Along with many parks, the city also has several fun and exciting attractions that will entertain the whole family, both inside and out doors. These are our favourite activities for a family in Berlin.
Most zoos are great for a family visit but the Zoologischer Garten Berlin is special in so many ways. As Germany’s oldest zoo, it is known far beyond the city limits and has been a popular attraction with people of all ages. Since its creation in 1844, the zoo’s collection of animals has experienced deep crises and international fame, survived destructive war, and developed into the most species-rich zoo in the world.
Today, Berlin Zoo is home to approximately 20,000 animals from 1200 species, including the only giant panda’s in the country. Our Hop-On Hop-Off bus stops right outside Zoo Berlin’s unique entrance, the Elefantentor (Elephant Gate). Two kneeling elephants made of Elbe sandstone support two heavy columns, on top of which is a curved roof, decorated with golden oriental paintings and imaginative carvings, you can’t miss it.
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre
Steps from Potsdamer Platz, the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre offers 3500 m2 of unforgettable LEGO fun. Over five million LEGO blocks are ready to be turned into whatever your imagination can come up with. And if your own imagination can’t decide on what to build, this ultimate indoor playground also has 10 attractions and rides, including a 4D cinema and Berlin in miniature.
German Museum of Technology
The Deutsches Technikmuseum and its Science Centre Spectrum across the road offer an entertaining and educational journey through the history of technology and hand-on experiments to discover the future of science and technology. At the museums all manners of technological discoveries are on display, with exhibits on aviation, shipping, railways, the automobile, film technology, computer history, the role of the chemical and pharmaceutical industries in our lives, and much more.
Spectrum has over 150 fun, hands-on exhibits to amaze young and old visitors. Here you can explore scientific phenomena, have fun learning the explanations for them and discover how they apply to technology. See how your eyes can play tricks on you through light and perception, discover how large the universe is and how small molecules are. And learn why an airplane doesn’t fall out of the sky or some of the many other fundamentals of science and technology.
A journey under water following the Spree river to the depths of the Atlantic ocean, that is what awaits your family at SEA Life Berlin. See over 5000 of the creatures that live under water, including octopuses, jellyfish, clownfish and sting rays. Discover how tropical reefs are formed and support life. Or feel the tickling of cleaner shrimps on your skin when you hold your hands in the touch pool.
On the banks of the Spree you can travel back in time to have an interactive experience with the former GDR. At the DDR Museum the entire family can learn more about life in East Berlin post World War II, as the interactive and hands-on mentality of the museum ensure that children of all ages will enjoy the experience.
Citizens of East Germany, often referred to with the acronym DDR, were cut off from the west by the Berlin Wall. In the museum, you can take a look in a reconstructed DDR apartment to learn about daily life under the communist regime. You can turn on the TV, rifle through the cupboards, watch news-reports in an original cinema stall or dance to East Germany's answer to rock-and-roll.
Museum of Natural History
Through its integration within the Leibniz Association, Berlin’s Museum of Natural History has become one of the most important research institutions around the world in the areas of biological and geological evolution and biodiversity. The institutions mission is to discover and describe life and earth. The museum’s collection consists of over 30 million objects covering zoology, palaeontology, geology and mineralogy, including the skeletons of several dinosaurs.
High Rope Forest Garden
Across the Spree River from Charlottenburg Palace in the Volkspark Jungfernheide, the entire family can go on an active adventure through the trees. At Walshochseilgarten Jungfernheide you'll find a rope and obstacle course in the forest, varying in height from 3 to 17 metres.
There are 9 adult and 3 kids' trails with different levels of difficulty to allow climbing fun for beginners and professionals alike.. Escape the city's concrete jungle, to climb trees and zipline form one tree to the next. There is a biergarten onsite if you need some refreshments after your adventure.
The Prenzlauer Berg neighbourhood is filled with children's shops, play areas and kid-friendly cafes, making it a great place to visit during a family vacation. It is no wonder then that it also here were you will find a museum especially designed for kids and teenagers. MACHmit! allows everyone to learn about interesting subjects through games and hands-on experiences.
If you are looking for a completely different museum experience, one not focused on the past or the future. The Illuseum Berlin is the place to go if you want to escape reality. Optical illusions will make you questions your senses.
Here up is down, inside is out and near is far. The interactive stations promise pure fun, the Vortex Tunnel will make you lose your balance and the selfie corners will make sure you have lasting memories of the Illuseum.