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A hotel in Potsdam is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Potsdam hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Potsdam are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Potsdam hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Potsdam hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Potsdam have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Potsdam
An upscale full service hotel facility in Potsdam that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Potsdam hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels in Potsdam
Full service Potsdam hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Potsdam
Boutique hotels of Potsdam are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Potsdam boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Potsdam may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Potsdam
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Potsdam travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Potsdam focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Potsdam
Small to medium-sized Potsdam hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Potsdam traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Potsdam hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Potsdam
A bed and breakfast in Potsdam is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Potsdam bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Potsdam B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Potsdam
Potsdam hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Potsdam hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Potsdam
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Potsdam hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Potsdam lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Potsdam
Potsdam timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Potsdam often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Potsdam on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Potsdam
A Potsdam motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Potsdam for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Potsdam motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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For other uses, see Potsdam (disambiguation).
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From top: The City Palace with St. Nicholas' Church in the background,
Sanssouci palace, Potsdam New Palace,
Dutch Quarter and Filmstudio Babelsberg
Flag of Potsdam
Coat of arms of Potsdam
Coat of arms
Potsdam  is located in Germany
Coordinates:  / 52.400; 13.067  / 52.400; 13.067
Country Germany
State Brandenburg
District Urban district
• Lord Mayor Jann Jakobs (SPD)
• Total 187.28 km (72.31 sq mi)
Elevation 32 m (105 ft)
Population (2015-12-31)
• Total 167,745
• Density 900/km (2,300/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 14467–14482
Dialling codes 0331
Vehicle registration P
Website www.potsdam.de

Potsdam (German pronunciation: [ˈpɔtsdam]) is the capital and largest city of the German federal state of Brandenburg. It directly borders the German capital Berlin and is part of the Berlin/Brandenburg Metropolitan Region. It is situated on the River Havel, 24 kilometres (15 miles) southwest of Berlin's city center.

Potsdam was a residence of the Prussian kings and the German Kaiser, until 1918. Its planning embodied ideas of The Age of Enlightenment: through a careful balance of architecture and landscape Potsdam was intended as "a picturesque, pastoral dream" which reminded its residents of their relationship with nature and reason.

Around the city there are a series of interconnected lakes and cultural landmarks, in particular the parks and palaces of Sanssouci, the largest World Heritage Site in Germany. The Potsdam Conference in 1945 was held at the palace Cecilienhof.

Babelsberg, in the south-eastern part of Potsdam, was a major film production studio before the 1930s and has enjoyed success as a major center of European film production since the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Filmstudio Babelsberg is the oldest large-scale film studio in the world.

Potsdam developed into a centre of science in Germany in the 19th century. Today, there are three public colleges, the University of Potsdam, and more than 30 research institutes in the city.

Potsdam: Geography

Templiner See south of Potsdam

The area was formed from a series of large moraines left after the last glacial period. Today, the city is three-quarters green space, with just a quarter as urban area.

There are about 20 lakes and rivers in and around Potsdam, such as the Havel, the Griebnitzsee, Templiner See, Tiefer See, Jungfernsee, Teltowkanal, Heiliger See and the Sacrower See. The highest point is the 114-metre (374 ft) high Kleiner Ravensberg.

Potsdam is divided into seven historic city districts and nine new Ortsteile (villages), which joined the city in 2003. The appearances of the city districts are quite different. The districts in the north and in the centre consist mainly of historical buildings, the south of the city is dominated by larger areas of newer buildings.

Potsdam: Climate

Potsdam has an Oceanic climate, with cool, snowy winters and relatively cool summers. The average winter high temperature is 3.5 °C (38.3 °F), with a low of −1.7 °C (28.9 °F). Snow is common in the winter. Spring and autumn are short. Summers are mild, with a high of 23.6 °C (74.5 °F) and a low of 12.7 °C (54.9 °F).

Climate data for Potsdam
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 13.6
Average high °C (°F) 1.7
Daily mean °C (°F) −0.9
Average low °C (°F) −3.4
Record low °C (°F) −20.9
Average precipitation mm (inches) 44
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 11 8 9 9 10 10 9 9 8 7 10 12 112
Mean monthly sunshine hours 47.1 73.7 124.2 168.3 226.9 231.1 231.9 220.1 161.3 114.4 54.0 39.3 1,692.2
Source: NOAA

Potsdam: History

Potsdam: Etymology

The name "Potsdam" originally seems to have been Poztupimi. A common theory is that it derives from an old West Slavonic term meaning "beneath the oaks", i.e., the corrupted pod dubmi/dubimi (pod "beneath, dub "oak"). However some question this explanation.

Document from the Holy Roman Empire in 993 mentioning Poztupimi
New Palace today
Stadtschloss Potsdam in 1773

The area around Potsdam shows occupancy since the Bronze Age and was part of Magna Germania as described by Tacitus. After the great migrations of the Germanic peoples, Slavs moved in and Potsdam was probably founded after the 7th century as a settlement of the Hevelli tribe centred on a castle. It was first mentioned in a document in 993 AD as Poztupimi, when Emperor Otto III gifted the territory to the Quedlinburg Abbey, then led by his aunt Matilda. By 1317, it was mentioned as a small town. It gained its town charter in 1345. In 1573, it was still a small market town of 2,000 inhabitants. Potsdam lost nearly half of its population due to the Thirty Years' War (1618–1648).

A continuous Hohenzollern possession since 1415, Potsdam became prominent, when it was chosen in 1660 as the hunting residence of Frederick William I, Elector of Brandenburg, the core of the powerful state that later became the Kingdom of Prussia. It also housed Prussian barracks.

Voltaire at the residence of Frederick II in Potsdam. Partial view of an engraving by Pierre Charles Baquoy, after N. A. Monsiau.

After the Edict of Potsdam in 1685, Potsdam became a centre of European immigration. Its religious freedom attracted people from France (Huguenots), Russia, the Netherlands and Bohemia. The edict accelerated population growth and economic recovery.

Later, the city became a full residence of the Prussian royal family. The buildings of the royal residences were built mainly during the reign of Frederick the Great. One of these is the Sanssouci Palace (French: "without cares", by Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff, 1744), famed for its formal gardens and Rococo interiors. Other royal residences include the New Palace and the Orangery.

In 1815, at the formation of the Province of Brandenburg, Potsdam became the provincial capital until 1918, however, interrupted and succeeded by Berlin as provincial capital between 1827 and 1843, and after 1918. The province comprised two governorates named after their capitals Potsdam and Frankfurt (Oder).

Potsdam: Governorate of Potsdam

Between 1815 and 1945 the city of Potsdam served as capital of the governorate of Potsdam (German: Regierungsbezirk Potsdam). The Regierungsbezirk encompassed the former districts of Uckermark, the Mark of Priegnitz, and the greater part of the Middle March. It was situated between Mecklenburg and the Province of Pomerania on the north, and the Province of Saxony on the south and west (Berlin, with a small surrounding district, was an urban governorate and enclave within the governorate of Potsdam between 1815 and 1822, then it merged as urban district into the governorate only to be disentangled again from Potsdam governorate in 1875, becoming an own distinct province-like entity on 1 April 1881). Towards the north west the governorate was bounded by the rivers Elbe and the Havel, and on the north east by the Oder. The south eastern boundary was to the neighbouring governorate of Frankfurt (Oder). About 500,000 inhabitants lived in the Potsdam governorate, which covered an area of about 20,700 square kilometres (7,992 sq mi), divided into thirteen rural districts, partially named after their capitals:

Angermünde Beeskow-Storkow (as of 1836) East Havelland East Prignitz
Jüterbog-Luckenwalde Lower Barnim Prenzlau Ruppin
Teltow (as of 1836) Teltow-Storkow (until 1835) Templin Upper Barnim
West Havelland West Prignitz Zauch-Belzig

The traditional towns in the governorate were small, however, in the course of the industrial labour migration some reached the rank as urban districts. The principal towns were Brandenburg upon Havel, Köpenick, Potsdam, Prenzlau, Spandau and Ruppin. Until 1875 also Berlin was a town within the governorate. After its disentanglement a number of its suburbs outside Berlin's municipal borders grew to cities, many forming urban within the governorate of Potsdam such as Charlottenburg, Lichtenberg, Rixdorf (after 1912 Neukölln), and Schöneberg (all of which, as well as Köpenick and Spandau, incorporated into Greater Berlin in 1920). The urban districts were (years indicating the elevation to rank of urban district or affiliation with Potsdam governorate, respectively):

Berlin (1822–1875) Brandenburg/Havel (as of 1881) Charlottenburg (1877–1920) Eberswalde (as of 1911)
Lichtenberg (1908–1920) Schöneberg (1899–1920) Deutsch-Wilmersdorf (1907–1920) Rixdorf (Neukölln) (1899–1920)
Potsdam Rathenow (as of 1925) Spandau (1886–1920) Wittenberge (as of 1922)

Potsdam: 20th century

Berlin was the official capital of Prussia and later of the German Empire, but the court remained in Potsdam, where many government officials settled. In 1914, the Emperor Wilhelm II signed the Declaration of War in the Neues Palais. The city lost its status as a second capital in 1918, when Wilhelm II abdicated at the end of World War I.

At the start of the Third Reich in 1933 there was a ceremonial handshake between President Paul von Hindenburg and the new Chancellor Adolf Hitler on 21 March 1933 in Potsdam's Garrison Church in what became known as the "Day of Potsdam". This symbolised a coalition of the military (Reichswehr) and Nazism. Potsdam was severely damaged in bombing raids during World War II.

Potsdam Conference in 1945 with Winston Churchill, Harry S. Truman and Joseph Stalin

The Cecilienhof Palace was the scene of the Potsdam Conference from 17 July, to 2 August 1945, at which the victorious Allied leaders (Harry S. Truman; Winston Churchill and his successor, Clement Attlee; and Joseph Stalin) met to decide the future of Germany and postwar Europe in general. The conference ended with the Potsdam Agreement and the Potsdam Declaration.

The Glienicke Bridge, used for exchanging spies during the Cold War

The government of East Germany (formally known as the German Democratic Republic (German: Deutsche Demokratische Republik, DDR)) tried to remove symbols of Prussian militarism. Many historic buildings, some of them badly damaged in the war, were demolished.

When in 1946 the remainder of the Province of Brandenburg west of the Oder-Neiße line was constituted as the state of Brandenburg, Potsdam became its capital. In 1952 the GDR disestablished its federative states and replaced them by smaller new East German administrative districts. Potsdam became the capital of the new Bezirk Potsdam until 1990.

Potsdam, south-west of Berlin, lay just outside West Berlin after the construction of the Berlin Wall. The walling off of West Berlin not only isolated Potsdam from West Berlin, but also doubled commuting times to East Berlin. The Glienicke Bridge across the Havel connected the city to West Berlin and was the scene of some Cold War exchanges of spies.

After German reunification, Potsdam became the capital of the newly re-established state of Brandenburg. There are many ideas and efforts to reconstruct the original appearance of the city, most remarkably the Potsdam City Palace and the Garrison Church.

Potsdam: Demography

Since 2000 Potsdam is one of the fastest growing cities in Germany.

Population development from 1875-2020 within the current municipal boundaries (Blue Line: Population)
Population development within the current boundaries (2013)
Year Population
1875 61 719
1890 77 301
1910 101 950
1925 107 734
1933 116 947
1939 125 664
1946 113 035
1950 114 663
1964 117 711
1971 118 923
Year Population
1981 139 746
1985 146 746
1989 149 043
1990 147 252
1991 146 441
1992 146 138
1993 145 667
1994 145 227
1995 144 118
1996 143 151
Year Population
1997 140 880
1998 139 823
1999 139 695
2000 140 668
2001 141 907
2002 143 246
2003 144 979
2004 145 707
2005 147 583
2006 148 813
Year Population
2007 150 833
2008 152 966
2009 154 606
2010 156 906
2011 157 603
2012 159 456
2013 161 468
2014 164 042
2015 167 745

Potsdam: International residents

People at the Fanfarenzug

Largest groups of foreign residents:

Rank Nationality Population (2013)
1 Russia 863
2 Ukraine 715
3 Poland 648
4 Vietnam 355
5 Turkey 279

Potsdam: Politics

Potsdamer Stadthaus, Townhall.

Potsdam: City

Potsdam has had a mayor (Bürgermeister) and city council since the 15th century. From 1809 the city council was elected, with a mayor (Oberbürgermeister) at its head. During the Third Reich the mayor was selected by the NSDAP and the city council was dissolved; it was reconstituted in token form after 1945, but free elections did not take place until after reunification.

Today, the city council is the city's central administrative authority. Local elections took place on 26 October 2003 and again in 2008. Between 1990 and 1999, the Chairman of the City Council was known as the "Town President" but today the post is the "Chairman of the City Council". The mayor is elected directly by the population.

Potsdam: Federal State

The Landtag Brandenburg, the parliament of the federal state of Brandenburg is in Potsdam. It is housed in the Potsdam City Palace since 2014.

Potsdam: Twin towns

Potsdam is twinned with the following cities:

Poland Opole Poland 1973 Italy Perugia Italy 1990
France Bobigny France 1974 United States Sioux Falls South Dakota, USA 1990
Finland Jyväskylä Finland 1985 Germany Bonn North Rhine-Westphalia 1988
Switzerland Lucerne Switzerland 2002
See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Germany

Potsdam: Transport

The Kaiserbahnof building

Potsdam: Rail transport

Potsdam, included in the fare zone "C" (Tarifbereich C) of Berlin's public transport area and fare zones A and B of its own public transport area, is served by the S7 S-Bahn line. The stations served are Griebnitzsee, Babelsberg and the Central Station (Hauptbahnhof), the main and long-distance station of the city. Other DB stations in Potsdam are Charlottenhof, Park Sanssouci (including the monumental Kaiserbahnhof), Medienstadt Babelsberg, Rehbrücke and Pirschheide. The city also possesses a 27 km-long tramway network.

Potsdam: Road transport

Potsdam is served by several motorways: the A 10, a beltway better known as Berliner Ring, the A 115 (using part of the AVUS) and is closely linked to the A 2 and A 9. The B 1 and B 2 federal roads cross the city. Potsdam counts a network of urban and suburban buses.

Potsdam: Education and research

The University of Potsdam

Potsdam is a university town. The University of Potsdam was founded in 1991 as a university of the State of Brandenburg. Its predecessor was the Akademie für Staats- und Rechtswissenschaften der DDR "Walter Ulbricht", a college of education founded in 1948 which was one of the GDR's most important colleges. There are about 20,000 students enrolled at the university.

The Einstein Tower was built in 1921 to house research on the theory of relativity

In 1991 the Fachhochschule was founded as the second college; it now has 2,400 students.

In addition there is a College of Film and Television (Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen "Konrad Wolf" HFF), founded in 1954 in Babelsberg, the foremost centre of the German film industry since its birth, with currently 600 students.

There are also several research foundations, including Fraunhofer Institutes for Applied Polymer Research and Biomedical Engineering, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute), Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, and Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology, the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, the Potsdam Astrophysical Institute, the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, which employs 340 people in researching climate change.

As well as universities, Potsdam is home to reputable secondary schools. Montessori Gesamtschule Potsdam, in western Potsdam, attracts 400 students from the Brandenburg and Berlin region.

Potsdam: Culture

Main article: List of sights of Potsdam
Sanssouci Palace.
Cecilienhof palace

Potsdam was historically a centre of European immigration. Its religious tolerance attracted people from France, Russia, the Netherlands and Bohemia. This is still visible in the culture and architecture of the city.

The most popular attraction in Potsdam is Sanssouci Park, 2 km (1 mi) west of the city centre. In 1744 King Frederick the Great ordered the construction of a residence here, where he could live sans souci ("without worries", in the French spoken at the court). The park hosts a botanical garden (Botanical Garden, Potsdam) and many buildings:

  • The Sanssouci Palace (Schloss Sanssouci), a relatively modest palace of the Prussian royal and German imperial family
  • The Orangery Palace (Orangerieschloss), former palace for foreign royal guests
  • The New Palace (Neues Palais), built between 1763 and 1769 to celebrate the end of the Seven Years' War, in which Prussia celebrated its victory in holding off the combined attacks of Austria and Russia. A century later in 1866 in the Seven Weeks War Prussia defeated Austria and ended three centuries of Habsburg dominance in Germany. It is a much larger and grander palace than Sanssouci, having over 200 rooms and 400 statues as decoration. It served as a guest house for numerous royal visitors. It is now housing parts of University of Potsdam.
  • The Charlottenhof Palace (Schloss Charlottenhof), a Neoclassical palace by Karl Friedrich Schinkel built in 1826
  • The Roman Baths (Römische Bäder), built by Karl Friedrich Schinkel and Ludwig Persius in 1829–1840. It is a complex of buildings including a tea pavilion, a Renaissance-style villa, and a Roman bathhouse (from which the whole complex takes its name).
  • The Chinese Tea House (Chinesisches Teehaus), an 18th-century pavilion built in a Chinese style, the fashion of the time.

Three gates from the original city wall remain today. The oldest is the Hunters' Gate (Jägertor), built in 1733. The Nauener Tor was built in 1755 and close to the historic Dutch Quarter. The ornate Brandenburg Gate (built in 1770, not to be confused with the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin) is situated on the Luisenplatz at the western entrance to the old town.

St. Nicholas' Church on the Alter Markt

The Old Market Square (Alter Markt) is Potsdam's historical city centre. For three centuries this was the site of the City Palace (Stadtschloß), a royal palace built in 1662. Under Frederick the Great, the palace became the winter residence of the Prussian kings. The palace was severely damaged by bombing in 1945 and demolished in 1961 by the Communist authorities. In 2002 the Fortuna Gate (Fortunaportal) was rebuilt in its original historic position which was followed by a complete reconstruction of the palace as the Brandenburg Landtag building inaugurated in 2014. Nearby the square in the Humboldtstraße block, which also was demolished after getting damaged in 1945, reconstruction of several representative residential palaces including Palazzo Pompei and Palazzo Barberini housing an arts museum were completed in 2016-2017 alongside with buildings with modernized facades to restore the historical proportions of the block.

The old town (main shopping street, Brandenburger Straße)

The Old Market Square is dominated today by the dome of St. Nicholas' Church (Nikolaikirche), built in 1837 in the classical style. It was the last work of Karl Friedrich Schinkel, who designed the building but did not live to see its completion. It was finished by his disciples Friedrich August Stüler and Ludwig Persius. The eastern side of the Market Square is dominated by the Old City Hall (Altes Rathaus), built in 1755 by the Dutch architect Jan Bouman (1706–1776). It has a characteristic circular tower, crowned with a gilded Atlas bearing the world on his shoulders.

Potsdam's Brandenburg Gate
Dutch Quarter

North of the Old Market Square is the oval French Church (Französische Kirche), erected in the 1750s by Boumann for the Huguenot community. Also to the south lies the Museum Barberini, a copy of the previous building, the Barberini Palace. The museum was funded by the German billionaire Hasso Plattner. The former Baroque building was built by Carl von Gontard in 1771–1772, inspired by the Roman-style Renaissance palace Palazzo Barberini. The newly built museum will open in spring 2017.

Another landmark of Potsdam is the two-street Dutch Quarter (Holländisches Viertel), an ensemble of buildings that is unique in Europe, with about 150 houses built of red bricks in the Dutch style. It was built between 1734 and 1742 under the direction of Jan Bouman to be used by Dutch artisans and craftsmen who had been invited to settle here by King Frederick Wilhelm I. Today, this area is one of Potsdam's most visited districts.

North of the city centre is the Russian colony of Alexandrowka, a small enclave of Russian architecture (including an Orthodox chapel) built in 1825 for a group of Russian immigrants. Since 1999, the colony has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

East of the Alexandrowka colony is a large park, the New Garden (Neuer Garten), which was laid out from 1786 in the English style. The site contains two palaces; one of them, the Cecilienhof, was where the Potsdam Conference was held in July and August 1945. The Marmorpalais (Marble Palace) was built in 1789 in the style of classicism. Nearby is the Biosphäre Potsdam, a tropical botanical garden.

Another district of Potsdam is Babelsberg, a quarter south-east of the centre, housing the UFA film studios (Babelsberg Studios), and an extensive park with some historical buildings, including the Babelsberg Palace (Schloß Babelsberg, a neo-Gothic palace designed by Schinkel).

The Einstein Tower is located within the Albert Einstein Science Park, which is on the top of the Telegraphenberg within an astronomy compound.

Potsdam also includes a memorial centre in the former KGB prison in Leistikowstraße. In the Volkspark in the north, there is one of the last monuments dedicated to Lenin in Germany.

Potsdam: Parks

There are many parks in Potsdam, most of them included in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Some of them are:

Potsdam: Sport

  • 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam, one of the most successful German female football clubs (Bundesliga (women))
  • Potsdam Royals, American football team competing in the GFL2 North.
  • SV Babelsberg 03, football club Regionalliga Nordost
  • Olympic training centre Potsdam
  • USV Potsdam, Rugby union (2nd Rugby-Bundesliga) and Football (Kreisklasse)
  • List of football clubs in Potsdam
  • The Potsdamer Schlössermarathon (Potsdam Palace Marathon) is a marathon in that is held annually in June. Thousands of runners run the course past the palaces for the half marathon and several hundred repeat the course to complete the full marathon.

Potsdam: Notable people

Graf Henckel von Donnersmarck
Wilhelm von Humboldt
  • Abraham Abramson, (1754–1811), medalist
  • Wilhelm von Humboldt, (1767–1835), scholar and statesman, founder of the Berlin Humboldt University
  • Frederick William III of Prussia, (1770–1840), King of Prussia 1797–1840
  • Wilhelm Ludwig Viktor Henckel von Donnersmarck, (1775–1849), Prussian general lieutenant
  • Eleonore Prochaska, (1785–1813), woman soldier during the liberation war, unrecognized as a man disguised as a drummer, later as an infantryman in the Prussian army against Napoleon
Ludwig Persius, 1840
Frederick III
  • Moritz Hermann von Jacobi, (1801–1874), physicist and engineer
  • Ludwig Persius, (1803–1845), architect
  • Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi, (1804–1851), mathematician
  • Philipp Galen, (1813–1899), writer and physician
  • Hermann von Helmholtz, (1821–1894), physiologist and physicist, one of the most important natural scientists of his time
  • Frederick III, German Emperor, (1831–1888), Emperor of the German Empire and King of Prussia 1888
  • Alfred von Waldersee, (1832–1904), field marshall
  • Ernst Haeckel, (1834–1919), zoologist, philosopher
  • Hermann Schubert, (1848–1911), mathematician
  • Heinrich Köhler, (1852–1920), writer
  • Wilhelm II, German Emperor, (1859–1941), Emperor of the German Empire and King of Prussia 1888–1918
  • Friedrich Ludwig, (1872–1930), music historian and rector of the University of Göttingen
  • Friedrich Wilhelm von Bissing, (1873–1956), Egyptologist
  • Prince Eitel Friedrich of Prussia, (1883–1942), second son of King William II of Prussia
  • Ludowika Jakobsson born Eilers, (1884–1968), Olympic player 1920 and triple world champion in figure skating
  • Leo Geyr von Schweppenburg, (1886–1974), general of tank troops and military attachée
Louis Ferdinand, 1927
  • Margarete Buber-Neumann née Thüring, (1901–1989), writer (As a prisoner with Hitler and Stalin, From Potsdam to Moscow)
  • Egon Eiermann, (1904–1970), architect
  • Louis Ferdinand of Prussia, (1907–1994), since 1933 German and Prussian heir to the throne and since 1951 until his death head of the house of Hohenzollern
  • Princess Marie Eleonore of Albania (1909-1957)
  • Adam von Trott zu Solz, (1909–1944), lawyer, diplomat and resistance fighter
  • Carol Victor, Hereditary Prince of Albania, (1913–1973), was the only son of William, Prince of Albania
  • Peter Weiss, (1916–1982), writer, graphic artist and painter
  • Hans Richter (actor), (1919–2008), actor
  • Bernhard Hassenstein, (1922–2016), biologist and co-founder of biological cybernetics
  • Burkhard Heim, (1925–2001), explosives technician, physicist and scholar
  • Günther Schramm, (born 1929), stage and television actor, television supporter and singer
  • Hilla Becher, (1934–2015), photographer
  • Nicole Heesters, (born 1937), actress, daughter of Johannes Heesters
  • Manfred Wolke, Olympian boxer and boxing coach
  • Klaus Katzur, (1943–2016), swimming athlete and silver medalist (Olympic Games 1972)
  • Wolfgang Joop, (born 1944), fashion designer
  • Oliver Bendt (born 1946), alias Jürgen Koch, actor, gymnast, singer
  • Christiane Lanzke, (born 1947), water jumper and actress
  • Lothar Doering, (born 1950), handball player and coach
  • Brigitte Ahrenholz, (born 1952), rower
  • Matthias Platzeck, (born 1953), politician Minister President of the State of Brandenburg, SPD Chairman
  • Klaus Thiele, (born 1958), athlete
  • Gabriele Berg, (born 1963), Professor for Mikrobiology at the Graz University (Austria)
  • Ralf Brudel, (born 1963), rower
  • Jens-Peter Berndt, (born 1963), swimmer
  • Birgit Peter, (born 1964), rower, multiple Olympian girlfriend
  • Carsten Wolf, (born 1964), cyclist, world champion
  • Daniela Neunast, (born 1966), steward in rowing
  • René Monse, (born 1968), heavyweight boxer

Potsdam: Honorary citizens

  • 1845: Wilhelm Ludwig Viktor Henckel von Donnersmarck, Lieutenant General
  • 1856: Friedrich von Wrangel, Field Marshal
  • 1863: Peter Joseph, garden general director
  • 1891: Hermann von Helmholtz, Naturalist
  • 1905: Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg, president of the province of Brandenburg
  • 1933: Paul von Hindenburg, Fieldmarshal and Reichspräsident
  • 1933: Adolf Hitler , chancellor (withdrawn on 15 August 1990 from a decision of the Potsdam City Council)
  • 1955: Max Volmer, a physical chemist
  • 1960: Hans Marchwitza
  • 1965: Otto Nagel

Potsdam: References

  1. "Bevölkerung im Land Brandenburg nach amtsfreien Gemeinden, Ämtern und Gemeinden 31. Dezember 2015 (Fortgeschriebene amtliche Einwohnerzahlen auf Grundlage des Zensus 2011)". Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg (in German). 2016.
  2. The Potsdam project, 1996, HRH The Prince of Wales, Charles; Hanson, Brian; Steil, Lucien; Prince of Wales's Urban Design Task Force; Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture, Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture, 1998, Introduction.
  3. "Potsdam Climate Normals 1961–1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
  4. "993 – From Poztupimi to the Royal Seat". potsdam.de. 1 December 2004.
  5. August Kopish, "Die Königlichen Schlösser u. Gärten zu Potsdam", Berlin, 1854, p. 18 (Google Books)
  6. Thomas Curtis (1839). The London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana Volume XVIII, p. 11
  7. Zuwachs in Potsdam und kein Ende in Sicht
  8. Detailed data sources are to be found in the Wikimedia Commons.Population Projection Brandenburg at Wikimedia Commons
  9. Jennerjahn, Yvonne (13 November 2013). "Landtag: Umzug ins neue Domizil" – via Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten.
  10. "Die Partnerstädte der Landeshauptstadt Potsdam". www.potsdam.de (in German). Retrieved 24 June 2010.
  11. "Miasta Partnerskie Opola". Urzad Miasta Opola (in Polish). Retrieved 2013-08-01.
  12. "City Twinnings". Stadt Bonn. Archived from the original on 2013-04-10. Retrieved 2013-08-01.
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  14. (German) BVG: Berliner public transport pdf maps showing fare zones
  15. "X-files: Lenin in Potsdam". leninisstillaround.com. 20 August 2015.

Potsdam: Sources

  • Paul Sigel, Silke Dähmlow, Frank Seehausen und Lucas Elmenhorst, Architekturführer Potsdam Architectural Guide, Dietrich Reimer Verlag, Berlin 2006, Buy book ISBN 3-496-01325-7.
  • Official municipal website in German and English
  • Interactive aerial tour of Potsdam
  • Extensive photoarchive about Potsdam
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