familiy fun vacation germany

Germany has lots of fun activities for children and the young at heart. There’s so much to see and do, you won’t be poring over your mobile phone (or Handy, as the Germans call it) any time soon! What’s Up, Germany? has put together some entertaining family-oriented options for you.

Theme Parks

Europa-Park, Phantasialand, Serengeti Park, Legoland, Heide Park, Dinosaur Park. Pick any of them for a mind-blowing family adventure with wild rides, water slides and flight simulators. In fairy-tale forests and haunted houses, you’ll get whisked off to a land of gnomes, princesses, puppets and pirates! Most parks have trains to help you get around. Make sure to ask for money-saving family tickets.

Miniature Wonderland

Located in Hamburg, it is the world’s largest miniature railway world. You’ll get transported into realistic miniature versions of Hamburg, the Harz Mountains, Austria, Switzerland, America, Scandinavia and the fictitious town of Knuffingen. The most interesting part is the computer-controlled airport with a fleet of 40 airplanes that actually land and take off! The more you explore this wonderland, the more fascinating it gets.

Zugspitze

If nature is what you’re looking for, look no further! Head to the top of the highest mountain peak in Germany where you’ll be treated to an impressive 360° panoramic view. With the entire country at your feet, this is the ideal setting for a family selfie or some adrenalin-pumping sledding in the snow!

family fun vacation
family fun vacation

Toy Museum

Step into this museum in Nuremberg and you’ll be transported back in time. There are over 85,000 old toys comprising of cars, trains, dolls and lots more from the World War II era.

Markets

Germans love to hang out in open-air fairs and markets. They have seasonal wine fairs, flea markets, farmers’ markets, medieval markets, and the most famous of them all, Christmas markets! Browse through the many happy Christmas markets with colourful booths lining the streets, selling traditional goodies and local food. Children can hop onto brightly lit merry-go-rounds while the adults beat the cold with glühwein!

Cuisine

There are ten Michelin three-star restaurants in Germany, making it the second-most decorated country in the world. When it comes to street food, you’ll be spoilt for choice. The omnipresent sausage—in all its 1,500 avatars—makes its presence felt in every city, town and village. Dig into delicious döner kebabs, schnitzel, sauerbraten, potato salad, sauerkraut, spätzle, pretzel, local specialties and Black Forest cake. It’s not for nothing that Germany is called the king of kuchen (cake)! Having coffee and cake is a much-loved German pastime. Make a quick fun trip to the Deutsches Currywurst Museum in Berlin. If you want to stick to Indian food, there are more than 1,600 Indian restaurants in the major cities. Berlin alone has over 300 vegetarian and 30 vegan restaurants!

SHOP HOPPING! WHAT’S UP, GERMANY? GIVES YOU SOME COOL SHOPPING IDEAS:

TRADITIONAL


  • Piece of the Berlin Wall
  • Wooden Christmas decorations (wooden nutcracker & smoking men figurines)
  • Cuckoo whistle & clock
  • Hummel figurine
  • Beer mug
  • Kölnisch Wasser (Eau de Cologne)
  • Painted candle holder & wax picture
  • Mechanical pencil
  • Volksmarch walking stick
  • Porcelain pieces
  • Steiff stuffed toys & teddy bears
  • Dralle hand soap
  • Beer garden street sign

 

EDIBLE GOODIES


  • Chocolates (Ritter Sport, Milka & Hachez)
  • Haribo gummy bears
  • Honey
  • Cheese
  • Sausages
  • Pretzels

BEVERAGES


  • Jägermeister
  • Schnapps
  • Riesling, Sekt or Spätburgunder wine
  • Kümmerling or Wurzelpeter herb liqueur

CITY-SPECIFIC


  • Berlin’s Ampelmann souvenirs
  • Frankfurt’s Bembel (wine pitcher)
  • Lübeck’s marzipan & nougat
  • Solingen’s cutlery
  • Plauen’s lace curtains

  • Take in the history and local culture at city landmarks & old neighbourhoods. Some even have free walking tours.
  • Check out art galleries & museums that have free entry on specific days.
  • Stroll through Christmas markets & carnival parades.
  • Enjoy a picnic in a park. You can even chug a beer in public.
    It’s legal!
  • Do what the locals do: hang out at farmers’ markets and beer gardens, beaches and pools, lakes & rivers; attend a live concert.

  • Bratwurst: a grilled sausage made of finely minced pork or beef
  • Currywurst: a sliced pork sausage slathered in a spicy ketchup sauce
  • Bockwurst (Frankfurter): this scalded sausage made from veal and pork is lightly smoked
  • Blutwurst: this blood sausage, made from pork or beef, is almost black in colour and eaten cold
  • Leberwurst: made from pork, this liver sausage is usually used to make open sandwiches
  • Weisswurst: served with sweet mustard, this white-coloured veal sausage is usually boiled and eaten without the skin
  • Nürnberger Rostbratwurst: finger-sized grilled pork sausages flavoured with marjoram
  • Gelbwurst: a yellow sausage spiced with lemon, mace, ginger and cardamom
  • Landjäger: a smoked and dried beef and bacon sausage usually eaten cold
  • Thüringer Rostbratwurst: this large grilled sausage dates back to the 17th century
  • Knackwurst: a short and stubby sausage made from beef and garlic
  • Mettwurst: this uncooked pork and beef sausage is usually spread on bread
  • Leberkäse: similar to meatloaf, it is served in slices

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” — Anonymous