How to Get to Potsdam from Berlin

By mattiberlin | Jan 13, 2024
Europe > Germany

A day trip to Potsdam from Berlin is most certainly worth it. But watch out! Most travellers underestimate the scale of Potsdam. There's a lot more to it than just Sanssouci palace.

The New Palace in Potsdam

The New Palace in Potsdam

How to Get There

Potsdam is easily accessible from Berlin via multiple train options. The S7 departs every 10 minutes from various Berlin stations, providing a convenient route to Potsdam Hauptbahnhof. For a slightly faster journey, consider the RE1, departing every 20 minutes and stopping at key Berlin hubs like Wannsee, Charlottenburg, Hauptbahnhof, Friedrichstra├če, Alexanderplatz, and Ostbahnhof before reaching Potsdam. Depending on your departure point in Berlin, the travel time typically ranges from 30 to 45 minutes.

Navigating Potsdam

Once in Potsdam, moving around to explore its numerous attractions requires a bit of planning. While buses and trams are available, they might not offer comprehensive coverage of all the sights. Opting for a hop-on-hop-off tour could be more convenient, allowing you to navigate the city comfortably while visiting the major landmarks. This option is especially beneficial as some attractions are not well-connected by public transportation. You can also walk Potsdam, but it is very spread out. If you want to visit more than just Sanssouci garden, taking public transport may be inevitable.

Must-Visit Sights

Exploring Potsdam unveils a tapestry of historical and architectural wonders beyond the famed Sanssouci Park and Palace. This UNESCO-listed park hosts an array of marvels, including the historic windmill, the picturesque Chinese Tea House, and the majestic Orangerie Palace. Neues Palais, an embodiment of Prussian grandeur, stands as a testament to opulence with its lavish Baroque interiors. Cecilienhof Palace, witness to the pivotal Potsdam Conference of 1945, holds a significant place in history, while the Dutch Quarter and Russian Colony Alexandrowka showcase unique architectural influences. Nauener Tor and Brandenburger Tor stand as proud remnants of the city's past, while the City Palace and Barberini Museum celebrate art and culture. The Glienicker Br├╝cke, known as the Bridge of Spies, narrates Cold War history, linking Potsdam to espionage intrigue. Babelsberg Palace, Marble Palace, and the Babelsberg Film Studios add depth to Potsdam's cultural landscape, offering insights into royalty, art, and cinematic history. Amidst these varied attractions, Potsdam invites visitors to immerse themselves in a blend of history, artistry, and tales from bygone eras.

Benefits of a Private Guide

To make the most of your time and cover the grounds efficiently, consider booking a private guide. A knowledgeable guide not only helps navigate the city seamlessly but also provides insights into the rich history and cultural significance of each site. With a guide, you can maximize your sightseeing, understand the context behind each monument, and efficiently move from one attraction to another.


Potsdam, often overshadowed by its famous palace, offers a multifaceted journey into Prussian history and architectural grandeur. While planning your day trip, ensure you choose the most convenient transportation method from Berlin, consider opting for a guided tour to optimize your experience, and explore beyond Sanssouci to truly appreciate the charm and depth of this historical city.

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Written by mattiberlin
Hi, I'm Matti - a local tour guide in Berlin and Potsdam, Germany. I offer private, customized tours on and off the beaten track that are highly educational, fun and engaging:

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