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Würzburg: Mozart Festival in the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Residenz" (Residence) © Oliver Lang

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Exploring the city´s cultural life

Potsdam's cultural life is reflected in numerous art collections and galleries, some of which are stylishly accommodated in Potsdam palaces where special exhibitions are also presented. The private galleries also have much to offer.

Devotées of drama, opera, operetta and concerts flock to the Kleines Theater (Small Theater) and, naturally, the Baroque Schlosstheater (Castle Theater). For political cabaret and satire, the Kabarett am Obelisk (Cabaret at the Obelisk) is the spot.

The Schiffbauergasse (Shipbuilders Alley) is where Potsdam sees the future integration of culture and business. In addition to the famous Hans-Otto-Theater, various clubs and sponsors are offering here a wide variety of dance, music, contemporary performances and fine arts.

Culture in Potsdam, however, also means cinematic art. On the Studio lots in Potsdam-Babelsberg, the great era of the Ufa Studios comes to life. A visit to the prop room, which has made the Guinness Book of Records, is simultaneously a flashback excursion to the stylistic epochs of several centuries. The special attraction, however, is that here the visitor gets a closeup look at cinema "live." Featured are special programs with a stunt show, a behind-the-scenes glance at the makeup studio including personal makeup demonstration, and "directing" a film against the background of an Old Berlin shopping street. For those interested in motion picture history, the Film Museum in the "Marstall" (Stables) is a true treasure trove (closed until spring 2014 due to refurbishment).

Technology buffs are fascinated by the Dampfmaschinenhaus (Steam-Engine House) built in the style of a moorish mosque, which sends water spurting through fountains in the "Park Sanssouci" (Sanssouci Gardens).

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Schlosstheater (Castle Theater)
Kabarett am Obelisk (Cabaret at the Obelisk)
Film Museum (closed until spring 2014 due to refurbishment)
Dampfmaschinenhaus (Steam-Engine House)

Did you know?

Beyond Hollywood: 100 Years of Filmmaking!

The first day of filming at Babelsberg studio was Feb 12, 1912. Today, the world's oldest large scale movie studio - located just outside of Berlin, in Potsdam, Germany -is celebrating its 100th birthday, in conjunction with the Berlin International Film Festival.  

Tourist Information Potsdam

Bahnhofspassagen Potsdam
Babelsberger Str. 16
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