Media Town Babelsberg
Located not far from the German capital Berlin, you can delve into a fascinating world of film and TV entertainment at Film Park Babelsberg. Inside the “media town”, you have the chance to catch a glimpse of costumes, sets and props that were used for past films and some for recent ones.
At the so-called “Traumwerkeratelier” (engl. “dreamworker's studio”) you are exposed to the fascinating working space of the costume and set designers, make-up artists, painters and stucco plasterers. It is remarkable how much craftsmanship, skills, and artistic know-how are required for the construction of film sets! If you decide to have a tour through the Babelsberg film studios, make sure to ask for an audio guide to make the most of your visit.
The Film Sets
You can learn more about professional special effects in the exhibition highlighting the kids' film “Das Sandmännchen – Abenteuer im Traumland” or in one of the many film sets on-site. One of the highlights here, not only for die-hard fans, is a visit of the outdoor set of the German daily soap opera “GZSZ”. You'll pass here anyway if you book a guided tour through the whole film park. If you're lucky, you might even bump into one of the actors at work. Autograph sessions held at the film park regularly as well.
The Stunt Show
The stunt show held at the volcano arena is packed with action. The Babelsberg stunt crew that also had appearances in films such as Inglorious Basterds or Operation Valkyrie will entertain the visitors with spectacular fire shows, car chases, and special effects. If this is too much action for you, you can opt for the film animals show, which is definitely much quieter. The animal trainers present some tricks with their specially trained film animals. In studio 1, visitors get the chance to try out their talent in front of the camera. The original film set of The Three Musketeers 3D offers a Making of Show, which the visitors are asked to actively participate in.
If 3D films are not enough for you, why not try out some more action in the 4D action cinema. Here you can experience the forth dimension. For computer fans, the interactive XD cinema in the Dome of Babelsberg has something special to offer: armed with a laser visor you'll be sent into a 3D world full of mummies.
Children will love the house of the witch modelled on the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel as well as a boat trip through Panama, the dreamland Janosch has created in his books. On the jungle playground, your children turn to little Moglis and Tarzans.
How to get there
On public transport
There are a number of options to get to Filmpark Babelsberg on public transport. You can take tram line S1, get off at Potsdam central station, or tram station Babelsberg, and then continue using bus line 601 or 690 until you get to the station Filmpark.
Alternatively, you can take tram line S1 to the station Griebnitzsee. From there, the film park is a 15 minutes' walk away.
Lastly, you can use the trains RE7 and RB33 and get off at the station Medienstadt. From there, it's only a 5 minutes' walk away.
Take motorway A115 and exit at Potsdam-Babelsberg. Continue on the Nuthe highway in the direction of Potsdam centre. Exit at Medienstadt and follow the signs pointing to Filmpark Babelsberg.
Parking fee on-site: €3 per day.