With its parks, museums, and the palace of Sanssouci, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Potsdam is a perfect day trip from Berlin—it's just 15 miles (24 kilometers) from the German capital, on the Havel River. Here are a few ways to experience the area.
Guided Group Tours
Whether it's on foot, by bike, or via coach, a guided group tour of Potsdam is an excellent way to maximize your time in Brandenburg's capital city. Here in the "Versailles of Germany," you can explore fairy-tale landscapes; wander through the rococo palace of Sanssouci (meaning "carefree" in French) where the Prussian kings came to relax; and enjoy lunch at an authentic beer garden on a half- or full-day guided day trip from Berlin.
A private tour gives you the benefit of a flexible itinerary, with time to visit the sites you'd most like to see. Your tour guide can offer tips tips on the best places to eat, drink, and shop in Potsdam's old city, and you'll have their undivided attention throughout the day. Whether you opt for a full day away from Berlin or a half-day tour, a customizable private tour is a great option for groups or families with kids.
Things to Know
Potsdam is set just 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of Berlin, a journey of 25 minutes by train or 40 minutes by road.
Be sure to bring your camera, comfortable walking shoes, and water and snacks for the journey.
Most tours include round-trip transportation.