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PotsdamGermany

Discover magnificent Baroque architecture, stately gardens and cobblestone lanes lined with boutiques and cafés on a trip to this one-time royal garrison town.

Resplendent palaces, perfectly groomed parks, UNESCO World Heritage sites and a quaint historic center welcome visitors to Potsdam. This riverside city started life as a garrison town and later became the lavish residence of the kings of Prussia. Potsdam suffered severe damage during World War II and was then left neglected when it became part of post-war East Germany. Today, it’s back to its former glory and is a wonderful place to explore on foot, by tram and by boat on the Havel River.

For many, Potsdam’s greatest touristic appeal is Sanssouci Park. This vast green lung with art galleries, ornamental gardens, palaces and vineyards is often labelled as Germany’s answer to Versailles, France. Visit the Rococo-style Sanssouci Palace, built as a retreat for Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. Browse art displays at the Bildergalerie and Orangery Palace. Admire remarkable monuments such as the Chinese Tea House, New Chambers (Neue Kammern) and New Palace (Neues Palais).

Spend time exploring the city’s other gardens, including the riverfront Park Babelsberg. Join a river cruise for impressive views of Glienicke Bridge and Glienicke Park. Take a tour of Cecilienhof Palace, the site of the 1945 Potsdam Conference, in the beautiful New Garden.

Potsdam’s old town is a warren of lanes set back from the City Canal. Marvel at the Church of St. Nicholas, Old Town Hall and Potsdam City Palace, which frame Altes Markt square. Find boisterous bars, cozy cafés and handicraft shops tucked into the corners of the Dutch Quarter.

While here, get a feel for the city’s student lifestyle by wandering amid the campuses of the University of Potsdam. Learn about local and international cinematography at the Film Museum Potsdam, housed in a former royal stables. Attend film shootings, watch stunt displays and walk on movie sets at Filmpark Babelsberg.

Reach Potsdam by catching trains from Berlin, Dresden and Hamburg, among various major German cities. Popular as a daytrip from Berlin, you’ll also find a selection of guesthouses and hotels that allow you to linger a while amid the city’s royal elegance.

Where to stay in Potsdam

Top Hotels in Potsdam

Seminaris Seehotel Potsdam
Seminaris Seehotel Potsdam
An Der Pirschheide 40, Potsdam, BB
The price is $82 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27

Located in Wildpark, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Templiner See and within 3 mi (5 km) of New Palace and Sanssouci Palace. Museum Barberini and The Biosphere ...

3.9/5Good! (289 reviews)
Great weekend on The Lake

"Great hotel in a great location on the lake! Good and drink well priced! Great for a weekend"…"

Reviewed on Jun 29, 2020

Seminaris Seehotel Potsdam
Mercure Hotel Potsdam City
Mercure Hotel Potsdam City
4 out of 5
Lange Brucke, Potsdam, BB
The price is $69 per night from Feb 15 to Feb 16

Located in Innenstadt, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum Barberini, Potsdam's Brandenburg Gate, and Sanssouci Park. Sanssouci Palace and New Palace ...

4/5Very Good! (236 reviews)
Was okay

"Was okay. Staff very helpful and friendly. Room was clean although no double bed for me and my partner 2 single beds. Not so comfortable. Also weird bathroom with no door on it. Room was quite small. No tea / coffee maker in room either. But we brought own kettle. Dont understand why hotels dont ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2020

Mercure Hotel Potsdam City
 Hotel am Havelufer Potsdam
Hotel am Havelufer Potsdam
3.5 out of 5
Zeppelinstr. 136, Potsdam, BB
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Located in Potsdam West, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Charlottenhof Palace and Sanssouci Palace. Potsdam's Brandenburg Gate and Chinese Tea House are ...

3.7/5Good! (388 reviews)
Great for 1 night for work

"Great location for 1 night for a business trip! Nothing much to he hotel but great for a sleep and breakfast"…"

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2020

Hotel am Havelufer Potsdam
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Potsdam

Limehome Potsdam Annemarie-Wolff Platz
Limehome Potsdam Annemarie-Wolff Platz
3 out of 5
Annemarie-Wolff Platz 4, Potsdam
The price is $53 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29

Located in Bornstedt, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Biosphere and Potsdam People's Park and Sanssouci Palace. Alexandrowka and Belvedere on the ...

2.5/5 (2 reviews)

"Die Unterkunft selbst war bestens. Leider gab es Schwierigkeiten beim Check In, da der Code für die Türöffnung nicht übermittelt, bzw. die Info zum Check In nicht übermittelt wurde. Nach einigen Telefonaten wurde das Problem von einer netten Mitarbeiterin per Telefon gelöst. Die Auffindung der Unterkunft ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2020

Limehome Potsdam Annemarie-Wolff Platz
Waveboard
Waveboard
4 out of 5
Schiffbauergasse 13, Potsdam, BB
The price is $168 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5

Located in Berliner Vorstadt, this apartment building is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Extavium and within 3 mi (5 km) of Sanssouci Palace and Babelsberg Film Park. Jan-Bouman-Haus ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (84 reviews)
Great experience

"Stayed here for a week! Everything was great! The location is excellent"…"

Reviewed on Aug 22, 2020

Waveboard
Apartments im Holländischen Viertel
Apartments im Holländischen Viertel
4 out of 5
Benkertstraße 2, Potsdam
The price is $125 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27

Located in Dutch Quarter, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Jan-Bouman-Haus and Sanssouci Palace. Babelsberg Film Park is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) away. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (17 reviews)

"Great location with bars and restaurants nearby yet not noisy at all. Great service from the team before, after and during our trip. Were given very clear instructions and a map to find the property and We were able to check in early and leave our bags in the office following check out. Had an issue ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2019

Apartments im Holländischen Viertel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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