06 Dec Traveling in Germany with children

Germany is an excellent travel destination for the whole family. Visitors of all ages will fall in love with the many theme- and water parks, castles, museums, national parks and zoos as well as different activities, such as cycling, swimming and walking. We introduce you some interesting attractions.

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The Europa-Park located in the city of Rust in the Southwest Germany is the most popular theme park of Germany with over 4 million visitors annually. There are, for example, 14 areas dedicated to different European countries and Children´s World. One of the new attractions is a copy of Ireland with a little fishing village in the middle of hills. Also the children´s swingboat Dancing Dingie and children´s rollercoaster Ba-a-a-Express can be found from there. Old Mac Donald´s Tractor Fun offers a pleasant tractor ride. The large, covered play area Limerick Castle offers experiences for children all the year round. The new restaurant The O´ Mackay´s Café and Pub is a place of culinary enjoyments. The new shop Shamrock Gifts and Treats is also worth of visiting.

The 4D Magic Cinema displays a new adventure entitled Happy Family. The film tells a story about an extremely ordinary Wünschmann family, who are spending an extremely ordinary day in the park. The film is shown in rotation with another 4D adventure The Time Carousel.

The visitors can also enjoy of digital worlds. In the area dedicated to Austria it is possible to travel in Alpenexpress Coastality guided by Ed Euromaus, and through the scarily beautiful world of the film Happy Family can be traveled on Pegasus Coastaliaty with the aid of virtual reality glasses.

Formula 1 cars are displayed in the new Won World exhibition in the Mercedes-Benz Hall. Different tastes from all over the world can be tested in the new Spices restaurant.

There are several European airports near the park. These are, for example, Karslruhe/Baden-Baden (64 km), Stuttgart (175 km), Basel (90 km), Strasbourg (64 km), Frankfurt (240 km) and Zurich (186 km).

The nearest railway station is Ringsheim, which is located 4 kilometers from the park. From there, the main entrance of the park can be reached directly with the bus number 7231.

Children under 4 years old have free entrance. In summer, the ticket costs 38.50 € for children between 4 and 11 years and in winter, 32.50 €. The ticket for adults and 12 year old and older children costs 44.50 € in summer and 38.50 € in winter. As a specialty the park offers free entrance for children on their birthday until the 12th year. Seniors over 60 years old and visitors with disabilities have only to pay the price of children´s ticket.

Buchheim Museum of Imagination

The collections of Lothar-Günther Buchheim, which are displayed in Bernried am Stanberger See in Bavaria, amaze and entertain with their variety and uniqueness. Besides the works of the great modern artists such as Picasso, Chagall and Brague and German Expressionists, there are also carousel animals and fairground attractions, paperweights, individualistic works of amateur artists and crafts from Africa, Asia, the South Pacific and South America.

The museum can be reached by the S-Bahn-train number 6 in direction to Tützing and RVO Bus number 9614 to Penzberg (from Tuesday to Friday). The trains of Deutsche Bahn operate to Bernried, from which it takes 20 minutes to walk to the museum. With the train S6 it is possible to travel to Starnberg, from which you can take the Museum Ship “Phantasie” or Bavarian Ferry to Bernried. With the car, you should drive highway A 95 from Munich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, exit Seeshaupt, direction Benried Busses through the underpasses.

The entrance costs 8.50 € for adults and 3.50 € for children, students and disabled persons.

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The large amusement park of Heide-Park is located in Soltau in the state of Lower Saxony. The park with the area of 85 hectares was opened in 1978, and there are over 40 fairground attractions. There is, for example, a copy of the Statue of Liberty. There are several ticket alternatives. For example, a day ticket costs 32 euros. The tickets can be ordered directly on  Internet.

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Thuringian Forest

The medium high mountain range Thuringian Forest located in the state of Thuringia, 130 kilometers long and 35 kilometers wide, is a fascinating mixture of nature, culture and leisure time fun. There are, for example, lots of spas, ski slopes and zoos. The Thuringian Forest is the largest coherent forest area in Germany.

You can go there for a holiday in summer as well as in winter. There are the highest slopes of Germany, and the area is known as a popular winter sport resort. For example, in Oberhof is held international competitions. Besides hotels, families can rent cottages and vacation residences as well. There are a lot of riding farms and over 6000 kilometers of hiking trails. The most popular spas are Thüringen-Therme and sanatorium and family spa TABBS. Nature and culture enthusiasts can found several animal species from the uncontaminated nature. Some of them can be admired in nature- and experience parks, for example in the bird park Tirica. A different experience is llama hiking in Sophienhof. Those seeking for culture can take their way to Wartburg in Eisenach: Martin Luther has influenced there.

Schwarzwald Badeparadies (Schwarzwald Spa Paradise)

Schwarzwald Badeparadies in the state of Baden-Württemberg is a fascinating and large recreation center for the whole family. There are different sections. Galaxy Schwarzwald is full of fun, activities and experiences. Palmenoase (Palm oasis) allures with 25 attractions, 20 of which are slides, which interest children as well as adults. The absolute highlights of the spa are the largest stainless steel halfpipe in the world and Germany´s longest 4 mat slide.

Fun in the wild surf is offered in the wave pool and the 25 meter sports pool is the right choice for sports enthusiasts. For families, there is a new Galaxy Relax section, where adults as well as children can relax in the area of 700 m2 under the palms and enjoy of tropical atmosphere.

There are several ticket alternatives, but the cheapest ticket costs 12 euros for 1.5 hours. More information: https://www.badeparadies-schwarzwald.de/en/galaxy/prices/

Hamburg Wadden Sea National Park

Hamburg Wadden Sea National Park located in Northern Germany is one of the 16 national parks of the country. It is surrounded by a small group of islands on the North Sea coast off Cuxhaven beyond the Elbe estuary. The park protects around 12,000 hectares of coastal mudflats. The three islands of the area are the lush Neuwerk, the dune island of Scharhörn and the artificial island of Nigehörn. During the fascinating excursions through the mudflats, the visitors can seek for amber and see large colonies of little, common, sandwich and Arctic terns. There are also many cultural attractions in the area.

Zoo Berlin

Zoo Berlin is the largest zoo in the world full of experiences. There are living over 6500 exotic animal species in a varied environment. One of the many highlights is the historical castle. The zoo takes part in several international species conservation projects. Many plant and animal species get annually into the Red List of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). Threats for the survival of the animals caused by human are, for example, poaching, habitat destruction and water pollution. This is exactly what Zoo Berlin wants to think about, and in the best case, the animals can be settled into the wild in suitable habitats.

Kuvat: CC-lisenssillä / Boschfoto, Dirk Thierfelder, YanCoasterman, To!007, Mhaesen, Ralf Roletschek , Dieter Brügmann (Bruhaha)

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