St. Nicholas' Church, Potsdam

St. Nicholas' Church, Potsdam (must see)

St. Nicholas Church is one of Potsdam’s most iconic landmarks. Its distinctive dome can be seen throughout the city. Frederick William III commissioned the church, which was designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel and built from 1830 to 1837. It was designed to replace the old St. Nicholas church that burned down in 1795. Christopher Wren’s acclaimed St. Paul’s Cathedral in London inspired the Classicist church with Italian flair.

The church’s original design looked like a cube. The church’s appearance was completely altered when the dome was added between 1843 and 1850. The dramatic tambour is 77 meters high (253 feet). The church’s interior is 52 meters high (171 feet).

The church was damaged during World War II bombs and rebuilt. Today, St. Nicholas Church is open to the public and often hosts concerts. In addition, visitors can climb the tower to enjoy spectacular views of the city from the 42-meter tall (138-foot) viewing platform.

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St. Nicholas' Church on Map

Sight Name: St. Nicholas' Church
Sight Location: Potsdam, Germany (See walking tours in Potsdam)
Sight Type: Religious
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Walking Tours in Potsdam, Germany

Create Your Own Walk in Potsdam

Create Your Own Walk in Potsdam

Creating your own self-guided walk in Potsdam is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Potsdam Introduction Walking Tour

Potsdam Introduction Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Neuer Garten Walking Tour

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Between 1816 and 1828, the area was modified further as an English-style, open landscape garden, with an aim to reproduce nature – trees and plants were left to grow naturally, unshaped and untrimmed. Rural life was also...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
Sanssouci Park Walking Tour

Sanssouci Park Walking Tour

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Indeed, the Sanssouci Palace was built in 1747...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles