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Social Life

Potsdam is a wonderful place to live. We would like to help you meet people quickly so that you feel at home. We often host events where you will have the opportunity to meet people in your same situation. You can share your experiences and get advice. You will quickly learn how Potsdam works.

Social Groups

International Women´s Group

The International Women´s Group is a non-political, non-religious, non-commercial group open to all nationalities. Any woman who has moved to Potsdam for work-related reasons and is in some way affiliated with the Potsdam Science Park is welcome.

Meet women from Potsdam and around the world, learn about the ins and outs of living in Potsdam and enjoy regular get-togethers (e.g. International Lunch) and seasonal events. Children of any age are also cordially welcome. The language of communication is English.

For more information please check out the FAQ, sign up for one of our events or contact Carolin.

Regulars' Table (Stammtisch)

What’s a regulars’ table? Of course first of all a table. But more important than the table are the people who meet here regularly to talk, share their experiences and discuss all kinds of things. You chat, you converse ‘unterhalten’. ‘Unterhalten’ has a second meaning in the German language: to enjoy something, to not get bored and to have a good, entertaining time.

At the ‘Unterhaltsamen Stammtisch‘ we speak German, but we don’t talk about grammar or homework. In an informal group over a coffee or a beer we talk about topics we are interested in and things we experience. It is not so important that every word or every sentence is correct, it is much more important simply to talk. Because as a German proverb already says: “Speak, so you learn to talk”. (Rede so lernst du sprechen.)


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1. Do I need to be a member to participate in International Women’s Group events?

You do not need to be a member of the Women’s Group in order to participate in group events. The International Women’s Group is a non-political, non-religious, non-commercial group (no membership fee) open to all nationalities. Children of any age are also cordially welcome. The language of communication is English. If you are interested in attending one of our events, for example our monthly International Lunch, please contact Carolin Schneider and sign up for the event on our website.

2. Who can join the International Women’s Group?

Any woman who has moved to Potsdam for work-related reasons and is in some way affiliated with the Potsdam Science Park or lives in Golm. The group was founded because increasingly more women are called upon to move to foreign countries for their own work or for that of their partner. It is not uncommon for women to even forgo their own career for this reason. They give up their social environment, their family, and their friends. They have to find their way in a new culture and learn a new language. We would  like to help make this new beginning in Potsdam easier.

3. Where can I buy Asian or international groceries?

There are a few shops in Potsdam that carry international grocieries. One example is the British-American food shop in Dortustraße in the centre of Potsdam. Of course, there are also a variety of products available online and in the various supermarkets. You can find more details in the News-Category.

4. On what public holidays are the shops closed in Potsdam?

In Brandenburg shops are closed on the following days:

Neujahr (New Year, January 1st), Karfreitag + Ostermontag (the Friday before Easter and the Monday after), 1. Maifeiertag (May 1st), Christi Himmelfahrt (Acension Day, a Thursday in May), Pfingstmontag (Whit Monday, the day after Pentecost), Tag der Einheit (October 3rd), Reformationstag (October 31st), 1. und 2. Weihnachtsfeiertag (Christmas and Boxing Day, December 25th and 26th)

5. Is it possible to drink the water from the tap in Germany?

Yes, in Germany the drinking water from the tap is subjected to high quality treatment and testing and can be consumed without hesitation.

However, water can taste differently depending on the types and age of pipes in your house. Anyone who wants to change or improve the taste of their water can purchase water filters and special cartridges online or in the drugstore.

6. Where can I rent a bicycle or E-scooter?

In Golm, a bicycle can be rented using services such as Nextbike or Swapfiets. Nextbike stations are located in front of the GO:IN building and at the train station. In Potsdam, E-scooters can be rented from Tier. For more information regarding each service and how to register, please visit the individual company websites.

For more specific FAQ please check out the pages support, accommodation, childcare and language school.

Contact Persons

Carolin Schneider leitet den Welcome Service im Potsdam Science Park

Carolin Schneider

Welcome Service & Language School

Opening Hours

General Information
Please note that the Welcome Service and the language school are currently working partly from the home office and partly from the office at GO:IN. All language courses will continue as online or, if feasible, face-to-face courses.
We are available for questions by phone and e-mail. We are happy to offer personal and online consultations by appointment.

If you would like to pay your guest house bill in cash or by EC/credit card, please also make an appointment with Eva Reis.


Guest House Administration 
Office in the GO:IN Building, 3rd floor, room 309
Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
*Cash, EC/debit or credit card.

Office in the Guest House, ground floor
Monday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
*Cash only, please

Welcome Service 
Office in the GO:IN Building, 3rd floor, room 307
Please make an appointment for a consultation.