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Potsdam, Germany

Schloss Sanssouci in Potsdam, Germany (cc)
 

Potsdam Travel Guide

Introduction

Potsdam is where the allies, led by Harry Truman, Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin, met at the end of World War II to carve up a defeated Germany into East and West – the site of the Potsdam Conference. For visitors, of course, it's a natural draw due to its proximity to Berlin – only 20 minutes by train – and its numerous attractions with symbolism. After all, Potsdam was the residence of royalty from the 17th century onward and therefore has more palaces and royal gardens than perhaps any other city in Germany – think Schloss Sanssouci for one, the most famous of them all, where Frederick the Great once held sway. Plus, there are scores of other monuments and iconic landmarks in the city, together with such nostalgic sights as the Glienicke Bridge where spy exchanges took place during the Cold War, and unique city quarters to boot – the likes of Alexandrowka, a characteristically Russian enclave; the thoroughly-enchanting red-brick Dutch Quarter; and Babelsberg, with its affiliation to filmmakers. All-in-all, a worthwhile day trip from Berlin.

Location

Potsdam, the capital of the German State of Brandenburg, abuts the city-state of Berlin in northeastern Germany. It is situated on the River Havel, 24 kilometers, (15 miles) southwest of Berlin, surrounded by lakes and streams.

How to Get There

Sightseeing

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How to Get Around

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Know Before You Go

  • Best Time to Visit:
  • Cost Per Day: US$-US$ (-)
  • Currency: (US$1 ~ )
  • Electricity: 220-240V - 50Hz | Schuko Socket or Europlug with 2 round pins
  • Phone Code: +49
  • Population: 157,000
  • Official Website:

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