‘Wow you’re brave!’ – I’ve heard this from several people now when I tell them we took the kids to Germany. I honestly don’t find it that difficult to do a trip like this anymore. Our flights this time were the easiest we’ve ever done. Now that Vivi’s 4 and watches tv and movies a 9 hour flight isn’t that bad at all. She watched Frozen on her little airplane screen a few times, slept, ate, and before we knew it we arrived. The boys of course watched lots of movies and played games on the in flight entertainment (We didn’t bring any tech with us on our trip – no ipod’s, ipad’s, nothing). A little planning of course is involved in a trip like this but I love that stuff! Below are photos from our time in Berlin. I’ll share with you what we did and provide the links if possible so if you’re ever in Berlin with your kids hopefully this helps!
We began with a bike tour with Fat Tire Bike Tours. We did the Berlin City Bike Tour. The tour is 6.5 hours which sounds crazy with kids however the most we biked at a time was probably 20 minutes. We would bike, stop, our guide (Jeff – he was amazing!) would tell us all about what we were seeing and we’d move on.
I LOVE exploring a city by bike. We did a Fat Tire tour in London as well and I highly recommend them. The kids love riding bikes so it’s a win-win for everyone. We lucked out on our tour as our group of six were the only ones that booked for that day so we had a private tour!
Our guide was so good with the kids and answered all of Hugh’s many many questions!
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.
A break for lunch at this Beer Garden. Was so charming and food was delicious!
Check out the little man on the traffic signal. The Ampelmann is a relic from East Germany.
Our guide explaining how Germany was divided when it was East and West Germany.
The kids at Checkpoint Charlie.
Vivi got tired of learning German history 😉
The Berlin Wall.
There was a lot of riding on the streets but Berlin drivers are very used to cyclists. Over 500,000 people a day commute by bike and almost every single road has a bike lane. I was a bit nervous with the kids but they did great!
Remind me never to wear a toque and bike helmet together again…:)
The German Spy Museum was a definite highlight. I would say it’s my favourite museum we’ve ever visited (and we’ve been to a lot!). It was so interactive for the kids, a TON for them to do and even though it was busy there was always something open for them to participate in.
I absolutely loved all the old spy gear – was fascinating!
If you look closely you can see Vivi on the floor. She was the only one that completed her ‘mission’ and got through the laser tunnel without setting off the alarm. Pays to be little!
The Berlin Zoo was another favourite for the kids.
The Berlin Aquarium. You can purchase tickets to both the Zoo and the Aquarium as they’re beside each other. Give yourself a full day to do both. We only had half a day and we missed a lot.
The DDR Museum. Experiencing day to day life of an East German.
A rare occurence. They claim they weren’t hugging, they were holding each other up. I’ll pretend they’re hugging 😉
We visited many playgrounds on our trip. The best way to balance it for the kids. A good half hour play at the park can make all the difference in your day.
Our apartment in Berlin. This place was very spacious and beautiful. In a great location as well. I would definitely recommend.
And that is our Berlin trip in a nutshell. If you have any questions, leave a comment below!