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Potsdam. which lies on the river Havel, borders Berlin and is jsut 15 miles South West of its centre. It is the capital of the German federal state of Brandenburg. Potsdam famously hosted the synonymous conference in July 1945 leading to the Potsdam Agreement and Declaration which brought the second world war in Europe to a close. And for most that knowledge is as far as it goes, but there is plenty more to find out, and the best places to stay in Potsdam are ideal for getting to know the city but they can also be used as a base if you don't fancy staying in the centre of Berlin.
The city plan very much adopted the ‘spirit of enlightenment’ philosophy and ideas. It was intended to represent a picturesque pastoral dream, and around the city are a series of interconnected lakes and cultural landmarks.
The Sanssouci Palace (meaning ‘without care’) was the summer home of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. It was home to subsequent Prussian monarchs until Kaiser Wilhelm abdicated in 1918. The parks and Palace of Sanssouci is the largest world heritage site in Germany, and an absolute "must see"!
There is much to see and do, from gawping at the feast of architectural delights, to walking in the beautiful parks. And don't forget the Filmstudio Babelsburg which is the oldest large scale film studio in the world.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Potsdam vary from a charming city centre B&B to a Bavarian style luxury chalet just out of town.
The best places to stay in Potsdam
- The 26 bedroomed luxury Hotel Bayrisches Haus is in the heart of the Potsdam game reserve and takes the form of a Bavarian chalet. In an elevated position, it enjoys panoramic views and is surrounded by nature. It also boasts an award winning Michelin star restaurant specializing in German cuisine.
For a central B&B
- Remise Blumberg is a pretty B&B in the centre of town where you'll find spacious contemporary style rooms strolling distance from the main attractions.
Best Hotels in Potsdam
Remise Blumberg 9 rooms from $93Potsdam
A charming bed and breakfast set within pretty gardens in central Potsdam. Well-proportioned rooms are simple in design, clean and comfortable. Indulgent breakfast for a hearty start to the day. Walking distance to many of the local attractions. An ideal base for exploring the city.Local exploring - Close to Potsdam's sights yet set within a tranquil garden.Great walks - Take a stroll around the Sanssouci park, just minutes from the hotel.Sights nearby - Walking distance (through a lovely park) to the Ruinenberg Castle.
Hotel am Grossen Waisenhaus 34 rooms from $104Potsdam
A contemporary hotel in the heart of the Old Town. Well proportioned light rooms with large sash windows, parquet flooring and crisp white linen. An elegant breakfast room serves up indulgent breakfasts. Walking distance from many of the city's sights. A chic choice.Local exploring - Well positioned withing the Old Town and within walking distance to many of the main sights.Sights nearby - Just a 15 minute walk from the UNESCO-listed Sanssouci Palace.Sailing - Take a boat ride on the scenic Havel Lake.
Hotel Bayrisches Haus 26 rooms from $115Potsdam
A glorious Bavarian chalet set in the Potsdam game reserve. Completely surrounded by nature with wonderful views and access to park activities. Michelin star restaurant serves innovative German cuisine, a fabulous spa for total pampering, and elegant rooms and suites. Good value!In/by a Nature Reserve - Located in the heart of the Potsdam game reserve.Traditional - Built in 1847 in the purest Bavarian tradition.Foodies - Award-winning Michelin star restaurant.Spa breaksRecommended by - Relais & Chateaux
Hotel Ambassador 14 rooms from $125Potsdam
A recently renovated historical building in a quiet district of Potsdam. The elegant rooms feature traditional wallpaper, crisp white linens and brass fixtures and fittings. With an indulgent breakfast and easy access of Potsdam's sights and restaurants. A tranquil base for city exploration.Local exploring - Well located in the picturesque district of Babelsberg and close to Potsdam's sights.Sights nearby - The Marble Palace and Glienicke Palace are a must-see.
Schloss Kartzow 12 rooms from $136Potsdam (OT Kartzow)
An impressive estate house set in established parkland. Recently renovated rooms keep the original features of the building yet have a clean contemporary feel. An elegant restaurant serves up regional cuisine. Close to Potsdam yet completely rural making this the ideal spot for weekend getaways.Local exploring - Close to both Potsdam and Berlin. Escape the city and enjoy a relaxing weekend in the countrysideGreat walks - The castle's own parkland and the surrounding Döberitzer Heide have miles of trails.Full of characterRomantic - Good for couples.
Hotel Villa Monte Vino 25 rooms from $136Potsdam
A 19th-century tower set high above Potsdam and boasting epic city views. Individually styled rooms feature traditional chintz fabrics, large sash windows and antique furniture. An atmospheric gentleman's bar is the perfect spot to unwind after a day exploring the city. A charming stay.Local exploring - An ideal city break, just minutes from Sanssouci Palace and close to Potsdam's shopping district.Great walks - Head out for a wander through the city to Luisenplatz Square and Dutch Quarter.Sights nearby - Just a three minute walk from Potsdam's Sanssouci Palace.Views - Great views from hotel
Hotel am Jagertor 62 rooms from $145Potsdam
An elegant 4-star property in the heart of the Old Town. Stunning rooms boast large french windows leading onto pretty balconies all dressed in a traditional style. With a smart bar and excellent regional cuisine in the restaurant. Walking distance to many of the cities main sights.Local exploring - A glorious property situated in the heart of the Old Town and withing walking distance to many of the cities' sights.Sights nearby - Visit the Glienicke Bridge (Bridge of Spies), the Russian settlement Alexandrowka and the Dutch Quarter.Sailing - Take a scenic boat ride on the Havel Lake.Full of character
Hotel NH Potsdam 143 rooms from $159Potsdam
A luxury hotel and modern spa in the heart of Potsdam. Elegant rooms are light and airy with large sash windows, soft hues and contemporary art. Find Mediterranean dishes served in the contemporary glass-fronted restaurant. The spa provides the ideal place for city relaxation. Very chic.Local exploring - Located in the heart of Potsdam and within walking distance of many of the cities attractions.Sights nearby - Wander around the picturesque Dutch Quarter and visit the Nauener Tor Gate.Romantic - Good for couples.
Hotel Brandenburger Tor 39 rooms from $188Potsdam
This 4 star hotel in the heart of Potsdam is a stone's throw from all the local sights, perfect for a spot of city exploring! It has a baroque façade and offers spacious rooms with contemporary decor. Be sure not to miss out on the large breakfast buffet served every morning before you head off.Local exploring - Located in the heart of historic Postdam, only a short walk from the main sights, its ideal for a chic-city break.Sights nearby - Be sure to check out the nearby sights such as the Brandenburg gate, Luisenplatz square and Sanssouci Palace.Local markets - The hotel sits just a few minutes from Potsdam's fantastic Christmas market, a must for any winter visitor.Outstanding location