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Guide to Berlin for Families

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For a big city, Berlin is a great place for families with kids. Not only is there a lot to do for the little ones, but there's plenty to keep parents amused too. The whole city is dedicated to making children and their parents happy - from kids' cafés to dozens of playgrounds, and even supermarkets with places to play whilst parents are shopping. All over the city however, you'll find great places to explore with kids, parents and grandparents. Embrace your inner child, and follow this guide to some of the city's best family activities.

Good for
  • Family
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Thrifty Traveller

10 Places

6 City Tips

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10 Places

Museum fur Naturkunde (Natural History Museum)

Natural History Museums, Science Museums

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre

Theme Parks

Berlin Zoological Garden

Aquariums, Zoos

Waldhochseilgarten Jungfernheide

Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks

German Museum of Technology Berlin (Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin)

Science Museums

Berlin TV Tower (Fernsehturm)

Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks

LOXX Miniatur Welten Berlin

Speciality Museums

The Story of Berlin

Speciality Museums

Berlin City Cruises

Boat Tours

Computerspielemuseum

Speciality Museums

Arja J's City Tips

  • The public bus 100 drives between Alexanderplatz and the Zoo, passing many of the major city sights. It is usually a double decker bus - extra fun points!
  • The cheapest way for the whole family to get around on public transport is on a small group ticket "AB". Don´t forget to validate it before getting on any bus, train or tram.
  • If you use public transport please note: a maximum of two prams are allowed on one bus.
  • Children aged 0-5 travel for free. Kids aged 6-14 can get reduced price single tickets.
  • Some smaller eateries don´t allow prams inside due to limited space, but usually it is not a problem.
  • There are many Kindercafés all over Berlin which offer lots of entertainment for kids. Search for their listings on Tripadvisor.
  • Museum fur Naturkunde (Natural History Museum)
    Natural History Museums, Science Museums
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    Arja J Says:

    Which kid does not love dinosaurs? And the place to see them, and many other animal favourites, is the Natural History Museum in Berlin. As soon as you enter, you'll be wowed by the huge prehistoric dinosaur skull (which one, I'm sure the kids will be able to tell you) and the first big hall of this impressive building, filled with huge skeletons. Continue your dinosaur discovery with touch screens showing short animated movies about the animals, their habits, food and interesting facts about how they lived. Then take a peek through the looking glasses to get an idea of what their bodies looked like on the inside. Once you've had your fill of dinosaurs, there are many other animals to explore - it's a great place to spend an entire rainy afternoon with the whole family!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The museum offers workshops for kids - find details on their homepage.
    • Don´t miss the gigantic rock collection featuring beautiful sparkling gems from all over the world.
    • Lie down on the round couch to watch our universe forming over millions of years.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #39 of 962 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best T-Rex 16/10/2018
    • If your kids like Jurassic Park this is the place for you 09/10/2018
    • Museum fur Naturkunde (Natural History Museum)
    Address:
    Invalindenstrasse 43
    10115 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 8891408591
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$10
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    09:30 - 18:00
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • LEGOLAND Discovery Centre
    Theme Parks
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    Arja J Says:

    Most of us grew up playing with Lego, and Legoland Berlin is the perfect place to take kids under 12 who are real Lego enthusiasts! The heart of this Discovery Centre is the big build and play area, where thousands of Lego pieces wait to be put together, and successful creators can put the cars or jet skis they've built to the test by sending them down one of the big ramps. If you want to find out how Lego is produced, visit the show factory where they explain the whole process, and then relax with a movie in the 4D cinema or take a spin on the dragon ride. Plus, take photos with life-size Lego celebrities and enjoy miniature Berlin, of course also made out of Lego!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Buy tickets before you arrive at one of the BVG ticket machines - this saves you money and lets you skip the queue.
    • The park offers courses with experienced Lego builder - kids can create small special items that you can then purchase and take home as a souvenir.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #490 of 962 things to do in Berlin
    • Fun indoors 07/10/2018
    • Great place for kids 02/10/2018
    • LEGOLAND Discovery Centre
    Address:
    Potsdamer Str. 4
    10785 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 3010400
    Price range:
    US$20 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 19:00
    Other:
  • Berlin Zoological Garden
    Aquariums, Zoos
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    Arja J Says:

    With its own transit station, the Berlin Zoo or "zoological garden" is easy to find. On a nice day, you can easily spend the whole day here among animals from all over the world, from the excited bunch of flamingos to the usual big zoo stars, including tigers, lions, polar bears, penguins, hippos, and more!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Zoo has two entrances. If the queues are huge at the main entrance, it might be worth walking ten minutes past the memorial church, to the elephant gate entrance.
    • Pick up a cart at the entrance for little kids, so they don´t have to walk everywhere.
    • The brochure you can pick up at the entrance tells you the feeding times for the different animals so you can plan your visit around these.
    • If you have all day to visit, buy a combi ticket for the Zoo and the aquarium. If you run out of time, you can spread your visits out over two days.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #61 of 962 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing 19/10/2018
    • Great Zoo 19/10/2018
    • Berlin Zoological Garden
    Address:
    Hardenbergplatz 8
    10787 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 4930 254010
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 19:00
    Other:
  • Waldhochseilgarten Jungfernheide
    Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks
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    Arja J Says:

    Visiting a city like Berlin usually involves a lot of walking - and hustle and bustle. So if you need to let off some city steam, what better way than with a climbing adventure through a climbing forest! In Jungfernheide you will find different courses to climb ranging from 3 to 17 meters in height. There are 3 kids courses and 9 for adults, meaning everyone can find their own personal challenge here. Included in the entrance fee is the climbing gear and an introduction to the courses, so even beginners can get the hang of things easily.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The climbing forest is only open from March till October.
    • On weekends, there's an Early Bird special, giving you reduced price entry before 10.30 am.
    • The climbing forest is fully certified and meets the highest quality standards, so the whole family can have a safe and relaxed afternoon out.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 170 Outdoor Activities in Berlin
    • Best ever 03/10/2018
    • Very very good 28/09/2018
    • Waldhochseilgarten Jungfernheide
    Address:
    Heckerdamm 260
    13627 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 34094818
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    11:00 - 18:00
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • German Museum of Technology Berlin (Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin)
    Science Museums
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    Arja J Says:

    No museum in Berlin offers as many places that kids can explore for themselves as the Museum of Technology does. Here, kids of all ages can touch, press buttons and create. In every section there is a lot to learn and to explore - from experiments with wind to a huge hall with old steam locomotives to an outdoor area where old train tracks can be found. In the ship section, there's the chance to rebuild ships' cabins and even steer a boat yourself, and the plane section features all different types of planes, including a crashed fighter plane from World War II.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • The museum is closed on Mondays.
    • On a rainy day you can happily spend hours in this museum.
    • Delicious coffee and cake are on offer in the museum café, whenever you need an energy boost.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 962 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good for engineers and geeks. 10/10/2018
    • Outdated 09/10/2018
    • German Museum of Technology Berlin (Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin)
    Address:
    Trebbiner Str. 9
    10963 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 4930 902540
    Hours:
    Tue - Fri
    09:00 - 17:30
    Sat - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Berlin TV Tower (Fernsehturm)
    Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Arja J Says:

    The TV Tower is the dominating feature on the Berlin skyline - and the one place you can see from nearly every angle of the city. Built on Alexanderplatz during the time of separation, it remains to this day the tallest building not only in Berlin but in the whole of Germany - on clear days you can see all the way to Poland! A high-speed elevator will take you up to the viewing platform, from which, at 203 metres above sea level, you will have the ultimate panorama across the city.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • To save time, buy a ticket and a time slot online, print it out and then make a few new enemies as you waltz past the crowds.
    • For the best view whilst dining, make a reservation in the restaurant, which revolves around the tower. You can see the whole city whilst you are eating.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #112 of 962 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Didn’t go up due to cost 18/10/2018
    • Fantastic Views 18/10/2018
    • Berlin TV Tower (Fernsehturm)
    Address:
    Panoramastr. 1A
    10178 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 247575875
    Price range:
    US$18 - US$18
    Other:
  • LOXX Miniatur Welten Berlin
    Speciality Museums
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    Arja J Says:

    Berlin is a very spread-out city and too big to walk around completely (especially for little legs), but there is a place where the whole of Berlin fits into one big hall - Miniature World Loxx, on the top floor of the Alexa Shopping Centre. Here you can find all the famous sights and popular places on a small scale - in just one step, you can travel from the Reichstag past the Brandenburg Gate to the red Town Hall. The attention to detail is what makes this miniature world worth the money, and it's fun for kids to see the small sizes before or after visits to the full-scale models.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Buy your tickets at the BVG train station machines to get priority entrance and save money.
    • Next to Loxx is a bowling alley in case you want to roll big balls after looking at small Berlin.
    • In the open workshop, you can see how the little buildings are lovingly created.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 things to do in Berlin
    • Expensive 06/09/2017
    • Fun 30/08/2017
    • LOXX Miniatur Welten Berlin
    Address:
    Grunerstr. 20
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    10179 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 44723022
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 20:00
    Other:
  • The Story of Berlin
    Speciality Museums
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    Arja J Says:

    History is an important part of any Berlin experience, but not all museums capture it in a way that appeals to kids and teenagers. The Story of Berlin is different. Here, kids (and everyone visiting) can't help but be immediately drawn into the exciting 800-year history of the city, through its colourful presentation. Find Prussian uniforms next to rebuilt Berlin backyards and piles of books before they were burned by the Nazis - you can even sit down in a typical East Berlin apartment. Multimedia, music and lots of photos brings everything to life.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Book tickets on the museum website to skip the lines.
    • The highlight is a guided visit of an authentic atomic bunker from cold war times - not to be missed!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #105 of 962 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting Museum 17/10/2018
    • Wasted opportunity 07/10/2018
    • The Story of Berlin
    Address:
    Kurfuerstendamm 207-208
    10719 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 4930 88720100
    Price range:
    US$16 - US$16
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 20:00
    Other:
  • Berlin City Cruises
    Boat Tours
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    Arja J Says:

    One of the facts you hear tour guides tell quite often is that Berlin has more bridges than Venice. This is not only due to the fact that Berlin has a lot of water to cover, but also because the city is of course way bigger than the little islands of Venice. The watery soul of the city is the river Spree, which, via the Elbe, connected the first little settlement of Berlin with the Northern Sea and all trading opportunities came with it. Nowadays you can get on a boat and cruise up and down this important waterway to enjoy all the major city sights from a new perspective - a nice break on a sunny day in Berlin.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Only from the cruises can you see Berlin´s very own "Statue of Liberty", so look out for it.
    • Cruises start at the main train station, Museum Island or Friedrichstrasse station.
    • You can choose whether you want to go on a boat with live commentary or one with recorded information given from a tape.
    • The cruises take about an hour.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 55 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Berlin
    • A wonderful time spend on BWTS Adele Berlin City Cruise !!! 09/10/2018
    • Spree River views boring 19/09/2018
    • Berlin City Cruises
    Address:
    Sredzkistr. 36
    10435 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 22410265
    Other:
  • Computerspielemuseum
    Speciality Museums
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    Arja J Says:

    Do you still remember the days when the only computers had names like Atari? When screens had one color and games were made of 5 pixels (or so it felt)? Although your kids may not know it, Pacman was once one of the greatest, most innovative games you could possibly play, and Game Boys the newest technological toy everyone wanted to have. In the Computer Game Museum you can not only learn a lot about the good old times, you can also relive them! Parents will rediscover their youth, kids will have a good laugh about it, and grandparents will shake their heads at all this modern nonsense. Of course, you can also find newer games and modern characters, so kids can educate their parents too.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The museum is closed on Tuesdays.
    • After playing, don´t miss a visit to the gift shop - a real treasure trove for computer-game lovers of all ages.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #80 of 962 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great fun 25/09/2018
    • Super fun to revisit all the games I grew up with 14/09/2018
    • Computerspielemuseum
    Address:
    Karl-Marx-Allee 93a
    10243 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 60988577
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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