Traveling is chaotic enough on its own without adding kids into the mix! Luckily, Household Mag founder, Hailey Andresen, is here to share her kid-friendly tips for enjoying your big adventure to Berlin. Find out how to reduce travel stress for both you and your little one below.
Traveling with kids—whether you’re doing it indefinitely or for vacation—can have its ups and downs. Since we started traveling this May, we’ve made it a point to select cities that were child-friendly, and it’s made our time in each place far easier than we thought it would be. Because this is our life now, it’s not so much about crossing off the checklist of things to do, but more so about experiencing each city we are in as a family. We’re more concerned with finding ways to really soak up where we are like locals so that when we leave each place we feel as though we lived there. It’s helpful that our stays have been around a month in each city, and that we’re not big into the tourist attractions. That being said, I believe it’s possible to take a week vacation to Berlin and have a similar experience. Below I’ve highlighted where to stay, what to do and where to eat with kids in tow.
It’s not so much about crossing off the checklist of things to do, but more so about experiencing each city we are in as a family. We’re more concerned with finding ways to really soak up where we are like locals so that when we leave each place we feel as though we lived there.
Where to stay:
Find a family-friendly Airbnb. We’ve stayed exclusively at Airbnbs on our travels and I wouldn’t do it any other way. Staying in a real home or apartment over a hotel provides a few things that make traveling with kiddos so much easier.
- Kitchens: While we love exploring and checking out new restaurants, it’s so nice to have the space to cook a meal at home if everyone is feeling tired, to have the space to store snacks for your kiddos and drinks for parents after the kids are asleep for the night.
- Washing Machines: I’m sure anyone with kids who has taken a vacation that hasn’t gone according to plan knows why I’m prioritizing this. I’m talking about vomit and accidents! Having a washing machine where you’re staying is such a stress-reliever, regardless of how long your stay is.
- Neighborhood Feel: While seeing the sights is so much fun, it’s important to us to get the true local feel. By staying in a residential area, we’ve been able to get a feel for what it would be like to live in our particular neighborhood, where our coffee shop might be, what parks would be our go-tos and, oftentimes, even the folks in the neighborhood.
- Comfort Over Design: We’ve stayed in some really nice hotels over the years, and while they might be more photo-worthy, we’ve found that it’s much more of an enjoyable experience if our son is able to run free without fear of something breaking in the space.
What to do:
There are a few highlights in Berlin that you can’t miss if you’re visiting for the first time. This city has so much history and we knew we had to check out some of the landmarks and tourist attractions, but the places that have been the most enjoyable to take our son have been the ones with parks close by. There are so many great ones in Berlin, but here are our favorites, and activities you can do before or after visiting the park!
- Mauerpark & Sunday Flea Market: Mauerpark is super close to where we’re staying and we have been there almost every day. On Sundays, there is an incredible flea market, karaoke in the park and plenty of delicious food stands and drinks. There’s so much open space at this park for kids to run free, plus playgrounds for older kids, too.
- Tiergarten & Tourist Attractions: If you’re interested in visiting Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate or a number of the other tourist attractions and museums, I highly recommend checking out Tiergarten. Luckily, the majority of the sights to see are in one general area, which are super close to the park so you can break them up with time in this large park.
- Kollwitzplatz & Saturday Farmers’ Market: We stumbled upon this market and park last weekend and we’re so pleasantly surprised. The park isn’t large, but its farmers’ market was incredible and having a park close by meant that we could take little breaks to let Owen run free.
What to eat:
We’ve had some incredible meals here in Berlin! Everywhere is so kid-friendly. If the restaurant doesn’t have a playground on property (yes, you read that right), there are either toys available or, at the very least, the staff is ultra-accommodating. There seems to be countless families in this city and we have absolutely loved the change of pace when dining out with our son. Also, a little bonus I didn’t know about Berlin until we arrived is that you can drink in the street, making it easy to grab a beer and walk through the city if your little ones want to be on the move! Here are the places we’ve loved the most:
- Prater Garten: The oldest beer garden in Berlin! It is a counter service-style beer garden and restaurant with outdoor seating, plenty of space to walk with your kids if they get antsy and a sandpit for them to play in!
- Trattoria Felice: This restaurant has delicious handmade pastas and pizzas, plus the friendliest staff. We didn’t take full advantage because we were sitting outside, but I believe there is even a small area inside for kids to play.
- Gemüse Kebab: This place is perfect if you’re looking for something authentic to eat on the go. We’ve been here four times in the last three weeks! It’s so delicious and affordable.
- The Bird: One of my guilty pleasures is a good burger, and this place does not disappoint. The space is large and stroller-friendly, but it has highchairs as well. Get here early, as it’s definitely a hot spot with long wait times.
- Cafe Krone: We visited Krone with some friends for brunch and its fresh menu was the perfect morning meal. We sat outside, and while we waited for our food to arrive, we took turns walking Owen around the neighborhood. This street is one of my absolute favorites!