Top 10 Things to See and Do with Kids in Hamburg

Kiekeberg open-air museum
Kiekeberg open-air museum | © Stiftung Freilichtmuseum am Kiekeberg

Hamburg is a child friendly city and a perfect destination for a getaway with the kids. The parents of babies and toddlers will appreciate that most restaurants have high chairs and nearly every drug store has a changing table equipped with free diapers. Older kids and teenagers will have a blast exploring the exciting playgrounds and diverse attractions.

Boat trips

The best way to begin exploring one of Europe’s biggest harbour cities is from the water. Boat trips on the River Elbe begin from the Landungsbrücken and you’ll be spoiled for choice – there are barges, sailboats and speedboats to choose from, and even a swimming bus. A budget friendly alternative can be found in the round-trip routes offered by HADAG ferries, part of the city’s public transport system. Boat trips on the gorgeous River Alster and the city’s picturesque lakes and canals begin from the Jungfernstieg in the centre of the city.

Public transport ferry

Awesome playgrounds

The Germans know how to do playgrounds right and Hamburg is no exception to this rule, counting over 740 public playgrounds – there’s one in almost every park. The biggest one lies in the Planten un Blomen park in the heart of the city and is especially beloved because of its exciting water attractions. Nearby there’s also mini-golf and a rollerblading / ice skating arena. A special ambiance can be found in the Grasbrookpark playground in the HafenCity, surrounded by modern buildings and close to passing ships.

Swimming pools

No matter if in summer heat or the middle of winter, going swimming is always a good idea. Across the city there are numerous excellent indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The Festland boasts the largest water play area in Germany, adorned by giant dinosaurs. The elegant historic Holthusenbad, opened in 1914, offers a wave pool and a water playground. A special Hamburg experience is the outdoor pool at the Stadtpark lake complete with a sand play area for kids.

Festland, Holstenstraße 30, Hamburg +49 40 1888 90

Holthusenbad, Goernestraße 21, Hamburg, Germany +49 40 1888 90

Naturbad Stadtparksee, Südring 5B, Hamburg, Germany +49 40 1888 90

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