Welcome to the City of Culture Potsdam
In the rich cultural landscape of Brandenburg, Potsdam occupies an preeminent place. Potsdam, the city of Prussian palaces and parks, offers a rich and diverse culture and arts scene in addition to its proud historical heritage which reaches far beyond its borders.
In the historical city center, the Museum Barberini, the Nikolai Concert Hall, the House of Brandenburg-Prussian History, the Potsdam Museum and the Film Museum offer classical and modern cultural events.
Potsdam’s newest cultural quarter is the Schiffbauergasse, located lakeside on Tiefer See which is surrounded by the historical landscape of the Prussian palaces and parks. Here, where once steamships were built, coffee substitutes were produced, hussars were drilled and fish was propagated, you will now find a surprising mix of innovative businesses and cultural diversity. Apart from the Hans Otto Theatre, the location is characterized by an independent cultural and theater scene. The Waschhaus, fabrik Potsdam, the children’s and youth theater of the HOT and independent drama groups offer numerous events and festivals encompassing dance, music, film and contemporary fine and performing arts. And events at the Schiffbauergasse are a must for party-goers.
Potsdam's cultural offerings include famous annual events, such as the music festival Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci, the Potsdamer Schlössernacht, the festival of contemporary dance ‘Potsdamer Tanztage‘, the festival ‘Vocalise’ and the theater festival ‘UNIDRAM‘ as well as rock and jazz concerts. The special appeal of these events is that they are set in historical locations. City festivals like the Bohemian Days in Potsdam-Babelsberg, the Experience Potsdam Night in the baroque city center or the Tulip Festival in the Dutch Quarter also contribute to this special ambience.
Readings, small concerts and theater performances can be experienced at various locations, even on a theatre ship. In addition, friends of the fine arts get their money’s worth in the numerous galleries in Potsdam and at the “Open ateliers in Potsdam”.
To summarise - Potsdam is the right address for connoisseurs of a lively cultural scene.