Potsdam is one of Germany’s most beautiful cities. It is nestled in a charming cultural landscape dotted with palaces and historic gardens which have been on the UNESCO’s World Heritage list since 1990. It is also the capital of the Federal State of Brandenburg, adjacent to Germany’s capital Berlin.
When strolling past the scenic landscape, guests may come across and marvel at Potsdam’s twelve palaces. Commissioned by the Kings of Prussia, famous master builders like Knobelsdorff, Schinkel and Persius, and great landscape architects like Lenné, Eyserbeck and Fuerst von Pueckler-Muskau, designed a magnificent diversity of architectural monuments and gardens.
Key attractions and crowd pullers are the Sanssouci Palace – summer residence of Prussian King Frederick II – and the Cecilienhof Palace, venue of the Potsdam Conference.
The historic quarters Russian Colony Alexandrovka, the Dutch Quarter – renowned for its red brick buildings, and the former Bohemian Weavers’ Quarter, strongly contributed to a European atmosphere in Potsdam.
Potsdam is a city of scientific excellence. Approximately 9,000 of its 175,000 citizens work in scientific institutes. No other city in Germany has a higher percentage of scientists among its population. The city has been making science history since the 19th century. Universities as well as more than 40 other research institutes are based in this region and shape the image of Potsdam. Institutions from science, technology/ high-tech, research, education and culture work together in a spirit of cooperation and collaboration.
More than 25,000 students are currently enrolled at the University of Potsdam, the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, the University of Applied Sciences for Sport and Management and the University of Applied Sciences Clara Hoffbauer Potsdam.
Since 1911 Potsdam has also been the cradle of film in Germany. In close proximity to the capital, here, directors and producers from Berlin find attractive, extraordinary, historical, architecturally valuable and appealing outdoor backdrops. Outstanding infrastructure, competent professionals, and the diversified array of film, television and multimedia offers innovative media companies very good opportunities for collaboration. The internationally renowned Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF is the oldest film university in Germany where students can learn their profession from the scratch.
The university’s film festival “Sehsüchte” is by now the biggest student film festival in Europe. For more information about Potsdam and events taking place during your visit, please look here.