Walk in Cottbus, Germany
Cottbus is a university city and the second-largest city in the German state of Brandenburg after the state capital of Potsdam. It is the second-largest city on the River Spree after Berlin, from which it is situated around 125 km (78 mi).
It is considered the political and cultural center of the Lower Sorbian-speaking Sorbs (Indigenous West Slavic ethnic group in Lower Lusatia also called the Wends), while the overall center of all Sorbs (Lower and Upper) is the town of Bautzen. Cottbus is officially a bilingual city.
In the 10th century, the Wends constructed the largest Slavic castle of Lower Lusatia, a gord, and it is considered the nucleus of the city. On it rises the massive 13th century Castle Tower (grodojski torm) with its blue clock.
The first recorded mention of the town’s name was in 1156. In the 13th century German settlers came to the town and thereafter lived side by side with the Sorbs.
Our Cottbus walking tour starts in the city center and goes all around on a quiet summer day.