The places at a glance
The school holidays are coming to an end, but the summer is still long. Many families are drawn to the countryside by the persistently high temperatures. Even a big city like Berlin has unexpectedly many places and activities to offer that are fun for both parents and children. We will tell you our favourite places for young and old. For sunny and rainy days. For heavenly delicacies and exciting voyages of discovery. Let’s go.
Woop woop. We don’t know a more exciting ice cream parlour than this one. When the American food processor produces a deliciously creamy ice cream from individually selected ingredients and with the addition of milk, cream and sugar within a few seconds, even adults watch in awe. The reason? Impressive smoking nitrogen! It cools down the ingredients at lightning speed and makes for a fabulous bacon rake. Your children will never want to eat ice cream anywhere else again!
Zoo. The Zoological Garden was the first zoo in Germany and is still the most species-rich zoo in the world. Since 1844 it has amazed its visitors every day anew. Over 19,400 animals and around 1,400 species live on the 33 hectare area, which is also a green oasis in the middle of the City West. In bad weather, children can also flatten their noses at the countless glass panes of the aquarium – one of the most species-rich and modern show aquariums in the world.
Thaipark. As soon as it gets warmer outside, the Prussian Park in Wilmersdorf turns into a big picnic on the weekends – the Thai Park. Thai women and other Asians gather under colorful parasols to cook and sell their specialties. Food is served on benches or picnic blankets. The dishes range from fried spring rolls and fish balls to Asian Maultaschen and sweet desserts. – A lively, authentic celebration for the whole family.
Barcomi’s. A diner like from the picture book, hidden on a backyard in the middle. Here the “Baking Queen” Cynthia Barcomi serves home-roasted coffee and the delicacies that have made her the most popular American woman in Berlin: Cookies, muffins, bagels, cinnamon rolls and New York cheesecake. And don’t forget the gigantic cakes like the “Devils Food Cake”! But also the hearty snacks such as salads, sandwiches and wraps are among the best in town for us.
Riffraff. The small theatre in Sophienstraße has existed since 1982. As a puppet theatre of the old school it still fascinates every visitor. The programme ranges from fairy tale adaptations for the little ones to puppet operas for adults. A real highlight for young and old are the marionettes themselves, which are handmade to this day.
Berlin Rickshaw Tours. The city guide Helmut Millan and his colleagues know Berlin like the back of their hand. On three wheels, they take their guests on rickshaws to classic sights, but above all to hidden places where there are lots of anecdotes to tell. Of course, the trip itself is enough for children. It’s so exciting that there’s not even time to fidget.
Natural History Museum. Founded in 1810, this museum is one of the oldest in the city. With more than 30 million objects, including countless stuffed animals, it gives a unique insight into the history of the earth and the origin of life. Particularly popular among Berliners is “Tristan Otto”, the dinosaur skeleton of a Thyrannosaurus Rex. – Not only children are amazed!
German Museum of Technology. With hardly any other museum can you make children as happy as with the Berlin Museum of Technology. With countless original objects, it takes its visitors on a journey through the technical developments of past centuries. In many places, visitors are encouraged to take part and try things out. At the latest with the collection of historical steam locomotives and the “ship” world of life, it has usually happened with children.
Princess Gardens. Unfortunately only open from April to October, this green oasis in Kreuzberg is a real natural highlight in the middle of the city. In addition to real “guerilla gardening” with special vegetables that are not normally available in shops, you can spend a wonderfully relaxed time in the restaurant and café. Just right for the little ones to recover from the exciting sightseeing in the big city.
Domain Dahlem. You don’t have to drive far to get a taste of the country air in Berlin. The Domäne Dahlem is easily accessible by underground. On the old estate and the surrounding fields there are horses, cows, pigs and chickens, a lot of fruit and vegetable cultivation as well as exciting exhibitions about agriculture. The regular markets at Easter, Christmas or other seasonal occasions are legendary. Whatever the season, children and adults alike love it here. A truly idyllic place!
And an extra tip. A very special highlight for the Whitsun weekend is the annual Carnival of Cultures, which is dedicated to children from all over the world with an independent children’s Carnival of Cultures. Anyone who has experienced the lively, colourful hustle and bustle will always come back!