On an insanely hot summer's day this year, we headed out to Wuhlheide Park to see Berlin and Brandenburg in miniature! I have quite an obsession with miniature lands and love that Berlin has it's very own featuring well known Berlin landmarks as well as some others that I now want to see in person!
Tempelhof Airport ceased all commercial flights in 2008, but it was never just any old ordinary airport, having been not only a key travel hub, but mass rally ground, concentration camp and armament production factory during the Nazi era, and also a symbol of freedom during the Airlifts of 1948/49. Since being decommissioned, happily this huge field was not massively redeveloped but has become a unique space in the heart of the city for city dwellers to enjoy. You'll find a few kiosks and cafes, allotments, a mini golf course, some sports fields, a circus school and, in recent years, temporary refugee accommodation taking up a small corner, but all these seem minute when seen in the context of this vast space. And it is a wonder to behold.
Despite being a stones throw from Alexanderplatz, the Nikolaiviertel is an area of Berlin that many people living in the city haven't visited. Originally dating back to 1200, the area takes it's name from the church, Berlin's oldest, sitting in the middle of this quaint little quarter. I took my toddler there for an afternoon stroll recently and thought I'd write about it for those of you who haven't explored that area yet…
Originally part of a trade route for merchants and ships, this area was largely destroyed in 1944 bombing raids however, it was reconstructed to look as accurate as possible and holds a beautiful feel of 'Old Berlin' with it's cobbled streets, central church and alleys.
Keeping children entertained over the summer period isn't always easy but Berlin is full of wonderful places to visit with the kids and there's no reason to just sit around twiddling your thumbs. Here's my list of ideas of what to do with children aged 5 years and over this summer in Berlin...
If you don't own a bike in Berlin or are just visiting the city, that needn't stop you seeing the city on two wheels. There are a number of options available for renting bikes with child seats, children's bikes or bikes with a trailer and I am going to list them here for you. When picking up your bike rentals, don't forget to bring valid identification.
I have also listed the Berlin bike tour companies that offer family-friendly options. If you know of any I should add to the list, let me know in the comments section below.
"Eis, Eis, Eis" or ice cream as we call it in our household and it's all the kids think about this time of year (I must admit I think about it quite a lot too!) Thankfully Berlin is full of ice cream parlours with a multitude of flavours and types on offer. Here is my list of the places to find Berlin's Best Ice Cream, which is your favourite...?
For those of you who keep up to date with local Berlin news or follow my BFATF Facebook page, you may well have heard of the 'Drachenretter' (Dragon Saving) campaign. Following many years of being played on, the original 'Dragon Playground' had been closed, deemed unsafe. A group of parents who wanted to see it reopened weren't discouraged by the estimated €150,000 needed to rebuild the playground and set up an 'Bürgerinitiative' to do just that. Events, a FB page and a Berlin-wide campaign followed and they were successful in saving the dragon!
Whether you recently moved to Berlin with children who were previously involved in sports activities back home or, your child has now reached the age where they want to get involved in sports, Berlin does have some English language sports clubs. Here is a list of the ones I've found around the city. If you know of any others that should be added to the list, let me know...
I was recently working in the Bötzowviertel, Prenzlauer Berg and got to see this small but perfectly formed playground. Set on the corner of Bötzowstraße/Käthe-Niederkirchner-Straße, this petite playground features a wooden pirate ship with a slide, a family of ducks, a pirate on look-out and the playground classics of a swing and two rockers...