The remarkable industrial architecture and creative microcosms of Berlin are something everyone should experience at least once. But when you’re in need of scenery a little softer, there’s a host of alternative options for both sightseers and story seekers awaiting beyond "The Grey City."
43 kmForget Universal Studios. If you want a real glimpse of filmmaking at its finest, head to Babelsberg’s Filmpark for a true behind-the-scenes look at the movie industry.
Quentin Tarantino’s "Inglorious Basterds," Roman Polanski’s "The Pianist," and Stephen Daldry's "The Reader," starring Kate Winslet, were filmed here.
A quick trip outside the capital will guarantee a hands-on look at the art of celluloid with a distinctly German spin. There’s also a 4-D screening room and interactive events throughout the year.
61 kmThe abandoned sanatorium in Belitz-Heistaetten is one of the most fascinating draws for photographers and urban explorers.
Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and German Democratic Republic leader Eric Honecker are among its most famous patients. Though this is not your typical tourist attraction, a visit here is an eye-opening glimpse into 20th century Germany.
89 kmLübbenau’s beautiful Spreewald biosphere reserve is a great escape from the busy Berlin and offers more than an idyllic landscape.
Enjoy the wild woodlands by taking a canoe trip down river. Then, stop for an authentic lunch that includes the region’s famous pickles, pike-perch and potatoes. In summertime, the area becomes illuminated during Lichtnächte (Nights of Lights) as trees, bridges, walkways and homes along the waterways are decorated with twinkling lights. It's a magical experience for visitors.
Aside from being renowned for its viticulture, the little village of Radebeul is home to one of the world’s most unusual museums: The Museum of Lies.
On offer in this completely inauthentic exhibit are a collection of works that pride themselves on being fakes. Amongst the rattling machines and electrical installations you can find displays such as Vincent Van Gogh’s severed ear, a flying carpet and Theodor Fontane’s scuffed walking shoes.
161 kmThe time spent winding along the highway will soon be forgotten once you get a glimpse of one of the most beautiful castles in the country.
Sitting in the middle of the small town of Schwerin and surrounded by an enormous lake, the castle is in a romantic, fairy-tale setting. Take a stroll through the picturesque park and see royal items passed down through the centuries or follow the 1,000-year-old trail of architecture exhibited inside this living museum.