Cottbus, Germany

Guide for the rail traveller


Local languageGerman
Country Germany


If you find yourself wondering why so many street signs are in two different languages it’s because Cottbus is technically bilingual, even if few people speak Sorbian - a Slavic dialect - these days. The textile and coal industries were once very powerful here, but nowadays Cottbus is better known for being a university city with lots of vast green landscapes. One example is Branitz Park, complete with its own palace, lake and lake pyramid, which is the mausoleum of the estate’s former owner Prince Hermann von Puckler-Muskau.

There are special interest museums like the Brandenburg Pharmacy Museum, the Aerodrome Museum and Dieselkraftwerk, devoted to design, photography and architecture.

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