Cottbus Travel Guide

  • General view from the entrance
    General view from the entrance
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  • just two random houses in my favorite style
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    library and media centre
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Cottbus Things to Do

  • Library

    IKMZ: Informations-, Kommunikations- und MedienzentrumThis is the new academic library and media centre. Interesting "amoeba" architecture and colouring (inside). The outside should symbolize many lettres of various alphabets of the world.Architects: Herzog & de Meuron

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  • "Youth-Style" Theatre

    Ok, I checked my dictionary for a translation and it says "Art Nouveau" :-)This is the theatre in Cottbus and I was told that there are only very few in Germany built in that style, so this one is kind of special and quite interesting to visit.Oh yes, and prices are very affordable if you want to see a show.Right behind the building, there is a big...

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  • Festival of East European Cinema

    Are you interested in movies? The 12. Festival of East European Cinema that takes place from 30.10. to 03.11.2002 in the city of Cottbus.Certainly not as big as the Berlinale in Berlin, but it might be interesting as well!

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Cottbus Transportation

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    by Mandy23 Updated Feb 9, 2003

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    Cottbus is located about 120 km southeast of the downtown Berlin area (approx. 1.5 hours by train).

    Cottbus can be accessed by car via the Motorways (Autobahnen) A10, A13 and A15 from Berlin. From Dresden, Cottbus can be accessed via the 'Autobahnen' A4, A13 and the Highway B169. The distance to Dresden is approx. 120 km.


    Access by train is possible via, Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig from all destinations. Cottbus is connected with several Berlin train stations (Lichtenberg, Hauptbahnhof, Zoologischer Garten) by hourly regional railway traffic.

    Confer the timetable service of the 'Deutsche Bahn' for more information:
    http://bahn.hafas.de/english.html

    On the following page you'll find the schedule of public transport in Cottbus, ticket info's etc:
    http://www.cottbusverkehr-gmbh.de/

    On the website Parkinfo (http://www.parkinfo.com/) you can search for car parks in Cottbus. It will tell you the location of the parking lots, how many there are, if it's free or not and show you the location on a city map.

    When we went to the BUGA some years ago, we took the train from Berlin to Cottbus and it was a comfortable ride, no change of trains, just get in, in Berlin, enjoy the landscape along the railway route and in ca. 1:30h you will be in Cottbus.

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Cottbus Local Customs

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    by Mandy23 Updated Feb 5, 2003

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    Cottbus is located in the German state of Brandenburg and the area called Lower Lausitz. In a few rural districts there are local signs written in two languages, because the nation of Sorbs (also known as Wends) have lived there for centuries. To be exactly, there are not only Sorbs living in Brandenburg, also in some places in the Free State of Saxony. Only a minority of the Sorbs living in this area are able to speak the Sorbian language. Some older people still wear traditional costumes or the young generation to preserve old customs. Traditional costumes are decorated with flat stitch embroidery, which is to be found primarily on skirt ribbons, aprons, neck scarves and parts of the large head scarves.

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Cottbus What to Pack

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    by Mandy23 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Because annual climatic and regional conditions are so variable across Germany, it can be difficult knowing what to pack for the seasons. Often the best idea is to come prepared for all eventualities whatever the season *g* I know, very general spoken ;-)

    Generally, winter temperatures in the east of Germany are cold averaging minus 1°C (30°F) during January and February. Cottbus is located in the German state of Brandenburg and I've often experienced much colder winters than that, so warm clothing is needed.

    Spring can be slow arriving but when it does, around Easter, temperatures soon rise. Summer temperatures in Cottbus are at their hottest during the months of July and August with temperatures reaching 25°C - 32°C (78°F - 90°F).

    But in summer 2002 we had for instance very often rain, but also temperatures around 35°C (95°F). Well, it's all relative *g* It is recommended to bring light summer clothing, but not to forget an umbrella.

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Cottbus Off The Beaten Path

  • Panta Rhei

    The "Panta Rhei" building is also part of the BTU, the "Brandenburgische" technical university, and has an interesting look. And just in case you are interested, it is one of the most modern facilities to research lightweight construction materials(?) like Mg, Ti, Al,...

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  • University campus

    There are no hordes of tourists here and so not really any "beaten paths" but you probably won't find these in any city guide. The central place of the Uni-campus has some nice blue lighting in the evening (see above), it's worth a look if you are not in a hurry.

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Cottbus Sports & Outdoors

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    by Mandy23 Updated Feb 5, 2003

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    Go and visit a match of the soccer club FC Energie Cottbus at the Friendship Stadium where they have played since the 1970's.

    Right now there are just on #17 in the Bundesliga table. Oh well, you can't have everything :P

    official club website below:

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Cottbus Favorites

  • city walks

    One basic advice I can give is: use your feet! :-) The central (old) part of Cottbus is not very large, so you don't have to use public transportation, but if you really want to, you can use a bus or tram.I enjoy it to just walk around in some small parks, along the Spree or through the centre. Although there might not be any outstanding...

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  • little overview

    Cottbus has approx. 105,000 inhabitants and is located about 1.5 hours by train from downtown Berlin in the southeast of the german State of Brandenburg.In the former GDR, Cottbus became one of the centres for energy production because of the rich lignite reserves in the area.

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