Thanks to the school / Kita break, we finally found a day where we can head out of Berlin and go fruit picking. Something I've been dreaming of doing since last summer. I picked one place out at random from my list of where to go fruit picking near Berlin and Selbstpflückeparadies Elisenau / Pomona Gartenbau (not the easiest title) came up so we headed out there.
A few weekends ago we headed out of Berlin, to Potsdam, a city easily accessible via train or car and checked out the Biosphäre Potsdam. I documented our time there for a review...
We have visited Tropical Islands a few times now but, after many readers asking me what it's like to spend the night there, we finally went and tried it out for ourselves. Here is my review of our overnight stay at Tropical Islands.
Spa's needn't be just for those living up the single life, there are plenty not too far from Berlin where the children can feel just as free to enjoy and many that offer specific family-friendly activities too. Here is a list of the thermal baths and 'Wellness' (or Spa) retreats that offer fun for all the family.
Last week we had the pleasure of spending a gorgeous break near the Harz Mountains, in the picturesque medieval town Quedlinburg. Being roughly 2.5 hours drive from Berlin, it makes for a wonderful family holiday in Germany and I thought I'd share a bit about our time there, some photos of course and my tips of where to stay, where to eat out and what to do in the region here..
I recently had a two day period where only my six year and I were around and, with us being in the summer holidays, I was trying to decide what we could do. I decided to try and book a last minute trip for us to El Dorado in Templin as I'd wanted to go there for ages but had been concerned it would be too scary for our toddler. This was the perfect opportunity to go and check it out, just the two of us and that's what we did!
In April, my family and I rented a car and drove 3.5 hours from Berlin to a wonderful little farm based just 12km away from Hansestadt Stralsund and across the bridge from Stralsund sits Rügen Island, along the baltic coast. We spent four days glamping on Dinserhof farm and what a four days it was! Here's my review along with a number of photographs from our time spent there...
Tropical Islands is set in a large dome, 35km south of Berlin Schoenefeld and boasts white sandy beaches, hot air balloon rides, a tropical rain forest, spa and sauna and much much more. It all comes at a bit of a hefty price though of course. Here is my full review of Tropical Islands in Kausnick.
Just outside of Berlin lies the capital city of Brandenburg, Potsdam. Once home to Prussian kings and a German Kaiser, Potsdam is a city full of beautiful historical buildings, palaces, waterways (it sits along the Havel), a film studios and a bucket load of history. This all makes it well worth visiting and there are plenty of reasons to visit Potsdam with children too.
A while back we took advantage of a bright summer's day and headed out of the city to the recently opened (May 2014) Karl's Freizeitpark in Wustermark. If you haven't already heard of Karl's, you will likely have seen one of their many strawberry shaped huts parked throughout Berlin (at Ostkreuz station, inside Alexanderplatz for example) in the summer, selling delicious strawberries in traditional punnets.
Not only do Karls sell these strawberries, they also have sites throughout Germany where you can pick the fruit yourself and play in their 'Freizeitparks' (entertainment parks). A reader notified me that they were opening near Berlin and recommended I check it out and I'm glad we did.