Cruise is in town to scout filming locations for the upcoming Hollywood vehicle "Valkyrie," in which he will play Claus von Stauffenberg -- an instrumental figure in the failed assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler. He has also been spending plenty of time at the swanky schnitzelhaus Borchardt.
But it's the actor's religion that gets most in Germany to perk up their ears. The Church of Scientology is not recognized as a religion in Germany and is currently being officially monitored by Berlin's Office for the Protection of the Constitution. The city-state's interior minister, Ehrhart Körting of the Social Democrats has said that deceased Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard's teachings are "irreconcilable" with the "constitution's view of human beings and the inviolability of the dignity of every person."
On early Sunday morning, Cruise and Holmes toured the Scientology facilities, taking in an exhibition on the history of the faith organization and also meeting with members, according to the local tabloid B.Z. am Sonntag.
Scientology and "Valkyrie," however, weren't the only items on the Cruise family's Berlin itinerary. Katie Holmes and one-year-old daughter Suri Cruise headed to the zoo for a private visit with the only celebrity in Germany who might be as well known as Tom Cruise: Knut the baby polar bear.
Holmes reportedly described Knut as "totally sweet." Suri, however, was less taken with the fluffy snow ball of a polar bear. "Suri was fascinated by ducks and chickens more than anything else," zoo curator Ragnar Kühne told the B.Z. paper. "She just babbled 'da, da'."
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