In addition to the large historic parks you can find many green oases including the Freundschaftsinsel, Neuer Lustgarten or Volkspark in Bornstedter Feld. Many streets and paths are tree-lined. Linden trees, chestnut trees, pink hawthorn trees and oaks – give streets their own special character. Widespread forested areas are located on the north, east, west and south sides of town. In contrast there’s the federal capital Berlin with its multifaceted urban character.
There is a shortage of housing in the popular state capital. But policy makers and the administration are working hard to improve this situation. A group of experts “Potsdam22” is developing recommendations for housing policy as a guideline for creating a comprehensive housing plan.