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A virtual guide to the German Federal State of Brandenburg a state in northeastern Germany that surrounds, but is independent (kind of) of the city of Berlin.

Beside a state profile, this page offers links to sources that provide you with information about this "Bundesland", e.g.: official web sites, local news, culture, history, education, city- and country guides with travel and visitors information, tourist attractions, events and much more.

Brandenburger Tor a Potsdam City-Gate
Potsdam City-Gate, the Brandenburger Tor (not to be confused with Brandeburg Gate, in Berlin) - Image © Nations Online Project


State Profile

Brandenburg Flag
Flag of the German Federal State of Brandenburg
where in Germany is Brandenburg?

Official Name: Brandenburg

Abbreviation: BB

Time zone: Central European Time (CET); Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Capital City: Potsdam (160,000)

Other Cities: Brandenburg an der Havel, Cottbus, Frankfurt (Oder)

Location: north east of Germany, surrounding Berlin and bordering Poland in east.
Area: 29,477.16 km² (11,382 sq mi)

Population (2013): 2,5 million
Religions: 17.8% Protestants, 2.2% Roman Catholic, 78.9% no religious affiliation.

Natural resources: lignite, gravel and sand.

Agriculture products: livestock, grain, vegetables, fruit.

Industries: Energy industry, steel, mechanical engineering, biotechnology, tourism.

The densely forested state of Brandenburg with its numerous
lakes is located in the north east of Germany, bordering Poland in the east, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in the north, Saxony in the south, Saxony-Anhalt in the west, and Lower Saxony in the northwest, it surrounds but excludes the capital city and federal state of Berlin.
Area 29,479 km² (11,382 sq mi); Population 2,55 million inhabitants.

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Official Sites of Brandenburg

The official site of the Land Brandenburg.

Landtag Brandenburg
The parliament of Brandenburg.

Amt für Statistik Berlin-Brandenburg
Statistics office for the region Berlin-Brandenburg (in German).


Google Earth Google Earth Brandenburg
Searchable map and satellite view of Brandenburg.

Google Earth Google Earth Potsdam
Searchable map and satellite view of Brandenburg's capital.

 Political Map of Germany
 Administrative Map of Germany 


Lausitzer Rundschau
Lausitz newspaper.

great site Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten
Newspaper Potsdam.

Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB)
Public radio and television.
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Arts & Culture

Museen in Brandenburg
A guide to the about 370 museums in Brandenburg.

Theodor Fontane Archiv Potsdam
Archive for the work of the German novelist and poet Theodor Fontane (1819-1898).
Kleist-Museum Frankfurt (Oder)
A literary museum and a research institute devoted principally to the life and works of the German dramatist and fiction writer Heinrich von Kleist (1777-1811)
Kurt Tucholsky Museum Rheinsberg
Literature museum for the German journalist, satirist and writer Kurt Tucholsky (1890-1935).

Brandenburgische Schlösser GmbH
BSG redevelops valuable buildings and historical gardens, the site provides also information about some of the castles.
Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg
The site offers comprehensive information about the Prussian royal residences in and around Berlin and Brandenburg, like Sanssouci Castle, Rheinsberg Palace and Cecilienhof Palace.
Stiftung Fürst Pückler Museum Schloß und Park Branitz
The Branitz park is a landscape garden created by Hermann Fürst von Pückler-Muskau (1785 - 1871), one of the best-known German garden designers of the 19th century.

Babelsberg Film Studios
The Potsdam-Babelsberg film and media industry.
Filmmuseum Potsdam
Oldest film museum in Germany, it is also a time travel through the history of the German film and the Babelsberger Filmstudios.


Business & Economy

Investitionsbank des Landes Brandenburg
ILB Is the main promotional bank of the State of Brandenburg.

Brandenburg Economic Development Board (ZAB)
Brandenburg's one-stop agency for all kinds of business support services.

Berlin-Schönefeld International Airport
The international airport is located in the town of Schönefeld in Brandenburg, the airport might be renamed to Berlin Brandenburg International Airport.

Destination Brandenburg - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Brandenburg: accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, tours and much more.

Official information about Brandenburg as a holiday destination.

State Capital: Potsdam
Landeshauptstadt Potsdam (in German)

Potsdam Portal


Brandenburg an der Havel
The town on the banks of the Havel river.

Cottbus is the cultural centre of the Lower Sorbian minority.

Frankfurt (Oder)
The city is situated on the Oder River, on the German-Polish border .

Travel and Tour Consumer Information


Universität Potsdam
The University of Potsdam was established in 1991 and is one of the youngest universities in Germany.
University Viadrina
Founded in 1506 at Frankfurt/Oder.

Environment & Nature

Nature Parks in Brandenburg

Naturpark Barnim
The first cross-border nature reserve of Land Brandenburg and Land Berlin.
Naturpark Hoher Fläming
Hiking, riding and cycling are the main activities in the nature park Hoher Fäming, which is located in the southwest of Brandenburg between Berlin, Magdeburg and Leipzig.

Naturpark Nuthe-Nieplitz
lose to Germans capital lies the nature park between the rivers Nuthe and Nieplitz.

Naturpark Stechlin-Ruppiner Land
The nature park's landscape Stechlin-Ruppiner Land didn’t change its face much since Theodor Fontane described it in his novel "Der Stechlin" at the end of the 19th century (in German).

Naturpark Uckermärkische Seen
The nature park with many lakes, rivers and streams.

Naturpark Westhavelland
The nature park is situated in western Brandenburg, it is one of the largest combined humid areas in the interior of the western middle Europe.

Naturparke Deutschland
A guide to nature and national parks in Germany.


Haus der Brandenburgisch-Preußischen Geschichte
House of Brandenburg-Prussian History, HBPG houses a permanent exhibition entitled “People and Places. Tales from Brandenburg-Prussia.”

Province of Brandenburg
Wikipedia entry about the former Prussian Province of Brandenburg.

History of Brandenburg
Wikipedia entry on the history of Brandenburg-Prussia.

Markgrafschaft Brandenburg
Wikipedia entry about the Margraviate of Brandenburg, a major principality of the Holy Roman Empire from 1157 to 1806.


Additional Information about Brandenburg

Open Directory Project: Brandenburg

Wikipedia: Brandenburg
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