Where to go with Kids in Germany

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    Where to go with Kids in Germany

    Family traveling Germany
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    If you are traveling to Germany with your kids, the whole family is in for a treat. Much of what you’ll see seems to come straight out of a storybook - castles and palaces, medieval towns, mythical parks, and busy cities.

    After all, Germany is the home of the Brother’s Grimm and their fairy tales. From enchanting castles and interactive museums, to the world’s largest water park, here’s how to make the most out of your family vacation and have a great time with kids in Germany.

     

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    Neuschwanstein Castle

    Neuschwanstein
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    If your kid loves Cinderella’s Castle in Disneyland, show them the real deal. Visit the fairy tale castle of Neuschwanstein, which is nestled in the Bavarian Alps and was the model for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.

    If your kids don’t want to walk up the hill to the castle (20 mins), you can also hop on a charming horse-drawn carriage. We suggest taking a tour of Neuschwanstein to see the richly decorated interior like the gaudy artificial grotto, the Throne Room with its giant crown-shaped chandelier, and the lavish Minstrels' Hall.

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    Theme Parks

    Heide Park Resort in Germany
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    Germany's 8 best theme parks offer wild animals, wild roller coasters, and a wild day out for the whole family.

    Dotted around the country, the most popular park is Europapark in the southwest of Germany.  The second largest amusement park in Europe, it offers 14 different themed lands dedicated to European architecture, food, and culture. Explore this park as well as 7 others to thrill the entire family.

     

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    Kid-friendly museums

    Deutsches Museum - German Museum Munich
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    Germany is full of museums and several renowned collections are dedicated to the youngest audience.

    There is no better way for kids to spend a day in Munich with children than to explore the German Museum (Deutsches Museum), one of the oldest and largest science and technology museums in the world. The museum offers a plethora of interactive exhibits for busy hands and parents will love the museum as much as their kinder; the Deutsches Museum boasts an impressive collection of historic artifacts like first electric dynamo, the first automobile, and the laboratory bench where the atom was first split. 

    Other particularly family-friendly museums in Germany include the Technological Museum and Natural History Museum in Berlin, among others.

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    Germany's Fairy Tale Road

    The Pied Piper of Hamelin, actually city tourism employee Michael Boyer, leads local children dressed as rats through a quiet street on November 19, 2012 in Hameln, Germany.
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    A great scenic drive through Germany that your kids will love is the Fairy Tale Road, or Deutsche Märchenstraße.

    The 370-mile long route starts in Frankfurt and goes all the way up to Bremen in the North of Germany. You can hike in Little Red Riding Hood's forest, visit the castle of Sleeping Beauty, and climb up the tower from where Rapunzel let down her hair. Almost all of the 50 towns along the Fairy Tale Road offer family-friendly activities, such as puppet shows (in German, but with universal appeal), parades, concerts, medieval markets, historic Christmas markets, and lovely statues of your kids' favorite fairy tale characters.

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    Germany's Castle Road

    Germany, Heidelberg, Heidelberg Castle and Neckar River
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    Take the whole family on Germany's Castle Road (Burgenstraße) and see as many castles as possible in the least amount of time.

    The 625-miles scenic long route, which starts in Mannheim and leads you all the way to Prague in the Czech Republic. It is lined with more than 70 castles and palaces. There will be romantic ruins, picture perfect castle museums, and even castle hotels where your kids can live their own fairy tale and spend the night in a medieval castle.

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    German Factory Tours for Kids

    VW Factory Germany
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    Curious minds want to know! Take your kids behind the scenes of Germany’s most famous exports for the best factory tours in Germany. Show them how German cars, chocolate, or gummy bears are made from start to finish.

    Before you go on one of these factory tours in Germany, check for reservations and tours in English. And don’t forget to shop at the factory stores afterward where you can get great deals.

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    Take Kids to Oktoberfest

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    Can you take your kids to the world’s most famous beer festival? The answer is Yes! Although the festival is famous for German beer, there is so much more. The whole family can enjoy fun rides, concerts, and traditional parades that will introduce your kids to Bavarian culture, food, and history.

    Every Tuesday the whole family can enjoy family days where there discounted prices on rides. You can also bring your children with you into the Oktoberfest beer tents, although kids under the age of six have to leave the tents by 8 p.m. The most family-friendly Oktoberfest tents are the Augustiner Beer Tent and the Wine Tent in the early afternoon.

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    Water Parks

    Tropical Islands Germany
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    Germany is proud to be home to the largest indoor water park in the world: Tropical Islands. Located near Berlin, this giant dome can be seen for miles around. It features the world’s biggest indoor rain forest, Europe’s largest tropical spa and sauna complex, a 650 feet long sandy beach, endless slides, and even accommodations. 

    And this is just one of Germany's best water parks. Explore the rest around the country..

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    Take the Kids on a Train

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    What's the best way to get around Germany with kids? Take the train!

    In Germany, children under 15 travel for free if they are accompanied by parents or grandparents. You just have to register your kid's names on your train ticket (and children under 6 don't have to be registered on your ticket). There is room for kids to move around the cars and plenty to look at along the way.

    In Germany's Intercity Express Trains (ICE), you'll even find family-friendly compartments. The Kleinkindabteil offers tables for playing and drawing, storage room for a stroller, and often a changing table.