Practical advice for those traveling to Berlin with children
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Yes, it is ultra-trendy and full of clubs and nightlife, but Berlin also surprises as a destination for a family-friendly holiday! You can then easily organize a stay that suits your needs.
Where to stay and how to get around Berlin with children
Berlin is a young city and the Germans are for useful solutions and impeccable organization. Hence Berlin, depending on the needs, becomes one city size child.
Let's start from where to stay in Berlin; many Berlin accommodation facilities are family-friendly. The list of benefits is long: more advantageous prices, communicating rooms, play areas, availability of sunbeds, kids menus and many other details will make the difference.
Have you already chosen the accommodation? Consider that there are some neighborhoods that are very popular with families and better equipped in terms of playgrounds and parks. Prenzlauer Berg, for example, it is full of parks, play areas and Children's cafes where to make friends with the little Berliners.
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Once you arrive at the hotel, you will have to move. Public transport is very efficient and they lead you more or less everywhere. The urban services of U-Bahn e S-Bahn they are almost always accessible by lifts, useful for those with strollers, but buses and trams are also efficient and, if necessary, the driver will help you get on board.
I remind you that small children, up to 5 years of age, travel for free on public transport (from 6 onwards a travel document is required). Also, a great idea for the family is the purchase of the Berlin Welcome Card, which gives 1 adult and up to 3 children under 15 free access to all public transport. In addition, it offers discounts on many attractions.
The TOP attractions to enjoy in Berlin with children
In Berlin there are some attractions where you absolutely must take your children.
The attractions below are all included in the Berlin Welcome Card available with Museum Island option and transport included. With a Welcome Card, one adult and up to 3 children between 6 and 14 years travel for free and benefit from the discounts provided. Find out more about the Welcome Card in our in-depth study.
Zoo di Berlino (Zoological Garden)
One of the most visited attractions in Berlin is the zoo with the largest number of species in the world; it is located near the Tiertgarten park - a green oasis a bit like New York's Central Park - where there are play areas and family-friendly cafes.
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AquaDom & SEA LIFE Berlin
An underwater journey where you will discover more than 5000 aquatic animals. The transparent elevator inside will give you the feeling of swimming among the fish!
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Like Madame Tussauds in London and Amsterdam, Berlin can also boast its own wax Museum. You can see the most famous people up close, touch them and take pictures with them. They will seem to you in flesh and blood!
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Legoland Discovery Center
For Lego lovers, an indoor attraction that the whole family likes. You will find yourself surrounded by over 5 million colored bricks.
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In addition, a visit to the Brandenburg Gate and Alexanderplatz is a must, they are open spaces and you will certainly be able to walk freely with a stroller in tow. And always in Alexanderplatz it is worthwhile to book an ascent to the Fernsehturm (TV Tower): children under 4 get in for free while if they are aged 4 to 14, they pay a reduced ticket.
Berlin museums specifically for children (under 6 free)
If the weather doesn't work in your favor or you just like it stimulate the curiosity of your little ones without boring them, in Berlin there are some museums where you can spend hours entertaining them with special programs and exhibitions. Have fun!
Natural History Museum (Museum für Naturkunde) - Invalidenstraße, 43: Skeletons, dinosaur reproductions and prehistoric animal bones - only the brachiosaurus skeleton is worth the visit! Children under 6 enter for free. Entrance included in the Berlin Welcome Card.
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Video Game Museum (Computerspielemuseum) - Karl-Marx-Allee 93: An exhibition of computers and consoles that made history - there is also an area reconstructed as an 80's arcade filled with coin-operated video games. Children under 6 enter for free. Entrance included in the Berlin Welcome Card.
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German Museum of Technology (Deutsches Technikmuseum) - Trebbiner Str. 9: Many sections with a collection of locomotives and wagons, ships and airplanes, techniques of paper and photography; a museum that satisfies every curiosity of the little ones. Children under the age of 6 enter for free. Included in the Berlin Welcome Card.
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Consider that there are other museums, including all state museums, where children up to 6 years of age enter for free; among them: the Jüdisches Museum (Jewish Museum) e il Mauermuseum - Haus am Checkpoint Charlie (Berlin Wall Museum).
City tour to do with children
If you want to relax (or at least try it, with the kids most of the time it's a challenge!) And at the same time take a tour of the city, consider one of the cruises on the Spree:
1h cruise with audio guide in Italian
The Schloss Bellevue, the Victory Column, the Central Station, the Cathedral and the Parliament ... up to the House of World Cultures. Departure time: at your choice, from 10:30 to 18:00.
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2h cruise with audio guide in Italian
Start the tour from Friedrichstraße, continue towards Charlottenburg Castle; this is only part of the route before returning to Friedrichstraße. Departure time: varies according to the day, generally between 11:15 and 15:25.
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Gardens, green spaces and outdoor playgrounds
If the little adventurers want to jump around and burn off excess energy, each neighborhood or we could say isolated has its own green area (whether small or large) including Spielplatz, that is the amusement park for children outdoors. Here are the largest parks in Berlin:
- Großer Tiergarten, Viktoriapark, Treptower Park.
Among the playgrounds, however:
- Fairytale playground in the district of Neukölln, Pirate ship in the Charlottenburg district, Dragon Land in the Friedrichshain district.
Another place to consider in case of rain or simply if you want a relaxing break is Jolo's children's world, an indoor playground with an area also dedicated to children from 1 to 3 years. During the week it is open from 14pm to 19pm, on weekends from 11am onwards. The address is Am Tempelhofer Berg 7d, near the underground station U 6 "Platz der Luftbrücke" and the stop for bus line 104.
Children grappling with history
You may not have thought about it but another thing to consider is how to explain the history of the city of Berlin to the little ones. During your stay you will want to visit historical sites and symbols linked to the sad past of the capital and you will know well that children try to satisfy their curiosity with a thousand questions.
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It will therefore be good to provide him with a soft version of the events in advance and perhaps visit places of memory that are not too disturbing, such as Check Point Charlie and the East-Side-Gallery. Even better if you are traveling with teenagers, they will be more ready and prepared to see the history they have studied with their own eyes.
Family friendly restaurants and cafes: where to eat in Berlin with children?
Especially when children are still very young, making them sit for a long time is a challenge! Hence, a child-friendly restaurant can be very useful.
- Restaurant Charlottchen, Droysenstraße 1: A good German restaurant with a small one kids area; it is a 3-minute walk from Berlin-Charlottenburg Station.
- Cafe Anna Blume, Kollwitzstrasse 83: A cozy patisserie, serves breakfasts and snacks delicious sweet and savory and bakes cakes at any time.
- If you are looking for a good one instead Italian restaurant where to eat a "lady" pizza, go by Osteria Bikini in Budapester Str. 38-50; it is advisable to book because the place is always very full. It is located 5 minutes from the Berlin Zoo.
Berlin with children: how to dress in winter?
Berlin is a climate very cold in winter. December, January and February are at risk of snow (or ice) so don't forget warm shoes, better if waterproof and non-slip. And if that's not enough, buy a pair of insulating insoles: wool, felt or fur, they sell them in every market and in some shops, you will surely see them exhibited in all sizes.
Scarf, hat and gloves will be your best friends and your children, don't think you can do without them. The advice we give you is to dress "onion", namely in layers, given that the interiors and public transport is ultra-heated. With the cold you will surely have to prefer indoor places, choose the attractions with special sections dedicated to children!
And if you are in the company of children aged 11 and over, I recommend the World Balloon: discover Berlin from the top of a balloon!