How to spend 1 day in Potsdam?
Potsdam is a small town near Berlin, which can be reached by S-Bahn. It’s the capital of Brandenburg and an important place on the historical map of World War II. These are the basic tourist information about this city. I don’t hide that my knowledge before the trip to the city was better, but I quickly changed my mind on this issue. It turned out that Potsdam is a beautiful city with fantastic attractions! Perfect for a royal family or someone who values a chic style. Situated on beautiful lakes, which are the perfect alternative to the city. Just come to Potsdam and live in it. 🙂 And Berlin is only for any major purchases or business. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like this. Most people come to Potsdam while visiting Berlin, although it is worth to stay longer in Potsdam. I also regret that I had only 1 day in this lovely city. I came here from Leipzig, where I spent my second Erasmus. I quickly realized that Potsdam deserves much more attention. That is why I will show you not only what I saw, but also some addtional sights! 🙂
How to get to Potsdam?
There are several possibilities:
- If you are coming from Berlin the best way is traveling by S-Bahn, but you can also choose a Regio-Train. Check what suit you more!
- If you are traveling from any other German City, check also a Regio-Train!
- In the end, you can always go by bus!! eg. Flixbus
The Old Market Square
We started from the Main Railway Station and headed towards to the nearest attraction, namely the Old Market Square. There are several noteworthy buildings. First of all the old town hall, built in Gothic style in the 15th century. It looks really classy and so different! Next to it stands the huge evangelical church. Typical building modeled on the Greek pantheon. It is distinguished by a green dome that proudly reigns over the other buildings nearby. Such an elegant place, little crowded by tourists. Perfect place to start your tour around Potsdam. 🙂
Catholic Church of Sts. Peter and Paul
In the old market our erasmus group spends some time and then we went to the Dutch Quarter. On the way we stop at one church – st. Peter and Paul. It is not an old object, because it dates back to the nineteenth century. Maybe it doesn’t look very impressive from the outside, but you have to look inside! Definitely one of the most colorful church I’ve ever seen. A real gem. 😉 Stop for a few minutes to pay attention!
The Dutch Quarter is our next and your obligatory point!! It’s such a small Holland in Potsdam, which was created for the Dutch! The Quarter was built in the 18th century for Dutch craftsmen, so that they could feel like in their country. Are you able to count all 134 Dutch houses? 😛 Just try! You will have a lot of time to count them, because you can enjoy and rest in many pubs and reastaurant around. There are even hotels! It is easy to lose some time here. Well, but of course it’s worth it! 🙂
Only 3 gates to the town 😀
Not every city has so many and beautiful gates like Potsdam. I’ve only seen Brandenburger Tor (yep, like this one in Berlin). But, if you will be more lucky than I, you should also visit Jaegertor and Nauenertor.
This is a rococo palace built in the 18th century for the Hohenzollern family. Can you imagine that this was only a summer residence? 😛 . It’s located on the UNESCO World Heritage List, which means that it must be impressive. 😉 In the 19th century the last resident of the Palace died and since then the Palace has been transformed into a museum. In Germany is one of the oldest museums of the palace interiors. Palace is surrounded by amazing gardens, where you can relax from the hustle and bustle of the city. Juicy grass and yellow palace will surely nourish your nerves! 😀
I didn’t visit the interior of the Palace. There was not much time for this, because as we came to the Palace was quite late, and we still wanted to eat something. Besides, I rarely visit the interiors of the palaces. After a few entrances, I assume that European buildings, regardless of their style, are really beautiful, but also kitschy … 😉 Well, in the end, they all look very similar. However, if you want to enter, visit their sites for more details.
What’s more in Potsdam? 🙂
I’m so dissapointed that I wasn’t able to see this places. I don’t understand why our student guides skip this places 🙁
in which the Germans signed capitulation. (Maybe German don’t want to show this place)?? 😛
We’ve already had Dutch Quarter, now time for the Russian!. During the Napoleonic Wars, the Prussians took the captives of Russian soldiers. Times, changed rapidly, and suddenly the Russians turned out to be allies. Soldiers for the sign of friedship receive wooden houses similar to houses in Siberia.
See how friendly Potsdamers are? 😀
That’s all from me. I’m sure you will discover even more attractions than those above. Potsdam is a real pearl, still undiscovered. A mixture of cultures framed in unique chic and elegance. That’s the whole Potsdam! It deserves more day and more attention. Not only by the way in Berlin. 😛
And what are your impressions? How did you like Potsdam? Or maybe you recommend something cool? Share your thougts with us 🙂