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Population: 148,691 (Oct 2006)
Licence plate: P
Major roads: A10, A115
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Potsdam is the capital of the Brandenburg. It is located 20 kilometers southwest of Berlin. Potsdam is one of Germany's largest castle, pleasureground and park areas. There are mainly three parks in the city: 'Potsdam-Sanssouci', 'Potsdam-Neuer Garten' as well as 'Park Babelsberg'. 'Schloss Sanssouci', 'Neues Palais' as well as many-many surrounding buildings (such as the 'Chinesisches Haus', the 'Belvedere auf dem Klausberg' or the 'Roman Baths') are to find in 'Park Sanssouci'. 'Schloss Cecilienhof', the 'Grünes Haus' or the 'Marmorpalais' are located in 'Neuer Garten' along 'Heiliger See' in the norhtern portion of the city. 'Schloss Babelsberg' together with 'Schloss Glienicke' are close to 'Glienicker Brücke' on Bundesstraße 1 in the direction of Berlin-Wannsee. All three park areas are to reach within 20 minutes walking distance from the Potsdam DB main train station.

Stiftung Preussische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg gives a lot of additional informations.

Universität Potsdam is the local academic partner to talk to in case you are looking for a place to study.

UFA is since more than eighty years the local film studio company with TV as well as cinema productions, located in Potsdam-Babelsberg.

HFF 'Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen Konrad Wolf' is located right next to the UFA-studios.


Potsdam is home to the first official hitchhiking spot in Germany. It is located on B2 'Leipziger Straße' ('Michendorfer Allee') next to the Potsdam DB main train station - which leads to 'Rastanlage Michendorf' on 'Berliner Ring' (E 30/ A 10).


To reach Rastanlage Michendorf on 'Berliner Ring' (E 30/ A 10) via A 115, take Suburban Train S7 to 'Nikolassee' Station (four stops), leave the DB station in the direction of 'Wannsee', walk along 'Borussen Straße' and 'Spanische Alee' (only two minutes) to the petrol station as well as rest-area Grunewald West. From there it should be very-very easy to reach 'Berliner Ring' and 'Rastanlage Michendorf'. Build a cardboard sign with 'Ring', 'Michendorf' or even your final destination on it. If you plan to go eastward into Poland or westward to 'Ruhrgebiet', go to 'Michendorf' first. The lift 'Spanische Allee' - 'Michendorf' should not take longer than ten minutes.

If you want to travel to Hamburg, Copenhagen or Rostock from Potsdam: Take the suburban train (S-Bahn) S8/S4/S85 to the stop 'Pankow-Heinersdorf' close to 'Prenzlauer Promenade' on B109. From the traffic light close to the Autobahn on-ramp (still on B109) it normally only takes minutes until you can find a driver. A 114 leads close after Berlin on 'Berliner Ring' (A 10) which leads after ten minutes to the Autobahn Berlin-Hamburg/Berlin-Rostock. The way here can take one hour from Potsdam as Pankow is in the north of Berlin.


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