A Day in Potsdam
Begin your exploration in the
as early as possible in order to get ahead of the daily influx of visitors. Start with Schloss Sanssouci and
then visit Chinesische Haus, Römische Bäder and Orangerie.
From the orangery’s viewing terrace you will have magnificent views over
the entire palace complex. If you are up for it, you could also climb
up to Schloss Belvedere on top of the hill. From Schlosspark walk along
Voltaireweg to Neuer Garten in the northeast of Potsdam, where you can
rest and recover over a tasty lunch at
Start the afternoon with a stroll through Neuer Garten. Visit Schloss Cecilienhof and, if you like, stop for a break at Heiliger See. Afterwards walk or drive into the centre of Potsdam, starting with the Holländisches Viertel
(Dutch quarter) where you could pop into one of the numerous cafés.
Then continue on a circular walk, strolling past Peter-und Paul-Kirche,
the French church, Nikolaikirche and the town hall. Finish your day of sightseeing with a visit to the Marstall
and the film museums in Potsdam and Babelsberg. Take a look at the
palace and the telegraph hill. A delicious evening meal awaits you at Villa Kellermann to round off your day in Potsdam.
Best of the Rest
detour to the Russian colony in Potsdam feels like a journey to Russia
itself. Decorated log cabins with picturesque gardens were built here in
1826 for a Russian military choir.
building, resembling a mosque with minarets, houses the water pumping
station for Schlosspark Sanssouci. The ancient pump, dating from 1842,
can be inspected in the building.
you’re prepared to climb telegraph hill, you could visit the elegant
Einstein tower at the top. It was designed in 1920 by Erich Mendelssohn
for the observation of the sun.
Built by Schinkel in 1833–5, this Gothic palace is situated in an idyllic park on the banks of the Havel River.
small museum presenting the history of the town of Potsdam, from
prehistoric times to the present day. The museum is based in the
historic Hiller-Brandtsche Häuser.
0331 289 68 03
old town hall, built in 1753, is decorated with sculptures and
Potsdam’s coat of arms – two gilded Atlas figures, each carrying a
This small square with its plain, restored buildings gives a good impression of Potsdam in the early 19th century.
1752, Johann Boumann built this elliptical Huguenot church with its
giant columned portico, while Schinkel designed the beautiful interior
in the 1830s.
0331 29 12 19
The Catholic church of saints Peter and Paul, modelled on Haghia Sophia in Istanbul, was built in 1867–70 by Stüler.
most attractive of five former town gates was built by Gontard and
Unger in 1770 in the Neo-Classical style to celebrate Prussian victory
in the Seven Years’ War.
Restaurants & Cafés
The combination of a Prussian interior,
friendly service and light cuisine make Speckers Landhaus one of
Potsdam’s best restaurants.
noon–2pm, 6–11pm Tue–Sat
0331 280 43 11
no credit cards
The historic palace is now the home of a luxury hotel. Its restaurant serves solid German food.
0331 370 50
Schloss Cecilienhof serves delicious food
Italian restaurant in Potsdam specialises in the cuisine of the
Lombardy region. It has an old wood interior with terracotta colour
walls and a beautiful courtyard. The enoteca on the first floor sells
0331 81 71 89 81
former manor house is the setting for this French restaurant, one of
the most charming in the city. It serves top-quality French classics.
0331 270 17 91
Brau- und Brennhaus
rustic restaurant, set in the brewery of a historic country manor,
Krongut Bornstedt, serves hearty meals with local fish, game, sausages,
and local beers.
0331 550 650
Olde-worlde wine bar in a simple redbrick Dutch house, specializing in French country fare and excellent wines.
0331 280 54 50
classic, Michelin-starred gourmet restaurant is probably the best in
Potsdam. Light German dishes exquisitely prepared and presented.
historic restaurant in a central location. Regional game and fish
dishes in unusual new variations are particularly worth trying.
Am Neuen Markt
0331 817 06 74
lovely café in the middle of Potsdam’s Old Town. Fantastic breakfast
selection, which you can enjoy outside on the terrace in summer.
A little bistro, serving all sorts of crêpes, such as sweet with jam or savoury with ham– ideal for a quick snack.
0331 27 05 400
no credit cards
All restaurants accept credit cards and offer vegetarian dishes unless stated otherwise.