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State : Brandenburg
Urban District (Stadtkreis) : Potsdam
Additions : 1935 Bornim, Bornstedt, Eiche, Nedlitz; 1939 Babelsberg (1938 Nowawes (1907 Neuendorf bei Potsdam)), Drewitz, Bergholz-Rehbrücke (until 1952, since 2003 Nuthetal), Geltow (until 1952, since 2002 Schwielowsee), Wildpark-West (until 1952, since 2002 Schwielowsee), Golm, Grube, Schlänitzsee, Nattwerder, Fahrland, Neu Fahrland, Krampnitz, Sacrow; 1993 Eiche, Grube; 2003 Fahrland, Golm, Groß Glienicke, Marquardt, Neu Fahrland, Satzkorn, Uetz-Paaren

Wappen von Potsdam
Official blazon
German In Gold ein linkssehender, schwarzbewehrter golden gerauteter roter Adler. Den oberen Schildrand ziert eine gewölbte fünfzinnige rote Mauerkrone.
English blazon wanted


The arms were officially granted in 1957 and again on April 27, 1994.

Potsdam was already an important town in the 10th century, which became a possession of the Counts of Brandenburg in the 12th century. The city rights were granted either at the end of the 13th or early in the 14th century. The city gradually became an important city in Brandenburg.

The arms show the eagle of Brandenburg. The city has always used the eagle of Brandenburg in arms and seals. The oldest seal is known from 1450, but is older as judged from the style. The colours are known since 1753, but most likely have been the same since its foundation.

Wappen von Potsdam

Seal from around 1450 (source)
Wappen von Potsdam

The arms on a trade card from 1928
Wappen von Potsdam

The arms by Hupp in the Kaffee Hag albums +/- 1925
Wappen von Potsdam/Coat of arms (crest) of Potsdam

Postal cancellation 1988
Wappen von Potsdam/Coat of arms (crest) of Potsdam

Postal cancellation 1993
Wappen von Potsdam/Coat of arms (crest) of Potsdam

Postal cancellation 1997

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Literature: Benzig et al, 1985; Hupp, O: Kaffee Hag albums, 1920s