Potsdam offers quality of life: Potsdam, which is surrounded by a generous waterscape and parkland, offers wonderful amenities.

Potsdam is an island among a chain of lakes of the Havel and a beautifully shaped cultural landscape surrounded by numerous woods. Idyllic lakes and riverways as well as the palaces and gardens make Potsdam and its surroundings a special experience. The federal capital Berlin is located next to the former residence capital of the Prussian Crown.

Over the course of three centuries notable architects, landscape artists, sculptors, painters, craftspeople and the royal building owners created a unique, consummate work of art. Today large parts of it belong to the UNESCO World Heritage.

Discover Potsdam
Sanssouci Palace Potsdam (© Robert Liebermann)
Sanssouci Palace Potsdam (© Robert Liebermann)
Potsdam is a city of UNESCO World Heritage, a city of parks and palaces on the idyllic lakes of the Havel, a grand and historical city of culture, a center of film, education and science, characterized by a 1000-year-old history as a royal capital and State capital near Berlin. You can discover countless monuments in and around the historical city center.

International influences from France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Russia and many other countries stimulated development and left their mark on architecture, the trades and way of life. Today you can see this in particular in the Dutch Quarter, in Weaver’s Square in Babelsberg or in the Russian Colony Alexandrovka.

The unique buildings and landscapes were royal residences of kings and have been ideal settings for filmmakers since 1911. The tradition as a media center goes back to the past. To this day internationally renowned films are produced in the Babelsberg Film Studio. Films like The Blue Angel, The Pianist, Around the World in Eighty Days and Inglourious Basterds were made here. Theatre, art exhibitions, museums and music in the House of the Brandenburg-Prussian History, in the Nikolai Concert Hall, in the Schiffbauergasse with the Hans Otto Theatre, the Musical Festival Sanssouci and the Schlössernacht Potsdam are only a part of the cultural range in Potsdam.

Science, in combination with commercial enterprises and non-university institutions, defines the future development of the State capital. The ratio of scientists to the population is one of the highest in Germany. More than 40 scientific institutions operate in Potsdam and its environs. World-famous companies like Oracle and VW have established branches in the Schiffbauergasse at the lake Tiefer See.

Potsdam – a place with more than a 1000-year-old historical past has always been in the public eye of German history. Potsdam was the imperial capital and garrison town of the Prussian kings, as well as a royal, military and administrative city. The tolerance of the Prussians, who liked to welcome foreigners and people of other religions to stimulate the economy of the state, is still reflected today in the cityscape of Potsdam. But Potsdam is also the place where Hitler’s Reichstag held a meeting for the first time in 1933. And in 1945 the Potsdam Agreement sealed the end of the Hitler regime. After the fall of the Berlin Wall the GDR district capital became the capital of the newly founded state of Brandenburg.


General -The State Capital Potsdam in the heart of Brandenburg is easy-to-reach from all directions by car or train. Located inside the circle of the autobahn ‘Berliner Ring’, Potsdam is connected with all highways leading to Berlin. From Berlin, where all long-distance trains stop, you can quickly get to Potsdam by S-Bahn and regional train. Because of the proximity of the two airports Schönefeld and Tegel, you can arrive comfortably by plane. In Potsdam itself, trams, buses and ferries run day and night.


Potsdam is nestled in a unique cultural landscape. This includes the world famous palaces and gardens, the historic quarters, the Potsdam Biosphere and the public park Volkspark as well as the Crown Estate Bornstedt. The unique setting of historic buildings and the UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be enjoyed by doing a river cruise on the Havel, by boarding a sightseeing bus or by joining a guided walk.

A European influenced City

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Without a doubt, Potsdam is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. Embedded in a charming cultural landscape with palaces and historic gardens (part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1990), the Brandenburg state capital is well worth a visit for diverse interests and demands.

Potsdam visitors have the opportunity to view twelve palaces during their exploratory city walks. On behalf of royal order, famous master builders such as von Knobelsdorff, Schinkel and Persius as well as notorious landscape architects like Lenné, Eyserbeck and Fürst von Pückler-Muskau designed the large architectural, horticultural diversity of Potsdam.   

Tourist attractions include the Sanssouci Palace – King Frederick the Great most loved palace – and Cecilienhof Palace, the historic site of the Potsdam Conference. Furthermore, the historic quarters of the Russian colony Alexandrovka, the Dutch Quarter with its red brick-lined building and the former Bohemian Weaver’s Quarter grant Potsdam an international flair within a European setting.

Additionally, Potsdam’s attractions such as the Filmpark Babelsberg, the Potsdam Biosphere, the public park Volkspark, Bornstedt Crown Estate and numerous boat rides turn everyone’s visit into an unforgettable experience. A Potsdam trip is rounded up with a visit to the Shipbuilder’s Lane Schiffbauergasse, the Historic City Centre with the astounding St. Nicholas Church as well as many other sights.


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