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As the capital city of Brandenburg, Potsdam is situated on the Havel River, 24 kilometres (15 miles) southwest of Berlin. This German city was once the residence of the Prussian kings and German Kaisers. Potsdam offers several unique cultural landmarks, including the parks and palaces of Sanssouci. This is the largest World Heritage Site in Germany. Cecilienhof is another palace in the area. There are three public colleges and over thirty research institutes in Potsdam, making it a science centre for Germany.
Potsdam has a major film production centre and the major film production studio Babelsberg is the oldest film studio in the world. The economy is also dependant on software and IT, geo-information, automotive, life-science, and bio-technology industries. Small and medium-sized businesses make up most of Potsdam’s business sector. There are many serviced office locations in and around the technology and research centres in Potsdam.
Entertainment And Dining Out
The UNESCO World Heritage list includes, Park Sanssouci. This is an immense park situated in Potsdam. There is a 2000 person per day limit on this site, so get there early. The castle, Schloss Sanssouci, is beautiful rococo architecture and has incredible interiors. The Konzertsaal, or concert hall, inside the palace is definitely a must see room. Another great sight is the Holländisches Viertel, 134 red brick houses of the ‘Dutch Quarters,’ built in the 18th century by Dutch master builder Johann Boumann. This was done in the hopes of attracting more Dutch artisans. Dining options include Rückholz - Gemütliche Kneipe. This restaurant and bar has artwork on the walls, homemade specialties and seating that included easy chairs and sofas. Restaurant Waage is a upper-end restaurant in a beautiful setting that serves Mediterranean dishes.
The nearest major airport to Potsdam is Berlin Tegel Airport. This airport has international and domestic flights from Berlin, and is 32 km (20 miles) from the city centre. Another major airport is Berlin Schönefeld Airport with international and domestic flights from Berlin just 61 km (38 miles) from Potsdam. Potsdam is served by the S7 S-Bahn line and a tramway network. There area also buses and trolleybuses.