Hello Berlin Parents! Time to Get Outside! Personally, I am am some craving some outdoor adventure, even if it means wobbling on my bike an hour each way. Here are some tips for places to go in and around Berlin to get a little taste of nature:
The Woodland Climbing Garden (Waldhochseilgarten) in Jungfernheide is open again on the weekends, with reservation to ensure social distancing (masks required when on the ground). Ages 6-99. They are open 11-18:00 Saturday and Sunday. 18€ kids, 24€ Adults, 18€ Reduced Gloves 4€ (Or bring your own climbing gloves)
Make a reservation on their website here: https://waldhochseilgarten-jungfernheide.de
Berlin for All the Family has a great post about getting out to the Plänterwald, just to the east of Treptower Park: http://www.berlinforallthefamily.com/activities/family-outing-to-planterwald
And also check out BFATF’s post about the Sand Dune in Grünewald, which sounds like a great adventure: http://www.berlinforallthefamily.com/activities/family-day-out-at-the-grunewald-sand-dune
Mum-in-Berlin has some really nice posts about outings around Berlin too. Check out her post
on the Lowenzahnpfad in Muhlenbeck here:http://mum-in-berlin.com/lowenzahnpfad-in-muhlenbeck/
and Cycling in Brandenburg at the Panoramaweg Werderobst http://mum-in-berlin.com/cycling-in-brandenburg/
Mini-Monkey Kletterwald has two locations: one to the north of the city in Birkenwerder and one to the south in Mahlow. We went once (Mahlow) with my son when he was almost 5, and though it was difficult to get to without a car, and a not-so-big climbing area, he greatly enjoyed it and still speaks of it. He even got to climb up really high with a safety rope and kind of rappel down. They are open weekends and holidays from 10-18:00. Everything is “as before,” you just need to keep your distance from the other families, and the rule is one kid per platform. Day card Birkenwerder: 9€/ Mahlow:11€ I believe it is an extra 2,50€ to have the spotter come help your kid with the high roped climb.
Wuhlheide Kletterwald is open again as well, on weekends (weather dependent). They recommend making a reservation online to avoid waiting times. Bring your own gloves or you can borrow some for 4€. Wear a mask protection on the ground, but you can take it off once in the trees. This is best for kids over 7 (1,3 m) as for the younger kids they only have a Zwergenparcours and I’ve heard it’s not really worth the fee. 20€ Adults, Children 7-12: 14€, Youth/Students: 17€. CASH only. https://www.kletterwald-wuhlheide.de
Barfuss Park in Beelitz Heilstation is open again and a really nice woodland path through various terrains to test out and keep you on your toes. However, you will need to wear flip-flops at this time as they have recently laid down some new mulch and it’s still a bit hard on the feet. They also will follow social distancing regulations, and ask that you wear a mask at the cashier and toilets. Open day 10-18:00, Weekends until 19:00. 7,50 Adults + 5,50 Kids (from 5 years and up): https://derbarfusspark.de/der-park/
Also at Beelitz Heilstation you can visit the Baumkronenpfad. (You can get a kombi-ticket with the Barfuss Park as they are adjacent.) Take a walk on a pathway through the crowns of the trees. They are open Sa-Sun 11-18:00, and M-F 11-17:00 https://baumundzeit.de 8€ Kids from 6+, 11€ Adults (Birthday kids free, any age;)) Social distancing regulations apply.
Britzer Garden is an idyllic yet mostly empty pastural landscape. It really is hard to believe you are still so close to the city while gazing at the beautiful tree-topped hills. It has a few playgrounds (these do seem to fill up) but it would be a wonderful place for a picnic and a bike ride.
Café am Neuen See and their Biergarten in Berliner Tiergarten is open again, daily from 9-22:00, with hygiene and social distancing regulations in place. It’s one of my favorite locations in the city. You can rent a row boat there (from noon on, weather dependent) and paddle around on the small lake there for 10€ per hour. https://www.cafeamneuensee.de
Be sure to share with us if you go to any of these places or if you have any other tips for outdoor adventures in and around Berlin.
UPDATE: We have been to the Kletterwald at Wühlheide and the one at Jungfernheide since this post. The Wühlheide one was easy for our six year old boys, they did the whole course six times in two hours, and sometimes had to wait behind younger kids who got a bit stuck. They had a blast though, and I would recommend it. I’d say best age range is 4-6 for the little kids course.
At Jungfernheide, it is a much more challenging course–there was a detailed “training” which we had to wait around for. The kids had lots of fun– at times there was some frustration and tears, but also shouts of joy and accomplishment. In the end they loved it and we were there for six hours, and they still wanted to go again. My son was too short for 2 out of 4 of the kids courses, but his friend could do it. I’d say this place is best for 6 years old and up. Amazing location too.