Potsdam is the capital city of the German Federal State of Brandenburg and sits on the River Havel, 15 miles southwest of the city centre of Berlin. The city shares a border with Berlin and is therefore situated within the Berlin/Brandenburg Metropolitan Area. Known as one of Germany’s most strikingly beautiful cities, Potsdam has over 1,000 years of intriguing history to its name, which becomes apparent as you stroll through the streets and parks situated within this famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. Much of Potsdam has been rebuilt after the devastation of the Second World War, by five of the country’s renowned architects who eventually restored it to its former glory. Despite this, some of the city’s pre-20th century buildings do remain, to the delight of tourists, boasting both extravagant design and incredible stature. The city of Potsdam is filled with authentic German culture and heritage alongside picture perfect scenery, drawing visitors from across the world to marvel at its wondrous landmarks and views.
River cruises calling at Potsdam allow visitors the chance to observe the city’s abundance of iconic buildings and stunning scenery. Visitors can wander the historic streets of Neubabelsberg, where many Jewish citizens were evicted from their homes by the Nazis during the Second World War. Alternatively, a trip to the Dutch Quarter, the Russian Colony or the Weberviertel in Babelsberg is a fantastic way to experience the area’s unusual architecture and explore the city’s range of curious antique shops.
Also worth visiting is Potsdam’s historic city centre, the Old Market Square, which is home to the impressive St Nicholas’ Church designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel, who unfortunately did not survive to see its completion. The Alter Market and the New Market are also located within Potsdam’s city centre and both are excellent places to browse for gifts and souvenirs.
Arguably Potsdam’s most popular attraction is Sanssouci Park, a large recreational space surrounding the illustrious Sanssouci Palace. The park is filled with gorgeous flora and fauna, from lawns and flower gardens to greenhouses and nurseries where numerous fruits and vegetables are grown. The palace itself is open to a limited amount of visitors per day and is one of the region’s most remarkable buildings, brimming with intricate design and marvellous artefacts. Sanssouci Park is also home to an abundance of other notable and prominent constructions, including the Picture Gallery, the Roman Baths, the New Palace, the Chinese House and the Neptune Grotto.
If you're a lover of antiques, Potsdam's certainly a place to visit on your own personal roadshow, as its Dutch Quarter boasts more than 70 different antique shops.