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The "Red Clam" - Hans Otto Theater
Photo: Karla Fritze
The "Red Clam" - Hans Otto Theater Potsdam

Culture in Potsdam

Approaching Potsdam from the waterside, you will see the red “shell” of the Hans Otto Theater directly situated on the Tiefer See lake. At Schiffbauergasse (Shipbuilder’s Lane), there is a unique area of cultural facilities that includes modern drama, experimental dance, and contemporary art. Right in the middle there is the Waschhaus, with a rock and pop arena and some smaller stages for jazz and world music. It is a place for readings, movie nights, and parties. In the center of Potsdam there is the “KuZe” Students Cultural Center and the Pub-à-la-Pub. If you prefer a more classical ambience, you can go to the Nikolaisaal, where the University’s choir and orchestra give concerts. During the semester numerous events at the Nil student club provide opportunities for an international get-together. 

Students from Germany and abroad feel at ease in Potsdam. People of many different cultural backgrounds meet in the dormitories that are close to the campus. If you have to balance your studies, career and children, you can get special support from the family services of the University. The University Athletic Department provides a lot of facilities and fitness courses to balance mental and physical activities. No matter whether you travel by bike, bus or train, you can always move around Potsdam easily and quickly, to enjoy its green surroundings or go into bustling Berlin.