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New Garden

Discover the architectural treasures and landscaped gardens of this expansive parkland between the Heilige and Jungfern lakes in Potsdam’s northern district.

The New Garden (Neuer Garten) in northern Potsdam is a sprawling 252-acre (102-hectare) parkland dotted with restored 18th-century buildings and English-style gardens. Go for a leisurely stroll around the New Garden’s manicured pathways and admire the heritage buildings. You’ll see the restored Marble Palace, as well as the Orangery, the Schindelhaus, Dutch-style houses and Schloss Cecilienhof.

The parklands were overseen by King Friedrich Wilhelm II, who wished to create a rival to the Baroque beauty of nearby Sanssouci. The Prussian monarch was inspired by his travels in Anhalt-Dessau and began construction on his parklands in the second half of the 18th century. 

Make your way to the center of the park to reach the inimitable Marble Palace (Marmorpalais). This exquisite late 18th-century palace has a façade that was designed to resemble the partly buried ruins of a temple. Enter the palace to see its beautifully restored interiors, which are complete with period furnishings and ornately decorated arches.

Nearby, you’ll see the Dutch-style houses constructed from red brick. Continue southward to see the Gothic Library, which is a solemn two-story pavilion that was built to house the king’s book collection.

As you stroll around the gardens, note the pretty fountains and sculpted figures dotted around the lawns. Check out the Orangery, which has a distinctive Egyptian-style façade. The marble obelisk located here depicts the four seasons. The pyramid-shaped icehouse was added in 1791.

One of the New Garden’s more recent additions is Schloss Cecilienhof, which was completed in 1917. This elegant palace was the home of Crown Prince Wilhelm and his wife Cecilie. If you are feeling energetic, climb the hillside of Pfingstberg to reach a spectacular Renaissance-style palace with exceptional views across the city.

Potsdam’s New Garden is located in the northern district of the city. It is open between Tuesday and Sunday year-round. The park is free to visit, however, some buildings may have an admission fee and differing opening hours. The garden is easily reached by bus from Potsdam’s main railway station.


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Dorint Sanssouci Berlin/Potsdam $93
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Dorint Sanssouci Berlin/Potsdam

Jaegerallee 20, Potsdam, BB
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Jägervorstadt, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Havel and Sanssouci Palace. Alexandrowka and Jan-Bouman-Haus are also within 15 minutes. Potsdam Charlottenhof Station is 29 minutes by foot.

    Apartment am Heiligen See $122
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    Am Neuen Garten 1A, Potsdam
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Nauener Vorstadt, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Havel and within 3 mi (5 km) of Sanssouci Palace and Babelsberg Film Park. Jan-Bouman-Haus and Alexandrowka are also within 15 minutes. Potsdam S-Bahn is 28 minutes by foot and Potsdam Central Station is 29 minutes.

      Mercure Hotel Potsdam City $73
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      Lange Brucke, Potsdam, BB
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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        Boarding-Potsdam

        Helene-Lange-Straße 18A, Potsdam
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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          Design Apartments Potsdam

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          Kurfürstenstraße 15, Potsdam
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            MAXX by Steigenberger Sanssouci Potsdam $92
            MAXX by Steigenberger Sanssouci Potsdam

            MAXX by Steigenberger Sanssouci Potsdam

            Allee nach Sanssouci 1, Potsdam, BB
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Potsdam, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sanssouci Park and Sanssouci Palace. Potsdam Harbour and Park Babelsberg are also within 3 mi (5 km). Potsdam Charlottenhof Station is 14 minutes by foot and Potsdam S-Bahn is 25 minutes.

              NH Potsdam $84
              NH Potsdam

              NH Potsdam

              Friedrich-Ebert-Str. 88, Potsdam, BB
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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                Apartment in Potsdam - Berlin Suburb - Near Holy Lake -

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                Potsdam, Brandenburg Region
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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