The name of Cottbus comes from the Wendish language. It originates either in "kop´sebuz", which means "to the passage place by the river", or in the Slavic personal name "Chotibud". Monuments from those times are well worth a visit. They characterise the City’s image and life with and inside the old walls. The painstakingly reconstructed Altmarkt, the city’s "parlour", is bursting with vitality until evening.
Against a backdrop of magnificent town houses and baroque gable facades, romantic street-side cafes are tucked away below the tower of the Oberkirche. Around the historic city centre, a new city has evolved. Narrow alleyways open out onto modern shopping malls. The brightly coloured sundial is an attractive way of telling the time and invites people to take a stroll through Cottbus. The biggest city in the Lusatia region has retained the charm of a little town and it exudes this in a more inviting and attractive way than ever before.
Cottbus - the green city by the Spree River enjoys an increasing touristic demand.
The historic city centre with its Baroque town houses, and the State Theater built in Late Art Nouveau, give the visitor a glimpse of more than 850 years of city history.
A top-quality culture offer, attractive trip possibilities and a high performance tourism trade let the city become an amusing touristic destination.
Cottbus presents itself as one of the greenest cities in Germany. Wide reaching parks, alleys and promenades build a green belt across the Spree River. The beautiful park area connects the Spreeauenpark, the Fürst-Pückler Park Branitz and the Tierpark (Zoo). Visitors cannot resist the fascination of the Branitz Park with its Europa wide unique earth pyramid.
The old and the new lay in close proximity here. Cottbus holds the charm of a small city and it shines like new.
Experience art and culture in Cottbus! You can book or buy tickets for the town hall, the MesseCottbus, the national theatre and for nation-wide events here.
The official tourism services provider of the city, the CottbusService, is the first address for guests and citizens. Everything, that makes your stay in Cottbus pleasant and eventful, will be prompt and competently organized.