Residence of the Prussian kings and German Emperors until 1918, Potsdam is considered one of the most culturally rich town in Eastern Germany. With a record number of sites included in the UNESCO World Heritage, it's a favorite residence for scientists all over the world, hosted in more than 30 research institutes. Situated at a distance of only 24 km. of Berlin, it's a natural and cultural gem in itself, with varied opportunities for the most exquisite touristic tastes.
The expansion of Potsdam started in the 17th century when Prince Frederick William (the Great Prince Elector) decided that the city of Berlin did not provide sufficient scope for his desired level of prestige. Potsdam was chosen given its natural environment and wonderful views and was turned into a cultural city with a specific architecture.
The city is a favorite location for various cultural festivals organized all over the year, but also for sports competitions or expeditions for discovering nature. Although part of the former German Democratic Republic and severely damaged during the World War II, in the last decades it benefited of a substantial financial support contributing to a complete refurbishing of the most important buildings.
The new face of the city is an elegant invitation for a longer stay, in the middle of nature, history and culture offering to the visitors a wide array of choices to relax, learn and discover another side of Germany.
This guide is written by Ana Dinescu. Cover photo (Potsdam) by Wolfgang Staudt, CC-BY-2.0. Offline maps are copyrighted by OpenStreetMap contributors, and licensed under the Creative Commons license CC-BY-SA.