Exploring the city´s cultural lifePotsdam'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.
One summer night each year, on the Potsdamer Schlössernacht (Potsdam Palace Night), Sanssouci’s wonderful park is transformed into a magically illuminated fairy-tale world. Throughout the park, visitors will discover a mixture of presentations by internationally renowned artists. Many of the historical buildings will be open to the public and visitors can take guided tours to explore the grounds. Music will be played at various locations and on stages all around the park and visitors can also indulge in the culinary delights on offer.
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.
Over the past three years, a piece of cultural history has been reconstructed in the heart of Potsdam. The Museum Barberini, Potsdam's new art museum, opened on Alter Markt (Old Market Square), the historic center of the city. The museum shows exhibitions with international partners, presenting individual themes, artists and eras. The collection of Hasso Plattner is the basis for these presentations, which range from the Old Masters to artworks of the 21st century. Plattner's collection focuses on Impressionism, American Modern Art, Art of the former East Germany, and painting after 1989.
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.
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)
Dampfmaschinenhaus (Steam-Engine House)