The Best Things to Do in Berlin with Kids – Summer 2018May 9, 2018 10:00 am
There’s plenty to do in Berlin with kids – plan your family adventure with our guide to the best family-friendly activities!
Travelling with little ones on your great European adventure? Well, there’s lots to do in Berlin with kids that’ll keep the whole family entertained and allay any incoming temper tantrums. From children’s exhibitions to mind-boggling aquariums, here’s some of the best things to do with family in Berlin below.
This world-famous wax museum never gets old and continues to attract thousands of people every year to see its lifelike residents. Their newest event Let’s Glow throws things all the way back to the 90s, with a gigantic neon ball pit and a line up 90s stars (well, waxwork stars), a dedicated 90s video game area and black light dance floor to cut a rug across. There’s also a super Berlin in the 90s homage to the Love Parade and it all runs until June 2018.
Cue up the Lego Movie, you’re going to want to brush up on your knowledge for this one. Berlin is home to the Legoland Discovery Centre which is basically a master builder’s dream come true, with over four million blocks to play with, a factory tour, 4D cinema and even a Lego-themed amusement park ride. Note: Chris Pratt not included.
If you and the family love scary movies, you’ll actually be able to live out one at the Berlin Dungeon. This stage show and wild ride is a journey through Berlin’s gory and terrifying past, with figures like Berlin Cathedral’s resident ghost the White Lady and the Pied Piper. With ten live shows, a free fall tower, river raft ride and more, it’s a fun and quick break that’ll have you screaming – whether that’s in delight or fear, you’ll have to find out for yourself.
See Berlin from an eagle eye view at Little BIG City, an exhibition that has painstakingly recreated Berlin in 3D printed miniatures. The coolest thing about it is that they’ve actually built scale models of Berlin at different points in time, so you can watch the city evolve from medieval town to sprawling metropolis as the years go by.
The seaweed is always greener at Berlin’s SEA Life Aquarium. There’s over 5000 aquatic animals and 35 different exhibits with all manner of sturgeons, fish, rays, sharks, jellyfish and more. Make time in your schedule and bring the kids to one of their daily feeding sessions, where they’ll be able to get up close and personal (there’s also a rock pool where you can play with starfish and other fishy friends). Don’t miss out on the AquaDom either, a towering cylindrical aquarium that’s officially the tallest in the world.
See Berlin by boat
Give the kiddos’ feet a break and sail through Berlin in style on a river cruise. This glass roofed boat takes passengers along the winding River Spree, which glides past sights such as the Berliner Dom, Museum Island, the TV Tower and Reichstag (wave, Angela Merkel might be around). It’s a great way to cover all the major sights without herding cats from landmark to landmark – plus, it only takes an hour and comes with English and German commentary.
Pedal to the metal
Rather than dragging your feet following a group around, this active experience takes you around Berlin’s most famous sights on a guided cycling tour. Fat Tire Tours runs some of the best ones and there’s several to choose from, whether you want to see the Berlin Wall with its colourful inspirational murals, brush up on your World War Two history with a historical route and more.
This sprawling zoo is home to 25,000 animals from all over the world and your biggest problem is going to be keeping up with the kids as they jump from one exhibit to the next. It’s officially the oldest zoo in Germany and its best, plus they’ve just added a couple of pandas that we can’t wait to hang out with.
Pack a picnic
Tiergarten is one of Berlin’s most beautiful landmarks and a great outing with the family. Spanning over 600 acres, the lush green park is always packed with children running around and filled with all kinds of flora and secret garden paths to get lost in. Plus, there’s also a pretty good biergarten if you want a refreshing beer at the end of the day.
Got a kid who just can’t keep off the Nintendo Switch? Well, the Computerspielemuseum is an entire building dedicated just to video games. Explore the rise of video games starting with old school gadgets like the SNES and Atari, all the way through to modern day classics with recognisable characters like Link from the Legend of Zelda, Mario, Master Chief and more.