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Berlin is not just big, it feels enormous and almost elusive. Especially if you want to explore the city with children in tow. How can you make everybody happy without wasting your time in various children’s cafés and without the kids having a temper tantrum in another museum. The nice thing about Berlin is that here everybody can be happy:
Shopping, animals and pedal boats
The zoo has a programme for several days. The Memorial Church and the KaDeWe department store are almost obligatory. It’s worth visiting the 6th floor of the KaDeWe to eat a really good burger. The price is totally okay and if you find the right seat by the kitchen you can watch the chefs do their magic.
Visiting the zoo is always worth it, and if it rains, there is the aquarium right next door. The zoo is definitely doable, even with small children.
Don’t feel like watching animals, it’s raining, but the children want to have fun? We recommend Bikini Berlin. On the ground floor, which has a large window front facing the zoo’s monkey enclosure, you can relax, have a biscuit and a freshly squeezed juice, and go for a stroll. There are many unknown and trendy shops here waiting to be explored. And if the view here is not enough for you, you can go up to the Neni. There is a café/bar on one side, and a restaurant on the other. You should book a table at the weekend. The café serves the most delicious sweet potato chips, and it has stepped seats with a view across the zoo. While the children try to spot as many animals as possible, the parents can relax over a coffee and discuss the day ahead.
The Tiergarten park is behind the zoo. It’s a huge park where you will find half of Berlin when the sun is out. As a tourist you will not usually have a picnic blanket with you when you are by the river Spree and want to wave at the passing ships. Instead, there is the Café am neuen See with beer garden hidden in the greenery. Why not hire a pedal boat to explore the Tiergarten and then share a pizza. This is a great place to linger and the children will be busy by the pier. The Schleusenkrug is even more rustic, and it’s particularly cosy outside underneath the old trees. The food is great and the children can marvel at the lock.
Good coffee and Berlin history
There are many cafés all around Kollwitzplatz and Helmholtzplatz at Prenzlauer Berg – the perfect start to the day. Beakers for example serve delicious pancakes. From there you can take a leisurely stroll along Stargrader Straße, past pretty shops, smoothie bars, even more cafés and all the way to Mauerpark.
Amongst the renovated buildings you will still see some of the old Berlin here, and perhaps you can catch a glimpse of one of the traditional rear courtyards. The children can run riot at the Mauerpark playground, or go on the swings up on the mountain – stunning views included. On Sundays, we recommend a visit to the flea market. It’s very busy, but you can always find a nice bargain. Everyone meets at the Schönwetter or the Mauersegler to take a break and watch the hustle and bustle before continuing on their journey through history. Bernauer Straße takes you along Mauerpark. A wide grass strip illustrates Berlin’s history. Children don’t find this boring either. And if you don’t fancy walking, you can hire a bicycle.
Bad weather options
As well as the aquarium by the zoo, the Sea Life am Alex is also worth a visit. It’s not far away from the television tower, which you can visit even in bad weather and affords magnificent views across Berlin. We recommend that you buy tickets online for both these attractions to avoid the long queues. Although the natural history museum is usually quite busy, the huge dinosaur in the entrance area is really rather impressive. And the communications museum always offers exciting exhibitions. The MACHmit! Museum at Prenzlauer Berg is interactive and great fun for the whole family. Almost every district also has a play café or an indoor playground, where Berlin’s little visitors can romp about.