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Where are the most Instagrammable places in Potsdam?
Since I covered the most instagrammable places in Berlin in a recent post, I thought it was only fair to share my take on Potsdam’s insta-worthy spots, too. You may have to look a bit further, past the grit, to find Berlin’s beauty in a typical sense. But this neighbouring city more than makes up for Berlin’s urban chaos. In fact, Potsdam is often referred to as the city of palaces and gardens, as it was a favourite summer spot for Prussian royalty. If you’re looking for the most instagrammable places in Potsdam for your next visit, read on!
Head to Ruinenberg for something off the beaten path. This lesser-known Potsdam attraction is set on a small hill, not far from Sanssouci Palace. Here, you will find imitations of Roman ruins commissioned by an 18th century Prussian king. As was fashion back then, the king decided to recreate his own small segment of ancient Rome on his expansive lands. Today’s visitors, therefore, can enjoy a stroll back both in time and space. Ruinenberg is easily accessible on foot, bike, or by public transport. Potsdam Hauptbahnhof is about 4 km away.
After exploring Ruinenberg, you can hop on the bus and venture over to the next hidden gem in Potsdam: Marquardt. Marquardt is one of those small Brandenburg villages that only locals know about, and therefore, has retained a certain traditional charm.
Marquardt first appearing in local records as a 9th century fishermen’s village on the banks of the Schlanitzsee. The village itself is very walkable, with a kilometre-long trail along the Sacrow-Paretzer Canal, an expansive park dotted with lily pad ponds, and an ivy-clad castle.
The regional train RB21 will take you right back to Potsdam Hauptbahnhof once an hour, with rush-hour services going as far as Friedrichstraße in Berlin.
3. Schloss Babelsberg
From Roman ruins to British-inspired castles, Potsdam has it all. One of the most instagrammable places in Potsdam is, without a doubt, Schloss Babelsberg. The Palace was built in 1835 by King William I of Prussia. Today, it is a museum, but the general public can amble around the grounds at no cost. The palace is surrounded by a large park of the same name and borders the Havel River. After taking one look at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, I was already imagining knights in shining armour.
4. Belvedere on the Pfingstberg
Different kings had different tastes – and the funds to build the palaces of their dreams. So the Belvedere on the Pfingstberg, commissioned in 1847, took on a mix of Greek, Roman and Italian Renaissance flair. This palace is also about 4 km from Potsdam’s main train station, and not far from the famous Bridge of Spies, where East and West armies infamously exchanged hostages during the Cold War era.
5. Schloss Sanssouci
No guide to the most instagrammable places in Potsdam would be complete without mentioning Sanssouci, the iconic Rococo-style palace and grounds famous well beyond the city limits. Sanssouci literally means no worries in French, which was the trendy international language back in 1745. The palace was Frederick the Great’s summer residence, and the German answer to Versailles. The grounds extend far, far beyond the main palace, and walking trails lead to many other smaller pavilions, lakes and vineyards.
One such pavilion is the Orangerie, slightly removed from the main stage that is Sanssouci. On a warm, sunny day, you will definitely feel miles away from Central Europe. Rather, a visit to the Orangerie is like a hop over to the Mediterranean coast. With palm trees and summer vibes, there is no better spot in Potsdam to sooth that feeling of fernweh. So if you’re already at Schloss Sanssouci, don’t miss the Orangerie.
If you aren’t tired of palaces yet, you can snap some more shots at the Marmorpalais, an elegant home once belonging to Hohenzollern royalty. This smaller palace is at the edge of Heiliger See, around which many German and international celebrities have taken up residence. A short walk away stands Cecilienhof, where the allies decided much of Europe’s fate after World War II.
8. Potsdam Innenstadt & Brandenburger Straße
This post focuses a lot on palaces, but Potsdam’s core is equally charming. Endless colourful streets are brimming with shops, bakeries and cafes. Potsdam is far from a tourist centre. As you wander around, you will see many locals going about their business. If you don’t have hours for aimless browsing, make sure you do walk up the pedestrian Brandenburger Straße, which leads to Potsdam’s own Brandenburger Gate.
Get a more in-depth look at Potsdam
It can be nice to explore Potsdam on a guided tour. Here are a few hand-picked options, covering the history of the castles mentioned in this post.
Of the most Instagrammable places in Potsdam, is there a winner?
In my opinion, it is very difficult to crown a single sight as the most Instagrammable place in Potsdam. Although there are several very strong contenders! But when you live next to a picture-perfect city, all you can do is visit, over and over again, and keep discovering new spots every time.
Will you check out the most Instagrammable places in Potsdam? Let me know in the comments.