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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 Hotel Kudamm

Berlin, 19.2 km to Airport Berlin Schönefeld
8.3 Very good (7395 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.1 / 10
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aletto Hotel Kudamm

Berlin
8.3 Very good (7395 reviews)

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

Berlin, 18.5 km to Airport Berlin Schönefeld
7.9 Good (2155 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.1 / 10
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MEININGER Hotel Berlin Mitte Humboldthaus

Berlin
7.9 Good (2155 reviews)

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

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Berlin, 17.1 km to Airport Berlin Schönefeld
8.8 Excellent (6953 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.3 / 10
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Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz

Top rated
Berlin
8.8 Excellent (6953 reviews)

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

Berlin, 15.5 km to Airport Berlin Schönefeld
8.3 Very good (4565 reviews)
Excellent Service 8.8 / 10
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Upstalsboom Hotel Friedrichshain

Berlin
8.3 Very good (4565 reviews)

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

Berlin, 16.9 km to Airport Berlin Schönefeld
8.4 Very good (4869 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 8.8 / 10
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Novotel Berlin Mitte

Berlin
8.4 Very good (4869 reviews)

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.

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

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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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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.