Day Trip from Berlin to Potsdam

Aerial View of Babelsberg Park
Aerial View of Babelsberg Park

Potsdam, one of Germany's most beautiful towns, is an ideal place to explore on a day trip from Berlin. It is not too far - around 40 minutes from central Berlin by S-Bahn or even faster on a Regional Train.

There's a lot to see in this charming, slower paced town straddling the Havel River southwest of Berlin just beyond the city limit. To be completely honest, you can easily spend much more than just one day exploring Potsdam.

We recommend starting your trip with a visit to beautiful Babelsberg Park. It is one of our top attraction picks in Berlin.

After exploring Bablesberg Park you can hop back on the S-Bahn and continue to Potsdam Station.

Potsdam has more than 150 historic buildings and monuments. A must see is the spectacular Sanssouci Palace, a former summer home to Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. If you enjoy walking, you can walk there from the train station in under 40 minutes, but you will likely take longer as you stop to explore along the way. It is a pleasant walk that will take you past Potsdam's own Brandenburg Gate and the picturesque Friedenskirche Church.

Sanssouci Palace itself is surrounded by a large, beautiful garden interspersed with statues, monuments, fountains and historical buildings from the 18th and 19th century. The entire area is part of an even larger UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You can shorten the walk to Sanssouci Palace down to 14 minutes by taking Tram 61.

Downtown Potsam has many historic buildings and landmarks waiting to be explored, not to mention all the great restaurants. This area is also very walkable.

A solid network of Tram and Bus routes will help you move between different parts town with ease. Bike rentals are also available between Gates S6 and S7 at Potsdam Station.

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How to get to Potsdam by S-Bahn

Nearest S-Bahn Line(s): S7, RE1
Nearest S-Bahn Station(s): Potsdam

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