If you are visiting Berlin with young kids or toddlers you will need to factor in plenty of child friendly activities and there are no shortage of these in Berlin.
Tiergarten is located in the heart of the city near the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag and it continues all the way to Zoogarten. This is a great place for toddlers to stretch their legs and have a crawl or run around. there are plenty of quiet, open spaces also for a picnic. If you are at the Zoogarten side of the park, make sure you try the cafes close to the zoo. These have sandpits and there is also a lake where you can hire row boats.
There are a number of children’s museums in the city also. Labyrinth Museum is particularly fun and allows toddlers to learn about the world through play and interactive exhibits. Kids. Science Centre Spectrum (Möckernstraße 26, 10963 Berlin (Kreuzberg)) is another great option where toddlers and kids can learn about water, electricity, sound and more. There are also plenty of things for babies to watch, listen to and some baby friendly interactive exhibits. The Natural History Museum and the Technology Museum are also exciting museums for kids and Madame Tussauds Berlin is another great option with some child friendly displays. Kindercity in the Mitte District is also a terrific place to take toddlers. It is a 6,000sq metre play and learning centre.
Click here for a list of children’s museums in Berlin.
The Legoland Discovery Centre at Potsdamer Platz has medieval castles, industrial landscapes and Berlin in miniature. The LEGOLAND themepark is located in southern Germany, near Munich.
Aquadom & Sealife Centre
The AquaDom & Sealife Centre holds around 4,000 species of sea life and has a huge water filled tunnel which is hollow in the centre giving you a 360 degree view of the sea life. Part of the aquarium can be found in the Radisson Blu hotel next door and if you stay here, many of the rooms will have a view of the huge tank in the centre of the lobby which contains all manner of sea life.
Berlin Zoo (which also has a small aquarium) makes for a great day out. There are loads of animals including elephants, lions, gorillas and there is also a petting zoo and some educational exhibits. You can borrow a cart here also to push your little one around in and there are some child friendly cafes and refreshment stands.
In this 800 year old manor House, kids can learn how the food comes from the field onto the table. The children will love the animals, including cows, pigs, horses, sheep, goats, ducks and many more. This is a little bit of countryside in the city.
Berlin Botanical Gardens
The Berlin Botanical Gardens are one of the most beautiful botanic gardens in the world. Walk in the woods and meadows, feel what it’s like to be in the Rain-forest and see plants from all parts of the world.
There are also a number of adventure playgrounds, city beaches and puppet and theatre shows.
Berlin’s Water Playgrounds
During the summer months, Berlin’s water playgrounds can provide some much needed relief from the heat whilst entertaining the kids at the same time. There are a good selection of water playgrounds in Berlin such as Plansche Plaenterwald.
FEZ in Wuhlheide Park
FEZ is a great option in all weathers. Set in the Wuhlheide park, it offers plenty to do for all the family including indoor facilities such as a soft-play area for the babies and an indoor climbing frame for the toddlers/younger children. In the warmer months, there are a number of outdoor playgrounds which offer fun for all ages, as well as the cute miniature Berlin models in the Modellpark Berlin-Brandenburg and small trains to ride on. For the older kids, there is Kletterwald Wuhlheide, a large area within the forest where older children can clamber and climb among the trees (for children aged 7 and over.)
Berlin fascinates history buffs with an interest in World War II or the subsequent East West divide and there are plenty of museums and galleries which will keep you busy for days if not weeks such as the Jewish Museum, the Checkpoint Charlie Museum, the DDR museum, the German History Museum and more. The ‘Topography of Terrors’ is an outdoor, free photographic exhibition located next to the former Gestapo headquarters and offers a glimpse of the lives of the victims of the holocaust. Art lovers will want to visit the Bode Museum, the Pergamon Museum and the Neues Museum to name but a few. The Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate are also must sees and you can visit the dome of the Reichstag for fantastic views across the city. Berlin also has some great shopping areas such as Friedrichstrasse and Zoogarten.