Vineyard terraces with Sanssouci Palace © TMB-Fotoarchiv/Wieck
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World Cultural Heritage Potsdam

New Palace in Potsdam © TMB picture archive/ Ihlow/ SPSG
Discovering Babelsberg Palace and Park in Potsdam on a passenger boat chartered by Weiße Flotte ©  Weisse Flotte
Dutch Quarter in winter © TMB picture archive Kroeger
Glienicke Bridge between Potsdam and Berlin © TMB picture archive/Böttcher
Filmpark Potsdam-Babelsberg, Jürgen Hohmuth/zeitort.de © Kulturland Brandenburg 2011
Filmmuseum Potsdam © TMB picture archive/Böttcher
Brandenburg Gate in Potsdam © TMB/Bach
New Palace in Potsdam © TMB picture archive/ Ihlow/ SPSG
Discovering Babelsberg Palace and Park in Potsdam on a passenger boat chartered by Weiße Flotte ©  Weisse Flotte
Dutch Quarter in winter © TMB picture archive Kroeger
Glienicke Bridge between Potsdam and Berlin © TMB picture archive/Böttcher
Filmpark Potsdam-Babelsberg, Jürgen Hohmuth/zeitort.de © Kulturland Brandenburg 2011
Filmmuseum Potsdam © TMB picture archive/Böttcher
Brandenburg Gate in Potsdam © TMB/Bach

Welcome...

...to the kingdom of palaces and gardens of Potsdam

Located in the outskirts of Berlin, Brandenburg’s State Capital Potsdam was built on an island between the branched arms of the Havel River. Soak up the city’s charming atmosphere during a visit to the beautiful Sanssouci Palace and Park ensemble, which is part of the UNESCO world cultural heritage. Visitors are captivated by the world famous Sanssouci summer residence with its magnificent fountains and vineyard terraces or tree-lined avenue leading to the New Palace, the last large Prussian baroque-style palace complex.
Not just the creator King Frederick the Great rejoiced in strolling through his marvellous kingdom of gardens; successors to the throne, kings and emperors alike took great pleasure in this masterpiece of architectural excellence and astonishing garden landscape, selecting Potsdam, above all, as their royal seat.
Still today, the traces of many European states and cultures can be found in Potsdam. The remnants of the past are also reminiscent of the Brandenburg rulers’ cosmopolitan attitude. The Prussian kings not only drew to Potsdam the persecuted Huguenots from France, but also skilled building workers from the Netherlands, and expelled weavers from Bohemia.
The Russian colony of Alexandrovka (19th century), the Bohemian weaver settlement of Nowawes (18th century) and the Dutch Quarter (18th century) with its antique shops, restaurants and cafés are tourist magnets, all providing great insight into Potsdam’s lively history.
Another attraction is Cecilienhof Palace nestled in the “Neuer Garten” where world history was written. Right here, Churchill, Truman and Stalin met to finalise discussions during the “Potsdam Conference” governing the division of post-World War II Germany into zones between the victorious allies. Apart from that, the modern-day facets of Potsdam are similarly appealing. Potsdam has long been a city of film-making. It all began with the legendary “UFA Film Studios” of the 1920s and 30s, featuring stars like the film directors Fritz Lang and Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau or film actress and actor Marlene Dietrich and Hans Albers.
Nowadays, the film studios serve national and international cinema and television productions and are still located on Europe’s most extensive and oldest film complex. One after the other, famous film stars like Kate Winslet, Tom Cruise or Tom Hanks have shown up here to star in great film productions. Visitors to Babelsberg Film Park can even look behind the scenes and take part in live stunts.
Apart from a permanent collection, the Potsdam “Filmmuseum”, situated in the former royal stables, features interesting exhibitions on various international film and television topics and presents movies from all over the world.
Additional cultural highlights in Potsdam not to be missed include the annual classical concerts and performances taking place each year during the Potsdam Sanssouci Musical Festivals (the “Musikfestspiele Potsdam”), the “Potsdam Night of the Palaces” (the “Schlössernacht”), the Babelsberg “Filmparknacht” and the “Palace Impressions by Night” (“Nächtliche Schlösserimpressionen”) by Weiße Flotte boat company.
Our tip: visitors fascinated by Potsdam’s romantic castles and lake landscapes dotted with passenger ships and sailing boats gliding through the water should set off to Pfingstberg Hill to see Belvedere Castle from where one can enjoy the wide scenic landscape of Potsdam.

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