Seeing the sights of Potsdam

A relaxed day in the neighbouring city

  • Glienicker Brücke
  • Kolonie Alexandrowka
  • Schlosspark Glienike

For this tour, plan in a full day.

Potsdam’s romantic side is displayed to the full with its stunning UNESCO World Heritage cultural landscape of palaces and parks including Sanssouci, Glienicke, Babelsberg and Charlottenhof, as well as Lindstedt Palace, the New Garden, the Bornstedt Italianate village and the Russian Alexandrowka colony. That’s a lot to see in one day – and easiest on a coach or bus tour! Choose between the informative “Alter Fritz” Tour [1] taking you past many of these different sites in three hours while you enjoy a journey back in time with the stories, charm and wit of Frederick the Great and many others – or take a hop-on-hop-off tour with the Citysightseeing Tour Potsdam [2], including 12 stops where you can hop off to spend more time at sites you find especially fascinating before carrying on with one of the next buses. The hop-on-hop-off stop 7 is especially ideal for exploring. Here, you can walk around the Cecilienhof Palace, built in the early twentieth-century in mock-Tudor style. The picturesque New Garden is sure to tempt you to linger a moment and admire the wonderful panorama of the Heiliger See lake. The next but one stop with the stately Neues Palais (New Palace) in its stunning grounds is also perfect for a walk. Stroll through the charming park and gardens, and don’t forget to marvel at the delightful gem of Sanssouci – Frederick the Great’s beloved summer palace.

For the nostalgic feeling, Kaiser Tour Potsdam [3] offers tours in vintage buses, coaches and cars. When you tour Potsdam, remember to view the Lindenstraße Memorial [4]. Recalling victims both in the Nazi era and the former GDR, the memorial is a reminder of the continuity and change in political persecution and violence in the twentieth century. To round off your tour, explore Museum Barberini [5]. This attractive Italianate town house is home to changing exhibitions with loans from international museums and collections.