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Cottbus (Chóśebuz)

Princely parks, medieval town walls and the finest Art Nouveau theatre in Europe characterise the cityscape of Cottbus.

After Potsdam, Cottbus is the second largest town in Brandenburg and it lies on the south-eastern limits of the Spreewald. It only takes a few minutes to reach the historical town centre by car or train. Like many towns in the Spreewald, the Sorbian/Wendish history of Cottbus has left its mark on the town and it characterises the cityscape and people's everyday lives.

Altmarkt Cottbus
Staatstheater Cottbus

Sights in Cottbus

An extended walk through the historical Old Town is thoroughly to be recommended in Cottbus, with its medieval gates, towers and its baroque town houses. In the process, visitors should also keep an eye out for the famous Cottbus stagecoach driver. He blows his post horn to perfection, looks great in his smart uniform, has his own monument in his own lifetime and can say this tongue-twister without stumbling: "Der Cottbuser Postkutscher putzt den Cottbuser Postkutschkasten." If you prefer not to explore the Old Town on your own, you can join a guided tour almost every Sunday at 10.00 a.m. including an architectural tour of Cottbus' State Theatre. The theatre still stages productions and is considered the finest Art Nouveau theatre in Europe.

Park & Schloss Branitz

An extended walk through the historical Old Town is thoroughly to be recommended in Cottbus, with its medieval gates, towers and its baroque town houses. In the process, visitors should also keep an eye out for the famous Cottbus stagecoach driver. He blows his post horn to perfection, looks great in his smart uniform, has his own monument in his own lifetime and can say this tongue-twister without stumbling: "Der Cottbuser Postkutscher putzt den Cottbuser Postkutschkasten." If you prefer not to explore the Old Town on your own, you can join a guided tour almost every Sunday at 10.00 a.m. including an architectural tour of Cottbus' State Theatre. The theatre still stages productions and is considered the finest Art Nouveau theatre in Europe.

The historical park railway will take you from the town centre to Cottbus' parks consisting of Branitzer Park, Tierpark and Spreeauenpark. Branitzer Park with its castle, moon mountains, water pyramids and Wolf Gorge, was commissioned by Prince Pückler and is home to his last resting place. Further artistically designed park landscapes such as Pückler Park in Bad Muskau or the East German Rose Garden in Forst are to be found just a few kilometres from Cottbus.

The museums in Cottbus represent far more than a rainy day alternative. Whether contemporary art (DKW Art Museum), aviation history of Lausitz (Airfield Museum Cottbus) or an impressive collection of historical pharmacies (Brandenburg Pharmacy Museum) - the museums of Cottbus promise excitement for children and adults.

Events

A visit to the opera, ballet, theatre or a concert in the Cottbus State Theatre is particularly to be recommended. But the piccolo Theatre for children and young people, the musical literary reviews in the TheaterNative C or the carefully restored, over 100 year-old Weltspiegel cinema complete the cultural offerings of Cottbus. The Cottbus Stadthalle is the largest hall in southern Brandenburg and many stars and starlets perform there. There are regular consumer fairs and markets in the Cottbus exhibition centre directly beside Spreeauenpark. Only a few steps away, football fans can get their money's worth in the Stadium of Friendship when FC Energie Cottbus has a home game.

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Stadthalle Cottbus
Berliner Platz 6, 03046 Cottbus
phone: +49 355 75420
cottbus-service@cmt-cottbus.de
www.cottbus-tourismus.de

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