In and Around Berlin with Kids
Three Things to do this Weekend
By Eileen Bernardi
Ok, so I’ve lived in Berlin for 4 years now, and I’ve no idea how I missed out on this little oasis in Treptower Park. I’ve been to the park several times, but never walked far enough I guess to make what is my newest Berlin discovery. Situated right on the banks of the Spree, with picturesque views of a charming little bridge, Inselgarten is a beer garden, playground and outdoor lounge all in one. This is a great way to spend a lazy afternoon with family and friends. There are boat rentals nearby and numerous footpaths if you fancy a stroll. And my 4-year-old spent at least an hour on the makeshift pirate boat next to the cafe. Cross the bridge to reach a larger playground.
Großer Garten (Gerswalde)
So CeeCee Berlin beat me to it in their newsletter last week, but I still have to post about one of our favorite spots outside of Berlin. I’m reluctant to share it, to be honest, because some weekends it is still relatively quiet. But in an act of unselfishness I’m sharing it with you all...you’ll thank me later. About an hour and a half outside of Berlin in the Uckermark is the Großer Garten, a jewel of a place in Gerswalde. Just follow these directions for a perfect outing: go on a Saturday to catch Glut & Späne, a little outdoor kiosk where they smoke local fish on site. Then, head next door to Cafe Zum Löwen, a lovely Japanese cafe, for coffee and cake. Sit back in one of the make-shift picnic tables or blanket and relax while the kids run around in the overgrown garden. And finally, get a bit of exercise on the footpaths that run through the forest directly behind the garden. You’re welcome.
Saurier Park (Bautzen)
This dinosaur park, a two and a half hour drive to the south of Berlin (60km east of Dresden) is one of our best finds yet. About 200 life size dinosaurs are strewn throughout the forest making for a perfect fantasy day for kids. There is also a water park, ropes course, climbing wall and a spooky Jurassic Park attraction. Make a weekend out of it and explore Dresden as well. We stayed in the historic Hotel Taschenbergpalais Kempinski in the city center.