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Potsdam, Germany

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Potsdam, Germany: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Potsdam?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Potsdam, they said:

"Potsdam is a city in Germany known for its historical architecture, beautiful parks, and close proximity to Berlin. The official language is German, so it would be beneficial to learn some basic phrases before moving. The cost of living in Potsdam is relatively lower compared to other major German cities, but it's still higher than the average in many other countries. Potsdam has a temperate seasonal climate, with moderate to heavy rainfall throughout the year. The city is very bike-friendly, with numerous bike lanes and rental services available. Public transportation is also efficient and reliable, with a network of trams, buses, and trains. Potsdam is a safe city with a low crime rate, but like any other place, it's always important to be aware of your surroundings and take basic safety precautions. The healthcare system in Germany is excellent, but it's mandatory to have health insurance. The city is rich in culture and history, with numerous museums, galleries, and historical sites to explore. It's also home to several universities and research institutions, making it a vibrant academic hub. The German work culture values efficiency, punctuality, and respect for hierarchy. It's also important to note that shops in Germany are usually closed on Sundays, except for some bakeries and convenience stores. When it comes to food, Potsdam offers a variety of local and international cuisines. The city is also known for its beer, with many breweries and beer gardens to visit. Lastly, Germans are known for their directness and honesty, which can sometimes be perceived as rudeness by people from other cultures. It's important to understand this cultural difference to avoid misunderstandings," remarked one expat living in Potsdam, Germany.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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