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Potsdam, which has approx. 132,000 inhabitants (2008), situated by the river Havel – 35 km southwest of the German capital Berlin .It is the capital of the state of Brandenburg. There was a settlement here as early as the Bronze Age, while the Potsdam city that is known from the year 993
It characterizes Potsdam are the many castles and parks. Most of them are part of the “Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin” on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The most magnificent of the parks is Park Sanssouci. There are several beautiful castles. The oldest and most famous is the Schloss Sanssouci (1745-1747), but also the powerful Neues Schloss (1763-69) and Orangerieschloss (1851-64) is here – in addition to the less bright castle Charlottenhof (1826).
The park Neuen Garten is Marmorpalais (1787-1792) and the Russian village Alexandrowka, which was filed first in the 1800s. Another large park, a little on the edge of the central Potsdam, Park Babelsberg, where we find Schloss Babelsberg (also called “Kleines Schloss”) and Film Park Babelsberg, Germany’s answer to Hollywood.
In the historical center, the Altstadt, the Potsdam his own Brandenburg Gate, built in 1770 (not to be confused with the one in Berlin ) – and this is also the Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus from 1753 a popular destination.
The international airport Berlin-Tegel Airport is 35 miles northeast of Potsdan.