Things to do with kids in Berlin

Despite its dramatic and sombre history, Berlin is arguably one of the finest cities in Europe for families to explore, offering kids on holiday a multitude of activities and attractions, from the world's largest inner-city park to Legoland and everything in between.

Active families will enjoy heading out to areas such as Großer Müggelsee for a spot of swimming, boating or hiking. Wannsee is perfect for escaping to the outdoors and is a welcome break from traditional sightseeing. Animal and nature lovers will go wild for the Berlin Zoo-Aquarium and the Berlin Botanical Gardens, which offer plenty of space for children to run around and let off steam. The many impressive public squares in the city also provide areas for amusement and lots to keep young minds busy and happy.

When the weather turns bad and outside activities are few and far between, kids can head to one of Berlin's indoor playgrounds or one of the more enticing museums, such as the Museum of Natural History which could take up most of the day with hundreds of exhibitions.

Legoland Discovery Centre photo

Legoland Discovery Centre

The Legoland Discovery Centre is the first indoor Legoland in the world and provides an interactive journey through a land of creativity, learning and play. Kids will love themed a…

Legoland Discovery Centre

The Legoland Discovery Centre is the first indoor Legoland in the world and provides an interactive journey through a land of creativity, learning and play. Kids will love themed areas ranging from dinosaurs to ninjas. There is a fun factory where Lego bricks are made, a 4D cinema show and even miniature Berlin sights made from Lego. Consistently rated as one of the best family attractions in Berlin, it's also a great place to celebrate birthdays as there are special party rooms for hire and all sorts of exciting perks. The park is designed mainly for kids aged between three and 10.

Address Sony Centre, 4 Potsdamer Platz

Website www.legolanddiscoverycentre.de

Transport

Bus M41 to Potsdamer Platz, or M48, 200, 357 to Varian-Fry-Str. U-Bahn U2, S1, S2, S25, RE3, RE4, RE5 to Potsdamer Platz station

Opens Open daily 10am to 7pm (last admission 5pm).

Admission

€19.50; children under two are free

Natural History Museum photo

Natural History Museum

Boasting more than 30 million objects throughout its geological, paleontological and zoological collections, the Museum of Natural History in Berlin is the biggest of its kind in G…

Natural History Museum

Boasting more than 30 million objects throughout its geological, paleontological and zoological collections, the Museum of Natural History in Berlin is the biggest of its kind in Germany and one of the five largest in the world. Visitors enjoy discovering extensive treasures and learning while they wander the exhibition halls, which take up a massive 71,000 square feet (6,600sq/m). Apart from the ever-popular dinosaur exhibit, highlights include sections on evolution, domestic animals, the cosmos and solar systems, minerals and more. The museum is well organised, with labels in multiple languages and audio tapes available in about 10 languages.

Address Invalidenstr. 43

Website www.naturkundemuseum-berlin.de

Transport

U-Bahn - U6 to U Naturkundemuseum

Opens Tuesday to Friday 9.30am-6pm; Weekend and public holidays 10am-6pm. Closed Mondays.

Admission

€8 adults; €5 reduced; concessions available

Berlin Zoo-Aquarium photo

Berlin Zoo-Aquarium

Children and families love nothing more than trips to the zoo or the aquarium, and Berlin's stunning Zoo-Aquarium combines both with a large focus on conservation and responsible e…

Berlin Zoo-Aquarium

Children and families love nothing more than trips to the zoo or the aquarium, and Berlin's stunning Zoo-Aquarium combines both with a large focus on conservation and responsible enclosures. The facility is one of the most popular in Europe, entertaining millions of visitors each year with its immense biodiversity from rhinos and pandas to sharks and penguins. Thematic tours such as South America, Asia and Africa are on offer, while there are often special events during the year celebrating Halloween, Easter and Christmas which kids will love. The world's largest inner-city park, Tiergarten adjoins the zoo and a visit is pleasantly combined with a stroll or picnic through these beautiful gardens.

Address 32 Budapester Street

Website www.aquarium-berlin.de

Transport

S-Bahn - Zoologischer Garten S-Bahn stop (S5 + S7 + S75 + S9)

Opens Open daily from 9am-6pm.

Admission

Aquarium only: €16 (adults); €8 (children under 15). Zoo and Aquarium combined: €22 (adults); €11 (children under 15). Concessions available.