Top things to do

Top Choice Historic Building in Potsdam

Chinesisches Haus

The 18th-century fad for the Far East is poignantly reflected in the adorable Chinese House. The cloverleaf-shaped pavilion is among the park's most photographed buildings thanks to its enchanting exterior of exotic…
Top Choice Palace in Potsdam

Schloss Sanssouci

Frederick the Great's famous summer palace, this rococo gem was designed by Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff in 1747 and sits daintily above vine-draped terraces with the king's grave nearby. Admission is limited a…
Top Choice Palace in Potsdam

Schloss & Park Sanssouci

This glorious park and palace ensemble is what happens when a king has good taste, plenty of cash and access to the finest architects and artists of the day. Sanssouci was dreamed up by Frederick the Great (1712–86)…
Top Choice French in Potsdam

Brasserie zu Gutenberg

This charming little brasserie with dark-wood tables and chocolate-brown banquettes is great for a quick bite of quiche and coffee or for a hearty meal, perhaps featuring the signature coq au vin and a glass of fine…
German in Potsdam


Right in Park Sanssouci, the exotic 1770 Dragon House is a Chinese miniature palace inspired by the Ta-Ho pagoda in Canton. It now houses a pleasant cafe-restaurant serving coffee, homemade cakes and seasonal cuisin…
German in Potsdam

Meierei Brauhaus

The Berlin Wall once ran right past this brewpub, where the beer garden invites you to count the boats sailing on the Jungfernsee in summer. The hearty dishes are a perfect match for the delicious craft beers, inclu…
International in Potsdam

Potsdam Zur Historischen Mühle

This vast, tourist-geared restaurant, part of the Mövenpick chain, lures punters with international favourites, a beer garden and a children’s playground and menu.
Bar in Potsdam


This vaulted cellar lounge is popular with grown-ups willing to peel off the bills for top-notch cocktails. Access is via the back courtyard. There's no menu, but the bartender will happily coax out your favourite.
Gastropub in Potsdam


Check your pretensions in at the door of this cheerily charming pub, the home of quirky metal lamps, big burgers and cold beer. An all-ages crowd shares laughter inside this former bakery and, in summer, along bench…
Bar in Potsdam

La Leander

Even after changing owners in 2016, this low-key Dutch Quarter pub still proudly flies the rainbow flag. A good place for plugging into the local LGBTIQ scene.