Sitting on the border of Berlin, the capital city of Potsdam is the largest city of the state of Brandenburg and a part of the Berlin/Brandenburg metropolitan region being only 24km southwest of the heart of Berlin's. Squatting on the River Havel it was where Frederick the Great, former King of Prussia, lived during the summer months in the Sanssouci Palace that is the largest World Heritage Site in Germany. The grounds of the palace include elegant Italian-styled manicured gardens with gushing fountains plus there are 19th Century Roman Baths to meander around. Potsdam was planned to be a "picturesque, pastoral dream" to remind its inhabitants of their relationships with nature and reason through its architecture and landscape. The city is also home to the oldest large-scale film studio in the world, the "Filmstudio Babelsberg", which is a major center of European film production. The center of science in Germany and a university town, there are 3 public colleges, the University of Potsdam and over 30 research institutes in the city creating a horde of super intelligent, tech savvy souls who today love to hang out mingling in coworking venues.
The Old Market Square dominated by the dome of St Nicholas' Church is the perfect place to sit and watch the passing parade of locals intent on doing their business and tourist hordes that throng to this beautiful city of historical sites. This is where the government officials lived when Berlin was the capital of Prussia and its Glienicke Bridge was used as the site for exchanging spies during the Cold War. Numerous leaders from Truman to Churchill and Stalin have walked Potsdam's streets over the war years.
Germany's startup scene is thriving despite there being a few hurdles to overcome such as red tape hassles, language barriers and the fact that most founders wish to hire skilled foreign workers. Eight out of ten German startups wish to go international, but legal systems and regulations may be inhibitors in this regard. Despite these hassles, coworking spaces are overflowing with inventive minds in collaborative mode creating a vibrant community.
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