The past 300 years have seen the transformation of Potsdam from a garrison town to one of Europe’s most imposing royal capitals. Potsdam’s architectural masterpieces, the 17 palaces that are surrounded by an abundance of landscape gardens lining the banks of the beautiful Havel waterscape have considerably determined Potsdam’s World Cultural Heritage status.
Aside from the magnificent monuments bearing witness to the past, the city at present is equally worth a discovery, e.g. with its tropical nature paradise “Biosphere” in the north of Potsdam. The oldest large-scale film studio at “Babelsberg Filmpark” opens its gates to visitors in Potsdam’s south.
A visit of Potsdam’s multitude of museums can be similarly enthralling. The spectrum ranges from historical exhibitions in the House of Brandenburg-Prussian History to modern art at the Villa Schöningen, or the fluxus+ museum.
With the Museum Barberini, supported by the Hasso Plattner Förderstiftung, there is now an art museum of the extra class in Potsdam. Directly opposite the Landtag, at the Old Market, the Palais Barberini, which had been destroyed during an air attack in 1945, was rebuilt with a historic facade.