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Explore Berlin with children! – Family-friendly hotels and highlights for all ages

Exploring a city like Berlin with kids can get exhausting, but we'll make it easier for you. Here are a few awesome family-friendly hotels in the German capital and some tips on how to explore the city with little ones.

Is it time for your next family outing? Then head for Berlin, because the metropolis is well worth a visit not only for party animals and art lovers. The capital also offers a lot of variety and adventure for families with little explorers – and that doesn’t need to be exhausting or expensive!

In this article, we’ll show you everything you can experience in Berlin with children on a sightseeing weekend – no matter whether it’s stormy or snowing outside or the weather is showing its best side. We’ll tell you where to find affordable, centrally located hotels with family rooms in Berlin.

Family-friendly hotel in Berlin with a spectacular view on the city

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The aletto Kudamm Hotel is located in the immediate vicinity of the Kurfürstendamm in the heart of City West. Its highlight is the rooftop terrace with bar, which offers a great panoramic view of the city. Children will especially enjoy the playground and the large garden with a sports area for playing football and table tennis.

aletto Kudamm Hotel

Family rooms in Berlin:

The rooms sleep up to six people to accommodate you and your family.

Children’s rates:

Children up to the age of 5 stay free of charge. Children aged 6 to 10 cost €15 per night.

Nearby:

The hotel is located on the Ku’Damm and is thus the perfect starting point for an extended shopping spree. There is something for all budgets: from second-hand to designer shops. In terms of cuisine, there’s a lot of fast food on offer here. When you cross the Ku’Damm, you’ll find even more restaurants and cafés.

Public transport:

The nearby S-Bahn and underground station Zoologischer Garten is a good starting point for exploring the city. From here, it is only one stop to the Tiergarten, three stops to the main train station (Regierungsviertel), four stops to Friedrichstraße and six stops to Alexanderplatz.

Parking:

There is an underground car park (€13) and long-term parking permits for a public parking garage are available (€10).

aletto Hotel Kudamm

Berlin, 19.2 km to Airport Berlin Schönefeld
8.3 Very good (7280 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.1 / 10
WiFi in rooms
Car park
Pets allowed
Wellness centre / Spa
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Affordable family-friendly hotel in Berlin Mitte

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The MEININGER Hotel Berlin Mitte “Humboldthaus” is centrally located in the centre of Berlin, making it very convenient for travellers. It is equipped with a guest kitchen and washing machine: perfect if you want to stay longer, are travelling with little luggage or want to self-cater to save money. In addition, dogs can stay in the family rooms for €10 per pet per day. Each room at the hotel is an individual creation of DaWanda designers. To relax, head for the idyllic courtyard terrace or the cosy lounge with hotel bar.

MEININGER Hotel Berlin Mitte “Humboldthaus”

Family rooms in Berlin:

The hotel is also suitable for extended families. There are rooms with up to six beds. The private shared rooms are mostly equipped with a double bed and bunk beds. Cots can be added free of charge.

Children’s rates:

Children up to the age of 5 stay free of charge. For children up to the age of 12, there is a 50% discount.

Nearby:

The hotel is located on the lively Oranienburger Straße with its many restaurants and cafés. The hotel is only 500 m from Museum Island, while the green Monbijou Park and the Kinderbad Monbijou, a pool for children, are just around the corner. The hotel is also not far from Alexanderplatz, the Rotes Rathaus and Berlin Cathedral. A 15-minute stroll will take you to Torstraße, another busy hotspot.

Public transport:

With the S1 or S2, it is only one stop from the Oranienburger Straße S-Bahn station to Friedrichstraße, two stops to the Brandenburg Gate and three stops to Potsdamer Platz.

Parking:

The hotel’s own underground car park costs €15 per day.

Meininger Hotel Berlin Mitte Humboldthaus

Berlin, 18.5 km to Airport Berlin Schönefeld
7.9 Good (2097 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.1 / 10
WiFi in rooms
Car park
Pets allowed
Hotel bar
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Environmentally-friendly family hotel in Berlin

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The Scandinavian Scandic hotels are especially known for two things: they are environmentally friendly and they love families. You can experience this for yourself at the Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz. Enjoy a delicious organic breakfast with regional produce in peace and quiet, while your children pick up their children’s breakfast from Sigge, the hotel hedgehog, before letting off steam in the play area, which is accessible from the restaurant. After a busy day in Berlin, relax in the bright Scandinavian-style family rooms.

Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz

Family rooms in Berlin:

This hotel offers two types of family rooms. The Standard Family Three accommodates three guests on 26 sq m; some rooms have a connecting door. The Standard Family Four is also 26 sq m in size and is designed for a family of four. Here, parents spend the night in king or queen size beds, while the kids settle into the cool, fold-out wall-beds.

Children's rates:

Children up to 13 years of age stay free at the Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz.

Nearby:

You’re unlikely to find a place in Berlin that’s more central than Potsdamer Platz.Only a short walk, and you’re at the Berlin Wall, the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate. The Sony Center and the Film Museum are also just around the corner, along with plenty of shopping opportunities.

Public transport:

With the Mendelssohn-Bartoldy-Park underground station and the Potsdamer Platz S-Bahn stop, you have two important traffic routes on your doorstep that you can use to explore Berlin. The underground train takes you to Alexanderplatz without having to change trains, for example.

Parking:

The hotel has a garage where you can park for a fee.

Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz

Top rated
Berlin, 17.1 km to Airport Berlin Schönefeld
8.8 Excellent (6510 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.3 / 10
WiFi in rooms
Car park
Pets allowed
Wellness centre / Spa
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Baby-friendly hotel in Berlin with extra services for families with toddlers

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If you visit Berlin with toddlers, the four-star hotel Upstalsboom Hotel Friedrichshain in the trendy district of Friedrichshain with its bright, modern rooms is a great choice. Extras such as a baby food warmer, changing mat, potty or toilet attachment are provided here. In addition, socket protectors, a high chair, baby bath, nappy bucket and nursing pillow are available free of charge on request. But parents will get their money’s worth too: there’s a green rooftop terrace with views over Berlin and a gym with sauna and infrared cabin – perfect for recharging your batteries!

Upstalsboom Hotel Friedrichshain

Family rooms in Berlin:

The rooms are 30 sq m in size and can accommodate two adults and one or two children in a large double bed and a French bed. The room facilities include pens and a colouring pad, children’s hangers, cuddly pillows and a footstool.

Children's rates:

Children up to 14 years of age stay in their parents’ room free of charge and get free breakfast.

Nearby:

The area around the hotel is very colourful with lots of graffiti and street art. The small Comeniusplatz park is only a stone’s throw away from the hotel. Heading towards the S-Bahn and underground station Frankfurter Allee, you’ll find many small cafés and shops. In the other direction, across the Spree, Kreuzberg is waiting to be explored. The East Side Gallery is about a 15-minute walk away.

Public transport:

With the S-Bahn, it’s just three stops from Warschauer Str. to Alexanderplatz. Using the U1, you’ll arrive directly at Ku’Damm after 12 stops.

Parking:

Parking is available under the hotel.

Upstalsboom Hotel Friedrichshain

Berlin, 15.5 km to Airport Berlin Schönefeld
8.3 Very good (4530 reviews)
Excellent Service 8.8 / 10
WiFi in rooms
Car park
Pets allowed
Gym
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Family-friendly hotel in Berlin Mitte with babysitting services

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The Novotel Berlin Mitte is also very family friendly. There is a play area where your little ones can play video games, read their favourite comics or build a Kapla® city, while you relax in the sauna after a busy day of sightseeing. If you want to enjoy some adult time by yourselves, the hotel offers a babysitting service on request. In addition, baby baths and bicycles with child seats are available for hire. A special feature of the hotel is the late check-out on Sundays, giving you until 5pm to vacate your room.

Novotel Berlin Mitte Hotel

Family rooms in Berlin:

The spacious family rooms with their warm atmosphere accommodate two adults and two children on a double bed and a sofa bed.

Children's rates:

Children up to 16 years of age stay in their parents’ room free of charge and get free breakfast.When you book a second room for your little ones, you pay only 50% of the price.

Nearby:

The hotel is located on the Spreeinsel. From her, you can easily walk to, for example, the northern part of the island, the Museum Island, or Berlin Cathedral. The Gendarmenmarkt with the French Cathedral is within walking distance. Die Spreeinsel lies between the hip areas around Hackescher Markt in the north and Oranienstraße in the south. In both areas there are many great restaurants, cafés and small shops: you’ll be spoiled for choice!

Public transport:

The underground station Spittelmarkt on the U2 line is close by.

Parking:

Parking is available in the hotel’s own underground car park (subject to a charge).

Novotel Berlin Mitte

Berlin, 16.9 km to Airport Berlin Schönefeld
8.4 Very good (5023 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 8.8 / 10
WiFi in rooms
Car park
Pets allowed
Gym
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Affordable Berlin trips with children – How to explore Berlin as cheaply as possible with these 5 tips

Is a family weekend getaway to Berlin expensive?It doesn’t have to be! In this section, we’ll give you five tips to help you explore Berlin with children for free or at least on the cheap.

1. Hop on the 100 bus for an almost free city tour.

Forget the expensive guided city tours and just buy a Berlin WelcomeCard, which lets you use all public transport in the Berlin city area. For a weekend, the 48-hour version in the Berlin AB tariff zone for €19.50 is enough. With it, up to three children between the ages of 6 and 14 years can travel with you for free. Best of all, with the Berlin WelcomeCard you also receive up to 50 percent off on over 200 tourist and cultural highlights.

Alternatively, you can also buy a day ticket for €7 per person. For children from 6 to 14 years of age, there is a reduced ticket for €4.70.

The 100 bus is ideal for getting an overview of Berlin. It takes you to the city’s most famous sights such as the Victory Column, the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, the Unter den Linden boulevard, the Friedrichstraße shopping street, the German Opera and of course Alexanderplatz with the TV tower.

The Museum Island is also worth a visit. (c) Sean Pavone

2. Explore Berlin beyond the centre

Have you already visited all the sights in the city centre? Then just hop on the Ringbahn (S-Bahn). It travels 37 km around the city centre and takes you to places that both you and your little ones will love, such as

  • The green oasis of Treptower Park. From here, you can start a cool cruise down the Spree or visit the Archenhold Observatory. There you will not only learn how the moon and planet Earth came into being and how black holes form, but you can even marvel at a real meteorite.
  • The famous Neukölln: Following the closure of Tempelhof Airport in 2008, the former problem area has transformed into a hip, multicultural neighbourhood. Where thousands of passengers once landed each day, there is now the Tempelhofer Feld recreation area with barbecues, sporting events and even festivals such as the Berlin Festival – perfect for a bit of rest and recreation!
  • Messe/ICC: If you’re in luck, an exciting exhibition may be on in Berlin during your stay. In that case, get off at the exhibition grounds. And if your little rascals are football fans, then it's not far from here to the Olympic Stadium.

Outside the centre, but great for families: Tempelhofer Feld. (c) sebastianmichalke / CC BY

3. Discover street art in Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain

Children will love the colourful walls in Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain. There are just so many great graffiti to discover here! It’s best to just walk around and have a little competition: who’ll spot the best graffiti? A good starting point is the famous 1.3 km-long East Side Gallery with over 100 paintings.

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A feast for the eyes awaits you at the East Side Gallery. (c) sebastianmichalke / CC BY

4. Cheap food and drink

Eating in Berlin is cheap, too –you just have to know where to go. In addition to the famous currywurst (for example, at Curry 36 on Mehringdamm or Konnopke’s Imbiss at the Eberswalder Straße underground station), there are also super delicious burgers, vegetarian food and all sorts of international dishes.

Berlin visitors love the cafés and restaurants on Simon-Dach-Straße, the oriental food in Schlesische Straße and T’s Kumpir baked potato and pizza bar in Prenzlauer Allee.

5. Visit a flea market

Every weekend, there are exciting flea markets all over Berlin. You’re sure to find everything from antiques to kitsch there. And your little ones will most definitely want to snag one or the other curious toy!  One of the biggest markets takes place every Saturday and Sunday near the Tiergarten S-Bahn stop on the Straße des 17. Juni. An overview of all flea markets in Berlin is available here.

Interesting for old and young alike: exploring a flea market. (c) dancing_triss / CC BY

Berlin with children on rainy days

It’s no secret: Berlin doesn’t always show itself from its prettiest side. Especially when it rains, it can get rather dull and grey here. But that’s no problem, because in this section we have some great tips for rainy days for you, so that your Berlin family holiday with children will be a success even in the rain.

Natural History Museum

In this research museum, there are plenty of things for old and young visitors to discover – from the world of dinosaurs through the evolution of living things on Earth to the cosmos and the solar system.

A special experience:take an exciting flashlight tour (minimum age 8) after the gates of the museum have already closed to all other guests (Fridays, price: €15 per person; concessions: €12).

The main attraction in the museum, however, is the huge Brachiosaurus skeleton, which is more than 13 metres tall and 150 million years old. You can admire it, among other things, during a guided family tour of the exhibition highlights (several times every Saturday and Sunday, price: €3; concessions: €2).

Good to know

Opening hours:

Closed on Mondays | Tuesday – Friday: 9:30am – 6pm | Saturday / Sunday / Public holidays: 10am – 6pm | Last admission: 30 minutes before the museum’s closing time.

Prices:

Adults €8 | Up to and including 15 years of age: €5

Amazing: the giant Brachiosaurus skeleton is the highlight in the museum. (c) quinet CC BY-SA

German Museum of Technology

The famous landmark of the German Museum of Technology – the “Raisin Bomber”, which towers over the rooftop terrace – can already be seen from some distance away. In the museum you can discover various historical means of transport and communication as well as other technical devices from thepast. Best to take grandpa along to your family outing! He’ll surely be able to recount some vivid anecdotes about the original rail vehicles in the two semicircular sheds of the popular railway exhibition.

Good to know

Opening hours:

Closed on Mondays | Tuesday – Friday: 9am – 5:30pm | Saturday / Sunday: 10am – 6pm | Public holidays: 10am – 6pm

Prices:

Adults: €8 | Mini family ticket (1 adult + 2 children under 14): €9 | Maxi family ticket (2 adults + 3 children under 14) €17 | Concessions: €4 | Children under 6 are free. | Children and adolescents up to the age of 18 or who still attend school enter free of charge from 3pm.

Look up at the entrance to the museum and you’ll be welcomed by the “Raisin Bomber”. (c) ThomasKohler / CC BY

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Berlin

The LEGOLAND Discovery Centreis the ideal place for budding architects and engineers from 3 to 10 years of age. But dads who once used toplay with the famous building blocks themselves will also get their money’s worth here and be thrilled about visiting.

There are many great attractions, such as a 4D cinema, a climbing frame, a Ninja training camp and model building workshops where you can design your own LEGO models with the help of model making experts.

Good to know

Opening hours:

Monday – Sunday: 10am – 7pm (last admission 5pm) | Closed on 24 December | 1 January: 11am – 7pm (last admission 5pm)

Prices:

Prices: Children under 3 are free. | Adult or child (adults only when accompanied by children): €18.50 | Tip: Online bookings are cheaper (from €11).

The excitement starts at the entrance to LEGOLAND, where you can take snapshots of life-sized Lego figures. (c) ThomasKohler via VisualHunt / CC BY

Berlin with children on sunny days

Of course, Berlin is at its most beautiful in bright sunshine. Little ones just love to romp around in the many parks, cool down in the outdoor pools or at the city beach, and of course taste the delicious ice cream in the countless ice cream parlours.In this section, we’ll tell you what else you should do when the weather is great.

Zoo Berlin

Berlin Zoo is the world’s most species-rich zoo and one of Berlin’s most visited attractions. The imposing Elephant Gate zoo entrance is the perfect spot for a selfie with your little ones. Our tip: You should definitely visit the various animal enclosures when it’s feeding time, because that’s the best time to see the animals in action.

What if it suddenly starts to rain? That’s no problem at all! In that case, simply head over to the no less impressive, largest show aquarium in Europe, which is located on the zoo grounds and can also be visited separately.

By the way: the zoo is within walking distance of many of the selected  family-friendly accommodations mentioned in this article.

Good to know

Opening hours:

1 January – 27 February: 9am – 4:30pm | 28 February – 26 March: 9am – 6pm | 27 March – 24 September: 9am – 6:30pm | 25 September – 29 October: 9am – 6pm | 30 October – 31 December: 9am – 4:30pm | The ticket counters sometimes close up to 1.5 hours earlier.

Prices:

Adults: €14.50 (zoo), €20 (zoo and aquarium) | 4 to 15 years old: €7.50 (zoo), €10 (zoo and aquarium) | Small families (one adult and their children up to 15 years of age): €25 (zoo), €33 (zoo and aquarium) | Large families (two adults and their children up to 15 years of age): €39 (zoo), €50 (zoo and aquarium) | Concessions (pupils, students, trainees, disabled persons and their companions on presentation of an eligible disabled ID card): €10 (zoo), €15 (zoo and aquarium)

One thing’s for sure: your kids will be more active on a visit to the zoo than these guys here! (c) thomas CC BY SA 2.0

FEZ Berlin

Although Europe’s largest non-profit recreational centre also boasts an aviation museum, a cinema and an indoor pool, it is best to stroll through the park in bright sunshine and to slide, jump and run around the playgrounds. On Eco Island, children can experience nature close-up, for example in the “Green Classroom”, the miniature rainforest or the eco garden with its summer house and unique bee yard.Or you take part in one of the many exciting events and programmes: there’s no way anyone could ever complain of boredom here!

Steamboat rides and boat tours

Berlin – with its three rivers, eight canals, 50 lakes and 1,000 bridges – is a water city. At the Hafen Treptow jetty, right next to the Treptower Park S-Bahn stop, you can set off on a boat trip with your little pirates, or just lie on the grass and watch the hustle and bustle on the Spree.

Explore the Spree on a boat tour or simply watch the action in Treptower Park, for example here at the Insel der Jugend (Island of Youth). (c) Fotolia – THOMAS BIESEL