Travel Filmmuseum Potsdam Babelsburg

During the​ Cold War,​ Potsdam was the​ Hollywood of​ the​ DDR (the Deutsches Demokratisches Republik),​ and Babelsburg was the​ name of​ the​ studio at​ which all the​ films were produced. Now,​ however,​ it’s a​ museum within an​ hour’s journey from Berlin. Potsdam is​ easily accessible via S-bahn,​ and the​ museum is​ within walking distance of​ the​ Potsdam Hauptbahnhof (the main train station in​ Potsdam). the​ museum has a​ very modest entrance fee,​ but once inside,​ you​ are treated to​ all kinds of​ movie memorabilia.

Those who have visited the​ museum prior to​ 2018 will remember that not the​ entire museum at​ the​ was translated into English,​ but enough of​ it​ was visual so that a​ visitor who spoke no German could still enjoy it. the​ permanent exhibit is​ both intellectual and fun in​ that it​ deals with the​ politics of​ the​ 20th century and how it​ influenced film production. Even if​ one has zero interest in​ politics,​ the​ various film props and costumes are of​ interest. the​ exhibit is​ pleasingly interactive,​ but not overwhelmingly so: there are touch screens that quiz the​ visitor on​ which scenes movies come from,​ for example,​ and one can listen to​ interviews about the​ filmmaking process.

There are film screenings every day,​ usually for an​ extra charge. Naturally these films are usually in​ German,​ but there are English-language screenings,​ too,​ usually of​ fairly recent award-winning films. the​ best part of​ the​ museum,​ though,​ is​ the​ children’s exhibit,​ which is​ fairly unusual for a​ German museum. During the​ 1950’s and 1960’s,​ the​ studio produced many children’s films that were of​ traditional fairy tales. at​ the​ time of​ my visit,​ there was a​ large interactive exhibit featuring real items from Babelsburg sets,​ so children can really “experience” the​ movies for themselves.

Even very little children or​ non German-speakers can have fun with the​ visual and tactile aspects. the​ exhibit incorporates video and computer touch-screens for a​ really immersive experience. Families traveling with small children will find this a​ great treat.

Even the​ museum’s café is​ worth a​ visit. It’s not very overpriced,​ and the​ food with a​ Turkish-influence and a​ hint of​ Italian is​ memorable and served by friendly wait staff.
Travel Filmmuseum Potsdam Babelsburg Travel Filmmuseum Potsdam Babelsburg Reviewed by Henda Yesti on August 24, 2018 Rating: 5

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