Shall We Play?
Berlin kids are lucky kids: The city invests ample money and creativity into making its playgrounds spectacular, and each of the 2000+ play areas has its own personality and theme. Here are our favorite five:
DRAGON PARK (FRIEDRICHSHAIN):
This small playground hidden between two buildings at Schreinerstr. 48 features a green dragon you can walk into and slide down, plus
climbing facilities galore.
THE RUBBER PLAYGROUND
Kids love jumping around, and this adventurous playground on Winterfeldtplatz is
made entirely of bouncy rubber sheets.
THE ARKONAPLATZ PLAY AREA
Tunnel slides, cableways, climbing towers, and jumping mattresses are just some of the attractions you will find at this
1,600sqm play park.
THE SNOW WHITE PLAYGROUND (CHARLOTTENBURG, MOMMSENSTRASSE):
There’s the prince’s castle with real rooms and lots of ladders and slides, the dwarves’ house, and the mine with a real water pump so kids
can splash around on hot days.
THE SHIP PARK (KREUZBERG):
Pirate kids will enjoy the gigantic pirate ship
inside the Görlitzer Park playground.
Computer Game Museum
Over 300 items, including rare originals, walk visitors through the development of computer games from the 1959 Brown Box to the Playstation and beyond. Visitors can test most of the games. Open Wed– Mon 10am– 8pm. €8/5. www.computerspielemuseum.de. Karl- Marx-Allee 93a. T: 030.60988577. U Weberwiese. G3
Learn about Berlin’s most famous street food, the currywurst, at this small but entertaining museum. Delve into its history, discover the secrets of its yellow sauce in the so- called spice chamber, and watch movies starring the delicious sausage. Open 10am– 8pm. €11/ 7, under- 6s free. www.currywurstmuseum.de. Schützenstr. 70. T: 030.88718647. U Kochstraße, U Stadtmitte. E4
MUST SEE All things technology, as well as a hands- on section where kids can conduct experiments. The old locomotives and the aviation rooms are the most popular attractions, and a Rosinenbomber, a 1948 Berlin Airlift aircraft, is mounted on the museum’s roof. Open Mon– Fri 9am– 5:30pm, Sat & Sun 10am– 6pm. €6/3.50. www.sdtb.de. Trebbiner Str. 9. T: 030.902540. U Möckernbrücke, U Gleisdreieck. E4
Domäne Dahlem City Farm
A real farm in the Berlin suburbs, with a manor house from the 1600s. The farm grounds are still in use and complete with all the usual animals, from cows to pigs to horses and geese. There’s also a small exhibition of ancient agricultural tools, and a farmers’ market on Saturday mornings. Check website for special events. Open Wed– Mon 10am– 6pm in summer. Farm: € free except during special events. Museum: €3/1.50. www.domaenedahlem. de. Königin- Luise-Str. 49. T: 030.6663000. U Dahlem Dorf. Off Map
Legoland Discovery Center
Everything is built with the famous plastic bricks at this indoor Lego wonderland. There are videos explaining how Lego is made, a Lego factory, a 4D cinema with tactile effects, a Duplo village for the very little ones, and a medieval world with knights and dragons. Kids can build their own structures and try them out at the test centre. Daily 10am– 6pm (last admission 5pm) except 24 Dec. €16 (from €8 if you book online, under-3s free). Combined tickets with Madame Tussauds, Sea Life, and Berlin Dungeon. www.legolanddiscoverycentre.de. Potsdamer Str. 4. T: 01806.66690110. S+U Potsdamer Platz. D3
Have your picture taken with Angela Merkel, Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, One Direction, or Shrek. You can even touch, kiss, and cuddle your favourite personalities. And yes, Adolf Hitler is there too, depicted as a little man standing in despair in his bunker during his final days. The legendary wax museum also has a section explaining how the figures are made. Open 10am–7pm daily (until 9pm in Aug, closed 24 Dec). € 21/16, discounts if you book online. Combined tickets with Berlin Dungeon, Sea Life and Legoland are also available. www.madametussauds.com. Unter den Linden 74. U Brandenburger Tor. E3
Museum für Naturkunde
The world’s largest dinosaur skeleton, extensive collections of shells, insects, and taxidermy, as well as prize-winning mounted animal dioramas. Open Tue– Fri 9:30– 6pm, Sat & Sun 10am– 6pm. €6/3.50. www.naturkundemuseum- berlin.de. Invalidenstr. 43. T: 030.20938591. U Naturkundemuseum. E2
Sea Life & AquaDom
Dazzling clownfish, scary sharks, crawling spider crabs, and lovely seahorses are just some of the 5,000 creatures inhabiting this small but interesting aquarium. Discover the ethereal dance of the jellyfish and observe the eagle rays on your way to the Aquadom, a 16- m-tall cylindrical tropical fish tank that can be viewed from a slow elevator. Daily 10am–7pm. €17.50/12.50 (discounts when booking online). Under-3s free. Combined tickets with Madame Tussauds, Berlin Dungeon, and Legoland also available.www.visitsealife.com. Spandauer Str. 3. S Hackescher Markt, S+U Alexanderplatz. F3
Tempelhof Airport Park
MUST SEE What used to be the city’s most central airport is now a public park. The six kilometers of runways are used for cycling, skating, and jogging, and the whole field covers four hectares. This is where many Berliners spend their weekends, bringing BBQ equipment or just picnicking on the grass while their kids fly colorful kites. Tempelhofer Damm. S Tempelhof, U Platz der Luftbrücke, U Boddinstraße. Off Map
This tropical amusement park features a greenhouse with more than 20,000 plants, including a palm grove, a mangrove swamp, and many animals such as iguanas, parrots, geckos, frogs, and butterflies. Open daily Mon– Fri 9am– 6pm, from 10am on weekends and holidays. €11.50/9.80. Under-3s free. www.biosphaere- potsdam.de. Georg- Halemann-Allee 99. T: 0331.550740. Tram 96 from Potsdam Hauptbahnhof. Off Map
Potsdam and Sanssouci
MUST SEE The sumptuous Rococo castle of Sanssouci in Potsdam was commissioned by Frederick the Great (1712– 86), who wanted “a place to be without cares.” The king of Prussia employed the finest architects of the day to design the Baroque park, the Schloss placed above terraced vineyards, the more sober New Palace, and a few other pavilions scattered in the park. The park and its palaces have been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1990. Open 10am– 6pm (until 5pm in winter). Closed Mon. €15/11. www.spsg.de. An der Orangerie 1, Potsdam. T: 0331.9694200. S Potsdam or regional train from Zoologischer Garten to Potsdam Hauptbahnhof. Off Map