Tour of Potsdam's Places of Worship, Potsdam (Self Guided)

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.
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Tour of Potsdam's Places of Worship Map

Guide Name: Tour of Potsdam's Places of Worship
Guide Location: Germany » Potsdam (See other walking tours in Potsdam)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Author: nataly
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Erlöserkirche

1) Erlöserkirche

The Evangelical church Erlöserkirche was built in 1898 by famous German architect Gotthilf Ludwig Möckel. The church was built in the Neo-Gothic style and its 74-meter spire can be seen from the suburbs of Brandenburg, making it a good orientation point for navigating the city. During World War II the church was seriously damaged, but by 1947 it was partially restored. In 1960 it underwent a complete interior and exterior restoration. Today this beautiful church is one of the best places to enjoy an organ concert in Potsdam.
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Friedenskirche

2) Friedenskirche (must see)

The Protestant Friedenskirche, or the Church of Peace, 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 of the artistically gifted King Frederick William IV and was designed by the court architect Ludwig Persius. The church is a columned basilica with three naves and no transept. It has a free-standing bell tower. The 13.5-meter-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. The altar canopy, which rests on four dark green columns, was created from Siberian jasper (semi-precious stones) and was a gift from Tsar Nicholas I of Russia, the king's brother in law. It was installed in the Church of Peace in 1842. An arcade surrounds the inner courtyard.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Evangelisch Freikirchliche Gemeinde Potsdam

3) Evangelisch Freikirchliche Gemeinde Potsdam

The Evangelic church Freikirchliche Gemeinde Potsdam is located just a few steps from Potsdam's famous Brandenburg Gate. The church is Baptist, a faith that appeared in Germany in the 19th century. There are several Baptist churches in Potsdam, but this church has the largest congregation.
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Garnisonkirche

4) Garnisonkirche

Garnisonkirche, or Garrison Church, was a gorgeous church located near St. Nikolaikirche Church. Garrison Church was built at the behest of Frederick William I between the years 1730 and 1735 by famous architect Philipp Gerlach. Historic drawings and photos show the glory of the church where Frederick William I and Frederick II once rested in peace. Garrison Church has played an important role in German history, as it was here in 1933 that Adolf Hitler and von Hindenburg celebrated the alliance between German fascism and the Prussian military. That event entered the history books as “Potsdam Day”. During the bomb attack of 1945, the church was completely destroyed. The church is currently being reconstructed and is scheduled to be finished by 2017.
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St. Nicholas' Church

5) 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.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Französische Kirche

6) Französische Kirche

Französische Kirche, or French Church, is located in the former French Quarter, and it was built in 1753 for the Huguenot community of Potsdam. Architect Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff designed this beautiful elliptical-shaped church for the French Reform Parish. The entrance to the church is adorned by two amazing sculptures; one is "Caritas", which symbolizes charity and love, and the other is "Spes", which symbolizes hope.
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Saint Peter und Paul Kirche

7) 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.
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Evangelisch-Lutherische Christuskirche

8) Evangelisch-Lutherische Christuskirche

This beautiful little church is located between two houses and was built in 1903. The red-brick building belongs to the Neo-Gothic architectural style and was designed by the famous Georg Grabkowsky. This Evangelical–Lutheran church will impress you with its original interior design and furniture, which has been preserved from the time the church was built.
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Alexander Newski Gedächtniskirche

9) Alexander Newski Gedächtniskirche

Alexander Newski Gedächtniskirche, or the Church of Saint Alexander Newski, is the oldest Russian Orthodox Church in Western Europe. The church was built in 1830 in Alexandrowka, which was part of Potsdam's Russian Colony and which is today listed as a UNESCO's Heritage Site. The church was designed by architects Wassily Stassow and Karl Friedrich Schinkel in the typical Old Russian architectural style.

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.
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 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
Cultural Tour of Potsdam

Cultural Tour of Potsdam

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
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
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
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

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.