Top Historical Places in Potsdam

Are you looking to explore the history of Potsdam through the ages? There are a number of historical destinations in Potsdam including the time-honored buildings, monuments, palaces, and parks where you can learn about the glorious past of Potsdam. The presence of these historical sites and museums will take you on a walk through Potsdam ‘s rich history.
If you are willing to have an in-depth historical information about Potsdam, we recommend that you take a wonderful guided tour to cover the major historical attractions. Also, check the opening and closing time for each so that you can organize your time. Make sure that you go through the complete list of historical places in Potsdam for a great trip!

Let's witness the history of Potsdam with these top historical places - monuments and landmarks:

  1. Dutch Quarter

    Historical Site, Architecture

    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 building that grace the quarters are reminiscent of the 18th century and a walk here is loved for seeing the architecture and taking photos. Some of the buildings still show damage signs from the war. To ...Read more
  2. Orangery Palace

    4.6 (233 Votes)
    Orangery Palace

    Park, Palace, Architecture , Fountain

    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, fountains, arcades and terraces. Highlight Include: Fifty 19th century copies of paintings by Raphael including the Sistine Madonna and the Transfiguration, kept in the ornately decorated Raphael H...Read more
  3. Alexandrowka

    4.4 (125 Votes)
    Alexandrowka

    Museum, Historical Site, Unesco Site

    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 cultural heritage of the world by UNESCO. The beautiful green gardens that occupy the space around the houses form the perfect place for long walks. Highlights include Das Museum, Gartencafé...Read more
  4. Charlottenhof Palace

    4.5 (37 Votes)
    Charlottenhof Palace

    Historical Site, Palace

    The Charlottenhof Castle was built in the 1820’s and was a summer residence of Crown Prince Frederick William. The traces of the castle date back to the 18th century when the land was allotted to the crown prince. The castle draws its inspiration from the architecture of Roman villas. The simplicity and regal design of the place merges seamlessly with the surrounding landscaped garden. Ar...Read more
  5. Bildergalerie

    4.4 (19 Votes)
    Bildergalerie

    Art Gallery, Historical Site

    Another gorgeous building by Frederick the Great, the Picture Gallery is the oldest surviving gallery building in Germany. The place has around 180 gorgeous paintings showcased in royally embellished frames. The collection is from Flemish and Dutch Baroque schools of painting, the Italian Renaissance and the Baroque period- a rare combination of art collaged in a dazzling 18th century building ...Read more
  6. Landtag Brandenburg

    4.2 (49 Votes)
    Landtag Brandenburg

    Heritage Building

    The Parliament- Landtag of Brandenburg was initiated in the 1940 and abolished in 1952 to be re-established in 1990 in Potsdam. The blue dome of the building is easily spotted even from a distance. The building is functional and even offers a tour of the place to make the people familiar with its proceedings, system, history and workings. For casual visitors, you can access the roof terrace and...Read more
  7. Ruinenberg

    4.6 (2 Votes)
    Ruinenberg

    Historical Site, Performance, Exhibition , Heritage Building

    One of the many retreats designed for solace for the Crown Prince Frederick, Ruinenberg overlooks the calm waters of lake Grienericksee. Today, the 18th century royal home is used to host festivals, cultural programs and theater and music performances. The elegant décor of the place along with dainty chandeliers, painted ceilings, exuberant furnishings with gold details, beautiful painti...Read more
  8. Jan-bouman-haus

    4.2 (7 Votes)
    Jan-bouman-haus

    Architecture , Heritage Building

    The Jan Bouman Haus showcases the Dutch history of Potsdam- right from its initiation, its design and its history from the 18th century to the World War. A walk here is ideal to get familiar with the iconic houses, its use and its historic stories. The architect himself was rather popular and the Dutch quarter is one of his most famous creations. He designed the Potsdam's Berlin Gate and town h...Read more
  9. Gedenk- Und Begegnungsstatte Leistikowstrasse Potsdam

    Historical Site, Prison

    The Gedenk- und Begegnungsstatte Leistikowstrasse was the central investigation prison of the Soviet military. The place preserves the prison cell, original wooden planks, carcasses, gratings, visors and remains of the barriers and frames of the building. The prison was a part of ‘Military town 7’- the nucleus of most important Soviet intelligence centers in Germany and is one of th...Read more
  10. Gedenkstatte Lindenstrabe

    Museum, Memorial

    The Nazi and Stasi Museum is a rather graphic sight into the torturous ways that prisoners had to face during the rise of the Dictatorship in Germany from 1933 to 1989. The haunting rooms show hand dents on the door and solitary cells that echo the trauma of the times gone by. The place, however, also marks the victory during the Revolution in 1989-90 and is a memorial to one of the most trying...Read more
  11. Sanssouci Palace

    4.6 (565 Votes)
    Sanssouci Palace

    Palace, Architecture

    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 classic Rococo style with an adjoining vineyard and garden area, makes the place one of the most mesmerizing places in Potsdam. The festival of ‘Night of the Palace’ is celebrated here...Read more
  12. Brandenburger Tor

    4.5 (381 Votes)
    Brandenburger Tor

    Historical Site, Monument, War Memorial, Architecture

    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 architecture and style and is a pleasant place for a quiet stroll. The gate resembles a Roman Triumphal Arc and looks different from the city side and the field side. The gorgeous facades, Corinthian d...Read more
  13. Belvedere Auf Dem Pfingstberg

    Palace, Architecture

    Even though its massive grounds are quiet impressive, the Belvedere auf dem Pfingstberg is only a fraction of an even bigger projects commissioned by Friedrich Wilhelm IV. Built in the 1860’s, the magnificent palace follows classic Italian Renaissance architecture. The interior courtyard’s dreamy view with the sight of the front yard, takes the prize. Don’t miss out on taking ...Read more
  14. Chinesisches Haus

    4.4 (158 Votes)
    Chinesisches Haus

    Park, Historical Site, Green House, Sculpture

    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 fairy-tale home with intricate gold details, a circular tower-dome and an air of the time gone by. No wonder its was a happy place for King Frederick the Great! The interiors showcase intricately decor...Read more
  15. Neues Palais

    4.6 (302 Votes)
    Neues Palais

    Palace, Architecture

    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 design, grab your attention straightaway and is a treat by itself! The Palace occupies the western side of the Sanssouci Park and is loved for its rich banquet halls, galleries, gorgeous suites an...Read more