Brandenburg: What you need to know
Where is it?
Since its reunification in 1990, the new Germany has consisted of 16 federal states. There are three city states – the capital city of Berlin, plus Hamburg and Bremen – and 13 diverse regions ranging from Schleswig-Holstein in the north to Bavaria in the south. Brandenburg with its capital Potsdam lies in the east of Germany and is one of the federal states that was re-created in 1990 upon the reunification of the former West Germany and East Germany. Brandenburg surrounds but does not include the national capital and city-state Berlin.
It borders to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in the north, Poland in the east, the Freistaat Sachsen in the south, Saxony-Anhalt in the west, and Lower Saxony in the northwest.
How do I get there?
Since Berlin is located in Brandenburg and has a very big airport it would be easyest for you if you arrive at the Berlin Tegel Airport and continue your trip by train from there. If you however want to arrive by train, it is no problem at all to reach any city of Brandenburg directly using the railways of the Deutsche Bahn.
Is it a good place to learn German?
Brandenburg is a good place to learn German, but you have to look out in which area you are planning to stay since Brandenburg is a bilingual area with the languages German and Sorbian. Some people living in Brandenburg may have a slight dialect it is still understandable by nearly every native German speaker. It is just a little difference in the use of a few words, that may make communicating with people from other regions a little harder, but not at all impossible.
You can also contact the agency called “BAMF” that offers free german- and integration-coures for people from different countries that would like to work in Germany. You should check their website for more information and where those courses will be available in your area (http://www.bamf.de/).
German is a very difficult language in general and has a large variety of dialects and slangs that even the native speakers have their problems with it, so it is very important that you find the right class for you.
Moving to Potsdamm: 3 things you need to know
1.) Where to live?
Potsdamm offers a lot of great places to live. To give you some idea’s depending on your budget take a look on the list below.
The most desired districts in Potsdam would be the Feuerbachstreet because of the beautifull designed houses along the street.
Some medium range districts would be Eiche and Bornim.
And some of the less expensive areas are in the northern districts of Potsdam in Bornstedt.
2.) Where to work?
Potsdam is a highly-dynamic and well-situated business hub in addition to being a growing regional center with excellent prospects for the future. The automotive, life-science and bio-technology industries are so far well represented here.
But Potsdam also offers, because of its growing standard of living and studying, a great place especially for small and medium sized businesses that are planning to expand.
These small and medium-sized businesses form the backbone of Potsdam, because of their flexibility, innovativness and success.
For more information about the companies that are present in Potsdam visit (http://www.potsdam.de/cms/ziel/1012042/EN/).
3.) How to get around?
Potsdam, included in the fare zone “C” of Berlin’s public transport area, is served by the S7 S-Bahn line. The stations served are Griebnitzsee, Babelsberg and the Central Station (Hauptbahnhof), the main and long-distance station of the city. The city also possesses a 27 km-long tramway network.
Potsdam is served by several motorways and federal roads across the city. Potsdam counts a network of urban and suburban buses and trolleybuses.