße 24

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  • FILMPARK Babelsberg

    Großbeerenstraße 200

    Amusement Parks
  • Filmpark Babelsberg

    Landmarks Amusement Parks
  • LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Berlin

    Potsdamer Straße 4

    Amusement Parks Landmarks
  • Freizeitpark Tegel

    Campestraße 11

    Amusement Parks
  • Baades Pro Shop

    Kleiststraße 3

    Amusement Parks
  • Ledo Spielhallen Betriebs

    Kaiser-Friedrich-Straße 59

    Amusement Parks
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  • Gleis 6

    Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 4

    Restaurants Bars
  • Club Laguna

    Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 34

    Bars Night Clubs Cafes, Coffee and Tea Houses
  • Fuchsbau

    Planufer 93

    Restaurants Bars Cafes, Coffee and Tea Houses
  • Monarch

    Skalitzer Straße 134

    Bars Landmarks
  • Maluma Dreams

    Torfstraße 16

    Bars Night Clubs Cafes, Coffee and Tea Houses
  • Café Barfly

    Brüderstraße 47

    Restaurants Cafes, Coffee and Tea Houses Bars
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  • Jokers Garden

    Schloßstraße 14

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Spielbank Berlin

    Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 1

    Casinos and Gaming Sports Bars
  • Merkur Spielothek GmbH

    Nahmitzer Damm 31

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Trauminsel GmbH

    Zescher Straße 3

    Casinos and Gaming
  • California Spielothek

    Turmstraße 72

    Casinos and Gaming
  • Kinderspiel + Buch GmbH

    Wiesbadener Straße 16

    Casinos and Gaming
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  • Botanischer Garten der Universität Potsdam

    Maulbeerallee 2

    Natural Parks
  • netzwerk natur Projektbüro UG

    Persiusstraße 1

    Natural Parks
  • Natur-Park Schöneberger Südgelände

    Natural Parks
  • Fischtal

    Onkel-Tom-Straße 50

    Natural Parks
  • Naturpark Nuthe-Nieplitz

    Natural Parks
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  • Mauerpark

    Gleimstraße 55

    Dog Parks
  • Falkplatz

    Am Falkplatz 1

    Playgrounds Dog Parks
  • Hundestrand Grunewaldsee

    Dog Parks
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  • Strandbad am Tegeler See

  • Alter Hof

  • Tiergartenufer

  • Wasserrettungsstation Am Großen Fenster

  • Strandbad Wannsee

    Wannseebad 5

  • Oberhavel / Sandhauser Straße in Reinickendorf

    Sandhauser Straße 57

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