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Biosphäre Pots­dam

MUST SEE This trop­i­cal amuse­ment park fea­tures a green­house with more than 20,000 plants, in­clud­ing a palm grove, a man­grove swamp, and many an­i­mals such as igua­nas, par­rots, geckos, frogs, and but­ter­flies. Open daily Mon– Fri 9am– 6pm, from 10am on week­ends and hol­i­days. €11.50/9.80. Un­der-3s free. www.biosphaere­pots­dam.de. Ge­org-Hale­mann-Allee 99. T: 0331.550740. Tram 96 from Pots­dam Haupt­bahn­hof. Off Map

Film­park Ba­bels­berg

In the early 1900s, the Ba­bels­berg film stu­dios pro­duced some of the most im­por­tant films of the silent era, such as Me­trop­o­lis, un­til they were taken over by the Nazi regime to pro­duce po­lit­i­cal pro­pa­ganda. To­day, the stu­dios are still in use but part of the com­plex has been turned into a film theme park, with old sets, stunt­men, spe­cial ef­fects, and chil­dren’s sec­tions ded­i­cated to pop­u­lar TV char­ac­ters. Daily 10am– 6pm from April to Oc­to­ber, closed Mon in May and on Mon and Tues in Septem­ber, on 6 and 13 Oc­to­ber. €21/14, un­der- 4s free. www.film­park-ba­bels­berg.de. Gross­beeren­str., Pots­dam-Ba­bels­berg. T: 0331.7212750. S Grieb­nitzsee. Off Map

Pots­dam and Sanssouci

The sump­tu­ous Ro­coco cas­tle of Sanssouci in Pots­dam was com­mis­sioned by Fred­er­ick the Great (1712– 86), who wanted “a place to be with­out cares.” The king of Prus­sia em­ployed the finest ar­chi­tects of the day to de­sign the Baroque park, the Schloss placed above ter­raced vine­yards, the more sober New Palace, and a few other pavil­ions scat­tered in the park. The park and its palaces have been a UNESCO World Her­itage site since 1990. Open 10am– 6pm (un­til 5pm in win­ter). Closed Mon. €15/11. www.spsg.de. An der Orangerie 1, Pots­dam. T: 0331.9694200. S Pots­dam or re­gional train from Zool­o­gis­cher Garten to Pots­dam Haupt­bahn­hof. Off Map

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