Potsdam New Palace

Potsdam City Breaks

Potsdam is the state capital of Brandenburg in Germany. It has a unique landscape characterised by tranquil, meandering waterways, pristine nature and historic towns, and is very near to the buzzing capital of Berlin.

Potsdam is home to the former summer residence of the Prussian Kings, the elegant Sanssouci Palace with its beautiful landscaped gardens.

Without a doubt, Potsdam is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Sanssouci Park, with its magnificent palaces and botanical garden, is an impressive centrepiece. A mixture of architecture including Dutch and Russian make this an unusual city. Don't forget to see the Glienicke Bridge, scene of exchanges of spies during the Cold War and focal point of the 2015 film 'Bridge of Spies'.

Today, the city's reputation as a lively cultural centre is enhanced by the fascinating architecture of historical districts such as the Dutch Quarter, with its gabled red brick houses; the exclusive residential area of Babelsberg, with its neo-Gothic castle; and the Filmpark Babelsberg, Germany's one-time response to Hollywood.

Additional Information
Useful Information
  • Flight time from London: 1 hour 40 min
  • Berlin Schönefeld Airport: 36km from the city centre; transfer time about 51min
  • Nearest railway station: Potsdam Hauptbahnhof
  • Currency: Euro
Places to shop

You will find the city's main shopping districts in Potsdam's baroque Old Town and in the centre of Babelsberg district. Discover Brandenburger Straße pedestrian zone with its many high street shops and stylish boutiques. From here, it is only a short walk to the Dutch Quarter, the location for many art galleries and fashionable boutiques.

Places to eat

Da Vinci

Classy and popular Italian restaurant with impressive chandeliers and a gallery overlooking the main floor.


This restaurant serves regional dishes and has a wine bar, beer garden and cocktail bar.

Maison du Chocolat

A fantastic spot for cakes and confectionery but also serves a varying menu of savoury dishes.


Serving the best cocktails in town in classy red surroundings.


Sansoucci Palace & Park

World-famous rococo palace with glorious interiors and surrounded by a large park.

New Palace

Built as the summer residence of the royal family, the late-baroque palace is one of the most impressive buildings in the Sanssouci park area.

Cecilienhof Castle

A rustic English-style country manor and the site where Stalin, Truman and Churchill held their Potsdam Conference in 1945.

Filmpark Babelsberg

Germany's one-time answer to Hollywood. Shooting began in 1912 with silent-movie epics such as Fritz Lang's 'Metropolis'.

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