There's a lot to discover in the urban jungle. But getting kids who grew up in the middle of the city acquainted with nature isn't always that easy. So your kids learn to distinguish a goat from a donkey and can roam free in nature, we have compiled the best animal enclosures, petting zoos and farms for kids in and around Berlin.
As one of the most widely used green and recreational areas, the Charlottenburger Ziegenhof attracts neighborhood residents of all ages. In protest against development plans in the 80s, residents of the neighborhood joined together and created on the 6000 square meters of green space a small green oasis in the middle of the big city. Four goats, two goats, three geese as well as chickens and ducks live on the goat farm. They are cared for voluntarily by the association Blockinitiative 128 e.V.Entrance fees and opening hours:
The farm is accessible around the clock for visitors of all ages. Admission is free.More info: berlin.de/kultur-und-tickets/tipps/kinder/kinderbauernhoefe/3076642-3076561-ziegenhof-danckelmannstrasse.html
Germany's first and most species-rich zoological garden has fascinated young and old since 1844. On the 35-hectare site live 18,600 animals from around 1,400 species. Polar bears, elephants, lions and giraffes, native animals and endangered domestic breeds may be admired here.
In addition to day passes, there are also group tickets, and those who can not get enough of the Berlin Zoo can pay the animals a daily visit with an annual pass.
The Berlin Zoo is open every day from 9am throughout the year. More information about the opening times can be found here: zoo-berlin.de/de/besuch-planen/oeffnungszeiten
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Not far from a water buffalo enclosure in a natural valley, there are skyscrapers within a stone's throw, all of which are built overlooking the water buffalo pasture. Tarred paths as an athlete's paradise cross the enclosures. The skyscrapers themselves are a stark contrast to the rest of the area.
One must necessarily have seen - even without water buffalo, which are veritable exotic in a city like Berlin.
You can also spot wild animals in Berlin: in the game reserve at the Tegeler Forst you can watch wild boars, red deer and mouflon. There is a lot to see when animal children are involved! To attract the animals there are feeders at the enclosures (1 Euro per pack).
Bus: 222, stop Förster Weg
In the youth farm Moritzhof, children and young people can not only get close to animals, but also learn exciting crafts. The Moritzhof is an institution of open children and youth work for children from 6 to 16 years and is located in Mauerpark in Berlin.
Cultivate animals, old crafts such as felting, spinning, pottery, basket making, blacksmithing: All this you can try here - or just spend your free time with friends.
The core opening time of the youth farm is from 13:00 to 18:00 from Mondays to Saturdays.
Saturday is Family and Visitor's Day and the Moritzhof is open to all.
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The peacock island, known as the "Prussian Paradise", surprises with its fantastic flora and fauna, which invite you to long walks. A special feature are certainly the free-roaming peacocks. And also some water buffalo live on the island.
In the middle of the island is a spacious lawn with a small snack.
Between the mainland and the island runs a small ferry (4 € per person). Wheels may not be taken, but can be easily leashed in front of the ferry.
The children's farm in Görlitzer Park has been around since the 70s. Here children can playfully get to know the animal world, and let off steam beside the direct contact with animals also in the play area with water playground and Buddelkiste. In addition, the club offers various regular events, from the donkey-AG to the bicycle factory town or stick breads above the campfire. By arrangement, it is also possible to use the fireplace and the community hall for meetings.Opening hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 10: 00-19: 00
Saturday and Sunday: 11: 00-18: 00In the winter:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 10: 00-18: 00
Saturday and Sunday: 11: 00-17: 00(Outside these times, animal opening hours are 8-20 o'clock / summer, 8-18 o'clock / winter - no visitors!) On public holidays and during the holidays the yard is open; During the holidays, there is also a special holiday program.kinderbauernhofberlin.de
Picturesquely located in the Berlin Wuhlheide, the house offers nature and environment school classes, day-care centers and daycare groups on a 17,000 square meter site the opportunity to experience nature firsthand. During the holidays and on weekends the animals and the extensive facilities are available for families with children. The year-round open house combines a zoo (about 500 animals) with a natural history exhibition.
Closed on Mondays (except during school holidays)
April to October Tue to Fri 10am to 6pm, Sat & Sun 10am to 6pm
Admission: Adults: 1,50 €, children from 5 years: 1 €
Annual tickets: Adults: 19 €, children over 5 years: 10 €
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The result is 34 hectares of the Botanical People's Park Blankenfelde-Pankow out of a school garden. Since 1994, the park is open to the public and houses about 6000 plant species, a geological Schaumauer, an old apple tree all and various greenhouses, some from the 20s. The game reserve is therefore not the only highlight of Berlin's popular park, but especially popular with children.
Country life in the middle of the capital - that's what small city children can experience in the children's farm Pinke-Panke in Pankow. The pedagogically supervised playground allows children from six to fourteen years to discover animals eye to eye. Donkeys, minipigs, cats, sheep, geese, rabbits and guinea pigs - enough to heart and love. At 3 pm, the children can even help with the feeding.
Weekend 10-17.30, Tue.-Fri. 12-17.30, closed on Mondays
Admission is free