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(German pronunciation: [ˈpɔtsdam] ( listen)) 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 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.[2] 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
World Heritage Site
in Germany. The Potsdam Conference
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
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.


1 Geography

1.1 Subdivisions 1.2 Climate

2 Etymology 3 History

3.1 Pre- and early history 3.2 Early modern era 3.3 Governorate of Potsdam 3.4 20th century

4 Demography

4.1 International residents

5 Governance

5.1 City government 5.2 Brandenburg
state government 5.3 Town twinning

6 Infrastructure

6.1 Transport

6.1.1 Rail transport 6.1.2 Road transport

7 Education and research 8 Culture

8.1 Parks

9 Sports 10 Notable people

10.1 Honorary citizens

11 References 12 Sources 13 External links


Templiner See
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
Heiliger See
and the Sacrower See. The highest point is the 114-metre (374 ft) high Kleiner Ravensberg. Subdivisions[edit] Potsdam
is divided into seven historic city Bezirke and nine new Stadtteile (villages), which joined the city in 2003. The appearance of the city quarters is quite different. Those 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. The city of Potsdam
is divided into 34 Stadtteile (or quarters)[3], which are divided further into 84 statistical Bezirke. Today one distinguishes between the older parts of the city (areas of the historic city and places suburbanized at the latest in 1939) - these are the city center, the western and northern suburbs, Bornim, Bornstedt, Nedlitz, Potsdam
South, Babelsberg, Drewitz, Stern and Kirchsteigfeld - and those communities incorporated after 1990 which have since 2003 become Stadtteile - these are Eiche, Fahrland, Golm, Groß Glienicke, Grube, Marquardt, Neu Fahrland, Satzkorn and Uetz-Paaren.[4] The new Stadtteile are located mainly in the north of the city. For the history of all incorporations, see the relevant section on incorporation and spin-offs. Structure with statistical numbering:[5]

Stadtteile (quarters) of Potsdam

1 Potsdam

11 Bornim 12 Nedlitz 13 Bornstedt 14 Sacrow 15 Eiche 16 Grube 17 Golm

2 Nördliche Vorstädte

21 Nauener Vorstadt 22 Jägervorstadt 23 Berliner Vorstadt

3 Westliche Vorstädte

31 Brandenburger Vorstadt 32 Potsdam
West 33 Wildpark

4 Innenstadt

41 Nördliche Innenstadt 42 Südliche Innenstadt

5 Babelsberg

51 Klein Glienicke 52 Babelsberg
Nord 53 Babelsberg

6 Potsdam

61 Templiner Vorstadt 62 Teltower Vorstadt 63 Schlaatz 64 Waldstadt I 65 Waldstadt II 66 Industriegelände 67 Forst Potsdam

7 Potsdam

71 Stern 72 Drewitz 73 Kirchsteigfeld

8 Nördliche Ortsteile

81 Uetz-Paaren 82 Marquardt 83 Satzkorn 84 Fahrland 85 Neu Fahrland 86 Groß Glienicke

Climate[edit] Unlike most of Germany, which has an oceanic climate, the region around Potsdam
has a humid continental climate (Dfb) with cold, 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 (56.5) 18.6 (65.5) 25.7 (78.3) 31.8 (89.2) 32.5 (90.5) 34.2 (93.6) 36.3 (97.3) 36.5 (97.7) 32.9 (91.2) 27.8 (82) 21.2 (70.2) 15.5 (59.9) 36.5 (97.7)

Average high °C (°F) 1.7 (35.1) 3.5 (38.3) 8.1 (46.6) 13.5 (56.3) 19.1 (66.4) 22.4 (72.3) 23.6 (74.5) 23.4 (74.1) 19.2 (66.6) 13.7 (56.7) 7.1 (44.8) 3.0 (37.4) 13.2 (55.8)

Daily mean °C (°F) −0.9 (30.4) 0.2 (32.4) 3.7 (38.7) 8.0 (46.4) 13.2 (55.8) 16.6 (61.9) 17.9 (64.2) 17.5 (63.5) 13.9 (57) 9.4 (48.9) 4.2 (39.6) 0.7 (33.3) 8.7 (47.7)

Average low °C (°F) −3.4 (25.9) −2.7 (27.1) 0.0 (32) 3.4 (38.1) 8.0 (46.4) 11.5 (52.7) 13.0 (55.4) 12.7 (54.9) 9.8 (49.6) 6.0 (42.8) 1.7 (35.1) −1.7 (28.9) 4.9 (40.8)

Record low °C (°F) −20.9 (−5.6) −19.9 (−3.8) −14.0 (6.8) −5.8 (21.6) −2.6 (27.3) 2.2 (36) 6.2 (43.2) 5.4 (41.7) 0.1 (32.2) −3.5 (25.7) −16.6 (2.1) −24.5 (−12.1) −24.5 (−12.1)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 44 (1.73) 38 (1.5) 38 (1.5) 44 (1.73) 56 (2.2) 69 (2.72) 52 (2.05) 60 (2.36) 46 (1.81) 36 (1.42) 47 (1.85) 55 (2.17) 585 (23.03)

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[6]

Etymology[edit] 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",[7] i.e., the corrupted pod dubmi/dubimi (pod "beneath", dub "oak"). However some question this explanation.[8] History[edit] Pre- and early history[edit]

Document from the Holy Roman Empire
Holy Roman Empire
in 993 mentioning Poztupimi

New Palace today

Stadtschloss Potsdam
in 1773

The area around Potsdam
shows signs of occupancy since the Bronze Age and was part of Magna Germania
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 as Poztupimi, when Emperor Otto III
Emperor Otto III
gifted the territory to the Quedlinburg Abbey, then led by his aunt Matilda.[8] 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. Early modern era[edit] 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.

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
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, except for a period between 1827 and 1843 when Berlin
was the provincial capital (as it became once again after 1918). The province comprised two governorates named after their capitals Potsdam
and Frankfurt
(Oder). Governorate of Potsdam[edit]

Bond of Potsdam, issued 22 May 1852

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
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 a 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:[9]

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 of urban districts. The principal towns were Brandenburg
upon Havel, Köpenick, Potsdam, Prenzlau, Spandau
and Ruppin.[9] Until 1875 Berlin also was a town within the governorate. After its disentanglement a number of its suburbs outside Berlin's municipal borders grew to towns, many forming urban Bezirke 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 Bezirke were (years indicating the elevation to rank of urban Bezirkor affiliation with Potsdam
governorate, respectively):

(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)

20th century[edit] Berlin
was the capital of Prussia
and later of the German Empire, but the court remained in Potsdam, where many government officials settled. In 1914, Emperor Wilhelm II signed the Declaration of War in the Neues Palais (New Palace). The city lost its status as a "second capital" in 1918, when Wilhelm II abdicated and Germany
became a Republic at the end of World War I. At the start of the Third Reich
Third Reich
in 1933 there was a ceremonial handshake between President Paul von Hindenburg
Paul von Hindenburg
and the new Chancellor Adolf Hitler
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 by Allied bombing raids during World War II.

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

The Cecilienhof
Palace was the scene of the Potsdam Conference
Potsdam Conference
from 17 July to 2 August 1945, at which the victorious Allied leaders (Harry S. Truman; Winston Churchill
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
Potsdam Agreement
and the Potsdam

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
Oder-Neiße line
was constituted as the state of Brandenburg, Potsdam became its capital. In 1952 the GDR disestablished its federal states and replaced them by smaller new East German administrative districts known as Bezirke. 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
Glienicke Bridge
across the Havel
connected the city to West Berlin
and was the scene of some Cold War
Cold War
exchanges of spies. After German reunification, Potsdam
became the capital of the newly re-established state of Brandenburg. Since then there have been many ideas and efforts to reconstruct the original appearance of the city, including the Potsdam
City Palace and the Garrison Church. Demography[edit] Since 2000 Potsdam
has been one of the fastest growing cities in Germany.[10]

Population development from 1875-2020 within the current municipal boundaries (Blue Line: Population)

Potsdam: Population development within the current boundaries (2013)[11]

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

International residents[edit]

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


Potsdamer Stadthaus, Townhall.

City government[edit] 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
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. Brandenburg
state government[edit] The Landtag Brandenburg, the parliament of the federal state of Brandenburg
is in Potsdam. It has been housed in the Potsdam
City Palace since 2014.[12] Town twinning[edit] Potsdam
is twinned with the following cities:[13][14][15][16]

Opole Poland 1973

Perugia Italy 1990

Bobigny France 1974

Sioux Falls South Dakota, USA 1990

Jyväskylä Finland 1985

Bonn North Rhine-Westphalia 1988

Lucerne Switzerland 2002

See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Germany Infrastructure[edit] Transport[edit]

The Kaiserbahnof building

Rail transport[edit] Potsdam, included in the fare zone "C" (Tarifbereich C)[17] 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, Pirschheide and Marquardt. The city also possesses a 27 km-long tramway network. Road transport[edit] 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
features a network of urban and suburban buses. Education and research[edit]

The University of Potsdam

is a university town. The University of Potsdam
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
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[citation needed] 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
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.[18] 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. Culture[edit] Main article: List of sights of 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 later German imperial) family The Orangery Palace
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
held off the combined attacks of Austria
and Russia. 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. Today, it houses parts of University of Potsdam. The Charlottenhof Palace
Charlottenhof Palace
(Schloss Charlottenhof), a Neoclassical palace by Karl Friedrich Schinkel
Karl Friedrich Schinkel
built in 1826 The Roman Baths (Römische Bäder), built by Karl Friedrich Schinkel and Friedrich Ludwig Persius
Friedrich 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
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 Allied 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, reconstructions of several representative residential palaces including Palazzo Pompei and Palazzo Barberini
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 Neoclassical 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
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

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. 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
Carl von Gontard
in 1771–1772, inspired by the Renaissance palace Palazzo Barberini
Palazzo Barberini
in Rome. The newly built museum was scheduled to 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 quarters. 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 part of the UNESCO
World Heritage Site
World Heritage Site
Palaces and Parks of Potsdam
and Berlin. 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
Potsdam Conference
was held in July and August 1945. The Marmorpalais (Marble Palace) was built in 1789 in Neoclassical style. Nearby is the Biosphäre Potsdam, a tropical botanical garden. Babelsberg, a quarter south-east of the centre, houses the UFA film studios ( Babelsberg
Studios), and an extensive park with some historical buildings, including the Babelsberg
Palace (Schloß Babelsberg, a Gothic revival
Gothic revival
palace designed by Schinkel). The Einstein Tower
Einstein Tower
is located within the Albert Einstein Science Park, which is on the top of the Telegraphenberg within an astronomy compound. Potsdam
also features a memorial centre in the former KGB
prison in Leistikowstraße. In the Volkspark to the north, there is one of the last monuments dedicated to Lenin in Germany. Parks[edit] There are many parks in Potsdam, most of them included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of them are:

Schloss Babelsberg

The Belvedere near Sanssouci

View from Babelsberg
Park to Berlin.

in New Garden, Potsdam

The Chinese House

Orangerie Schloss


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
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.

Notable people[edit]

People from Potsdam
who are the subjects of articles can be found here.

18th century

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

19th century

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 (de), (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
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 Paul Blobel
Paul Blobel
(1894–1951), Nazi war criminal, hanged for war crimes

20th century

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
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

Honorary citizens[edit]

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
Adolf Hitler
, chancellor (withdrawn 15 August 1990 by a decision of the Potsdam
City Council) 1955: Max Volmer, physical chemist 1960: Hans Marchwitza 1965: Otto Nagel


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External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Potsdam.

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Potsdam.


Official municipal website in German and English Interactive aerial tour of Potsdam Extensive photoarchive about Potsdam

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Urban and rural districts in the state of Brandenburg
in Germany

Urban districts

an der Havel Cottbus Frankfurt
(Oder) Potsdam

Rural districts

Barnim Dahme-Spreewald Elbe-Elster Havelland Märkisch-Oderland Oberhavel Oberspreewald-Lausitz Oder-Spree Ostprignitz-Ruppin Potsdam-Mittelmark Prignitz Spree-Neiße Teltow-Fläming Uckermark

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Capitals of states of the Federal Republic of Germany

Capitals of area states

(Saxony) Düsseldorf
(North Rhine-Westphalia) Erfurt
(Thuringia) Hanover
(Lower Saxony) Kiel
(Schleswig-Holstein) Magdeburg
(Saxony-Anhalt) Mainz
(Rhineland-Palatinate) Munich
(Bavaria) Potsdam
(Brandenburg) Saarbrücken
(Saarland) Schwerin
(Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) Stuttgart
(Baden-Württemberg) Wiesbaden


Berlin City of Bremen
(State of Bremen) Hamburg

Capitals of former states

Freiburg im Breisgau
Freiburg im Breisgau
(South Baden, 1949–1952) Stuttgart
(Württemberg-Baden, 1949–1952) Tübingen
(Württemberg-Hohenzollern, 1949–1952)

1 Unlike the mono-city states Berlin
and Hamburg, the State of Bremen consists of two cities, thus state and capital are not identical.

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Cities in Germany
by population


Berlin Cologne Hamburg Munich


Bremen Dortmund Dresden Düsseldorf Essen Frankfurt Hanover Leipzig Nuremberg Stuttgart


Aachen Augsburg Bielefeld Bochum Bonn Braunschweig Chemnitz Duisburg Erfurt Freiburg im Breisgau Gelsenkirchen Halle (Saale) Karlsruhe Kiel Krefeld Lübeck Magdeburg Mainz Mannheim Münster Mönchengladbach Oberhausen Rostock Wiesbaden Wuppertal


Bergisch Gladbach Bottrop Bremerhaven Cottbus Darmstadt Erlangen Fürth Göttingen Hagen Hamm Heidelberg Heilbronn Herne Hildesheim Ingolstadt Jena Kassel Koblenz Leverkusen Ludwigshafen Moers Mülheim
an der Ruhr Neuss Offenbach am Main Oldenburg Osnabrück Paderborn Pforzheim Potsdam Recklinghausen Regensburg Remscheid Reutlingen Saarbrücken Salzgitter Siegen Solingen Trier Ulm Wolfsburg Würzburg

complete list municipalities metropolitan regions cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants

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Capitals of the former East German Bezirke

East Berlin Cottbus Dresden Erfurt Frankfurt
(Oder) Gera Halle Karl-Marx-Stadt (Chemnitz) Leipzig Magdeburg Neubrandenburg Potsdam Rostock Schwerin Suhl

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