What to do in Potsdam and Brandenburg?

Brandenburg is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. Besides the world-famous castles & gardens, nature abounds with over 3,000 lakes to discover – by bike, on foot, with inline skates, on a raft, SUP or in a kayak. Whether you are looking to enjoy a day trip or a longer visit, here are just a few highlights:


Brandenburg has lot of sees and lakes. Official bathing sites at lakes and water areas in the region you find here . The following bathing places are easily to reach from Golm:

Bathing Sites

The bathing area at Großer Zernsee in Golm is located directly next to Gut Schloss Golm. It is a small bathing place with a sandy beach, the water is shallow. The Großer Zernsee is a widening of the river Havel, so you can swim here in a largely natural river. From Thursday to Sunday you can also enjoy coffee and cake next door at Gut Schloss Golm. The bathing area can be easily reached by bike from Golm and Eiche. map

The bathing beach at Sacrow Lake is a large bathing area with a sandy beach on the north shore of the lake in the Potsdam district of Sacrow, Lake Promenade 79. The lake is part of the nature reserve „Sacrow Lake and Königswald“ and is fed exclusively by groundwater. It is up to 36m deep and thus one of the deepest lakes in Brandenburg. Right next to the beach there is an Italian restaurant with terrace. The bathing place can be reached from Golm by bus 612/697 and a short walk.  map

The Heiliger See is Potsdam’s most popular bathing spot. The Heiliger See is located in the middle of the city surrounded by villas and the park of the New Garden with a view of the Gothic Library and the Marble Palace. Here you can take a break after a walk along the Havel river. The area offers a big sunbathing lawn inside the park. Access is through the park or via Tizianstraße. From Golm you can take bus 606 and tram 96 to the Glienicker Brücke. Neaby on the north lakeside there is another one, which is preferably used by nude bathers. map

The Stadtbad Park Babelsberg at the Tiefer See is a classic beach bath at the edge of Park Babelsberg, here there is also a sandy beach that is guarded, beach chairs and a footbridge. This means that the bath is subject to admission. The Tiefer See is part of the Havel and is used by passenger ships of the Weiße Flotte. It also has a landing stage here. A special highlight: Take the water taxi to the lido!  The view stretches across the lake to Potsdam and Berlin. You can reach the bath either by bike or by bus and tram 94 map

The Waldbad Templin, Templiner Straße 110, 14473 Potsdam, is located in the south of Potsdam on the eastern shore of the Templiner See. The Templin lido, which requires admission, has a wide range of water-related activities and is ideal for children: sandy beach, water slide, bathing island, small bathing lake for the very young, and for the larger sports areas, surf school, wakeboard lift and boat rental -> map. On the other side of the road, you will find the Forsthaus Templin, a traditional restaurant for outings. You can reach the bath with the Potsdam water taxi or the bus 607 from the main station. map



Lake Raft Tours

A raft (or houseboat) tour with family or friends is something very special. Most rafts can be driven with a driving license, although parking requires some skill. There is usually a fridge and grill on the raft so that you can fry your sausages on deck as you float from lake to lake.
Enjoy splash competitions in the water at any time—just drop the anchor and jump in!

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Wakeboarding at Lake Templin

Whether you are a beginner, advanced, or professional, at MAGIX anyone can learn or improve their wakeboarding. Wakeboarding offers balanced training and physical fitness, but most importantly it is fun!

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SUP Yoga at Lake Griebnitzsee

Yoga fans– pay attention! Take the challenge and test your yoga skills on a Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP). Besides the pleasure of exercising in nature, your body will be happy with a new balancing challenge.
Afterwards, you can take a lap around the lake with your rented SUP.

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Kayak Tour Around Hermannswerder

Views from the waterways offer completely new perspectives of a city. Potsdam is no exception.
On a beginner-friendly kayak tour around Hermannswerder, you will discover new and old buildings, herons or with a little luck the canoe polo players from the University of Potsdam.

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Inline-Skating in Fläming

You love inline skating? Then you have come to the right place! Flaeming Skate in Teltow-Fläming in Brandenburg is great fun for anyone on wheels. Experience the super smooth asphalt surface of the two- to three-meter wide paths. Improve your speed on over 230 kilometres of circuits of various lengths.

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Bicycle Tour around Lake Schwielowsee

This approximately 40 km-long bicycle tour begins in Potsdam and goes around Lake Schwielowsee. You will cycle on straight routes and climb some small hills in Werder. The route has a lot to offer besides the beautiful view over the lake: orchards, woods, beaches, and Ferch, a village known for its painters and its Japanese garden. This is a great way to discover some hidden highlights of the Potsdam area.

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Postcolonial Potsdam

Interested in Prussian history beyond the classic sights?

With the free web app “Postcolonial Potsdam” you can discover traces of Prussia’s colonial past during a walk through the park of Sanssouci and Potsdam’s city centre. With intensive inspection you find clues on buildings, statues, paintings, and plants. The app supports and explains in more detail in short audios.

The app was developed at the University of Potsdam. It can be used virtually or on site with the smartphone. In addition to information on the history you also get a contemporary perspective on dealing with the colonial legacies.

On Postcolonialpotsdam.org you find more interesting information and tours on the topic in Berlin, among other places.




Potsdam City Plan for Children and Young People

Where I find a sports area? Which offers has Potsdam for kids and young people?

On the especially for kids and young people developed city map you find a lot of information about event locations as sports areas, culture- and education institutes, nature experience sites …, as well as event tips and information about various sights in the city. A click on the location and you get more information and directions.

The map is available online as an interactive city map at Kinderstadtplan-Potsdam.de or in paper form to collect at Citizens’ Service Centre in the city hall, the VIP costumer centre or at the Children’s and Youth Office of the City of Potsdam


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