Train from Berlin to Potsdam: Travel Tips & Guide

The distance from Berlin to Potsdam is about 35.1 km (21.8 miles), approximately 24 minutes by train with prices starting at US$7.

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Top Things to do in Potsdam

Top Things to do in PotsdamTop Things to do in Potsdam – Photo Credit: Leon Seibert

Potsdam is a very popular destination for a day trip from Berlin.

The most popular attraction in the city is the Sanssouci Park, known for housing palaces, gardens, and sights. The Sanssouci Palace, its beautiful garden, and the New Palace are must-see sights. The park also has dining options like the Dragon House and the Mövenpick Restaurant Zur Historischen Mühle.

In the historic center of Potsdam, leaving the park is the Brandenburg Gate of Potsdam, a neoclassical arch completed in 1770. In the vicinity of the gate, there are excellent options for restaurants and cafes.

Babelsberg Park is a park with a castle to visit for visitors who have more time in the city. The park also houses a charming restaurant, Kleines Schloss Babelsberg, overlooking Lake Tiefer See.

The Cecilienhof Palace is another tourist spot in Potsdam, a historic site where the Potsdam Conference took place, considered a symbol of the end of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War.

Where to eat in Potsdam

Where to eat in PotsdamWhere to eat in Potsdam – ©Alter Stadtwächter

DAS EIS · CAFÉ – charming cafe in the center of Potsdam with outdoor tables overlooking the Brandenburg Gate. Brandenburger Str. 70, 14467 Potsdam, Germany – Price $$.

Augustiner Potsdam – German restaurant with Biergarten located in the Dutch Quarter. The quarter is popular with locals and tourists. Mittelstraße 18, 14467 Potsdam, Germany – Price $$.

Alter Stadtwächter – German restaurant with outside tables. Schopenhauerstraße 33, 14467 Potsdam, Germany – Price $$.

Creperie La Madeleine – creperie located in the middle of the historic Baroque center of Potsdam, just a few steps from Jägertor and Brandenburger Straße. Lindenstraße 9, 14467 Potsdam, Germany – Price $$.

Kleines Schloss Babelsberg – located in Babelsberg Park, the restaurant serves delicious cakes and hearty dishes as well as hot and cold drinks. Park Babelsberg 9, 14482 Potsdam, Germany – Price $$.

Mövenpick Restaurant Zur Historischen Mühle – Elegant restaurant located between the historic mill and the Sanssouci Palace. Zur Historischen Mühle 2, 14469 Potsdam, Germany – Price $$$.

Cafe Repin – cafe with beautiful interior located a short distance from the Sanssouci Palace. Gregor-Mendel-Straße 24, 14469 Potsdam, Germany – Price $$.

Noidue – Italian restaurant located in the center of Potsdam serves traditional antipasti, homemade pasta, selected fish and meat dishes, and many variations of typical Italian pizza. Lindenstraße 6, 14467 Potsdam, Germany – Price $$.

Eismanufaktur – ice cream shop in the center of Potsdam. Brandenburger Str. 67, 14467 Potsdam, Germany – Price $$.

Waffel Luise – cafe that serves delicious waffles in the center of Potsdam. Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 12, 14467 Potsdam, Germany – Price $$.

Where to stay in Potsdam

Where to stay in PotsdamWhere to stay in Potsdam – ©Waveboard

The Dorint Sanssouci Berlin/Potsdam is an elegant hotel located within walking distance of the Russian Quartier between Sanssouci Park and the Cecilienhof Palace. The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, a desk and a minibar. The hotel has a gym.

Located directly on the shores of Lake Griebnitzsee, 30 minutes away by public transport from the historic center, Seminaris Hotel Potsdam Griebnitzsee offers comfort and spacious accommodations. The rooms have a flat-screen TV, a desk and a minibar.

The Limehome Potsdam Annemarie-Wolff-Platz is an apart-hotel located about a 20-minute walk from the Sanssouci Park and offers excellent value for money. The rooms are modern and equipped with a flat-screen TV, coffee maker, and refrigerator.

The Kongresshotel Potsdam am Templiner See is located 20 minutes away by public transport from the historic center of Potsdam. The rooms are modern and equipped with a flat-screen TV, a desk and a balcony. The hotel has a heated pool and spa.

The NH Potsdam is a hotel located in the historic center of Potsdam. Rooms feature large windows, classic Prussian-style décor, and a flat-screen TV. The hotel has a sauna and spa.

The INSELHOTEL Potsdam is located on Hermannswerder Island, a 7-minute drive from the center of Potsdam. All rooms have a TV and a mini-bar. Some rooms have a balcony or terrace. The spa area includes an indoor and outdoor pool and a sauna.

Waveboard is an apart-hotel offering modern apartments with a kitchen and terrace. The aparthotel is located a 28-minute walk from Potsdam’s Brandenburg Gate.

The Hotel Am Jägertor is an elegant hotel located in the center of Potsdam facing the historic Jägertor gate. Rooms are elegant and feature a TV and seating area.

Located next to Potsdam’s Brandenburg Gate, the Hotel Brandenburger Tor Potsdam has a Baroque façade with modern interiors. The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and a minibar.

The Hotel am Luisenplatz is located on the Luisenplatz next to Park Sanssouci. All rooms have a TV, a coffee machine and a mini-bar. The hotel has a sauna.

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