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Tips for a weekend in Potsdam on the Havel

Museum Barberini - Potsdam Weekend © Helge Mundt
A Potsdam weekend with a visit to the Museum Barberini © Helge Mundt

Enjoyment of art in the Museum Barberini in Potsdam

A Potsdam weekend with Art and we hope that you will enjoy the visit to the Barberini Museum on the Old Market. Potsdam has been in since January 2017 Brandenburg an attraction for art lovers. The Barberini Museum is located in the Barberini Palace, a magnificent building on the Old Market. In addition to the Nicolai Church and the City Palace, the center of Potsdam offers a museum for modern art. We visited it.

Potsdam weekend with art enjoyment

After a visit in Berlin we spend a weekend in Potsdamwhere we visit the new art museum. If you follow some tips, a Potsdam weekend will be an experience full of enjoyment.

Museum Barberini

An oasis of calm is the Museum Barberini. Due to its location on the Old Canal in Potsdam, the museum is predestined for spending restful hours in its exhibitions. The Palais Barberini evokes memories of Italian palazzi. That was exactly the intention of Frederick the Great, who had the 1771 Palace built as a community center. As an example for his design, the architect Carl von Gontard chose the baroque Palazzo Barberini in Rome. Friedrich Wilhelm IV left the building in the 19. Century to extend the side wings.

After the building was severely damaged during an air raid in World War II, it was torn off 1948. In the years after that it served as green space and parking. 2005 finally decided to revive the square at the City Palace. The facades of some neighboring buildings were reconstructed. The Palais Barberini, however, was newly created on the exterior dimensions of the original townhouse. Under the leadership of the Hasso Plattner Foundation, the new building of the Museum Barberini was built.

Today, the museum building completes the ensemble of magnificent buildings on the Old Market. However, the most beautiful part of the museum is the Friendship Island. Here the palace is reflected over the Havelterrassen in the water of the old ride. If one looks at the building under the shadow of the weeping willows, one feels transported to Italy.


Potsdam weekend in the museum
Potsdam weekend in the museum


Museum of world rank

The founding of the Barberini Museum, an initiative of SAP co-founder Prof. Dr. med. hc mult. Hasso Plattner is regarded as the most successful start of an art museum in Germany. In mid-December 2017, the 500.000 visitor was welcomed at the Museum Barberini. Exhibitions by world-class artists are now regularly on the program.

Current and future exhibitions

  • Impressionism: The Hasso Plattner Collection permanent exhibition
  • A new art. Photography and Impressionism: February 12 - May 8, 2022
  • The form of freedom. International abstraction after 1945: June 4 - September 25, 2022
  • Surrealism and magic. Enchanted Modernity: October 22, 2022 - January 29, 2023

Potsdam Weekend at the Museum Barberini

The museum is located on the Old Market. Thus, it borders on the front of the car-free square between Potsdam Castle (Brandenburg State Parliament) and the St. Nikolai Church. The back of the museum opens to the Alte Fahrt, a canal separating the Havel terraces and the Friendship Island. There is no room for a museum-owned parking lot. That's why it's important to think about where to park your car if you want to visit the art museum. The parking garages and parking lots in Potsdam are rare and often full.

There are two options within walking distance: the APCOA car park in the Bahnhofspassagen on Babelsberger Strasse (Map) and the parking lot at the Lustgarten (Map). It takes about 7-8 minutes from both to walk to the museum. According to our hotel, the exit of the APCOA parking garage is often blocked. We wanted to avoid traffic jams. Therefore we choose a parking lot at the Lustgarten.



Take time for the museum on your Potsdam weekend. You can spend several hours in the exhibition rooms. For the small hunger there is a nice café on the ground floor where drinks and snacks are served. If you are hungry after visiting the museum, there are pizzeria L'Osteria Potsdam just steps away. (Map)


Wellness Potsdam Weekend


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We sleep well in the Hotel Potsdam weekend
We sleep well on our Potsdam weekend


Hotel at the Great Orphanage for a Potsdam weekend

A Potsdam weekend includes an overnight stay in a hotel where you feel comfortable. For us it was

Hotel at the big orphanage
Lindenstraße 28 / 29
14467 Potsdam, Germany
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The hotel is about a 13-minute walk from the museum on a side street. It has private parking for guests' cars. This is located in the next side street. The rooms are decorated in a minimalist way. They are reminiscent of the time when the house was used as a hospital and military hospital. The furnishings keep the house's past alive. The rooms are large, well-kept and clean. Our bathroom had a walk-in shower and offered plenty of space. The furnishing of the rooms made a staid impression with its brown-green color, but it offered everything for today's guest.




We loved the buffet breakfast that is served in the restaurant. Our Potsdam weekend starts with enjoyment. The restaurant is spread over several rooms. One of them is the winter garden. The selection of dishes at the buffet is excellent. In addition to a range of cold cuts and ham, there are salads, Easter eggs (in the period before the holidays), waffles with chocolate sauce, all kinds of muesli, warm dishes such as scrambled eggs, bacon and sausages. Guests can squeeze fresh orange juice. Jams, fruit, various Types of bread and cakes make this breakfast the highlight of the hotel. The icing on the cake is the fresh strawberry smoothie that is brought to the table for every guest. Breakfast for a start to an enjoyable day.


Old city guard
Potsdam weekend with pleasure - Old city guard


Old city guard

Since we arrive the evening before our visit to the museum, we go out to eat well on this day. The perfect start to a Potsdam weekend. Only breakfast is offered in the hotel. Lunch or dinner are not served there. Therefore, in the blue hour we take a walk to the nearby restaurant Alter Stadtwächter. It only takes about five minutes to reach this restaurant after a stroll through the quiet district. (MapPassing town villas and palaces, the path leads us through a residential area where artists, galleries and language schools have settled. A pleasant environment, as we find.

Austrian kitchen

We are a little surprised when we find that the kitchen in the "Old Town Watchman" has numerous Austrian specialties. We are all the more curious about how it tastes. We shouldn't be disappointed. Petar's onion soup was as good as a starter as was my seasoned meat. My game ragout was perhaps a little over flavored. But Petar enjoyed his steak, city guard - baked pork loin with seasoned meat and cheese. There were also croquettes and peas.




The restaurant is rustic and cozy. We eat at chunky wooden tables and look at decor on the walls, which reminds of the history of the building. The house is listed. It originated when 1722 the city wall was built around Potsdam. This did not serve as protection against attacks. Rather, she should prevent the king's soldiers from escaping from the city. The restaurant building once served as the royal guard lancers for accommodation. Horse harnesses and wooden wheels on the walls are reminiscent of the fact that stagecoaches used to change their horses in these walls. The former horse stable is today the main hall of the restaurant.

Art (enjoyment) for your Potsdam weekend

Our visit to the Barberini Museum, the overnight stay at the Hotel am Grosse Waisenhaus and the dinner at the Altes Stadtwächter Restaurant make our stay in Potsdam a pleasurable experience. After a week in Berlin, this day of short distances, good food and a pleasant night at the hotel is perfect for a relaxing end to a trip to Brandenburg.



Museum Barberini
old market
Humboldtstraße 5-6
14467 Potsdam

Opening hours

Mondays, Wednesdays Sundays, 10-19 clock (last entry: 18 clock)

Closed on Tuesdays

Every first Thursday of the month: 10-21 clock (last entry: 21 clock)

Information about the museum you can find under this link.

Museum Shop

The museum shop is located in the basement and sells art books and museum goods from Paris to New Zealand. Here you will find products from international manufacturers, designs from art schools and special gifts.


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    • Comfortable Shoes. In Potsdam you walk a lot.
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    • A backpackin which you put a picnic.
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Source for the tips for a Potsdam weekend with art and enjoyment: research on site. We thank you for the invitation to Potsdam research by Erlebe Brandenburg as well as to the Barberini Museum for the shooting and photography permit.

Text Potsdam weekend: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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