Cottbus - when Germans hear that they think of brown coal and the soccer team Energie Cottbus. The city in the Lausitz region has plenty to do with energy, but it has far more to offer than just heat and electricity.
The old market, or Altstadt, is one of its most attractive sites. Tourguide Eberhard Fischer takes guests through his hometown dressed in the historic Prussian uniform of a postal coachman. The homes of the 18th century tanners are picturesque. But Cottbus has a modern side, too. The glass building that houses the library of the Brandenburg Technical University-Cottbus is a state-of-the-art feature. Designed by star architects Jaques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron of Basel, Switzerland, it's a place students love to work and architecture fans must see.