Potsdam (Bezirk)

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Bezirk Potsdam
Location of Bezirk Potsdam within the German Democratic Republic
Location of Bezirk Potsdam within the German Democratic Republic
Coordinates: 52°30′N 13°0′E / 52.500°N 13.000°E / 52.500; 13.000
Country German Democratic Republic
Subdivisions 15 Kreise and 2 Stadtkreise
Formed 1952
Dissolved 1990
Seat Potsdam
 • Total 12,568 km2 (4,853 sq mi)
Population (1989)[1]
 • Total 1,123,800
 • Density 89/km2 (230/sq mi)
Vehicle registration D, P

The Bezirk Potsdam was a district (Bezirk) of East Germany. The administrative seat and the main town was Potsdam.


The district was established, with the other 13, on July 25, 1952, substituting the old German states. After October 3, 1990, it was disestablished due to the German reunification, becoming again part of the state of Brandenburg.



The Bezirk Potsdam, the greatest one of DDR and the only bordering with West Berlin, bordered with East Berlin and the Bezirke of Schwerin, Neubrandenburg, Frankfurt (Oder), Cottbus, Halle and Magdeburg.


The Bezirk was divided into 17 Kreise: 2 urban districts (Stadtkreise) and 15 rural districts (Landkreise):


  1. ^ "40 Jahre DDR", National central administration for statistics, May 1989