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
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 exclusive locations, people, shops, and clubs. Offerings include a “Pimp Me Up” spa and makeover tour, culinary experiences, private house visits, limo tours, and – for an authentic urban experience – a graffiti workshop. From €300. www.berlinagenten.com. Bornholmer Str. 4. T: 030.43720701.
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. The city reached its highest population in 1942. At that time, 4,478,102 people lived in Berlin. Today, there are 3.5 million.
CooLTourings Segway Tours
Covering Berlin's top 20 sightseeing highlights, CooLTourings takes individual visitors or large groups on an exciting ride aboard a Segway, a fun and fast way to explore the city. www.seg- berlinways.de.T: 030.26321381.
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.