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Potsdam - a city for everyone

Potsdam with its 175,000 inhabitants is the most populous city in and also the capital of Brandenburg. The city borders Berlin in the southwest and is otherwise surrounded by the Havel river and numerous Brandenburg lakes. Potsdam is thus a popular destination for those interested in culture and a green balance to the federal capital.

As a former residence of the kings of Prussia, Potsdam is still easily recognizable thanks to its numerous castles and parks. These were also listed as UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites in 1990.

In the city centre, which is characterised by old buildings, there are the impressive buildings of the Brandenburg State Parliament and the Nicolai Church. In the centre there is also the Dutch Quarter with its many small shops and cafés to explore.
During a walk through the Sanssouci Park you will find the palace of the same name, the New Palace (partly a university building) and Charlottenhof Palace as well as the historic Roman baths - just to mention the main attractions of the park.
The Sacred Lake in the northern part of the city centre is ideal for a short excursion into the countryside: here you can bathe and there are more castles to discover in the park with the New Garden.
The Filmpark Babelsberg in the beautiful district of the same name not only offers an interesting destination for a look behind the scenes but is also one of the leading international centres for film and television productions.

In recent years, Potsdam has also increasingly developed into a student city: 25,000 students visit the University of Potsdam, which is spread across the entire city with three different locations. 

We welcome you to the city on the Havel!

View over Potsdam and the Havel river


In the front: State Parliament     In the back: Nicolai Church
Schloss Sanssouci
Castle of Sanssouci