Where are you taking the family on vacation this year? The answer is: head for the sun, and family-friendly regions like the Black Forest, Lake Constance, and the Swabian Mountains.
Family fun in SouthWest Germany
Vacation experiences are as varied as the landscapes between the Rhine, the Neckar and the Danube Rivers. There is plenty of fun for the whole family: Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa, and the kids, of course. And almost everyone in Germany speaks English – even the children! From the Black Forest to Lake Constance, from busy cities to the peace of the Swabian Mountains, families feel at home. Family-friendly resorts are standard in SouthWest Germany, because we know how important your vacation is.
There is fun for the whole family – Theme parks in SouthWest Germany!
Three of Europe’s most exciting theme parks are open for the new season! Get ready to twist and shout on Europa-Park’s first wooden coaster; see who screams loudest on an alpine rafting run; sleep in a tree house – with all mod cons!
3,400 feet long, 115 feet tall, with speeds of more than 60mph: that’s WODAN - Timburcoaster, Europa-Park's first wooden coaster! But this is just one of the NEW features at Germany’s biggest theme park. Euromouse, the theme park’s cheeky little character, joins his pals in a sensational new 4D film in the Magic Cinema.
Half an hour from Freiburg, 4.5 million visitors head for Europa-Park every year. The theme of this park is Europe, with recreations of 13 countries from Iceland to Greece, where they feature an ancient temple, and Poseidon, a lightning-fast water-coaster! Also among the 100 attractions is Silver Star, Europe’s tallest roller-coaster. Speeds reach 80mph and the screams are off the decibel chart.
Set on 210 acres, there is plenty for all the family, from little ones to teenagers, with daily parades, street entertainers and even gladiatorial combat. And, you can also stay on site at luxury Mediterranean-themed hotels, including one that looks like the Coliseum in Rome! Alternatively, check into the cheerful campsites, and stay overnight in a wigwam.
Travel back in time at Tripsdrill, with its olde worlde castle, half-timbered houses and windmill. But this is no living museum: 600,000 visitors come here every year for the thrill rides, from Europe’s tallest log flume ride to river rafting in a giant washtub!
Only 25 miles north of Stuttgart and dating from 1929, Tripsdrill is Germany’s oldest amusement park. The scariest of the 100 rides and attractions is Mammut, a wooden coaster that hurtles through a saw mill at 50mph/80kph! Other nerve-jangling experiences include the Doppelter Donnerbalkenfreefall ride and a “medieval” roller-coaster which includes a high-speed ride through a castle! Little ones are not forgotten: the duck boat tour and water slide are favourites. And grown-ups can always find an excuse to take the winery tour to learn about wine-making along the Württemberg Wine Route.
Set in the countryside, the park is surrounded by vineyards. In the wildlife park, 130 animals roam free, including brown bears, fallow deer, wild horses and Arctic wolves. This back-to-nature feel continues with the new tree house accommodation in the woods. This is not roughing it: with heat, fridges, TVs, showers and bathrooms, each house sleeps up to six. An unforgettable experience!
Variety is the key at the Ravensburger Spieleland theme park. Drive a MINI Cooper, train to be a wizard or a circus performer, dig with real diggers at the Fix & Foxi digger pit. More than 50 attractions inspired by seven themes are packed with fun and action!
The water park, with rivers and locks, pumps and paddle wheels, ready for one of SouthWest Germany’s long, hot summers. Need to work off some energy? Take the kids to the new Bouncy Bounce and watch them let off steam on the giant 35ft by 55ft inflatable.
Only eight miles from Friedrichshafen and beautiful Lake Constance on SouthWest Germany’s Riviera, the Ravensburg amusement park provides fun and games for all the family, especially little ones. Youngsters also love bull-riding at the rodeo, alpine river rafting, tobogganing and hunting for treasure in a gold mine.
Stuttgart for families
Children never get bored in Stuttgart. With its leading-edge, high-tech, hands-on museums, its exciting theme parks and its outdoor activities (cycling, horse riding, boat trips on the Neckar), the Stuttgart region has plenty to keep youngsters occupied and interested.
Stuttgart itself has two of Europe’s finest and most exciting museums: the Mercedes-Benz Museum and the impressive Porsche-Museum. What’s not to like about cars? Kids (and their parents!) are happy to spend hours here.
Then there is the Wilhelma Zoo, the only park in Europe to combine a zoo with botanical gardens – in the grounds of a 19th-century palace! Favorite attractions include the monkey breeding center, the demonstration farm with its petting zoo, and the Amazon display with its alligators.
At the Hauff Museum of the Prehistoric World (Umwelt Museum Hauff), children love the models of dinosaurs, prehistoric crocodiles, flying Plesiosaurs and the strange pterosaur, a predator that looks like a long-necked cousin of the turtle. As well as learning all about the Jurassic period, children can have a go at bashing rocks with a hammer and chisel – as Stone Age people did.
The Schwaben Park in Welzheim is a theme park for little ones. Rides and petting zoos, the Free Fall Tower, the chimpanzee and the theater pet show are all set in lovely gardens. Nearby, the Ebnisee is a small lake, where little ones can splash about. Rent a row boat, pedal a pedal boat, enjoy a barbecue, have fun!