Sanssouci Palace and Park © TMB picture archive/Wieck
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Unesco World Heritage Potsdam – City of palaces & parks

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Marble Palace in the New Garden Potsdam © SPSG/Bach
Belvedere on Pfingstberg in Potsdam © TMB picture archive/Ehn/SPSG
Motorboat in front of Hans-Otto-Theater Potsdam © TMB picture archive/Onnen
Neues Palais in Potsdam © TMBpicture archive/Ihlow/SPSG
Dutch Quarter © TMB picture archive/Boettcher
Boats by Glienicke Bridge © TMB picture archive/Boldt
Marble Palace in the New Garden Potsdam © SPSG/Bach
Belvedere on Pfingstberg in Potsdam © TMB picture archive/Ehn/SPSG
Motorboat in front of Hans-Otto-Theater Potsdam © TMB picture archive/Onnen
Neues Palais in Potsdam © TMBpicture archive/Ihlow/SPSG
Dutch Quarter © TMB picture archive/Boettcher

The past 300 years have seen the transformation of Potsdam from a garrison town to one of Europe’s most imposing royal capitals. Potsdam’s architectural masterpieces, the 17 palaces that are surrounded by an abundance of landscape gardens lining the banks of the beautiful Havel waterscape have considerably determined Potsdam’s World Cultural Heritage status. Another impact was made during Potsdam’s more recent history, dating back to the famous 1945 Treaty of Potsdam, which is inextricably linked with Cecilienhof Palace, the Glienicke Bridge, which became the scene of exchange of secret agents

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Potsdam: sightseeing highlights and travel offers

Sanssouci Palace and Park © TMB picture archive/Wieck

Sightseeing highlights

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spending the night in Potsdam © TMB picture archive/Schwartz

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Our event tips for your stay in Potsdam

Brandenburger Tor © TMB-picture archive/Bach

This walk leads you through the historic centre of Potsdam. After passing the city canal you reach the most beautiful square of the city, the New market with the royal stables. Close by is the Old market with the Church of St. Nicholas, the Old Townhall, and the newly built Potsdam City Palace, functioning as the Parliament's seat. more...

Cecilienhof Palace, conference hall © SPSG / Foto: Wolfgang Pfauder

World history was written in the summer of 1945 at Potsdam's Cecilienhof Palace. Here, following the end of combat operations in Europe, the top level representatives of the three main WWII allies met to discuss Europe's reorganization and Germany's fate. The permanent exhibition can be seen at an authentic location in all of the palace rooms. more...

Villa Schöningen, Photo: Nosche

The Villa Schöningen is situated at Glienicke Bridge – at the interface between Berlin and Potsdam, between East and West where agents used to be exchanged during the Cold War. The permanent exhibition deals with the historical significance of Glienicke Bridge. It lets the visitor experience the drastic border situation between the GDR and the FRG. more...

Potsdam Night of the Palaces © TMB-picture archive/SPSG/Michael Lueder

Come and see the over 400 artists and musicians perform at Potsdam’s Night of the Palaces on August 20, 2016 for an unforgettable evening. While strolling through the festively illuminated gardens around the palaces you meet fabulous storytellers, music-making artists, as well as statues and busts coming to life again.
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Tips for discovering Potsdam

Tram passing through the Nauener Tor © TMB Hoffmann

Potsdam’s trams and busses take you across Potsdam’s World Cultural Heritage sites. A bus or tram ride with the tourist lines brings you closer to the world-renowned palaces, parks, and gardens of Potsdam. Available are six lines following different themes.

More information about the six tram tours and themes

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