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Baby carrier or pushchair – hiking with toddlers in northern Germany

Margarita Eliseeva

Baby carrier or pushchair – hiking with toddlers in northern Germany

Hiking Collection by Milupa

18

Tours

34:17 h

82.1 mi

2,625 ft

With your baby in their carrier, you head to the countryside to experience their first steps through a forest together. There are so many good reasons to go hiking with young toddlers and babies. When your baby reaches for a blade of grass during a pitstop, when your toddler runs after a grasshopper and when they learn up close what snails and earthworms are – everyday life stays at home when you spend time together in nature. Hand on heart: Is there anything better than instilling a love of nature in children from their very first weeks?

TRAILS FOR LITTLE ONES

In this Collection, we’ve picked out hiking trails that are perfect for young families and suitable for a few–week–old baby or your energetic toddler. The hiking trails are between 2 and 10 kilometres (1.2 – 6.2 mi) long and are spread across the very north of Germany. Whether your baby is only a few weeks old or already on its own wobbly legs, you’re guaranteed to find the right trip for you here.

We’ve made sure that the hikes are on paths that are suitable for walking with a baby carrier or rucksack. You can also use a pushchair along some trails. You’ll see this information in the Tour title. We’ve also included plenty of places to rest and change diapers and stops at playgrounds, lakes, huts and game reserves. Many of the trails are themed, helping your kids learn about nature, fairytales and animals at fun stations en route.

You can easily reach all of the hikes by car or travel by train or bus to some routes on the outskirts of larger cities. The hikes are either loops or end at a gondola so you can conveniently return home. You can shorten some of the hikes if your legs get tired or the weather turns. Extending the hikes is possible too.

OUR TIPS FOR HIKING WITH BABIES AND TODDLERS

Hiking with babies and toddlers can be challenging, but roaming through nature together with your offspring and spending hours in the fresh air is priceless. To get off on the right foot, check out our six tips for your outdoor adventure with your kids:

1. Don't plan Tours that are too ambitious, but instead venture out slowly as a family and see which trail lengths and types suit you well.

2. If you’re out and about in the summer, start your Tour in the morning so that you’re not hiking in the midday heat.

3. You don’t need to think about any special equipment to feed your baby en route. Breastfeeding is ideal since you don’t need to think about anything else. If you prefer to feed with a bottle, this is easy too when hiking. Take enough clean bottles with you, fill small portion jars with the correct amount of powdered milk and fill two thermos flasks with water, one boiling and the other cold.

Along the way, use a small thermometer (a new, clean medical thermometer is perfect) to find the right mix of cold and hot water. You could practice at home before you set off so that you know it’ll work smoothly on the road. If your little one prefers to eat milk porridge, fill up tins with a portion of porridge powder for each meal and add water during your rest stops. You can bring fruit and plenty of water for snacks too.

4. Depending on the weather and season, make sure the route has suitable picnic huts, mountain pastures or inns. Otherwise, the Tours have everything you need, especially in summer. If you’re travelling with your baby and can’t find a bathroom, you can use any meadow as a changing table, just bring a cosy blanket with you.

5. If you’re deciding between a pram and sling, we recommend slings for most hiking trails. As long as you don’t plan to hike on concrete roads, a sling is more comfortable and can withstand unpaved surfaces. If your baby is six months or older, you can carry them in a back carrier. You can find out whether a trail is suitable for pushchairs directly in the Tour title.

6. For toddlers who can already walk, the Tours shouldn’t be longer than 3 to 5 kilometres (1.8 to 3.1 mi). Little ones take longer and need more stops.

Well prepared, you can fully engage with nature and spend a wonderful time in the countryside with your little ones. We wish you lots of fun and your first unforgettable memories with your children in nature.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Miniland Göldenitz

    Hiking Highlight

    Here you can discover all the important sights of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania within a few hours. The 1:25 scale models of castles, churches and other well-known buildings are really worth seeing. Even the garden landscape, in which the models are set up in their original locations, is based on the federal state - you can walk from the Baltic Sea to the Mecklenburg Lake District in just a few steps. A great tour for the whole family, because there are also exciting boards with different tasks for the kids, an adventure playground and a walk-in railway.

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    Erlebniswald Trappenkamp

    Hiking Highlight

    Here you can spend the whole day with the kids and always discover something new.

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    You can visit this beautiful and successful reconstruction of a medieval hilltop castle from April to October daily (except Mondays) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Exciting events often take place.

    In the immediate vicinity, the small village of Nienthal, there is also an ice age museum and a beautiful adventure playground for the kids. The place is easily accessible by a short walk. And in the café of the Ice Age Museum, the friendly service ensures that you don't have to go hungry after your journey through time.

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  • Wildlife park and lido in Bad Malente (suitable for pushchairs) – hiking with toddlers

    Intermediate
    02:38
    6.01 mi
    2.3 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In the heart of Holstein Switzerland you will find the small, attractive climatic health resort of Bad Malente, surrounded by lakes. The term "Switzerland" should not be understood to mean that you are climbing full-grown mountains with the kids. Rather, it goes leisurely over hills, through forest

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  • Intermediate
    02:23
    5.60 mi
    2.3 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A discovery tour in dark caves and mysterious forests and then out into the sun, to the lake and to the lido? What sounds a bit scary at first turns out to be a highly exciting and varied excursion for the whole family.

    A large number of bats live in the Segeberger Kalkberg caves, and you can discover

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  • Intermediate
    02:15
    5.51 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    What could be nicer than a walk on the beach with the kids? Collect shells, watch seagulls and build sandcastles. Great! And the beautiful Baltic Sea resort of Graal-Müritz also offers you a discovery path suitable for children, which invites you to play, discover and be amazed with display boards and

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  • Intermediate
    02:41
    6.33 mi
    2.4 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Ferry
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The cheeky badger Fridolin is the namesake of this beautiful and natural hike. Hans Fallada wrote the story for his daughter, because he and his children were enchanted by the magnificent landscape and the clear lakes of the Feldberg Lake District. And at the latest when you want to cross over with the

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  • Easy
    01:39
    3.95 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The important and bustling Viking trading settlement of Haithabu was once located on the Schlei fjord in the Baltic Sea. In the same place, easily accessible from the small town of Schleswig, you will find a Viking museum and a replica of a Viking settlement that is true to the original. Here you can

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  • Easy
    01:49
    4.46 mi
    2.5 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In the Elbe foothills, between Radegast and Barförde, surrounded by several nature reserves, lies the small town of Boizenburg. Located directly on the Elbe and for a long time in the restricted area of the inner-German border, the place and landscape have developed a very special atmosphere. On the

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  • Intermediate
    02:38
    5.98 mi
    2.3 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Old beech forests, a 118 meter high chalk cliff and an endless view over the Baltic Sea. Plus a pinch of adventure exhibition and as much forest playground as you like. Sounds like a great recipe for a family outing? It is.

    The smallest national park in Germany with many wonderful hiking trails under

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  • Easy
    01:45
    4.25 mi
    2.4 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The largest contiguous coastal forest in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is the Rostock Heath. A wonderful place for a family discovery tour. In addition to the forests and heathland, you will also find moors, reed beds and meadows. Many plants and animals live here and if you are lucky you might even

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  • Intermediate
    02:47
    6.75 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    There is a special piece of nature between Lübeck and Travemünde. With its steep bank, beach, water, heath and dry grassland, the Stülper Huk with the Dummersdorfer Ufer is a small paradise. Above all, the sunlit steep slopes are a species-rich habitat. Incidentally, the dry habitats were and are maintained

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  • Intermediate
    02:23
    5.79 mi
    2.4 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    It's hard to believe, but with a little luck you can spot a real spinster in the Süderholmer Moor near Heide. Namely the rare mermaid, a beautiful species of dragonfly that lives here among the reeds and cattails. You may also hear the bittern's voice as it lets out the foghorn-like dull "Whuuump" during

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  • Easy
    01:43
    4.18 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The small town of Torgelow on the Uecker has it all. Young and old explorers can make several journeys through time here. You follow a path along the Uecker and jump from the present to the time of the Slavs when you reach the reconstructed Slav village of Ukranenland. A trade and craft settlement from

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  • Easy
    01:55
    4.71 mi
    2.5 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Peenemünde has so much to offer. Sure, there's the submarine and the historical-technical museum, both of which give an exciting look into our recent past. This is probably something for the big ones. But there is also a very lovingly designed toy museum or the phenomenon of Peenemünde, where "learning

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  • Easy
    01:41
    4.13 mi
    2.5 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Ferry
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    Two ferry trips on Lake Teterow and the historic Burgwallinsel in Mecklenburg Switzerland make the hearts of all explorers beat faster. Even the outward journey on the historic barge Regulus is a hit. It can transport just 30 guests. From Easter to September, it takes you across the lake to Burgwallinsel

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  • Easy
    01:13
    2.99 mi
    2.5 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Collect seashells, dig toes in the sand, and eat a waffle with lots of ice cream. It doesn't take much more for a great family day on the beach in Prerow on Darß/Fischland. On the only five kilometer long tour you have plenty of time to explore the pretty town with the small houses and the colorful doors

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  • Easy
    01:45
    4.10 mi
    2.3 mph
    225 ft
    225 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Forest, cliffs, a very long beach and a promenade with beautiful spa architecture. And at the end there is a small tropical zoo. But the Baltic Sea resort of Bansin on the island of Usedom has much more to offer. On the beach you can try fresh fish in the small fisherman's huts, admire the historical

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  • Easy
    00:26
    1.02 mi
    2.4 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Müritz Bear Sanctuary on the southern tip of Lake Plauer See is a wonderful project of the international animal protection organization "Four Paws". Here, on an area of about 16 hectares, more than 15 brown bears that have been mistreated elsewhere are given a new and animal-friendly home. During

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  • Easy
    01:01
    2.42 mi
    2.4 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Visiting a zoo with children is always a great experience. Why are the flamingos pink? Are sloths really that lazy? And can rheas fly?

    In the small zoo of Schwerin with its super nice facility you will definitely hear these or similar questions. An approximately three-hectare pond in the middle is home

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  • Tours
    18
  • Highlights
    3
  • Distance
    82.1 mi
  • Duration
    34:17 h
  • Elevation
    2,625 ft

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