Play for a day in Potsdam

A curated guide of 9 things to do in Potsdam, recommended by locals

Bordering Berlin is Potsdam, the capital of Brandenburg. You most likely know it for the 1945 Potsdam Conference where Germany's post WWII fate was up for debate. It has a UNESCO World Heritage Site: a luxurious 18th century Prussian palace with a multitude of manicured parks. On the banks of the Havel River, it is also a University town. With all that history, there is also plenty of local craft beer and bratwurst to go around. Ready to play for a day in Potsdam?

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    Easy, breezy morning train ride

    Train Station

    Getting to Potsdam is super easy with trains departing every 30 minutes. A one-way ticket only costs 3.40 euro. You can buy your tickets from Berlin Hbf to Potsdam Park Sanssouci ahead of time through Deutsche Bahn.

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    Climb the castle like you just don't care


    Explore this insane palace. You can reserve a time-slot and buy a 21 euro combo-ticket online that includes entrance to the castle and all the buildings or you can just roam around the gorgeous park for free. Explore inside, outside and find your perfect spot for a breakfast picnic.

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    Go on a guided city tour

    Another way to explore the highlights of Potsdam in a short amount of time would be a guided city tour, which will take you through the Baroque old town and will show you the fascinating castles of Sanssouci, Cecilienhof and the New Palace.

    From €18

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    Scoop up some ice cream

    Ice Cream Shop

    Order a scoop (or two) of ice cream at local favorite Die Eisfrau. Freshly made waffle cones, high quality ingredients and unique flavors like rice pudding and apple-sorrel sorbet.

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    Pass the Dutch


    Walk to the Dutch quarter where you will question how you portal-jumped to the Netherlands. Made up of 134 18th century red brick buildings, this majestic little part of the city hosts three annual events: the Tulip Festival in April, Pottery Market in September and Christmas Market in December. With or without an event, this place oozes charm and is a great place to do some boutique shopping.

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    Get stuffed at Belmundo

    Sandwich Place

    Belmundo has all kinds of delicious sandwiches and baked goods, but people line up for the Kumpir (baked potatoes). They are stuffed with curd, feta, couscous, olives, tomatoes, and more. Fun fact: locals who come on Saturdays show up at opening hours or they call ahead to (not kidding) reserve their potato.

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    Take a second for second hand

    Thrift / Vintage Store

    Walk around the block to check out consignment shop Whooppie. The shop's owner Karin, who has run this shop for 20 years, believes that second-hand does not mean second-best. She thinks of her store as a treasure trove, at an affordable price. Note: they close at 13:00 on Saturdays, so if you love vintage, go here before lunch!

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    Beer & bratwurst on the water

    Beer Garden

    Take the bus or tram to Meierei Brewery for some craft beer on the bank of Lake Jungfernsee. Sit, sip and soak up the view of the water at sunset. There is also a restaurant, so you can order a bratwurst after you drink a beer, or two, or three...

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    Homeward bound

    Train Station

    It's been perfect Potsdam day, but you are probably royally wrung out. Time to take that beer buzz back to Berlin. Take a bus or tram to Potsdam Central Station and catch a train from there back home. Just make sure you get there before the last train around midnight.

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