Location of Bezirk Potsdam within the German Democratic Republic
|Country||German Democratic Republic|
|Subdivisions||15 Kreise and 2 Stadtkreise|
|• Total||12,568 km2 (4,853 sq mi)|
|• Density||89/km2 (230/sq mi)|
|Vehicle registration||D, P|
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 was the largest Bezirk in the GDR and the only one bordering with West Berlin. In addition, it bordered with East Berlin and the Bezirke of Schwerin, Neubrandenburg, Frankfurt (Oder), Cottbus, Halle and Magdeburg.
The Bezirk was divided into 15 Kreise: 2 urban districts (Stadtkreise) and 15 rural districts (Landkreise):
- Urban districts : Brandenburg an der Havel; Potsdam.
- Rural districts : Belzig; Brandenburg; Gransee; Jüterbog; Königs Wusterhausen; Kyritz; Luckenwalde; Nauen; Neuruppin; Oranienburg; Potsdam; Pritzwalk; Rathenow; Wittstock; Zossen.
- "40 Jahre DDR", National central administration for statistics, May 1989