Highlighted Events in Potsdam

Permanent historical exhibition at Villa Schöningen

01.01.2013 - 31.12.2019

The Villa Schöningen is situated at Glienicke Bridge – at the interface between Berlin and Potsdam, between East and West where agents used to be exchanged during the Cold War in front of the world public´s eye. The permanent exhibition of the Villa Schöningen deals with the symbolic and historical significance of Glienicke Bridge. It lets the visitor experience the drastic border situation between the GDR and the FRG.

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Cecilienhof Palace and the Potsdam Conference

01.11.2018 - 31.03.2020

The conference of the three heads of government and the 1945 Potsdam Accord. World history was written in the summer of 1945 at Potsdam's Cecilienhof Palace. Here, following the end of combat operations in Europe, the top level representatives of the three main WWII allies met to discuss Europe's reorganization and Germany's fate. Participants of the conference were the heads of state and secretary of state and foreign ministers of the USA, Soviet Union and the United Kingdom: Harry S. Truman, Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill, who was replaced by his successor Clement Attlee. The results of the conference officially referred to as the "Berlin Conference of the Three Heads of Government of the USSR, USA and UK" were recorded in the Potsdam Accord and Potsdam Declaration. The permanent exhibition was revised and updated and can be seen at an authentic location in all of the palace rooms. An exhibition organized by SPSG

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Sanssouci, Orangery: exotic plants in hibernating mode

30.03.2019 13:00 - 21.12.2019 13:00

Hundreds of palm trees, agaves, laurel and orange trees adorn the Prussian gardens in summer. In the winter months, the trees are well-protected in the greenhouses or “orangeries” – greenhouses built by the Prussian kings for citrus plants to hibernate in the cold season. A tour of the Orangery´s impressive greenhouse and heating structure provides visitors with information about the exotic plants and historic heating systems, partly still in operation today. Duration: approx. 90 minutes LIMITED ACCESSIBILTIY (in greenhouse only!)

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Getting to know Potsdam City Walking Tour

14.04.2019 11:00 - 27.10.2019 11:00

This sightseeing tour will guide you to Potsdam highlights in the city centre but yet you will feel like you are taken back to former times. Historic places, green oasis and extraordinary facades all invite to pause for a moment and take in the astonishment. This includes the reconstructed Old Market with the Church of St. Nicholas, Old Town Hall and Museum Barberini, the maintained baroque square New Market and the Dutch Quarter. At Brandenburger Straße, which is also known as Potsdam’s “Broadway“ there are many cosy cafés and restaurants as well as unique and authentic little shops. Bilingual in German/English.

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River Blues goes aboard Weisse Flotte Potsdam

09.05.2019 - 26.09.2019

The “River Blues Band” joins the steamer “Gustav”. Its time for blues, rock ‘n‘roll and a pinch of country & western on Potsdam´s River Havel. A group of grown up musicians from Berlin and Brandenburg will be playing a great mix of music during the three-hour tour aboard the steam-powered boat “Gustav”. Classic hits by Eric Clapton and J. J. Cale are shared, as well as songs from Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. Guitarist Michael Schupke, singer and guitarist Michael Kunczak, drummer Thomas Warneke, bassist Peter Gläser, pianist Ludger Wirsig and singer and harmonicist Detlef Gottschling work the strings, play and sing to enthuse the guests, spreading an exuberant atmosphere of River Blues between dinner and summer night on deck. The hungry ones can savour culinary specialties from the charcoal grill and enjoy beer from the tap.

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Nächtliche Schösserimpressionen - Palace impressions by night - a romantic spectacle on River Havel

23.05.2019 20:00 - 07.09.2019 23:00

Immerse yourself in Potsdam’s enchanting water landscape dotted with marvelously lit palaces and parks. On five weekends during the year, the royal buildings and churches lined up on the banks of River Havel are ablaze with light. We welcome you aboard with a glass of champagne before the Potsdam White Fleet puts to sea for a three-hour parade, taking you back into King Frederick the Great’s realm. Starting off at Potsdam Harbour, the convoy of boats takes you along the capital’s royal gardens until you glide into the sunset for the first highlight of the evening at Sacrow. A classical concert of brass instruments in front of the Church of the Redeemer illuminated with numerous torches gets you in a festive mood for the night ride past the splendidly illuminated castles and palaces of the Hohenzollern dynasty and past dancing elves on the banks of Lake Jungfernsee. A baroque rain of fire at Glienicke Bridge marks the crowning moment, transforming the Havel into a sea of lights.

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Baroque Pathways: The National Galleries Barberini Corsini in Rome

13.07.2019 - 06.10.2019

Italy in Potsdam The Museum Barberini will be presenting 54 masterpieces from the collections of the Palazzi Barberini and Corsini Rome, including one of Caravaggio’s most important works, his 1589/99 painting Narcissus. During his pontificate as Pope Urban VIII in the 17th century, Maffeo Barberini collected pictures and commissioned paintings that are now among the major works of Italian baroque. The exhibition, the Museum Barberini’s first project focusing on the Old Masters, will highlight the themes and stylistic developments of baroque art in Rome. The Foundation Prussian Palaces and Gardens Berlin Brandenburg (SPSG) and the City of Potsdam along with the Museum Barberini are using the opportunity presented by the exhibition to celebrate Italian art and culture. An app designed as a walking tour of Potsdam’s Roman monuments will explore these works of art.

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Potsdam Palace Night 2019 - Una Notte Italiana

16.08.2019 17:00 - 17.08.2019 17:00

Italy in Potsdam The upcoming Potsdam Palace Night 2019, two summer nights in the world heritage of Sanssouci Park with a promising offer for all senses, is all about Italy. Frederick II. and Frederick William IV. were once inspired by Italian architecture, adapted it for the cityscape, parks and palaces and decorated their palaces with baroque sculptures and paintings. This Italian tradition is staged in Potsdam and especially in Sanssouci Park. With spectacular light arrangements, opulent visualizations, artistic and culinary diversity as well as boundless inventiveness, the illuminated park once again presents itself as a world star. The historic buildings and the park landscape itself with its fountains and water features become a stage and allow the performances of the most diverse musicians and artists to flow into a Gesamtkunstwerk (synthesis of the arts).

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Potsdam Triad

13.09.2019 - 15.09.2019

From 13 to 15 September 2019, the state capital invites you to the triad of Potsdam - jazz, art and monument. It's a cultural triple that Potsdam presents every year in late summer. The Jazz Days, the Art-Enjoyment Tour and the Day of the Open Monument combine to form the Potsdam Triad. In this, three different themes complement each other from Friday to Sunday: jazz, art and building culture. Passionate sounds, fascinating sculptures and the wonders of Potsdam's architecture will inspire and delight visitors. Enjoy concerts, exhibitions and monuments in combination with local and international artists.

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Van Gogh: Still Lifes

26.10.2019 - 02.02.2020

From his first paintings to the colorful flower images of his later career, Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) repeatedly painted still lifes. In this genre, he could try out various media and alternatives – from depicting space using light and shadow to experiments with color. The first exhibition on this theme will present more than 20 paintings and use them to analyze the key stages in van Gogh’s life and work. In cooperation with the Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. With loans from the Art Institute of Chicago, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C.

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Potsdam light spectacle

01.11.2019 - 03.11.2019

In November 2016, the first Potsdam light spectacle took place in the Dutch Quarter under the title "Een Lichtspektakle". Despite constant rain, the event with illuminations between main station and the Gate Nauener Tor with the accompanying market in the Dutch quarter was a phenomenal success. Visit the 4th Potsdam Light Spectacle from the 1st to the 4th of November and marvel at the state capital illuminated by light artists. Experience Potsdam by night on foot, by pedal or by bus - there is much to discover and even more to experience. Have fun!

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New Year´s Day walk to the New Garden

01.01.2020 13:00 - 01.01.2020 15:30

Potsdam Marketing and Service GmbH will begin the New Year with a romantic New Year´s Day walk on 1.1.2019, commencing at 1 p.m. from the main entrance to the New Garden (corner Allestraße / Am Neuen Garten). The walk will take guests through the royal New Garden and include a visit inside the Marble Palace, a classicist building regarded as one of the most attractive of the Hohenzollern palaces. On the way, surprising vistas will come into view. Please note: Tour is in German only!

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Monet: Places

29.02.2020 - 01.06.2020

For his landscape paintings, Claude Monet revisited the same places over and over again and completed extensive series of works from a single location. During his travels he created numerous paintings at the coast of Normandy, in Zaandam in the Netherlands or in London and Venice. He was not interested in picturesque landmarks but in the changing light and weather conditions and the different effects they had on these particular places. He took pleasure in motifs such as parks, gardens, and waterlilies that surrounded him where he lived in Paris, Argenteuil, Vétheuil, and Giverny, using them to further his exploration of light and color. Organized in cooperation with the Denver Art Museum the exhibition will be shown in Denver under the title Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature from October 20, 2019 to February 2, 2020.

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The Dream Factory – 100 Years of Film in Babelsberg

01.01.2019 - 31.12.2029

Despite rapid technological progress, the making of films stil follows traditional patterns that even children are able to understand – and this is why the process of filmmaking is at the core of the exhibition. The starting point of every film production is an idea. Finding a producer for the project sets the stage for a long process that includes casting, costumes and make-up, set construction, shooting, editing and sound design. Interactive modules allow them to find out in a playful, intuitive way what it’s like to sing a long with Zara Leander or to replace actors in a casting session. Besides, the exhibition provides young people looking for professional perspectives with hands-on information on jobs in the media business. A computer-based information system and an exhibition guide shed light on the background of film production in Babelsberg, putting films and those who worked on them into their historical context.

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Cecilienhof Palace: Potsdam Conference 1945 – Shaping the World. Special Exhibition in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Potsdam Conference

01.05.2020 - 01.11.2020

The Potsdam Conference marks one of the most important historical events of the 20th century. World-wide, it stands as a symbol of the endpoint of World War II in Europe and the outbreak of the Cold War. The “Potsdam Agreement” that was adopted at Cecilienhof Palace laid the foundation for the reshaping of the world after 1945. The SPSG is showcasing a special exhibition on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Potsdam Conference at Cecilienhof Palace. Visitors at this actual location will be able to experience a multi-medial journey back to these fateful days in the summer of 1945. A factual, ideology-free, presentation regarding the geopolitical decisions made contrasts with the moving and emotion-filled voices of those affected. Famous historical personalities such as Churchill, Stalin, and Truman stand opposite history’s countless “nameless” – including victims of atom bombs, displaced persons, and collaborators.

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