One of the things I recommend doing if you are berlin when the weather is nice – I prefer spring over summer, because it’s very pleasant – is the Babelsberg Filmspark in nearby Potsdam-Balbelsberg right outside of Berlin. I went there with a group of my friends and fellow diplowives, and we had a lot of fun just walking around and exploring everything related to the film industry, from sets, props, costumes and technical equipment!
It is the oldest large-scale film studio in the world, producing films since 1912. Today it covers an area of about 25,000 square metres and is Europe’s second largest film studio.
Hundreds of films have been filmed there, including V for Vendetta, Captain America: Civil War, Æon Flux, The Bourne Ultimatum, Valkyrie, Inglourious Basterds, Cloud Atlas, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Hunger Games, and Isle of Dogs. It acts as co-producer on international high budget productions. – Wikipedia
WHAT TO WEAR & BRING
We were very relaxed because I was 7 or 8 months pregnant at this point. I always tell visitors coming to Berlin, to bring their sturdiest and most comfortable shoes and bags, because Berlin is a bag and shoe killer. I’ve had many guest who got their shoes run down or have had more fashionable bags destroyed.
- Comfortable orthopedic shoes I wore my very comfortable shoes from my favorite brand for wide feet.
- Sturdy Crossbody Bag When going around attractions, especially if taking public transport or walking a lot, I recommend using a sturdy crossbody bag. For bags, I swear by the crossbody bags of this brand because they are really strong but beautifully made.
- Wear Sunblock and Hat because despite the cool weather, the sun can still damage your skin.
- Sunglasses to protect your eyes. Remembering to wear sunglasses daily when going out can prevent early onset cataracts and the need for an operation later on in life, so it’s important for all ages to wear sunglasses when we are out.
- Small folding umbrella We check the weather every few hours because the weather can change very quickly, but to be safe, we always bring small umbrellas in our bags, with a plastic bag, so that if it gets wet, we can place it in the our bags after use, without getting our things wet.
- Weather and temperature appropriate clothing I swear I never checked the weather as much as I did in Berlin, because of the changeable weather.
One of the highlights of our visit was watching how they train animals that are featured in films and TV show. It was super interesting, from dogs to snakes and many things in between! There are other shows that you can visit, but we weren’t really keen on lining up.
Coin Press Keepsake
My good friend Hope likes to do the coin press whenever she visits attractions and gives it to her daughter for her collection. It’s quite a cute keepsake that doesn’t take up too much space. So be ready with a one cent coin, if you would like to do this. You can choose the design that you would like to be pressed into your coin.
There are some buildings and structures of different styles from different places and ages.
So one thing that can’t be missed is the Western sets that can be quite funny and macabre. You can step into the sets and pose with them.
Where We Had Lunch
We ended up having lunch in this medieval-themed restaurant.
Live Action Show
We ended our visit with the super exciting Mad Max-style show. It was action packed with daring stunts, fire and speed. It’s the perfect way to end this visit. You should do this show last to end on a high note, because if you do this first then the rest of it might be a letdown.
See the tricks of the trade of film and television professionals, and see how set painters, carpenters, costume designers, and make-up artists create the perfect illusions. There are many sets and exhibitions or during a tour of the original outdoor set for a popular German soap opera.
Stuntmen and women, pyrotechnics engineers and trainers of animal actors show off their skills in one-of-a-kind shows. In Dock 8 you can experience a horror scenario behind closed doors of a submarine up close and on the road of the giants you can meet your movie heroes even in life-size! You can even go to Studio 1 and take part in your own TV show as weather forecaster or stand-in. You can even become part of the production in the making-of show about THE THREE MUSKETEERS IN 3D. The 4-D action cinema and the world’s first interactive XD cinema in the Dome of Babelsberg will add an extra kick to your day. At the end of an exciting day, an adventure restaurant invites you to mid-age meals among original props from the movie ‘Prinz Eisenherz’.
More visitor info on the Babelsberg Filmpark website. (view on Google Chrome so it automatically translates to English)