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University of Potsdam

Get a feel for the vibrant student lifestyle and admire centuries-old architectural landmarks as you explore campuses of Brandenburg’s largest university.

Visit the University of Potsdam (Universität Potsdam) to enjoy an educational experience and drink in the atmosphere of its various campuses. Spend a day here and watch students go about their daily activities, appreciate the architecture of the faculty buildings and discover an impressive botanical garden. Established as recently as 1991, the University of Potsdam is today the biggest academic institution in the state of Brandenburg.

The university spreads across three separate city locations. Its main campus is Am Neuen Palais, set at the western edge of the glorious Sanssouci Park. Here you’ll find a blend of modern faculty buildings and grandiose 18th-century Baroque edifices. The most notable is the Neues Palais, a huge residential complex commissioned by Frederick the Great. Pay the admission fee to peek inside the palace’s chambers and browse art exhibitions.

A short walk from here, through the wooded lawns of Sanssouci Park, is the Botanic Garden of the University of Potsdam. Spot around 10,000 tropical and subtropical plants displayed in eight greenhouses. Ask at the entrance about events such as concerts, lectures and workshops. From the garden it’s possible to continue exploring Sanssouci Park and its historic monuments.

Go to the Golm campus, situated at the city’s western edge. It presents an impressive array of state-of-the-art research facilities encompassed by picturesque countryside. On the east side of the city is Griebnitzsee campus. It’s recognizable for its position at a historical border between East and West Germany. Combine your visit to this campus with a wander around nearby Park Babelsberg.

All of the university’s campuses are easily reachable via public buses and trains. A pleasant way to get to Am Neuen Palais is to walk along Hauptallee, a promenade that cuts through the heart of Sanssouci Park.

The University of Potsdam is open to visitors year-round. Neues Palais is open from Wednesday to Monday. The Botanical Garden of the University of Potsdam is open daily and has an admission fee.


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Wyndham Garden Potsdam $66
Wyndham Garden Potsdam

Wyndham Garden Potsdam

Forststr. 80, Potsdam, BB
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Potsdam West, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Charlottenhof Palace and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Sanssouci Palace. Havel and New Palace are also within 15 minutes. Potsdam Park Sanssouci Station is 11 minutes by foot and Potsdam Charlottenhof Station is 22 minutes.

    Dorint Sanssouci Berlin/Potsdam $100
    Dorint Sanssouci Berlin/Potsdam

    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.

      Hotel am Havelufer Potsdam $113
      Hotel am Havelufer Potsdam

      Hotel am Havelufer Potsdam

      Zeppelinstr. 136, Potsdam, BB
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Potsdam West, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Havel and Sanssouci Palace. Charlottenhof Palace and Potsdam's Brandenburg Gate are also within 1 mi (2 km). Potsdam Charlottenhof Station is only a 3-minute walk and Potsdam Park Sanssouci Station is 24 minutes.

        Schlossgarten Hotel am Park Sanssouci
        Schlossgarten Hotel am Park Sanssouci

        Schlossgarten Hotel am Park Sanssouci

        Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 41a, Potsdam, Brandenburg
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Potsdam West, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Charlottenhof Palace and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Sanssouci Palace. Havel and New Palace are also within 15 minutes. Potsdam Park Sanssouci Station is 9 minutes by foot and Potsdam Charlottenhof Station is 16 minutes.

          MAXX by Steigenberger Sanssouci Potsdam $89
          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.

            Quartier Hostel Potsdam
            Quartier Hostel Potsdam

            Quartier Hostel Potsdam

            Ribbeckstraße 41, Potsdam, BB
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Bornstedt, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Bornstedt Royal Estate and University of Potsdam Botanical Garden. Orangery Palace and Sanssouci Palace are also within 15 minutes. Potsdam Park Sanssouci Station is 28 minutes by foot and Potsdam Charlottenhof Station is 29 minutes.

              Apartment "Am Park Sanssouci" Potsdam
              Apartment "Am Park Sanssouci" Potsdam

              Apartment "Am Park Sanssouci" Potsdam

              Potsdam, Brandenburg Region
                 
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                Located in Bornstedt, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Havel and Sanssouci Palace. Bornstedter Friedhof and Bornstedt Royal Estate are also within 10 minutes.

                Hotel Brandenburger Tor Potsdam $105
                Hotel Brandenburger Tor Potsdam

                Hotel Brandenburger Tor Potsdam

                Brandenburger Str. 1, Potsdam, BB
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Dutch Quarter, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Havel and Sanssouci Palace. Potsdam's Brandenburg Gate and Sanssouci Park are also within 10 minutes. Potsdam Charlottenhof Station is 14 minutes by foot and Potsdam S-Bahn is 23 minutes.