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.
As the sun was shining and our initial plans for the day were cancelled, we decided to head out of the city on a day trip and to check out somewhere new. After a little research, I decided upon the destination Brandenburg an der Havel. The photographs online showed it to be a beautiful town and the reality didn't disappoint. A mixture of idyllic waterways, quiet, green parks and cobbled streets, it is a glorious place to explore on foot.
The Baltic Sea (Ostsee) is a very popular holiday/vacation destination for families due to it's warm summer weather, sandy white beaches and beautiful seaside resorts. Here are my tips of good places to visit along the Baltic Sea with children. Please note that the journey times given are approximations and of course will be affected by traffic/delays and/or where about's in Berlin you are setting off from.
A little out of Berlin, situated in Oranienburg (a small town in the Brandenburg region), sits the wornderful Freizeitpark Germendorf. A treat of small lakes, live animals and some mighty dinosaurs!