Germany

Germany is a very child friendly destination. Children are welcome in nearly all restaurants and most hotels, kids get significant discounts for travel on trains and other transport. Play grounds are located all over the country and there are plenty of fun activities to keep kids occupied. It’s central location within Europe makes Germany an ideal base for exploring the continent and although many people speak English, your kids may enjoy learning a few basic German words or phrases.

Where to start: 

The Germany Tourism website has a great range of information on families travelling in Germany to visit their site click here

What is there to see and do: 

Germany has hundreds of attractions suited to families and kids, we have listed a mere few here to get you started;

Kids will love the Hanover Adventure Zoo where you can take a boat ride amongst the hippos or visit one of Germany’s other zoos in Berlin, Hamburg or Munich just to name a few.

If you find yourself in Germany in the cooler months and longing for some warmer weather head for  ‘Tropical Islands’ located 60kms from Berlin it is essentially an indoor tropical holiday; it’s home to the world’s largest indoor rainforest, beaches, a tropical village, a lagoon and a tropical Sea for bathing, plus Germany's highest water slide tower and its kept at a constant 26°c  

Your kids will love you for taking them to Legoland (jump online before you go to save on admission tickets.)

Taunus Wunderland has rides, rollercoasters, a petting zoo, remote controlled boats, puppet shows and more.

Movie Park Germany is sure to be a hit with rides, 4D movies and stunt shows.

Travel to one of Germany’s lake districts or to the sea for some relaxation.

Europa Park is a theme park divided into the countries of Europe and truly is family friendly with facilities such as ‘Baby Switch’ a service where one parent stays with the children, while the other one rides an attraction, then the second parent enters the ride without waiting.

If it’s time for some educational fun Universum Bremen is the place to go with a science centre with 250 interactive exhibitions.

Where to stay: 

The following website provides information on family hotels in Germany and special deals for families; the site is in german but google translator can be used to translate it, just copy and paste this url into google translator to see the website in English http://www.familienhotels.de/de/accommodation/DE Another great option for family accommodation is a farm stay, for details click here

Country Facts

Currency:
Euro
Flying Time:
From the Eastern states flying times are approximately 21 hours and from the west coast approximately 18 hours both routes have a stop over in Asia or the Middle East.
Language:
German
Official Tourism Site:
http://www.germany-tourism.de
Phone Details:
Emergency 112
Time Zone:
Germany is eight hours behind Australia’s Eastern states.

Food & Supplies

Baby Food Brands:
HIPP, Alnatura, Holle and Janus
Formula:
HIPP, Alete, Bebevita and Nestle and Aptamil formulas are available
Nappies:
Pampers, Cosies, Bambolina and Baby Love
Where to shop:
Extra, Edeka, Aldi, Lidl, Plus and DM drugstore

Travelling

Getting There:

Lufthansa Airways,  Thai Airways, Emirates, Etihad, Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, KLM, Air France, SAS, Malaysian Airlines, and Qatar airways are amongst those that can fly you from Australia to Germany.

Airport Facilities:
  • Frankfurt Airport

    Baby Changing Rooms:

    There are baby change rooms adjacent to the toilets in all terminal areas.

    Stroller Rentals:

    Stroller hire is available for 6 Euro per day from the Left Luggage Service at Concourse B of Terminal 1, Level 1 (in the arrivals area.)

    Children’s Play areas Play areas are located at Terminal 1, A Concourse, on Level 2 (in Departures) between gates A26 and A28. Terminal 2, E Concourse, Level 2, to one side of the entrance to gate E9 Terminal 2, in the area between D and E concourse on Level 3 (in the Food Plaza at McDonald's)

    There is also a viewing terrace where children may enjoy watching planes taking off and landing

    Airport website http://www.frankfurt-airport.com/content/frankfurt_airport/en.html

Getting Around:

Germany has a great rail system and it is possible to travel from the north of the country to the south in a day, so consider using the trains to get around. Children aged 6 -11 generally receive a 50% discount on fares and in many cases children under 6 ride free when travelling with a parent (in other cases the cut off age for free travel is 2 years of age).

Germany’s roads are amazing and driving is easy, most road house / rest stops along freeways have facilities for kids including play equipment.

Safety

Car Seat Regs:

In Germany all children under the age of 12 who are not taller than 150cm are required to have an age appropriate car seat or booster, this law also applies to taxis so consider bringing your own seat, purchasing one in Germany for the duration of your trip or hiring one through your car hire company or a baby equipment hire company.