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Potsdam Base Information

Potsdam is known as the Versailles of Germany and is the ancient residence of the Kings of Prussia. The fabulous Chateaux or Frederick II sits in this town in the midst of the superb and elaborate ‘Sans Souci’ gardens.

At the Base

Base Opening Hours

Mon & Sat: 8am - 12noon & 1pm - 6pm
Tue,Wed & Thu: 8am - 12noon & 1pm - 4pm
Fri: 8am - 12noon & 1pm - 4:30pm
Sun: Closed

Late Arrivals

If you are going to be arriving at the base late, you will need to inform the base directly or the general sales office where you booked.

When you arrive at the base there will be a note on the reception door informing you where your boat is. The boat will be left open with the lights on for you to stay on board that night. The base staff will do the full briefing the following morning.

When To Arrive:

Your boat will be ready to depart for 16:00 - 18:00. We recommend that you arrive 60 minutes earlier for check-in and instructions.

If you have booked an Early Check-in Service, please arrive at the base ready to depart between 11am and 12pm or from 2pm.

Your Return

Your boat should be returned and unoccupied by 9am on your last cruising day (or by midday if you have booked a Late Check-out).

Upon Arrival:

Our base staff look forward to welcoming you to their cruising region and aim to make your arrival and holiday as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

When you arrive or base staff will:

  • Take a fuel deposit to cover the fuel you use during your holiday. Any extra fuel used will be charged on your return or we will refund the difference for fuel you have not used.
  • Take a refundable collision damage deposit – if you have not purchased collision damage waiver. This will be refunded if you return your boat and its inventory undamaged at the end of your holiday
  • Familiarise you with your waterways guide, maps and other helpful documentation provided to help you plan where you want to go and where you’d like to stop.
  • Brief you about your boat, the equipment on board, and the cruising area (places to visit, etc).
  • Give you a boat handling demonstration on the water with one of our technicians.

Hotels and Restaurants


Mercure Airport Hotel Berlin Tegel - +49 (0) 30 410 60
Holiday Inn Berlin-Tegel - +49 (0) 304 600 30
Mercure - Potsdam - +49 (0) 331/2722
Avendi am Griebnitzsee - Potsdam - +49 (0) 331 709 10
Ascot-Bristol - Potsdam - +49 (0) 331 6691 0
Best Western Parkhotel - Potsdam - +49 (0) 331 981 210
Bayrisches Haus - Potsdam - +49 (0) 331 550 50
Froschkasten - Potsdam - +49 (0) 331 291 315
Pension Zeitlos - Potsdam - +49 (0) 331 704 82 00


Kartoffel - +49 (0) 331 710 159
Zum Starstecher - +49 (0) 647 44 818
Taj Mahal - +49 (0) 3329 69 21 56
Am Stadttor - +49 (0) 331 29 17 29

Boating in Germany Rheinberg's Castle

Extra Information


Open air parking - £14 per week
Free unsecure parking is also available

Local Shops and Amenities

At Potsdam you will find all the main facilities. Shops are generally open from 9:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday and from 9:00 to 14:00 on Saturdays.

The main supermarket is situated in the city centre, which is a 5 minute walk away from the base.

Please note that most shops and restaurants do not accept payments with credit cards.

Local Market

Monday to Sunday

Transport Information

By Road

Be Prepared

It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with local road rules and abide by them. Most European countries have a list of compulsory equipment that you must take with you. For example, there is a new legal requirement in France to carry a breathalyser, triangle & florescent jacket in your car. For driving advice and a list of the equipment you’ll need, please visit

Car Rental:

Berlin Tegal Airport:
Avis - 0049 (0) 304 101 3148
Sixt - 0049 (0) 304 101 2886
Hertz - 0049 (0) 304 170 4674
Europcar - 0049 (0) 304 178 520

By Air

Closest airports:
Berlin Tegel: 35 km (A115)
Berlin Schönefeld: 41 km (L40)

By Train

Closest train stations:
Potsdam Charlottenhof: 1 km
Potsdam Hauptbahnhof: 3 km


The following ferry companies operate to Northern Europe.

  • Dover to Dunkirk: DFDS Seaways (previously Norfolk Lines)
  • Dover to Calais: P&O
  • Harwich to Hook of Holland: Stena Line
  • Hull to Rotterdam: P&O
  • Hull to Zeebrugge: P&O