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Hiking with Kids

Hiking with Kids

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Lizards, snakes, goblins and fairies—hiking with kids means seeing the world differently. The littlest explorers don’t need summits to scale; exciting adventures are hiding under every oddly shaped stone or behind the trunk of a fallen tree. And when you add in a mid-way petting zoo or a night’s stay in a hut that looks like it was taken straight out of a fairytale, their little eyes will grow even wider.

Lizards, snakes, goblins and fairies—hiking with kids means seeing the world differently.

Adventures for the Littlest Explorers

Choose from our ready-to-go Collections with handpicked Tours and lots of handy information, created by passionate people like you.

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Alpine overnighters with kids

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The top tree top walks in Germany

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The top tree top walks in the south

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Safaris for kids in Berlin

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Germany's roaring waterfalls

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Family adventures in the Harz

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Wildlife parks — safari in Germany

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The most exciting family hikes in Tyrol

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Little adventures for the whole family

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Exploring the Brandnertal

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Hikes for tiny boots – VGN recreational activities for families

Hiking Collection by VERKEHRSVERBUND GROSSRAUM NÜRNBERG

Mountains of Fun - Hiking with kids in the Flachau

Hiking Collection by Flachau Tourismus

Autumn hikes for families in the PillerseeTal

Hiking Collection by PillerseeTal - Kitzbüheler Alpen

Winter won't stop us – VGN tips for exploring Germany’s Franconia in the cold

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For adventurers of all ages – Heilbronn Circular Hiking Trail

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Magical wild swim spots to discover on foot

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Hiking along the German-Czech border – Nurtschweg

Hiking Collection by Oberpfälzer Wald

Explore the Bavarian Forest with your kids – a stay at Höcker Kinderparadies

Hiking Collection by Ferienregion Nationalpark BayrischerWald

Length of the Tours

Infants

As long as you can still carry the kids, you can traverse similar distances as you might without them. The only thing to remember is that you’re going to have to make regular rest stops so the little ones can move around too.

3 years and older

As soon as the kids can walk themselves, this should influence the entire planning process of your Tour. For these little adventurers, enjoying nature is not a high priority: they want to explore! Naturally, conquering peaks is nowhere near as important as enjoying the long way up, making fun little rest stops along the way a must, be it a playground or a petting zoo. After around two to three hours, you can bet on the kids being done. In this case, it often helps to distract them with stories of the forest, what lies beyond the next bend or behind the door of a hut up ahead. When the kids have a reason to peek under stones or to play guessing games about the flora and fauna they’re passing on the way, they automatically forget that they’re walking. So get creative!

Carrying the Kids

In their first year

As long as they’re still small and light, it’s often the best idea to carry them along in a baby carrier or a wrap. This tends to be the most comfortable way to carry the little ones long distance—and the kids love it, too. During rest stops, let them wriggle around on the ground to stretch their little limbs.

Infants to 2 years old

At this age, it depends whether they are happy to sit in a carrier. If so, good for you: The little ones can read, sing or do whatever they feel like, while you can walk happily along at your own tempo. Consider stopping once every hour or so, however, as your child is going to want to stretch their legs every once in awhile, too.

Many kids insist on moving by themselves. In this case, it’s important to adjust your own tempo and not to give your child the feeling that they need to walk faster. As soon as tiredness takes over, just remember: they might actually enjoy being carried now—especially when the trail is a pretty one!

Tips

  • Ensuring the little ones are appropriately protected from the sun is incredibly important. Therefore, a small protective hat and plenty of sunscreen is recommended. And remember: Leading by example leads to less opposition, so don’t forget a hat of your own.
  • In order to keep the shortest chaperones in the highest of spirits, snacks are a lifesaver. But don’t start too early! The day is a long one.
  • Our favorite tip: Hide candy or action figures along specific spots of the trail. This adds an extra element of fun and discovery to the day.
  • Bring a couple of airtight bags along so that you can bring any diapers back home.
  • A small child plus baggage quickly hits around 15 kg (33 lb) of carrying weight. Keep this in mind when planning your Tour—you’ll quickly notice the extra weight on extended uphill parts of the Tour or when the ground gets a little tougher to traverse.
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