Potsdam's Architectural Jewels (Self Guided), Potsdam

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.
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Potsdam's Architectural Jewels Map

Guide Name: Potsdam's Architectural Jewels
Guide Location: Germany » Potsdam (See other walking tours in Potsdam)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles
Author: nataly
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Potsdam City Hall
  • Dutch Quarter
  • Saint Peter und Paul Kirche
  • St. Nicholas' Church
  • Old City Hall
  • Acht Ecken
  • House of Brandenburg-Prussian History
  • Großes Militärwaisenhaus
  • Dampfmaschinenhaus für Sanssouci
  • Protestant Church of Peace
Potsdam City Hall

1) Potsdam City Hall

The building that is today the Potsdam Town Hall is located in the center of the city. This impressive complex was built at the end of the 18th century in the Rococo style. Six domes dominate the structure and accentuate its grandeur. Its majesty can also be seen in the beautiful sculptures adorning the exterior.
Dutch Quarter

2) Dutch Quarter (must see)

The Dutch Quarter, also known as the Holland Quarter, is one of the most popular landmarks in Potsdam. There is no other place in Europe like Potsdam's Dutch Quarter, where about 150 red-brick, Dutch houses occupy four city blocks, which are arranged in two quarters. The houses were built between 1734 and 1742 by the famous Dutch architect Jan Bouman.
Saint Peter und Paul Kirche

3) Saint Peter und Paul Kirche

The Catholic Church of Saint Peter and Paul is located in the heart of Potsdam. The church was built in 1870 and was designed by two German architects August Stüler and Wilhelm Salzenberg. The building is a great example of the eclectic style popular at the end of 19th century, as it contains both Byzantine and Romanesque elements. The bell tower is almost 63 meters high and its design was inspired by St. Zeno, located in Verona, Italy. Inside Saint Peter and Paul Church you can admire three masterpieces by famous painter Antoine Pesne.
St. Nicholas' Church

4) St. Nicholas' Church (must see)

St. Nicholas' Church (German: St. Nikolaikirche) is an Evangelical church on the Alter Markt ("Old Market Square"). The central plan building in the Classicist style and dedicated to Saint Nicholas was built to plans by Karl Friedrich Schinkel in the years 1830 to 1837. The tambour of the 77 metre high church that towers above the roofs of the city was built later, from 1843 to 1850. Its construction was taken over by Ludwig Persius and, from 1845, Friedrich August Stüler.

Towards the end of the Second World War the church was hit during the air raid on Potsdam and subsequently badly damaged by Soviet artillery fire. After many years of rebuilding the church was re-consecrated in 1981 by the Evangelical Parish of St. Nicholas, Potsdam, and, today, is open to visitors. In addition to the normal church services, concert events are also held in the church.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Old City Hall

5) Old City Hall (must see)

The Old Town Hall is located on Old Market Square near the Church of Saint Nicholas. This administrative building was designed and erected by the famous architect Johann Boumann between the years 1753 and 1755. Many of the buildings in Potsdam incorporate the Italian style, and the Old Town Hall is not an exception. The gilded statue of Atlas stands sublime on the edge of the building's dome.
Acht Ecken

6) Acht Ecken

Acht Ecken (Eight Corners) is the name of a former architectural complex. At the intersection of Schwertfegerstraße and Friedrich-Ebert-Straße, four identical Baroque houses were built on the corner plots in 1771 by Bayreuth architect Carl von Gontard. Each building was designed with a concave facade towards the crossroads, resulting in eight corners in total. Today, only one of the four buildings is left. Friedrich-Ebert-Straße was turned into a wide traffic artery after the destruction of WWII, which necessitated the demolition of the two eastern buildings. The southwestern property was replaced with a modern prefab concrete building in the 1960s.
Sight description based on wikipedia
House of Brandenburg-Prussian History

7) House of Brandenburg-Prussian History (must see)

The House of Brandenburg-Prussian History is located in a historic building that is the former Royal Carriages Garage of City Palace (Stadtschloß). The garage was built at the same time as the palace complex in 1662. It was one of the few buildings remaining after the bombing of 1945. The building has been thoroughly restored, and today you can admire this structure, which has stood on this spot for more than 350 years.
Großes Militärwaisenhaus

8) Großes Militärwaisenhaus

The Großes Militärwaisenhaus was built in 1771. This four-story building was designed in the Prussian late-Baroque architectural style. On the roof of the building is a temple-like construction that consists of eight columns on top of which stands the sculpture of “Caritas”. This 26-meter-high structure was created by architect Rudolf Kaplunger.
Dampfmaschinenhaus für Sanssouci

9) Dampfmaschinenhaus für Sanssouci (must see)

Dampfmaschinenhaus is the steam pump house that was built between 1841 and 1843. It is not an ordinary pump house, and you should visit in order to appreciate its design and history. The structure resembles a mosque and is architecturally stunning. It was the first pump house built in Prussia. Frederick Wilhelm IV wanted water pumped from the Havel River to the beautiful fountains of Sanssouci Park, so he had the pump house constructed.
Protestant Church of Peace

10) Protestant Church of Peace (must see)

The Protestant Church of Peace (German: Friedenskirche) is situated in the Marly Gardens on the Green Fence in the palace grounds of Sanssouci Park. The church was built according to the wishes and with the close involvement of the artistically gifted King Frederick William IV and designed by the court architect, Ludwig Persius. After Persius' death in 1845, the architect Friedrich August Stüler was charged with continuing his work. Building included work by Ferdinand von Arnim and Ludwig Ferdinand Hesse also. The cornerstone of the churchhouse was laid on April 14, 1845. The building was dedicated on September 24, 1848, though construction continued until 1854. The structure resembles a High Italian monastery.

The church is a columned basilica with three naves and no transept, with a free-standing belltower. The 13.5 m high central nave overlaps the side aisles, which are half as wide. An arcade of central arches mark the crossing point. An etching of the Basilica di San Clemente in Rome made by early Christians resembles a draft design of the Potsdam church.

An original Venetian mosaic from the early 13th century decorates the church's apse. It was originally in a church in San Capriano on Murano, Venice until its abandonment. While he was crown prince Frederick William had it bought at auction for 385 thalers and brought to Potsdam by canal.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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.
Top Religious Buildings

Top Religious Buildings

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: 5.7 Km or 3.5 Miles
Tour of Potsdam's Sanssouci Park, Part 1

Tour of Potsdam's Sanssouci Park, Part 1

Sanssouci Park is a unique Potsdam landmark that occupies 290 hectares in the center of the city. You will learn more about the history of Prussia during the reign of Frederick the Great by walking through this marvelous park than by reading a history book. Take this tour to discover the beautiful, historic landmarks found at the east entrance of Sanssouci Park.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 Km or 1.4 Miles
Cultural Venues

Cultural Venues

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.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
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 or 1.7 Miles
Tour of Potsdam's Sanssouci Park , Part 2

Tour of Potsdam's Sanssouci Park , Part 2

The famous 290-hectare Sanssouci Park is home to some of the most significant structures built during the reign of Frederick the Great. All the historic buildings are surrounded by beautiful gardens and greenery. Take this tour to discover the most noteworthy landmarks situated at the west entrance of Sanssouci Park.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 Km or 2.7 Miles
Potsdam Introduction Walking Tour

Potsdam Introduction Walking Tour

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 or 3.3 Miles