Asking yourself, what time of the year is best to visit Potsdam? From the first warming sun rays in spring, a refreshing paddle tour along the river Havel,  to the lovely tastes of cinnamon and mulled wine on the Christmas Markets. Every season in Potsdam has its own flavour. We already added some basic flavours to each season. But as Potsdam has a lot more to offer, you will have plenty of possibilities to add flavours that suit your taste to create your personal Potsdam Season(ing).


Spring

Basic Flavours:

  • sweet smell of cherry blossoms behind the New Chambers
  • enjoyment of first warming sunrays with a warming coffee outside of one of many cafés around Gate Nauener Tor and the Dutch Quarter
  • tender asparagus from local farmers around Potsdam added to a tasty Schnitzel


Normally spring starts in March/April with temperatures during the day ranging from 15°C to 20 °C (59°F – 68°F) and with daylight beginning to last longer. Due to plenty of flowers blossoming in as many colours as the rainbow, locals and their visitors reconquer the park areas and street cafés. Enjoy the first warming sunrays of the year on deck of one of the many boats of the passenger boat cruise “Weiße Flotte” and see Babelsberg Park from the riverside. Or step into the Potsdam’s barista scene around the Gate Nauener Tor, Dutch Quarter and the Brandenburger Strasse.


Summer

Basic Flavours:

  • indulgence of music and theater performances at the Potsdam Palace Night
  • refreshing German beer passing through the former iron curtain on a river cruise
  • being eased about a fresh breeze on Potsdam’s highest lookout the Belvedere Pfingstberg


Between June and late August/September you can expect everything from dry Mediterranean-like heat to hazy days with long lasting “liquid sunshine”. But as all palaces  are open and Potsdam as an island surrounded by the river Havel, there is something to see and do at any kind of weather. And, if it’s hot outside, it will be nice and cool inside the palaces!
Fresh up while paddling through the famous Glienicke Bridge or along lake Griebnitzsee passing mansions, where Winston Churchill, Harry Truman and Josef Stalin once stayed during the Potsdam Conference in 1945. You can also cool down at Museum Barberini as its art masterpieces are always held at around 20°C/68°F.
The event highlight by far is the Potsdam Palace Night taking place every year in August. Around 35,000 visitors take the chance to see the Palaces at Sanssouci Park illuminated on a lukewarm summer night. There is a broad cultural program with theater plays, classic open air concerts and guided tours through the palaces. If you don’t want to miss this major event, please plan your trip well in advance.


Autumn

Basic Flavours:

  • a strong bite into an apple received from little stalls that offer the orchard's harvest at the Russian Colony Alexandrovka
  • a feeling set back in childhood memories at the annual kite festival Drachenfest at the Volkspark


Between September and November days are getting shorter and the leaves are turning the green parks into vivid yellow and romantic red. Just like your perfect Indian Summer only in Potsdam style. As the visitor streams are decreasing this is the best time for a romantic weekend for two.
Even if you have been to the Potsdam Palace Night in summer, you may not want to miss the Potsdam Light Spectacle in November. In contrast to the Potsdam Palace Night, this event shows great illuminations in the city centre. Attractions such as the Gate Nauener Tor, the Dutch Quarter and many more are artfully illuminated.
More after a lighter snack? Take a stroll through the Russian Colony Alexandrovka. Behind fairytale-like wooden blockhouses there are several apple orchards. Some of the owners offer their harvest at little stalls with self-service along the street.
If the wind is blowing too strong for a walk through the Parks, check-out the small backyards around Brandenburger Strasse. Regional shops and boutiques invite you to linger. Maybe you will find just the right souvenir for your loved ones at home.
Also the Palaces will offer you their royal shelter, if the weather isn’t as promising as on our pictures. Sanssouci Palace, Cecilienhof Palace, and the New Palace are open all year round.


Winter

Basic Flavours:

  • smell of cinnamon and anise on the cities Christmas Markets
  • romantic stroll through the less crowded park areas
  • feeling your fingertips again while warming-up at the Biosphere Potsdam after a nice walk on a freezing day


From December to March day temperatures rarely drop down to -5°C (23°F). But of course climate change hasn’t stopped in front of the cities’ borders, making winters milder with an average temperature between 10°C and 0°C (32°F – 50°F).
Best way to warm yourself is a good sip of a mulled wine served at one of the many different Christmas Markets taking place between late November and Christmas Eve. From the Polish Market to the Dutch Sinterklaas-Festival, there is a Christmas Market for every taste.  If there is snow, please head out to the Parks and Palaces as they look like wrapped in candyfloss.
On the roof of the cities’ swimming bath “blu” you will find the perfect oasis of peace with a feel-good guarantee. Several saunas, a steam bath, an oriental hamam as well as various rest areas and the large roof garden with a wonderful view invite to relax. Also the Biosphere Potsdam with its giant tropical jungle tropical temperatures, too.