Place Potsdam

Potsdam is the capital and largest city of the German 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 some 25 kilometres southwest of Berlin’s city centre.
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 would remind its residents of their relationship with nature and reason.The city, which is over 1000 years old, is widely known for its palaces, its lakes, and its overall historical and cultural significance. Landmarks include the parks and palaces of Sanssouci, Germany’s largest World Heritage Site, as well as other palaces such as the Orangery Palace, the New Palace, the Cecilienhof Palace, or the Charlottenhof Palace. Potsdam was also the location of the significant Potsdam Conference in 1945, the conference where the three heads of government of the USSR, the US, and the UK decided on the division of Germany following its surrender, a conference which defined Germany’s history for the following 45 years.
Babelsberg, in the south-eastern part of Potsdam, was already by the 1930s the home of a major film production studio and it has enjoyed success as an important 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.

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Alliierten Museum

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Potsdam-Pirschheide Train Station

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Brutalism 1956
Church at Lietzensee
Brutalism 1956
Corbusierhouse (Unité d’Habitation, type Berlin)
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Einstein’s Summer House

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Dahlem-Dorf U-Bahn Station Benches

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Tegel Creek Water Buffaloes

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Brutalism 1970
Elementary School (Reineke-Fuchs-Grundschule)
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Hitler’s Olympic Village

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Discover Alexandrowka in Potsdam, Germany: A quaint Russian village in the middle of a German metropolis.

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Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies” is a Real Bridge in Germany

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Residential House Hohenzollerndamm 86
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Berlin Botanical Garden

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Propeller Island City Lodge

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Post Office
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Platform 17 Memorial

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The ‘Peacock Island’ of Berlin

Discover Pfaueninsel in Berlin, Germany: This Berlin island is home to a flock of free-roaming peacocks, as well as a historic ivory folly.

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‘Der Fall Daidalos und Ikaros’ (‘The Case of Daedalus and Icarus’)

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Church of the Assumption of Mary (Kirche Mariä Himmelfahrt) (today: Mor-Afrem Church)
Mary Queen of Martyrs Church (Gedenkkirche Maria Regina Martyrum)
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Artpark Tegel

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Discover Einsteinturm in Potsdam, Germany: Solar observatory doubles as a daring display of Expressionist architecture, much to Einstein's chagrin.

World Heritage Site 1990
Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin

With 500 ha of parks and 150 buildings constructed between 1730 and 1916, Potsdam’s complex of palaces and parks forms an artistic whole, whose eclectic nature reinforces its sense of uniqueness. It extends into the district of Berlin-Zehlendorf, with t…

Haus Plettner
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Onkel Toms Hütte (Uncle Tom’s Cabin)

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Atlas Obscura 2013
Sanssouci Palace

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Beelitz Heilstätten

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Luisenfriedhof II

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Berlin Radio Tower

Discover Berlin Radio Tower in Berlin, Germany: A restaurant and observation deck built in a unique broadcasting antenna.

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Spandauer Zitadelle (Spandau Citadel)

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Mourning Hall, Waldfriedhof Zehlendorf