Planning a family vacation? Berlin is a wonderful city to explore, both for kids and the young at heart, and there are lots of fun things to make the whole family happy.
Here is an overview of the best family-friendly things to do in Berlin; from zoos, and playgrounds, to boat trips, and museums - your Kinder will love Berlin, and so will you.
1. Kollwitz Platz
Kollwitz Platz, in the heart of Prenzlauer Berg, is Berlin's mecca for young families; you'll find one of the biggest and best playgrounds here, with wonderful wooden play toys shaped like giant vegetables, a leafy park, and ping pong tables.
Around Kollwitzplatz, relax in one of the many family-friendly cafes or ice-cream parlors. If you come here on Wednesday or Saturday morning, you can sample some organic goodies at the local farmers market, right next to the playground.
Getting There: Metro Stop "Senefelder Platz" (Line U2)
2. Berlin Zoo
A visit to the Berlin Zoo is a fun activity for the whole family; it is the oldest zoo in Germany and proud to present the world's largest number of species. A highlight of the zoo is the hippopotamus aquarium, where you can watch the hippos both above and underwater.
Getting There: Metro Stop "Zoologischer Garten" (Line U2,U12, U9, S5, S7, S75, S9)
A great rainy day option is the German Museum for Technology; you can't miss it, it has a real airplane sitting on top of its roof. Your kids will be enthralled by 14 different exhibition departments, featuring locomotives, airplanes, engines, ships, and much more. Almost every department offers engaging family-friendly activities – kids can print or make their own paper. The museum also offers an interesting audio tour especially designed for kids (also in English).
Getting There: Metro Stop "Gleisdreieck" (Line U1, U2), or "Möckernbrücke" (Line U1, U7)
The Tiergarten is Berlins biggest park and a great place to let your kids run free. Explore more than 600 acres, rent a paddle boat on the lake, find hidden bridges, walk overgrown paths, and have a snack at the Café am Neuen See, in the middle of the park. If you have enough energy, climb the stairs of the Victory Column, crowned by a golden angel, and get one of the best views of Berlin and the Tiergarten.
Getting There:Metro Stop "Potsdamer Platz" (Line U2, S1, S25) or "Bellevue" (Line S5, S7, S9, S75)
Great for a rainy Berlin day: Potsdamer Platz with its shiny modern architecture and the impressive dome of the Sony Center is a fun place to visit, with movie theatres, stores, restaurants, and a film museum. The biggest attraction for young visitors here is the indoor theme park Legoland. Marvel at a miniature Berlin, built with 1,5 million Lego bricks, and enjoy fun rides and adventure trails made completely out of Lego. The park also offers plenty of space for children to get creative and to build their own Lego masterpiece.
Getting There: Metro Stop "Potsdamer Platz" (Line U2, S1, S25)
6. Boat Tour on the River Spree
Your kids are tired from walking around, but there is still more of Berlin that you want to see? Take your family on a boat tour through Berlin's historic city center, and watch the landmarks glide past as you drift down the River Spree. A boat tour is a wonderful experience on a Berlin summer day, but you can also take the tour when it rains; sit inside, have a hot chocoloate, and enjoy the sights through the panoramic glass windows. Hop on a boat at Museums Island, where many different tours are offered (45-60 minutes).
Getting There: Metro Stop "Hackescher Markt" (Line S5, S7, S9)