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While Dresden is known for being a treasure trove of culture, art and architecture, there is a general impression among travelers that it lacks in fun and entertainment options for children. Though it is true that a few other German cities have more of an abundance of activities for children, there is no reason for kids to be bored in Dresden. Here is our pick of activities that will guarantee several hours of fun for families with children.
The most unique attraction of Großer Garten is an adorable steam rail (Dresdner Parkeisenbahn) that takes travelers on a nostalgic journey through the charming park, passing the zoo, a palace and a lake in around 30 minutes for a small fee. The most special aspect of this train is that it is operated by children and teenagers in their spare time.
Hauptallee 10, 01219 Dresden, +49 03514456600
Children, adolescents and adults interested in automobiles can’t help being fascinated by the Transparent Factory. Owned by German automobile manufacturer Volkswagen, this factory offers guided tours wherein visitors gain interesting information about the world of electromobility through audio and video, and witness the production and assembly of automobiles. Visitors can also purchase an automobile fresh off the assembly line! The factory also offers a tour especially designed for children, which includes a small present and a snack. Anybody above the age of 20 and holding a valid European license gets to go for a test drive in an e-car.
Lennéstraße 1, 01069 Dresden, +49 03514204411
Dresden boasts one of the two suspension railways in Europe (the other one being in Wuppertal, Germany) and it is also one of the oldest in the world. This hanging monorail is a unique mode of transport and a lot of fun for adults and children. As a bonus, travelers get to enjoy panoramic views of the stunning Dresden Elbe Valley from the viewing platform located in the upper station.
Pillnitzer Landstraße 5, 01326 Dresden, +49 03518572410
The Saxon Folk Art Museum is a great way of familiarizing yourself and the kids with Saxon art, culture and heritage. Over three floors, lots and lots of interesting items related to Saxon traditions and customs are on display: wooden handicrafts, glass objects, metal forgings, pottery, lace, bobbin cloths, furniture traditional toys, and costumes. The most popular section of the museum is the historic puppet theater, with its unbeatable collection of puppets of various kinds.
Köpckestraße 1, 01097 Dresden, +49 035149144502
The unique concept of the Hygiene Museum is a magnet for tourists and invariably appeals to adults and teenagers alike. It imparts wisdom about health, hygiene, body, mind, sex, lifestyle, and thoughts, through the use of over 1,300 objects and a free audio guide. Many of the displays are interactive and require a hands-on approach. The Hygiene Museum has an extremely interesting children’s museum, which is scheduled to remain closed for renovation until March 2018. Children of up to 16 years can visit for free.
If the children are in the mood to play and the weather doesn’t cooperate, head to one of the indoor playgrounds in the city: Playport or Kids Planet. From ball pools to climbing frames, bouncy castles to little cars, there is enough to keep children busy for several hours. Parents can take the opportunity to relax and enjoy a coffee.
Playport: Flughafenstrasse 100, 01109 Dresden, +49 0351881 5540
Kids Planet: Siemensstraße 9, 01257 Dresden, +49 03512072699