Spare Time in Potsdam, Berlin and the region around
Trips in Brandenburg
With your semester ticket you may use all busses and local trains (Regionalbahnen) in Berlin and Potsdam. To make this really profitable we have some proposals here for you. You find more information and many other destinations on http://www.reiseland-brandenburg.de/
Here you have something for everyone: an 80m long water shoot for the adventurers, a wellness center for enjoyer, a big swimming pool with eight swimming lanes for sport fans and a big sauna area with a steam room, a Finnish sauna and a sauna garden for the harder ones. In this indoor water park you may use the whole offer for 11,00€. From Berlin Central Station you can take the RE5 directly to Schwedt (running time about 1 ½ hour).
Here you can taste the sallow thorn products, have a guided tour through the herb garden or a wine tasting. And since you are already there, don’t forget to visit the castle in Petzow!
In Rheinsberg you can not only admire the beautiful castle complex with its considerable building and garden design but also visit the prussian Old Town. You can go to Rheinsberg very easily by train and bus (running time about 2 hours).
In this village southwest of Potsdam you can do water sports and hiking very well and also visit Albert Einstein’s summer house. Since May 2005 you can see the original furnishing (during the summer months). A considerable museum for Einstein’s life with many documents, pictures and videos is located in the community center in Caputh because Einstein never wanted a museum in his house. You reach Caputh very easily by bus (line 607) from Potsdam Central Station.
Of course, the biggest film-studio in Brandenburg may not be missing in this list – in particular because we have it directly here. There you can adore original coulisses, stunt shows and props. Let’s have explained the tricks of film makers by real professionals! You find there: professional stuccoworkers, make-up artists, stage designers, a sandman exhibition, a jungle adventure play ground, the GZSZ-setting or a western road.
Snowtropolis is the first indoor-skiing-hall in east Germany. On over 6.000 qm you can do skiing or snowboarding or luging just as you like! Differently difficult jumping courses offer everyone the perfect challenge. Accessorily, there are a rink, a water park, a bowling center and a real Tiroler bar. The ski pass for two hours costs 15,00€.
In the middle of Potsdam you have the chance to experience a tropical area. In the biosphere are 14m tall trees and many information stops with interesting facts about the tropical fauna and flora. The entry costs 8,00€, a guided tour additionally 1,50€.
Here you can stay only a few days or have a full horse-riding holiday. In an agreeable and relaxed atmosphere professional instructors teach you to ride on friendly horses and ponies. On the weekends there are guided horse riding tours in the nature park (15,00€ per hour).
Here you can experience and understand nature. The mill looks like a stump and inside this 14 ha area (in the middle of the biosphere reservat Schorfheide-Chorin) you can explore the secrets of fish lakes, moors and other wetlands from look-outs or directly inside the multi-media museum. The entry is free and the trip to Angermünde takes onyl 1 ½ hour.
Here you have the chance to explore the Fläming on a bike tour through the nature park for only 10,00€. Among other things you will see: the castle Eisenhardt, the mill in Born and the Hagelberg. The tour takes about seven hours and you may bring your lunch with you or eat in a restaurant on the way.
Therm in Oranienburg
In the north of Berlin there is the Adventure Tower. Beside an exciting swimming pool with therms and water slides, saunas and wellness areas, there are many sports activities such as beach volleyball, badminton, fitness, bowling and climbing. Everyone will find something to do! From the S-Bahn Oranienburg you can walk to the Adventure Tower. You find more information on the homepage: http://www.erlebniscity.de/de.html Attention: The therm is a nudist area!
Arts, culture and party:
In Potsdam and Berlin, there are lots of smaller or bigger cinemas. The prices are between 4€ and 9€ (especially Friday evening and extra long movies are more expensive).
In Potsdam, the KuZe (students’ cultural center) regularly offers small movie shows for free. You also find art, concerts, a big range of services and various students’ groups like “work agains sexism in the advertisment”, amnesty international Potsdam or a tutoring programm for refugees’ children. Everything on the principles: from students to students. You find more information here: http://www.kuze-potsdam.de/Main/HomePage
- The cinema program for Potsdam is here: http://www.kino-potsdam.de/
- You find a good overview over the big cinema progam in Berlin on the official webpage: http://www.berlin.de/kino/_bin/index.php
- The Cinema Paris belongs to the York Cinema group and shows regularly french movies (with and without subtitles): http://www.yorck.de/
- The Cinestar at Potsdam Platz in Berlin offers many movies in the original version (with or without subtitles): http://cinestar.de/
- Most of the cinema offer a bonus card. You get a mark every time you are there and after a certain number of paid cards you get one ticket for free.
Berlin is the opera capital. With three operas and more than 700 events in Berlin it is internationally famous. The Berlin state ballet was founded in 2004 and employs 88 dancers. Under the leadership of Vladimir Malakhov it is the biggest ensemble in Germany.
You find more information here:
- Staatsoper unter den Linden: http://www.staatsoper-berlin.org/
- Deutsche Oper Berlin: http://www.deutscheoperberlin.de/
- Komische Oper: http://www.komische-oper-berlin.de/
- Berlin state ballet: www.staatsballett-berlin.de
You can enjoy classical concerts in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. 128 famous musicians are employed here. Since 1882 there are over 250 concerts per year. Tickets cost from 10€ on. You find more information here: www.berliner-philharmoniker.de
If you are spontanous and like to go to the opera or to concerts more often then you can buy a ClassicCard. This is a special offer for young people under 30 years. The card costs 15€ and with it you can buy tickets at the box office for 10€ (opera and the state ballet) or for 8€ (concerts). You find more information about the ClassicCard on the official homepage: http://www.classiccard.de/
- In Potsdam the Hans-Otto-Theater (HOT) regularly has cheaper offers for students. You find the repertoire and more information here: http://www.hansottotheater.de/
- Furthermore there is the Theaterschiff with readings, music events, cabaret and many other entertainment programs: http://www.theaterschiff-potsdam.com/
- In the Fabrik Potsdam, music events and theatre change regularly: http://www.fabrikpotsdam.de/
- The T-Werk offers events for theatrical pedagogy and many theatre pieces: http://www.t-werk.de/
In Berlin you can choose between big theatres with internationally famous actors (e.g. the Schaubühne at Lehninger Platz or the Deutsches Theater) and smaller, independent or alternative stages (e.g. the Moabiter Theaterspektakel). The offer is big and confusing as well, so you find only a small selection here:
- Deutsches Theater: http://www.deutschestheater.de/ (9€ for students)
- Maxim-Gorki-Theater: http://www.gorki.de/ (9€ for students)
- Schaubühne: http://www.schaubuehne.de/ (8€ for students)
- Renaissance-Theater: http://www.renaissance-theater.de/ (from Sunday to Thursday 6€ for students)
- Volksbühne: http://www.volksbuehne-berlin.de/ (tickets cost between 6,00€ and 12,50€, on Wednesday there is a special offer for students – buy 1 ticket and get 2)
An overview which makes no claim to be complete can you find here: http://www.theaterberlin.de/
The biggest musical theatre in Berlin is the Theater des Westens. It was built in 1895 and has 1,600 sqm. Up to 1,600 people can join an event there in this great and pompously equiped theatre. You find the program here: http://www.stage-entertainment.de/
Furtheremore there are the Bluemax-Theater with the world famous Blue Man Group and the Theater am Potsdam Platz where you can experience great musicals, too: http://www.berlin.de/tickets/
If you are spontanous you can buy last-minute-tickets at Heckticket. They sell tickets for theatre, opera or musicals. After 2 p.m. you get tickets for the same evening very cheap. There are two shops in Berlin, one near Zoologischer Garten and the other at Alexander Platz. Which tickets they have and where exactly you can buy them, you can find here: http://www.hekticket.de/hekticket/
In Potsdam there are several museums with different topics. There is a film museum, a natural history museum, the museum for art and history in Potsdam, the house of Prussian and Brandenbourg history and many more. An overview about the whole offer can be found here: http://www.potsdam.de/
In Berlin you find museums for almost every topic, from classical art to oddity. So you find here just some ideas:
- Pergamonmuseum: http://www.smb.museum/smb/standorte/
- Jewish Museum Berlin: http://www.jmberlin.de/
- German Historic Museum: http://www.dhm.de/
- Madam Tussaud’s: http://www.madametussauds.com/berlin/
- Berlin Museum of the Wall: www.mauer-museum.com/
- Sugar museum: http://www.sdtb.de/Zucker-Museum
- Gay Museum: http://www.schwulesmuseum.de/
You find an overview over the public museums in Berlin here: http://www.smb.spk-berlin.de
- In Potsdam you have, of course, the famous and loved Nil Club at Neues Palais: http://planet-nil.de/ Every Thursday there are the country evenings with typical musicals from all over the world.
- The Waschhaus offers a rich cultural and music program with different concerts, open air cinema in the summer and classical disco nights: http://www.waschhaus.de/
- In the Waschbar you can wash your cloths for 3,90€ and drink a Latte Macchiato while waiting for it to be finished: http://www.waschbar-pdm.de/
- The Club Laguna is specialised in cocktails and smaller dance floors: http://www.clublaguna-potsdam.de/ Especially during the summer you can sit outside very well. Find out the ESN card reduction for this place here.
You find more clubs and pubs in Potsdam here: http://www.potsdam-abc.de/veranstaltungen/
In Berlin there are, of course, clubs with many different music styles and audiences. We present you just some classicals and odd clubs here:
- Party above the roofs of Berlin: http://www.week-end-berlin.de/
- Salsa, Merengue, Latin Dance can be enjoyed in Havana Club: http://www.havanna-berlin.de/
- German pop songs are very popular in the Hafenbar: http://www.hafenbar-berlin.de/
- Very special – the Berghain: http://www.berghain.de/
- Ballroom dances: http://www.ballhaus.de/
- The techno club of Berlin: http://www.tresorberlin.de/
- SO 36 – the famous club, regularly events for homosexual people: http://www.so36.de/
You find more information about clubs in Berlin here http://www.partyzone-berlin.de/.