Getting out and about with all the family can be a lot to organize. You want something that’s relaxing, exciting, fun, and adventurous — but where do you start? We’ve put together a list of places to satisfy your family Fernweh with something for everyone.
Feast your eyes on Potsdam’s spectacular palaces and pristine parkland, all from the comfort of your own private vehicle. See some of Germany’s largest World Heritage Site (1200 acres), and stop off to explore them en route. Sanssouci was designed to be an escape from the pomp of Berlin — with its ornamental gardens and fountains, it’s definitely a peaceful getaway! Or for stunning Renaissance-style architecture, the Orangerieschloss is 300m of wunderbar. And don’t forget Glienicke Bridge, used to exchange spies during the Cold War. Shh.
Saddle up in München
The capital of Bavaria, Munich isn’t just politics and Oktoberfest. Straddling the banks of the river Isar, and full of impressive squares, Munich is a brilliant place for a bike tour. Cycle through the city to the Königsplatz, the legacy of King Ludwig 1, and up to idyllic royal gardens. Europe’s largest city park, the Englischer Garten, is larger than Central Park and just as peaceful. Then pedal through twisted Medieval streets around Marienplatz in the heart of the Old Town. Your legs and heart will thank you!
Elbe seeing you soon
For an easy and relaxing way to see one of Germany’s most visited cities, hop on a bus tour around Dresden. With panoramic views of the Elbe, you can stop off all over town. A treat for the eyes and the tastebuds, Pfunds Dairy has beauty and buttermilk. What more is there to life? Or how about the Fürstenzug, the largest porcelain image in the world?
If you want Dresden at dusk, you need the Night Watchman. See the Frauenkirche, Semper Opera House, and Zwinger through the eyes of the protector of the city. Spooky stories, anecdotes of adventure, and incredible architecture: something for all the family.
Breathe in the sweet air as you see the best of the largest city on the Rhine. A river cruise round Cologne is the perfect way to keep all the family’s attention, and you can relax at the same time. Himmel! Float through the Old Town, past historic buildings and beautiful churches. Grab a selfie with the Gothic cathedral, Germany’s most visited landmark. At 157m, it’s the tallest twin spires in the world — get the whole thing in your frame from the boat. Look out for the Lindt museum in the Rheinau harbour: a ship of glass and metal, it houses 4000m² of chocolatey experience. Da steppt der Bär.
Start your engines
For a family adventure with a twist, you want a different viewpoint. But for a family adventure with twists and turns, you want a panoramic streetkart tour. Yes, it’s really a thing. Zoom around Hamburg on a 14-horsepower kart and see the city in a completely new way. An exhilarating and fast-paced trip, you’ll head down Köhlbrandbrücke to the harbor, then whizz along the Elbuferstrasse to get your revs up. Stop for some scenic snaps on the Elbe dike, and enjoy time together on an exciting sightseeing experience.
A capital idea (or two)
For the family that wants a planet-friendly tour about town, how about guided cycling? Berlin by bike will take you through hidden treasures without the traffic. Start with the Kulturbrauerei brewery complex and carry on through the capital. Discover places like Museum Island, the Holocaust Memorial, and the Government District against the backdrop of the world-famous Berlin Wall.
Or give your legs a break and sit back on a 1 hour boat tour on the Spree. Cruise past the Reichstag and Berlin Cathedral from a glass-covered seat, and learn about the history of the city. Even surrounded by everyone, you’ll feel the peace of the river and the beauty of the scenery. That’s some watery Waldeinsamkeit right there.