The city of Potsdam, which has developed into a centre of science since the 19th century, is part of the Berlin/Brandenburg metropolitan area. Potsdam is surrounded by a number of lakes and various places of interest, including the palace and parks of Sanssouci, which is Germany's biggest World Heritage Site. The "Filmstudio Babelsberg", the oldest large-scale film studio in the world, also attracts tourists to hotels in Potsdam. Another landmark, the Dutch Quarter, is within easy reach of most Potsdam hotels as well as the Old Market Square, the city's historical centre.
Potsdam University was founded in 1991 after the fall of the Berlin wall, transforming Potsdam into a university town. Additional higher education institutes include the College of Film and Television and the University of Applied Sciences. Several research institutes can are located here as well, such as the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and the Frauenhofer Institute. Hotels in Potsdam can be found throughout the city. Due to its close proximity to Berlin, Potsdam is well connected by road, rail and air. Tourists and business travellers meet in Potsdam hotels.