It can be hard to find activities that everyone enjoys whilst on a family holiday but, for those heading to Germany this year, there are plenty of choices. Wherever you go in this beautiful country, there are exciting, interactive and unique attractions just waiting to be discovered. Here are a few ideas for when you are travelling with the kids in tow.
Located close to the city of Saarbrücken, in the south of Germany, and named after a prehistoric supercontinent, Gondwana offers a journey of amazement for anyone obsessed with dinosaurs. As well as the world’s biggest dinosaur show, complete with state-of-the-art animatronics, the ‘Prehistorium’ features 4-D movies, the opportunity to learn about palaeontology and a journey through time that highlights the biggest moments in the history of our planet. And, all the time, children and adults will be able to interact with what they see.
Babelsberg Film Park, Potsdam
Babelsberg Film Park can be found just outside of Berlin, close to the city of Potsdam. It is a fantastic day out for anyone who loves films and TV, offering a chance to take a behind-the-scenes look at filming, stunts and CGI. Whilst live shows allow you to learn about how film sets train animals and how special effects are used, theme park rides immerse you deeper into the action. ‘Dome of Babelsberg’ allows you to fight monsters and zombies with laser guns and ‘Dock 8’ forces you to escape from a submarine that seemingly comes alive and takes you prisoner.
The translation of Schwarzlichtviertel is ‘Black Light World’ and this attraction plunges you into a land of glow-in-the-dark fun and games. The main attractions are the 18-hole, glow-in-the-dark mini-golf and a challenge that tests your ability to navigate past laser beams, but there are also many other glowing games to enjoy. Try your hand at glow-in-the-dark billiards, air-hockey or the innovative ‘chase the light’ game, before venturing back into the daylight for a drink and snack afterwards.
Saalfeld Fairy Grottoes, Saalfeld
If you are planning a trip to Thuringia (perhaps an Erfurt city break or a tour of Eisenach), the Saalfeld Fairy Grottoes is a great day out for the family. This attraction is actually a show mine that was once used to claim black shale. Once the material was all excavated, the caves were left to nature and have developed into what you see today. You can explore the main part of the mine, known as the fairytale dome, before heading into the interactive museum to learn about stalactites, stalagmites and much more.
Meanwhile, back on the surface, you are invited to discover the world of the fairies, elves and forest sprites as you make your way through the Fairyworld Adventure Park. As you enter through the Fairy Gate, you’ll encounter lots of different interactive stations on your way to meet the fairy in her castle.
Tropical Islands, Halbe
This giant indoor and outdoor water park is just an hour outside of Berlin and is the ideal place for a relaxing stay or a thrilling adventure. Whilst the children are enjoying Germany’s tallest waterslide tower and the outdoor world of Amazonia, you can head off to the spa area for a massage, mud treatment or some time in the sauna. Then you can enjoy family activities like mini-golf, beach football and indoor hot air balloon rides before retiring to one of the many accommodation options in the evening. There’s so much to do at Tropical Islands that you’ll need a few days to experience it all.
Hagenbeck Tropical Aquarium, Hamburg
Hamburg has some great activities for families and, just north of the city, you will find another one. Hagenbeck Tropical Aquarium and the world-famous neighbouring zoo are home to over 14,000 different animals. The aquarium focuses on species from close to the equator and prides itself on barrier-free enclosures that help visitors get closer to the wildlife. Along with sharks, rays, crocodile and other creatures of the deep, you’ll get to see animals that live in wet habitats such as lemurs, lizards, birds, bats, snakes, spiders and so much more.
This is just a small sample of the exciting things to do in Germany. And, with our tailor-made European city breaks, we can help you plan a trip to anywhere in the country so that you can visit these and many other fantastic attractions. Call our friendly team on 0800 988 3369 today.