What to do in Berlin with kids in Summer
Berlin is not just big; it feels enormous and almost elusive. Especially when you’ve got your little ones to keep entertained the entire time. How can you make the most of your holiday whilst keeping everyone happy at the same time?
Top attractions for children in Berlin
Animals & pedal boats
#1 Zoo Berlin
The zoo is one of those top attractions for kids in Berlin that are not to be missed. It is one of the biggest and most well-preserved zoos in the world, with countless unique species. In the event of bad weather (which is bound to happen often in Berlin), you can find the aquarium right next door for a children’s activity just as exciting and fun.
Tip: In the vicinity of the zoo you’ll spot Bikini Berlin. On the ground floor, which has a large window front-facing the zoo’s monkey enclosure, you can relax, have a piece of cake and a freshly squeezed juice and go for a stroll. There are plenty of lesser-known shops in the neighborhood waiting to be explored. For an amazing view, you can go up to the Neni. There is a café/bar on one side, and a restaurant on the other. It is advisable to book a table if you’re planning on going over 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 take a well-deserved break and relax over a coffee.
#2 Tiergarten Berlin
The Tiergarten park is another top summer attraction for kids in Berlin. If you forgot your picnic blanket when strolling by the river Spree, try out the Café am neuen See with a Biergarten hidden in the greenery. Why not hire a pedal boat to explore the Tiergarten and then share a pizza in one of the many restaurants around? The Schleusenkrug is even more rustic, and it is particularly cozy outside underneath the old trees.
Good coffee and Berlin history
There are many cafés all around Kollwitzplatz and Helmholtzplatz in Prenzlauer Berg – the perfect way to start your 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 be able to see some of the old Berlin here, and perhaps you can catch a glimpse of one of the traditional rear courtyards. The children can enjoy 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 normally gets very busy, but you can always find a nice bargain. And if you don’t fancy walking for too long, you can always hire a bicycle.
Bad weather options
When the weather’s not cooperating, you’ll never get bored in Germany’s capital.
#1 Museum of Natural History
You will also walk on animal paths in this Berlin attraction for children: more precisely, you will walk on the ancient paths of monster lizards and other prehistoric finds of the Museum für Naturkunde. Particularly impressive in the entrance hall is the huge skeleton of Brachiosaurus brancai, which at 13.27 m high is the largest mounted dinosaur skeleton in the world, and the gigantic bones of other dinosaurs on display.
#2 Computer Games Museum
Sixty years of computer games! Experience the current virtual world in the Computer Games Museum. From functional classics to rarities and 3-D simulators, you can immerse yourself in the interactive cultural history of games here.
#3 DDR Museum
History comes alive in the DDR Museum. Immerse yourself in the daily life of the former state with your children and learn more about this part of German history. Take a seat in an original GDR living room, rummage through drawers and take a test drive in a Trabi.