The name Cottbus has its origin in the Wendish language. The place name originated either from "kopsebus", i. e. "to the river crossing", or from a Slavic person name "Chotibud". Even today the bilingual street signs point out that Cottbus with its Sorbian-Wendish minority is the largest bilingual city in Germany. The cityscape and life with and within old walls are marked by monuments worth seeing. Until the evening hours, the lovingly reconstructed Altmarkt, the "parlour" of the city, is filled with cheerfulness.