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Best of Berlin for kids

Berlin, Germany

Berlin is one of my all-time favourite cities in the world: itís just so full of culture and history, people from all over the world, tasty food, and itís even good when youíre on a budget.

Iíd been half a dozen times before, but last year when I took my five-year-old back to Germany, I got to look at its capital through new (younger!) eyes. And it still came out as a great city to visit. I asked my son to pick his favourite parts of Berlin, and these were the results.

East Side Gallery
A remaining 1.3km-long section of the Berlin Wall, next to the river, completely captured my sonís attention. Itís really an outdoor art gallery, with amazing artworks painted all along it, and while they have a huge historical context for me, I think my son was just attracted by being able to walk along the road and see all this gorgeous colour. Itís a little sad to see so much graffiti on some sections, but a lot of them are being restored.

Berlin Wall

Ampelmann means ďtraffic light manĒ, and back in former East Germany, they used particularly cute images of ďstopĒ and ďgoĒ men in the signals at pedestrian crossings. After German reunification, many of these were changed but then a nostalgic movement to restore them kicked in, and the Ampelmann symbol picked up a bit of a cult status. That means they are everywhere in Berlin these days, and there are several shops devoted to Ampelmann merchandise as well - itís a whole mini-industry! Like many young boys, my son has always been interested in traffic signs, so this was right up his alley.


Also back in the former East German days, the main car - and one you usually had to wait years to be able to own - was a Trabant. To me, itís a typical symbol of the communist era of East Germany, but to my son, itís a very cool car that heíd never seen before. There are colourful ones around Berlin and they feature heavily in souvenir shops, too! (Yes, he now has a toy one.)


Legoland Discovery Centre
Itís impossible to talk about Berlin and kids and not be reminded that they have a Legoland Discovery Centre right in the middle, in Potsdamer Platz. Itís basically just a Lego-dominated indoor play centre (nothing in the realm of a full-sized Legoland) but for all Lego-fanatic kids, itís still a really fabulous place to spend a couple of hours. I was particularly taken with their Lego models of Berlin, and it was a great place to start our trip and then later show my son the real life buildings that heíd already seen made out of Lego.


Amanda Kendle is a born and bred Perth girl who loves to hang around with her rubbish-truck-loving four-year-old son. Amanda has lived and worked abroad in Asia and Europe and has been blogging about her travels at home and abroad for almost a decade at . Not A Ballerina .

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