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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

Sanssouci

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 With its golden fo­liage, au­tumn is a great time to visit Ber­lin's forests. And if go­ing for a stroll sounds too tame, why not take the chal­lenge of a canopy climb? Wald­hoch­seil­gar­ten Jungfern­heide of­fers tree- climb­ing ad­ven­tures, start­ing with a 30-minute ori­en­ta­tion. The climb starts about 6 me­ters/19 feet high and ends with a 17-me­ter-/56-foot-high "black run," with lots of bal­anc­ing beams, ropes, and zi­plines. By day's end, you're sure to be on a pure adren­a­line high. Kids too can test their skills at about 3 me­ters/10 feet up, while any­one averse to heights can sim­ply re­lax at the on-site beer gar­den. Heck­er­damm 260. T: 030 34094818. www.wald­hoch­seil­gar­ten-jungfern­heide.de

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