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A university city on the banks of the River Spree, close to the Polish border, Cottbus is a little-known delight.

Close to the German border with Poland, the university city of Cottbus in the state of Brandenburg once made its name as a regional center for wool manufacturing. Today it serves as a major railway junction. This is a fitting role for a settlement that emerged originally as an intersection across two major trade routes: east-west from Silesia to Central Germany and north-south from Dresden to Frankfurt.

The town center today is renowned for the colorful facades of its quaint streets. You can very easily wander the old town and view local landmarks such as the Spremberg Tower, a 13th-century tower that was once part of the city’s walls and remains home to the civic emblem of the city.

To the west of the city center, take a trip to Schillerplatz, once a cattle market, but now the site of a remarkable art nouveau building that houses Cottbus’s foremost theater. You can also take in a show at the Cottbus Staatstheater, designed by Berlin architect Bernhard Sehring and opened in 1908. It has plays of all kinds, but has a particular reputation as a bastion for lively socially relevant dramas.

For those interested in the history of Cottbus, and of the Sorbian minority whose heritage is closely linked to it, take in the Wendisches Museum and Lodka cultural center.

Among the region’s major attractions are its acres of green space. Outside the city gates a green belt of parkland has emerged, making it the perfect spot for a stroll. Walk through the Spreeauenpark, the City Zoo, and the renowned Branitz Landscape Park, created by Prince Hermann von Pückler-Muskau. The site is strongly inspired by English design, with a serpentine lake as the centerpiece of a series of waterways and a light iron kiosk and several garden spaces.

Further attractions can found outside the city center. Venture nine miles (fifteen kilometers) from Cottbus to find yourself in Spree Forest, a protected UNESCO biosphere reserve since 1991. The shady spot is dotted with small waterways and old farmhouses, which makes it an enchanting place to spend a day.

Top Hotels in Cottbus

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Radisson Blu Hotel, Cottbus
Radisson Blu Hotel, Cottbus
4 out of 5
Vetschauer Str. 12, Cottbus, BB
The price is $96 per night

Located in the heart of Cottbus, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cottbus State Theatre, Blechen-Carré, and Schiller Park. Lindenpforte Historic Town ...

4.2/5Excellent! (311 reviews)
Blu over extra charges.

"This hotel is very conveniently located across from the train station. It has an attractive lobby, the staff were very helpful and pleasant, and the room was acceptable although a little dated. However i was annoyed at all the extra charges such as storing the bicycles and using the sauna. These ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2019

Radisson Blu Hotel, Cottbus
Novum Hotel Seegraben Cottbus
Novum Hotel Seegraben Cottbus
3 out of 5
Am Seegraben 8, Cottbus, BB
The price is $65 per night

Situated in Cottbus, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Stadtmuseum Cottbus, Cottbus State Theatre, and Schiller Park. Blechen-Carré and Spremberger Tower ...

3.8/5Good! (135 reviews)
Value Hotel on Outskirts of Cottbus

"on outskirts of Cottbus, transportation required, good value, internet okay, clean, some rooms with noise from autobahn"…"

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2018

Novum Hotel Seegraben Cottbus
Lindner Congress Hotel
Lindner Congress Hotel
4 out of 5
Berliner Platz / Karl-Marx-Straße 68, Cottbus, BB
The price is $94 per night

Located in the heart of Cottbus, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Spremberger Tower and Cottbus State Theatre. Cottbus Zoo and Branitz Park are also ...

4/5Very Good! (264 reviews)

"Good overall. Friendly and helpful staff, very good location, clean hotel. The rooms are rather simple but nice enough. A good business hotel."…"

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2020

Lindner Congress Hotel

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Senftenberger See

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