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Biosphäre Pots­dam

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- 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, 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. Gross­beeren­str., Pots­dam- Ba­bels­berg. T: 0331.7212750. S Grieb­nitzsee. Off Map 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. Daily 10am– 6pm (win­ter un­til 5pm); Mon closed. €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

Ber­liner Un­ter­wel­ten (Un­der­ground Tours)

Since 1997, the Berlin Un­der­worlds As­so­ci­a­tion has been of­fer­ing reg­u­lar tours of un­der­ground struc­tures and sub­ter­ranean com­plexes that are oth­er­wise in­ac­ces­si­ble. Cold War nu­clear shel­ters, Hitler's un­der­ground fortress, es­cape routes to the West, and WWII bunkers are just some of the adventures on of­fer. From €10. www. ber­liner- un­ter­wel­ten.de. Brun­nen­str. 105. T: 030.49910517.

CooLTour­ings Seg­way Tours

Cov­er­ing Berlin's top 20 sight­see­ing high­lights, CooLTour­ings takes in­di­vid­ual vis­i­tors or large groups on an ex­cit­ing ride aboard a Seg­way hu­man trans­porter, a fun and fast way to explore the city. www.seg- berlin- ways.de. T: 030.26321381.

Fat Tire Bike Tours

Com­fort comes first on Fat Tire Tours, whose com­pany con­cept was cre­ated around its curvy bi­cy­cles with soft seats, in­di­vid­u­ally ad­justed han­dle­bars, and, ob­vi­ously, fat tires. Tour themes vary. The all- in- one city bike tour is par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar. From € 25. www.fat­tire­bike­tours.com. Panora­mastr. 1a.T: 030.24047991.

Trabi World

For a quin­tes­sen­tial Berlin tour ex­pe­ri­ence, hop inside real Tra­bants, the iconic cars of the for­mer GDR. Vis­i­tors drive their per­sonal Tra­bis, while, via the car's ra­dio, the group leader pro­vides his­tor­i­cal and quirky facts. Three dif­fer­ent tours avail­able, last­ing one or two hours. € 30- 50. www. trabi-world.de. Zim­mer­str. 97. T: 030.30201030. At the Gärten der Welt park in Marzahn (www.gruen- berlin.de), vis­i­tors explore plants and gar­den­ing styles from as nearby as Italy and as far away as Ja­pan.

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