Great things to do with kids in Hamburg

Thinking about taking a trip with your kids to Hamburg? It can be an unforgettable experience!

In Hamburg you will find many attractions that kids will enjoy and cherish.

Miniature Wonderland 

A trip around the world without a long journey? This is possible in the Miniatur Wunderland. The wonderland takes you into the big wide world, truly very impressive. The journey begins in central and southern Germany over the Alps to Austria. A whole section of the journey winds its way through the Hanseatic city of Hamburg and its coast. In the USA one is transported into the world of the Wild West and the journey to Scandinavia brings an ebb and flow closer, which are impressively simulated here. It’s all very well done and both children and adults think so. It is particularly lifelike because a daily routine is simulated – every 15 minutes it dawns, becomes night and then day again. Fire brigade deployments and aircraft movements, helicopter launches and shots at goal imitate our real world so lovingly that one can hardly resist the charm. 

Harbor Tour

A harbor tour in Hamburg is a must when visiting Hamburg with children. The best way to explore the Hanseatic city is to take a trip across the water. The classic is a harbor tour, which is also very family-friendly at one and a half hours. On the boat tour, you can not only see the beautiful Hanseatic city from the water, but you can also get up close to the huge container ships and the rustic barges, the fishing cutters and cruise ships. This is very exciting, especially for children. A harbor tour on the Elbe is also usually very entertaining and funny because the captains often entertain you with many entertaining stories about Hamburg and shipping and lots of seaman’s yarn.

Hagenbeck ZOO

Hagenbeck’s Zoo in is one of the most famous and oldest Zoos in Germany. The zoo became known nationwide through the NDR television series “Leopard, Seebär & Co.” The walrus Antje – mascot of the NDR – is one of the most prominent inhabitants of the Zoo. Around 1,400 animals, many outdoor enclosures, exotic plants, and the tropical house with aquarium are activities that kids like a lot. They will encounter free-ranging ring-tailed lemurs and lizards and free-flying mountain lorises. The giant snakes and crocodiles are then thankfully kept safe, and zoo visitors observe these imposing primal animals from a respectful distance.

Sharks, rays, and fish majestically do their rounds in a huge aquarium. One of the largest herds of elephants in Europe lives in Hagenbeck Zoo – happy children are sometimes even allowed to feed them or stroke their trunks. In any case, the elephant keepers are happy to provide an informative chat.


A football game in the Volksparkstadion

Football game in the Volksparkstadion in Altona should be seen with the children at least once. That atmosphere when the whole stadium is rooting for you. Some even say it is the most beautiful stadium in Germany. Children and adults have a lot of fun and there are good conditions for families. There are special seats for children in the family block of the Volksparkstadion – less crowding, less smoke, more fun! There is also a discount for children under 14 years old. Children up to the age of 6 are affectionately called lap children and do not cost anything. And best of all: there is a separate family entrance for families in front of the north stand, so that you can avoid the big crowd to some extent.

HSV-Friedhof auf dem Gelaende des Altonaer Friedhofs Fussball Hamburger SV


The Wax museum – Panoptikum

Germany’s oldest wax museum is in Hamburg on the Reeperbahn. One focus of the Panoptikum is on Hamburg veterans such as Helmut Schmidt, Udo Lindenberg and Olivia Jones. Moreover, you can also find international show stars and politicians in the museum: Angela Merkel has her place, the Beatles, Donald Trump and Barack Obama, Harry Potter, Hedwig etc. The room with the British royals is historical, another room houses a medical section where you can see waxy fetuses and limbs and so on.

A visit to the Panoptikum is totally worth it if you are traveling with children in Hamburg. The visit is fun for all family members and the results are funny photos. Above all, the prices are calculated very fairly at 6 euros for adults. 



Lean back and relax, enjoy a walk in the sky above Hamburg, travel to distant galaxies and planets or dream yourself into the wonderful stories and tales in the Planetarium Hamburg.

From the viewing platform at the level of the old water tank, visitors can enjoy an incomparable panoramic view over the city park – from the City Nord to the TV tower and over the Michel to the Elbphilharmonie. The viewing platform has been open to visitors during the usual opening hours since September 24, 2020. Entry costs 2 euros.

Embedded in the panorama of Hamburg’s city park, the planetarium stands on a hill from which visitors have a wide view over green Hamburg.

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