A Highly Liveable Place

Cottbus has lots to offer not only from an economic point of view – the ‘Lusatian capital’ is also a great place to live in. Private individuals benefit from attractive conditions for building as well as modern, affordable housing in a family-friendly environment.

They can choose from a wide range of nurseries and schools and the childcare provision is so good that Cottbus was ranked amongst the five best cities in Germany according to one survey. The Spreewald and the Lusatian Lake District offer a host of leisure activities and nature in the immediate vicinity.

Those with an interest in culture and sports are equally well catered for: with the Olympiastützpunkt, the city boasts one of the largest and most modern sports facilities in the country, in addition to the state theatre, children’s and youth theatre, and museums.

Cottbus People on Their City

Education in Cottbus

Studying in Cottbus

Cottbus is the most important science and research centre in South Brandenburg; Cottbus has the second-largest density of research institutions in the Berlin-Brandenburg region, after the Greater Berlin area. The education and research landscape in Cottbus and its environs offers numerous points of contact also for the city’s businesses.

The Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg is an internationally renowned yet friendly campus university with a broad spectrum of courses. BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg combines outstanding international research with future-oriented teaching in the Lusatian heartland. It makes an important contribution to society, culture and science with the transfer of knowledge and technology as well as advanced education. As a technical university, BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg offers a countrywide unique teaching concept: here, courses can be studied as university, university of applied science and dual education courses.


Childcare and Schools in Cottbus

The city offers parents with good conditions for balancing family and work. A wide range of childcare offers provide intensive and loving care and encouragement for children:

  • over 30 public schools
  • numerous private training and advanced education centres
  • 74 nurseries and after school care centres for comprehensive childcare
  • large number of qualified childminders

Living in Cottbus

Cottbus offers the advantages of a big city while remaining a place of short distances. This makes the city an insider tip between Dresden and Berlin regarding quality of living. Modern and affordable – central and family-friendly.

Families, students, senior citizens, singles and couples: the varied accommodation on offer caters to all needs and every phase in life, ranging from renovated older buildings to innovative and eco-minded new builds. And what is best: rents and purchase prices remain low priced.

The Green City on the Spree River

Cottbus is a paradise for nature lovers. The old and new parks that extend right into the city have become the city’s trademark. They provide ideal locations for family outings and people who wish to enjoy nature and take a break from everyday life.


Cultural highlights such as a visit to the Cottbus State Theatre or a production by one of the numerous stages and companies are ideal for winding down. Varying events such as concerts, festivals and musicals further add to the vibrant city’s cultural life. The Altmarkt is great for lingering a while and Branitz Park is always well worth a visit. CMT Cottbus


Sport has a tradition in Cottbus, has a fantastic track record, and with its variety greatly enriches the life of Cottbus’s citizens. Cottbus has in the past produced numerous European and world champions as well as Olympic champions in various sports, including Rosemarie Ackermann, the first female high jumper to clear the height of 2.00 metre, a moment that went down in the history of the sport. Other contributors to the history of sport in Cottbus include cyclists, boxers and gymnasts.

The Lausitz Arena offers excellent training facilities for athletes. It is one of the largest and most modern sports centres in the State of Brandenburg as well as being Brandenburg’s Olympic centre. The merger of the Olympic centres Cottbus, Frankfurt/Oder and Potsdam in December 2008 to create the Brandenburg Olympic Centre paved the way for uniform competitive sports management in the State of Brandenburg.


Modern Cottbus has the air of a small university city with 7,280 students and profits both economically and culturally from the proximity to Eastern Europe. This proximity is also evidenced each year by the FilmFestival Cottbus that highlights Eastern European cinematic art, and the cheekily happy PolkaBEATS Festival in the summer. The many regional and certified bicycle routes of the surrounding region are the contemporary arteries for the thriving tourism industry. The bicycle-friendly landscape is as flat as a board and offers a surprising diversity of discoveries: gigantic conveyor bridges in the region’s still active opencast mines, the rising water levels of the artificial lakes of the post-mining landscape, bathing lakes, revived vineyards, and ultimately the Spreewald region with its traditional character and romantic streams. The fact that to this day many German cycling champions do their first fast training rides here is hardly noticeable in road traffic thanks to the many well-developed cycle routes. Cottbus Tourism


Cottbus boasts Brandenburg’s largest hospital with 1,200 beds and about 2,500 employees and trainees. It moreover is an academic teaching hospital governed by Charité Berlin and actively supports the practical training of medical students. The Carl-Thiem-Klinikum has developed into a medical high-performance centre and is synonymous with excellent and comprehensive medical care. Over 100,000 patients are treated here each year, receiving inpatient and/or outpatient care.

Sehnsucht Cottbus

All begins with longing..

The longing for home, family, friends or the one true love.

„Sehnsucht Cottbus“ is the returnee initiative organised by the City of Cottbus, EGC Wirtschaftsförderung Cottbus and other partners from the fields of industry and administration that aims at supporting the (re-)settlement of new and native citizens. Intensive marketing is already having an effect and attracts more and more newcomers and returnees to Cottbus. The close networking collaboration between the partners ensures a warm welcome and support – free of charge and personal: willkommen(at)cottbus.de.

We are a partner in the Ankommen-in-Brandenburg.de network.

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EGC Entwicklungsgesellschaft Cottbus mbH

Am Turm 14
D-03046 Cottbus

Tel.: +49 (0)355 729913-0

Funded by the Federal Government and the Federal State of Brandenburg in the context of the joint task: “Verbesserung der regionalen Wirtschaftsstruktur” – GRW Infrastruktur for the improvement of the regional economic structure