According to CachedHealth, Potsdam is located in the east of Germany, on the banks of the river Havel and several lakes, just 20 km southwest of Berlin, and is the capital of the federal state of Brandenburg.
The former residence of the Prussian kings, Potsdam is known primarily as a city of palaces and gardens, which did not go unnoticed by UNESCO, which in 1991 gave the entire city the status of a World Heritage Site.
How to get to Potsdam
Suburban S-Bahn trains run from Berlin to Potsdam every 10 minutes. Regional trains depart from the Berlin-Hauptbahnhof, Berlin-Zoo and Berlin-Charlottenburg stations in Berlin and go to Potsdam-Charlottenhof and Potsdam-Sanssouci stations in Potsdam.
Every hour, trains depart from Potsdam to Berlin Schönefeld Airport.
VBB provides public transport services. You can travel around the city by buses and trams.
Bicycles can be rented from the CityRad rental office located at the Bahnhofspassagen next to the train station. station., for 14 EUR per day or in Potsdam per Pedales, located at the Griebnitzsee S-Bahn station for 12-15 EUR per day.
There are over 70 antique shops in the Dutch Quarter. Markets open once a week at Bassinplatz and Weberplatz, where you can taste local national dishes. Depending on the season, these can be Werder cherries, pike perch caught in the river Havel, red beets (Teltower Rübchen) or the famous asparagus from Belitz.
Traditional cuisine can be enjoyed in the Klosterkeller restaurants at Friedrich-Ebert-Strasse 94; Loft at Brandenburger Strasse 30/31 or Zum Fliegenden Holländer located in the Dutch Quarter at Benkertstrasse 5.
Entertainment and attractions in Potsdam
Potsdam is home to a large number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites – a total of 150 sites built between 1730 and 1916. These are the Sanssouci, Novy Sad, Babelsberg, Glienike and Pfaueninsel parks, together with the palaces located on their territories, as well as the Zakrov Palace and Park with the Church of the Savior in Zakrov, the Lindstedt Palace and Park, the Russian colony Alexandrovka, the Belvedere on the Pfingstberg, the Imperial Station and an observatory in Babelsberg Park.
The historic center of the city is the Old Market. A New Market Potsdam 17-18 centuries. is one of the best preserved baroque squares in Europe. Of the city fortifications in Potsdam, three gates have survived: the small Brandenburg Gate, the Nauen Gate and the Hunter’s Gate.
Potsdam houses the greatest collections of paintings exhibited in the Sanssouci Gallery. Most of the collections are works from the Baroque, Mannerist and Renaissance eras, as well as Italian and Flemish artists.
Palaces of Potsdam
The palace and park ensemble of Sans Souci (Sans Souci, “carefree”) is considered a symbol of the city and is the main attraction of Potsdam. There are several architectural objects on the territory of the park – this is a summer palace built in the Rococo style in 1745-1747. and the new Prussian baroque palace, built in 1763-1769, is considered the largest palace in Potsdam. In addition to palaces, there are temples, pavilions, numerous sculptures, a botanical garden and a historical mill on the territory of Sanssouci. The orangery palace, located on the hills between Clausberg and Sanssouci Palace, was designed in 1851-1864. in Italian baroque style.
On the territory of the Novy Sad palace and park ensemble, there is the Marble Palace in the classical style, the Cecilienhof Palace, a small pyramid, a sphinx at the Egyptian portal of the greenhouse and an obelisk.
On the territory of the Babelsberg park, two palaces and the 46 m high Flatow Tower are noteworthy, from which a stunning view of the city opens. In Babelsberg itself there is the Weaving Quarter and the Friedrichskirche Church, built in 1751 for Bohemian Protestants.
Lindstedt Palace was built in the style of late classicism in 1858-1860. There is a Dutch quarter in Potsdam, built specifically for immigrants in 1733-1740 by order of King Friedrich Wilhelm I. Now the quarter is limited by the Nauen Gate and the Church of Peter and Paul.
Notable is the Fleet Parade, which traditionally marks the beginning of the season.
The annual “Night at the Castle” event welcomes everyone with delicious treats, theatrical performances and fireworks.
And on the night of the Potsdamer Erlebnisnacht, more than 50 restaurant owners and 180 merchants invite visitors for an unforgettable walk through the city’s best restaurants, bars, cafes and shops.