Potsdam – UNESCO World Heritage status

The state capital of Potsdam has a great number of splendid sights that bear witness to its long and rich Prussian history. The palaces and gardens are surely among the most famous of Potsdam's sights. However, none is more known worldwide than Sanssouci Park and its palaces.

UNESCO World Heritage

Culture, history and the countryside of the Havel River form a unique symmetry in and around Potsdam. No matter where you choose to drop anchor, you will come across splendid testimonies to the rich Prussian history everywhere. Most of them have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The river banks of Potsdam are lined by palaces, parks and gardens designed by the finest architects and landscape designers of the last three centuries.

A multitude of influences

When strolling around Potsdam you will surely notice the different influences that people of other countries have had on its appearance. Holland, Russia, Italy: They're all present and accounted for. The houses of the Dutch Quarter with their red façades and pointed gables in the town centre, the Alexandrovka log houses of the Russian colony or the Italianate St. Peter and St. Paul's Church all represent the cosmopolitan lifestyle Potsdam has had for centuries.

Culture on the waterfront

The cultural and commercial prominence of Schiffbauergasse is an impressive example of how the modern Potsdam always looks towards the water as well. A fascinating place for art, culture, business, bars, restaurants and tourism emerged on the premises of a former gasworks, and it can be reached directly by boat.