Shall We Play?

Where Berlin - - SIGHTSEEING -

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

(SCHöNEBERG):

Kids love jump­ing around, and this ad­ven­tur­ous play­ground on Win­ter­feldt­platz is

made en­tirely of bouncy rub­ber sheets.

THE ARKONAPLATZ PLAY AREA

(PREN­ZLAUER BERG):

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

Cur­ry­wurst Mu­seum

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

Deutsches Tech­nikmu­seum

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

Madame Tus­sauds

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

Biosphäre Pots­dam

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

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