Hessen has lots of great attractions for children – parks, zoos and other destinations that will delight children of all ages. Below is a selection of activities – including some weekend trips – across the region.
Can there be a better place to see a Grimm fairy tale than Hanau, the birthplace of the brothers Wilhelm and Jakob? On the open-air stage in the park outside Schloss Philippsruhe, fairy tales become great dramas with complex plots, which children should not miss. The production is first-rate.
Ticket Hotline: 069-13 40 400
Built at the turn of the 20th century, this neo-classical schloss is home to the art of perception. Located near Wiesbaden, it has all the ingredients of a unique experience – not just for children. More than 80 interactive experiences challenge the senses. You can touch, smell, think and explore.
Tel: 06 11 - 41 101 41
The Opel Zoo, founded by the car manufacturing family, is a popular family destination in the Taunus. Low-cost annual passes for families are available. The zoo is centrally located between Königstein and Kronberg and has spacious enclosures for elephants, giraffes, zebras and monkeys. Additionally it features a petting zoo and a playground.
Königsteiner Straße 35
Tel: 06173 bis 3259030
Wildpark Alte Fasanerie
The wildlife park in Hanau has many activities for families. The huge complex holds many unusual features, such as the forestry museum, Hessen’s largest high-level rope course, a woodland rope course, a tree horoscope and a woodland theatre stage. The wildlife park is home to wolves, elk, birds, wild boar and many other species.
Tel: 06181 - 3640699
The Lochmühle leisure park features merry-go-rounds allowing children to fly through the air. The park also has many playgrounds, a petting zoo and water features. The family company also owns a similar site, eastern Hessen’s largest leisure park, at Steinau. Both parks are open daily from March to October.
The Taunus Wunderland in Schlangenbad is one of Hessen’s most popular leisure parks. The privately run park, covering 40,000sqm, offers all kinds of activities to ensure that children have a good time. These include a whitewater rollercoaster, a fairy-tale forest, a petting zoo (with kangaroos) and many other attractions for the whole family to enjoy. The park is open daily from March to October.
Tel: 06124 - 408 1
The Kinder-Akademie Fulda is the only independent museum for children in Germany, and one of the most creative to boot. Children are introduced to many artistic, technical and scientific objects – to try them, play with them and understand them. The heart of the museum is – quite literally – a walk-in heart, the only one of its kind in Europe, which explains the anatomy of this essential organ to children and adults alike.
Tel.: 0661 bis 902 730
Although their size can be intimidating, horses hold a fascination for children large and small. Whether you are new to being on horseback or an experienced horse-lover, central Hessen is a perfect environment for horses and riders. Several stables and riding clubs offer activities over long weekends or holidays. For more information please visit www.reiterland-hessen.de.