Destination guide

Want somewhere near Berlin but not Berlin?

If you're looking for a German vacation destination that's just a hair shy of that metropolitan hustle and bustle, look no further than Potsdam. Once the summer residence of Prussian King Frederick the Great, Potsdam is a relatively laid-back town just outside the Berlin city limits that's chock-full of storied castles and palaces, sprawling public gardens, and more museums than you can shake a schnitzel at. With a Potsdam vacation rental, you'll be in a tranquil, relaxed suburb, but still surrounded by attractions like the Sanssouci Palace, the Museum Barberini, and the historic Cecilienhof.

Things to do

Movie it or lose it in cinematic Potsdam

Not to be outdone by the sights in nearby Berlin, Potsdam boasts a wealth of artistic and cultural institutions, too. At the Museum Barberini, you can see works by local and international artists in a striking building overlooking Potsdam's central Old Market Square. At the Filmmuseum, you can explore Germany's rich filmmaking history through exhibits, artifacts, and screenings, all in the former horse of the ruined Potsdam City Palace. For even more moviemaking magic, check out the iconic Studio Babelsberg, a historic movie studio that offers guided tours of its more than 6 acres of lots and production space.


Let's go Dutch—Potsdam's architectural treasures

With a rich local history going back to the middle ages (and beyond), Potsdam is home to a number of royal palaces originally built for the Prussian Royal Family during the 18th century. Walking and sightseeing tours of the city's most scenic buildings are a popular pastime, and architecture buffs in particular will enjoy the cobbled streets and 169 redbrick houses of the charming Dutch Quarter. The city is home to a number of parks and gardens, too. Perhaps the most famous is the sprawling Sanssouci Park, where you'll find greenhouses, landscaped gardens, and rolling lawns.


Snow pain, snow gain in seasonal Potsdam

Potsdam has an oceanic climate, with mild summers and cool, snowy winters, as well as relatively short intermediate seasons. Average temperatures during the summer months peak at 75 in July, through daily highs can occasionally climb into the 90s. Winters are cold and snowy, with average lows in the mid 20s and average highs in the mid 30s between December and February. Visitors tend to agree that Frederick the Great had the right idea, and summer is typically the city's busiest season. You'll find that prices for Potsdam vacation rentals are at their lowest during the chilly winter months.

Natural features

Potsdam's waterfront—laughing all the way to the banks

In a low-lying area dotted with hills, Potsdam lies along the banks of the River Havel. Although it's just 15 miles from the center of Berlin, the country's capital, 75 percent of Potsdam is made up of parks, greenery, and open space, and only a quarter of the city's overall space is urban. You'll find plenty of rivers and lakes in the area, and water sports like boating, kayaking, and canoeing are popular during the warm summer months. Your Potsdam vacation rental will put you at the heart of one of Germany's most desirable waterfront locations.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Potsdam

The nearest airport is in Berlin (TXL-Tegel), located 14.5 mi (23.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Berlin (SXF-Schoenefeld), which is 19.4 mi (31.3 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Potsdam Central Station, Potsdam Central Station and Potsdam Charlottenhof Station are the main stations that serve the city. Utilize the area's public transportation and catch a ride on the metro at Potsdam S-Bahn or Babelsberg S-Bahn if you're interested in seeing more of the city.

Where to stay around Potsdam?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 485 vacation rentals near Potsdam. From 378 Condos/Apartments to 66 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Potsdam for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Potsdam?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Potsdam:

  • Babelsberg Süd: 15 vacation rentals
  • Brandenburger Vorstadt: 28 vacation rentals
  • Babelsberg Nord: 29 vacation rentals
  • Dutch Quarter: 40 vacation rentals
  • Berliner Vorstadt: 30 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Potsdam?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Potsdam. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Charlottenhof Palace: 777 vacation rentals
  • Sanssouci Palace: 844 vacation rentals
  • Potsdam Harbour: 872 vacation rentals
  • Gate of Fortune: 877 vacation rentals
  • Potsdam's Brandenburg Gate: 867 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Potsdam listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Potsdam?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 378 Condos/Apartments in Potsdam. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Potsdam include:

  • Houses: 66 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 11 rentals available
  • Cottages: 11 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Potsdam?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 4 vacation rentals with pool available in Potsdam. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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