Germany's Hollywood

There's a lot to watch and see in Potsdam. Not only on the screen, but also behind the scenes. The camera does not stand still. Potsdam has a long national and international film tradition. In 1911, the company Deutsche Bioskop, founded in 1899, laid the foundation stone for Studio Babelsberg, the oldest large-scale film studio in the world and the biggest film studio in Europe. Marlene Dietrich and Heinz Rühmann were the star idols at UFA, whereas these days George Clooney, Matt Damon or Tom Hanks choose to make their movies in Potsdam-Babelsberg.

Filmmakers from all over the world come to our fascinating city to shoot blockbusters like „Grand Budapest Hotel“, „Inglorious Basterds” and „Bridge of Spies“ as well as famous tv series such as „Berlin Station“ and „Homeland“.

Not only do they find a perfect infrastructure at Studio Babelsberg but also well-educated talents. Just next to the film studios the Filmuniversity Babelsberg is a breeding ground for new talents in film production, acting, film music, animation and much more. It is the oldest and largest film academy in Germany.

The over 100 year’s old history of filmmaking in Potsdam can be experienced at the Film Museum Potsdam. Its Exhibition „Dreamfactory – 100 Years Film in Babelsberg“ shows the process of film creation from the first idea to the premiere in an experience-oriented and entertaining way.

Did you know the Countdown was invented in Potsdam? The countdown was first staged in Fritz Lang's science fiction silent film Woman in the Moon (1929). Lang was faced with the question of how the tension before the take-off of the moon rocket "Peace" could be depicted in this silent film without special effects and noises and therefore, he invented the countdown.

As a last tip, we recommend that you keep your eyes open during a walk through Potsdam. You may notice the outdoor film sets of some well-known productions! From "Homeland" to "Bridge of Spies", Potsdam's historic city centre is an excellent film setting. Not infrequently, streets are closed due to shooting or familiar faces run into you while strolling. Imagine you're drinking a coffee in the Dutch Quarter and Claire Danes is sitting across from you...! Potsdam lives and breathes the film, come here and convince yourself.