This tropical indoor garden features a greenhouse with more than 20,000 plants, including a palm grove and mangrove swamp, as well as animals such as iguanas, parrots, geckos, frogs, and butterflies. Daily Mon– Fri 9am– 6pm, from 10am on weekends and holidays. €11.50/9.80. Under-3s free. www.biosphaere- potsdam.de. Georg- HalemannAllee 99. T: 0331.550740. Tram 96 from Potsdam Hauptbahnhof. Off Map
In the early 1900s, the Babelsberg film studios produced some of the most important films of the silent era, including Metropolis, until the facilities 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 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. MUST SEE The sumptuous Rococo castle of Potsdam's Sanssouci was commissioned in 1745 by Frederick the Great, 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. Daily 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
This boat tour company offers yacht and luxury boat tours around Berlin, including a bridge tour and many different cruises through Berlin’s network of canals and lakes. www.exclusivyachtcharter.de. T: 030.43666836.
Stern und Kreis Schiffahrt
Choose from 30 different boat tours along the city’s rivers and canals, including bus- boat combination tours of the Brandenburg region. buchung.sternundkreis.de. T: 030.5363600.