Cultural Tour of Potsdam, Potsdam (Self Guided)

Potsdam is the capital of the Brandenburg Federal State of Germany and is a city with a rich cultural life. Explore the city's famous museums and art galleries, cinemas, concert halls and theaters, and enjoy an exhibition or performance by a German artist. Take this tour to discover the most interesting and notable cultural venues in Potsdam.
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Cultural Tour of Potsdam Map

Guide Name: Cultural Tour of Potsdam
Guide Location: Germany » Potsdam (See other walking tours in Potsdam)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Author: nataly
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Potsdam Natural History Museum

1) Potsdam Natural History Museum

The Potsdam Natural History Museum is located in a historic building that dates back to 1770. The museum houses the biggest aquarium in all of Brandenburg, where you can admire wonderful species of fish that inhabit the local rivers and lakes. A great variety of mussels and crayfish are also on exhibit.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 9 am - 5 pm; Every first Monday of the month: 9 am - 6 pm
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Galerie Ruhnke

2) Galerie Ruhnke

The Galerie Ruhnke is located just a few steps from Potsdam’s famous landmark–- the Brandenburg Gate. This popular gallery exhibits photographs and sculptures created by the most talented modern artists from Germany and abroad. The gallery specializes in abstract visual art and participates in many national and international exhibitions.

Operation hours: Thursday - Sunday: 2 pm - 6 pm
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Galerie Samtleben

3) Galerie Samtleben

The Galerie Samtleben is located in the heart of Potsdam. The gallery specializes in modern art. Here you can admire paintings, photos, prints, graphic art and sculptures created by talented German artists. Also, try to catch one of the literary soirees or chamber music concerts the gallery occasionally hosts.
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Kabarett Obelisk

4) Kabarett Obelisk

The Kabarett Obelisk is the most popular comedy theater in Potsdam. It was founded in 1978 and has kept the laughs coming since then. Through simple music and perfectly chosen words, the performers create a show you won't want to miss. Packing each performance for more than 30 years says it all!
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Nikolaisaal Potsdam

5) Nikolaisaal Potsdam

The Nikolaisaal Potsdam is a multifunctional cultural venue. A wide range of performances, including musical concerts, literary soirees and fashion shows, are held here. The entrance hall houses a contemporary art gallery. The classical Baroque building will amaze you with its ultra-modern interior design.
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Potsdam Film Museum

6) Potsdam Film Museum (must see)

The Potsdam Film Museum was founded in 1981 and is located in a historic building - the Royal Stables, which is the only original building remaining from the Old City Palace. The museum exhibits all the sound, video and text materials from the Babelsberg Film Studios. After browsing through the museum, you can catch the latest German and international movies here. The museum also has a great collection of silent films available for viewing.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
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Theaterschiff Potsdam

7) Theaterschiff Potsdam

The Theaterschiff literally means "theater boat". Have you ever been to such an amazing place? It is an unforgettable experience to admire talented actors performing in a floating theater. The Theaterschiff was launched in 1998 and has since traveled all around Germany and to many neighboring countries.

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.
Tour of Potsdam's Architecture

Tour of Potsdam's Architecture

Potsdam is considered one of the most beautiful cities in all of Germany. You can feel history in the air while you walk among the city's well preserved buildings. Most of the structures have been recently renovated and are ready to impress you with their grandeur and style. Take this tour to discover Potsdam's most architecturally stunning buildings.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
Tour of Potsdam's Neuer Garten

Tour of Potsdam's Neuer Garten

Neuer Garten (New Garden) was founded at the behest of Friedrich William II in 1787. It was "new" compared to the already established Sanssouci Park. This beautiful garden lies on more than 100 hectares of land and houses wonderful historic buildings. Take this tour to discover the famous architecture found in Potsdam's Neuer Garten.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Nightlife Tour of Potsdam

Nightlife Tour of Potsdam

Potsdam offers a wide range of nightlife opportunities, and a great number of nightclubs and bars remain open until sunrise. The music styles may differ, but you will find the same friendly attitude everywhere you go. Take this tour to discover the most popular nightlife spots in Potsdam.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Potsdam is practically an open-air museum. The number of monuments, sculptures and historic buildings on display is endless. Due to its important place in the history of Prussia, the city boasts a multitude of immortalized witnesses of that period in the form of statues, all very well preserved. Take this tour and discover Potsdam's most popular attractions.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 km
Tour of Potsdam's Places of Worship

Tour of Potsdam's Places of Worship

Potsdam is the capital of Brandenburg State in Germany. It one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and is the jewel of Germany. It is a city with a great history and world-renowned landmarks. Its churches and mosques are true architectural masterpieces. Take this tour to discover the most beautiful and distinctive places of worship in Potsdam.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Tour of Potsdam's Babelsberg Park

Tour of Potsdam's Babelsberg Park

Babelsberg Park is located in the Babelsberg district of Potsdam. This amazing park offers an exquisite ‘collection’ of Gothic buildings. The famous Babelsberg Palace and the surprisingly beautiful Engine Pump House can be found here. Take this tour to discover the most notable landmarks in Babelsberg Park.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Potsdam for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Potsdam has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Potsdam, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.