Potsdam has long been the seat of retreat and meditation for Berliners fleeing from the hustle and bustle of city life. It's no wonder the King of Prussia historically vacationed here: the birds sing by day and the crickets by night. One can breathe in fresh garden and forest air, and count the stars when the sky is dark.
Expanses of untouched land are peppered with beautiful estate homes and palaces; while golf, hiking, fishing and other outdoor recreation activities populate hill and dale in historic, serene Brandenburg. Walk to Sanssouci, castle and gardens, from this Potsdam full-service hotel. Take a swing with golf club or tennis racquet at nearby golf and tennis clubs. Or, if you must, hop on the train or motorway and be in Berlin in less than 30 minutes for some great shopping, nightlife, Berlin Zoo or corporate interfacing. Sample regional, seasonal cuisine and local beers at Am Wildpark, or just take a walk in the great outdoors.
Welcome to Potsdam! Enjoy the beauty of pastoral Germany.
Points of Interest
Bornstedt Crown Estate
Tourists visit this former royal estate to marvel at restored 14th Century architecture. Once the home of Crown Princess Victoria, this sprawling country house with courtyard and ornamental garden plays host to markets and festivities throughout the year.
Castle Sanssouci, Royal Park of Sanssouci
Sanssouci Park surrounds Sanssouci Palace in the complex of royal homes and venues within what is collectively known as Sanssouci. The park itself offers up a baroque flower garden, greenhouses and orchards. The palace was once the summer retreat of Frederick the Great. The Rococo style of architecture here is whimsical and carefree, popular with royals and aristocrats of the 18th Century in greater Europe. Elaborate gardens and meticulously designed interiors with extensive art galleries occupy visitors for hours on end. Wear comfortable shoes!
New Garden is located in northern Potsdam on the lakes Heiliger See and Jungfernsee. Many interesting architectural exhibits exist in this park like setting including the Marble Palace, the Palace kitchen ruins, the Gothic Library, a dairy - now a restaurant, an ice house shaped like a pyramid and a grotto.
Situated in Sanssouci, this Prussian baroque palace is one of the last of its kind. Perhaps its most noteworthy feature is a two story theatre with elaborate red and white gilded accents. With curved rows reminiscent of an ancient amphitheater, the New Palace theatre is still in use today.
Created on a rolling terrain sloping toward Tiefen See lake on the River Havel by landscape artist Peter Joseph Lenne and Prince Hermann von Puckler-Muskau, this estate contains a Neogothic palace, a steam-powered pump house, royal stables and many other historic buildings. Babelsberg is one of the great settings from which to view the seasons changing in all their glory.
Roman Baths (Charlottenhof, Roemische Baeder)
Sanssouci would not be complete without its various Roman influences. The bath complex includes gardener's houses, baths and tea pavilion - each resembling ancient Italian temples or villas uniquely.
Sports & Entertainment
Potsdamer Golf-Club e.V.
Located near Berlin in Potsdam, this 18-hole golf course sits on a former orchard with interspersed canals. Of special note is hole 11, which is purported to be one of the most difficult par 5 tracks in Germany. Tee-off, take golf lessons, play in a tournament or enjoy a delicious meal at this picturesque golf course nearby.
Potsdamer Tennisclub Rot-Weiss e.V.
Grab a guest pass or trial membership and play outside on 10 clay courts or in the airdome. Tournaments and championships are held here regularly.
What's Nearby - Local Companies
- Veteran and Military Services at SUNY Potsdam
- University of Potsdam
- Health Focus
- Max Planck Society