Photo: PMSG André Stiebitz

Potsdam

An island surrounded by forests and rivers
If you love palaces you will be spoiled for choices. Potsdam has the highest number of Palaces per inhabitant in Germany. With 16 Palaces and three historic parklands, history and garden lovers will get their money's worth. Many parts of the overall ensemble were declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1990.
Potsdam also has a great history in filmmaking.

In fact, the city is the birthplace of the film as we know it. Images first started moving in the city of Babelsberg, which is now a part of Potsdam. The world’s first silent film was made here in 1912. Marlene Dietrich and Heinz Rühmann were the star idols at UFA, where today George Clooney and Tom Hanks are making cinematic history. Adjacent to Berlin, Potsdam during the Cold War years was the hotspot for eastern and western secret services and the Glienicke Bridge (Bridge of Spies) was used for exchanges of captured spies.