Winter is the perfect time to recharge your batteries - whether during a romantic winter walk through Sanssouci Park, gazing at art masterpieces in a museum or with a delicious meal by the fireplace. Take a break in Potsdam and defy the cold winter months by doing something good for yourself.
If you don’t mind the cold, of course Park Babelsberg, Sanssouci Park or the New Garden are always worth a walk. With sun staying low you might just get your favourite photoshot of one of the 15 palaces being wrapped in candyfloss-like snow. Inside visits of the palaces are highly recommended: be impressed by golden decorations, endless marble floors and splendid interior design. Sanssouci Palace, Cecilienhof Palace and the New Palace are open all year.
Afterwards enjoy some warm tea or coffee in one of the uncountable cafés, restaurants and bars in the historic city centre, around Brandenburger Strasse and the Dutch Quarter. Also side streets like Gutenbergstrasse, Lindenstrasse and Dortustrasse offer a good variety of cosy locations.
Another great way to warm up again is a visit of the Biosphere Potsdam. This giant 5.000m² greenhouse packed with 20.000 plants, 130 animal species and even a waterfall is just a 10-minutes tram ride away from the city centre. And the best: with around 20°C/68°F it promises 365 days of summer.
The Old Market is one of the most beautiful places in Potsdam, if not in Europe. The architecture will definitely remind you of an Italian Piazza. But also try a look behind this Italian baroque setting. At Museum Barberini you can marvel at paintings from world-famous artists. Its changing exhibitions displayed masterpieces from Hopper, Richter, Munch, Liebermann and Monet. The museum opened early in 2017 and soon became one of Potsdam’s most visited sites.
Just a footstep away is the famous Film Museum Potsdam. As Potsdam is home to the modern filmmaking, the exhibition “The Dream Factory – 100 Years of Film in Babelsberg” honors the 100th anniversary of the world`s oldest film studio. It tells you not onlythe history of the studios in Babelsberg but also makes you interactively discover the process of filmmaking through the decades. Ever dreamed about being an actor/actress or a director? Here you get your chance.
At Christmas season Potsdam is once again reflecting its cultural roots. Not only the historic city centre attracts with its blue-gleaming Christmas Market on Brandenburger Strasse, but also other homely places get you in the mood for the Advent season: Try sweet mouthwatering Dutch specialties at the famous Sinterklaas-Festival, marvel at Polish handicraft or experience the performance of a Bohemian shepherd's mass. Up to seven Christmas Markets invite you to linger and discover the cultural diversity.