Annual highlights for children in Berlin

Tips for Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter

Whether spring, summer, autumn or winter – Berlin inspires on 365 days in the year with exciting activities. Indoors as well as outdoors, the capital city provides fun for young and old. So that you find exactly the right thing, we have compiled great tips for events for children in Berlin.

Berlin in spring: Flower Power!

Whether it’s the carnival, markets or Easter fire – in spring you can look forward to many events for children in Berlin. After the cold winter, Berlin celebrates the cherry blossom festival in the Gardens of the World in Marzahn: children and adults welcome spring here in April under countless pink cherry blossoms. A colourful entertainment and stage programme never leaves you bored. To music, culture and delicious food you celebrate the colourful flower festival with your little ones.

Cherry blossoms in the gardens of the world © visitBerlin, Photo: Maxi-Lena Schuleit

From 13 April to 15 October 2017, the IGA Berlin 2017 invites you to an eventful and surprising festival of the most beautiful international garden art and green urban lifestyle under the motto “A MORE of Colours”. Over an area of 104 hectares and more than 5,000 events over 186 days, everything revolves around contemporary garden art and landscape design, nature experiences, green urban spaces and life culture in a wide variety of dimensions and forms. The Gardens of the World, the Wuhletal and the Kienberg Park with Kienberg and Kienberg promenade – the 104-hectare varied IGA site in Marzahn Hellersdorf is divided into five large sections.

Families experience a blazing Easter fire in the Britzer Garden. Every year on Easter Saturday you and your kids can marvel at the traditional fire under the Berlin evening sky. On the following day, an event for children alone awaits you at the same location: the outdoor laboratory has prepared several games so that the little ones can really let off steam here. For example, you can track down haystacks and find Easter eggs in a classic way.

Berlin in summer: Off to cool water!

Berlin is full of bathing lakes and beach baths, which offer a pleasant cooling in summer. The Plötzensee in Wedding is ideal for families. In the 700 meter long lake your kids can romp around while you relax on the fine sand. Further highlights at the lake: water slide, trampoline, rope circus and adventure playground.

Full attention is given to the little ones at the International Children’s Day in the Family Centre FEZ. Several hundred actors create the right atmosphere here. Kids can enjoy singing and dancing children’s stars, entertaining music theatre and little adventures like throwing pancakes with Pippi Longstocking.

Children jump into the lake © Getty Images, Photo: FatCamera

Children jump from a jetty into a swimming lake

Berlin in Autumn: Get into the Learning Pleasure!

When the first cool days come, you can introduce your children to Germany’s history in one of Berlin’s many museums. Especially on the Day of German Unity our capital offers many interesting events for children, which explain our eventful past to the whole family. On this day, the German Historical Museum offers special guided tours that provide an exciting and child-friendly insight into the division and reunification of Germany.

Every year the Berliner Lichterfeste, which enchant the whole city from September to October, are an absolute hit and a crowd-puller for young and old. The brilliant light installations shine as soon as the sun sets on the horizon and make the city walk a special experience for the whole family.

Festival of Lights at the Gendarmenmarkt ©, Photo: Verworner

Festival of lights in October

Berlin in winter: Off to the slopes!

Even though Berlin is not located in the mountains, for families in winter there is one thing above all else: off to the slopes! As soon as the meadows have disappeared under a white carpet of snow, the hills of the capital city turn into rapid toboggan runs. Reach for the toboggan and head for one of the numerous toboggan runs. The toboggan run on the Teufelsberg in Grunewald is particularly popular, and you can’t just go full throttle down it. From here you also have a wonderful view over Berlin. The toboggan run in the Lübars amusement park has a floodlight system to ensure that even on dark winter days the glittering snow is brightly lit and the little ones can safely go down the slope. If the snow is still to come, families can visit the ice rink “Rübezahl” at the Müggelsee. On the completely covered and all around glazed skating rink the little ones can practice pirouettes in any weather.

If you like it more comfortable, enjoy a hot mulled wine at one of the many Christmas markets in Berlin. The Christmas market at Grunewald Hunting Lodge is a true fairytale experience. Children’s punch, cookies and fairytale characters such as Frau Holle or Hänsel und Gretel, who mingle with the visitors, create a festive atmosphere here.

Lucia Christmas Market in the Kulturbrauerei, Berlin © KeteringGmbH, Photo: Jochen Loch

Are you ready for 365 days of fun?

Berlin offers countless events for children all year round. If you are looking for even more ideas for exciting activities, take a look at our online travel magazine. There you will find many more recommendations for Berlin in autumn, winter, spring and summer. We have put together a great programme for whole days in our day tours for families.

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