The following is a travelogue written by Sophie. Visiting Berlin was always in my wish list. In-fact the whole of Europe. I grew up reading books written by European authors. I read world war books too. That’s why exploring Europe is always at the top of my wish list. Enjoy the post!
Known as a city with a thriving night life, Berlin has an abundance of child-friendly activities as well. It’s actually one of the most entertaining cities in Europe for the young ones, and there are plenty of things to do that won’t break your carefully planned budget. Here’s a couple of suggestions for a low-cost family trip to Berlin…
ZLB-Kinder and the Hallescher Komet Youth Library
This is the biggest library in Berlin for young people. For English speakers, there’s a multi-lingual collection in the reference library. So it’s possible to take some time out and chill with a book, a board-game, or by using a free computer.
During the autumn and winter, they erect a gorgeous Mongolian yurt, for intimate storytelling sessions with the kids, a puppet theatre and special film screenings. The best thing is, of course, that it’s all completely free.
Görlitzer Park Children’s Farm
This charming children’s park in trendy Kreuzberg has been around since the early 80’s and is still free to enter today. It’s located in the corner of the lively Görlitzer Park, where there are gardens and often festivals and workshops going on so even if you’re only here for a weekend in Berlin, check out the events programme for your trip to the German capital.
At the farm, kids can get up close and personal with farm animals like pigs, donkeys, sheep, ducks, geese and guinea pigs. The keepers give regular tours and educational talks about the animals. For hungry little human animals, there’s a nearby Edelweiss Cafe selling yummy German snack foods.
In fact, Berlin has a network of kindercafes that are fantastic rest stops after a long day sight-seeing in the capital. These have more in common with hipster bars or trendy cafes, than Jungle Gyms back home. They have funky décor and serve decent, well-priced food but have dedicated play areas. It’s a place that parents would want to hang out in, as well as kids.
Knilch means ‘little tacker’ or ‘young scamp’ in German. This is one of the best kindercafes in Berlin. It’s located in the trendy district of Kreuzberg; also home to Hansa, a recording studio made famous by David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Brian Eno back in the 70’s. This part of Berlin is multi-cultural, full of colourful street art, and other attractions you can appreciate without spending a dime, just by wandering around the blocks.
Europe may sound like an expensive prospect for a family, but with plenty of cheap flights to the city and low-cost accommodation deals, it’s still doable from Stateside. What’s more, plan your activity itinerary around the abundant free attractions, and you’ll part with very little spending money once there.
Images by Bleppo and Robert Agthe, used under Creative Comms license.
About the Author – Sophie Hanshaw is a travel journalist who balances her family life with regular work trips to destinations such as the Balkans, North Africa and Mexico.