Things to Do with Kids in and around Düsseldorf, Germany

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Outdoor Fun for kids in or near Dusseldorf

  • Petting zoo at the SudPark in Dusseldorf

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    • It is also free, and close to a nice café and playground. Fun activity for the weekend, and the Sudpark also has a great playground in the park too. They recently opened a new water playground near there, but we haven´t checked it out yet
    • Currently closed
  • Unterbachersee in Dusseldorf

    • A small lake that you can walk around in 3-4 hours (stroller friendly) with beaches (enclosed with lifeguard) and playgrounds. The beaches are not yet open, but when they do I can recommend the south beach, as it is enclosed and with lifeguards. Entrance fee is very low.
    • You can also rent barbecue spots at the North beach.
  • Wildpark in Dusseldorf

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    • Fantastic, free entrance area with animals in the Grafenberg Wald in Dusseldorf, but you currently have to book the tickets and they are always sold out. However, the Grafenberg Wald is anyway a super nice place where to go for a walk in the forest, with some playgrounds and mostly accessible paths even with the stroller, so I can recommend for the weekends.
  • Dusseldorf Playgrounds with water (Wasserspielplatz)

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    • There are several, but our favorite is at the Volksgarten.
    • It is near a nice fish restaurant Emmafish, so we will sometimes combine the two.
  • Dusseldorf Rhein beach Paradiesstrand

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    • This is a city beach that you can walk to from the media hafen.It is quite nice, both the walk (you take the pedestrian bridge that is close to the Rheintower) and the beach. However, the beach is not secured! With small kids you must be extremely careful. Also, since it is not an “official” beach, there are no bathrooms and no places where to get anything to drink.
  • Circus activities for kids in Dusseldorf

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    • They have circus events regularly where you can go with kids and try out circus activities. Check their Facebook page for upcoming
  • Wasserski Langenfeld

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    • This is an awesome place! You can take water skiing lessons, access their beach, or each at their restaurant watching others waterski. We love it!
  • Auermuhle in Ratingen

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    • a very kid friendly restaurant with a large playground and hiking trails around it
  • Gertrudenhof

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    • close to Cologne in Lortzingstraße 160, 50354 Hürth
    • experiential farm with petting zoo and playgrounds entrance fee is 4 euro pp (children 3+) and you need to show a rapid test certificate no older than 24h. They test also on the farm but you need to get an appointment, from the website. You also need to book a ticket in advance on the site which is then valid for 2,5h (although no one checked when we were there)
  • Krewelshof

    • a farm with two locations, one close to Cologne with a children´s area and corn maze, and the other close to the Eifel, which I recommend in September/October as they setup a cool pumpkin exhibition (but this one is a bit further)
  • Arche Noah in Meerbusch

  • Neuland in Leverkusen

    • which is a wonderful and curated park with great playgrounds and a café with some small water fountains for kids to play in;
  • Rollercoaster by foot

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    • Walk on this fun rollercoaster – it´s a lot of steps!
  • Nature and fun park in Hilden

  • Haus Bürgel in Monheim

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    • a UNESCO heritage site with a small roman museum, a biological station, and nice walking through the Rhein marshes nearby.
    • It’s closed until February
  • NaturGut Ophoven in Leverkusen

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    • a children´s educational center with indoor and outdoor educational activities.
  • Ponyriding in Dormagen

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    • there are many pony riding places, but we did it with them and we had fun!
  • More farms

  • More wildparks:

Indoor fun for kids in or near Dusseldorf

Other fun for kids nearby (~45-90 min away)

Kid friendly sightseeing / hiking trips

  • Schloss Benrath, Park, Rhein

    • What we do when we go to Benrath is that we start from the Rhein promenade (parking Benrather Schloßufer 35, 40597 Düsseldorf), then walk into the park from the park entrance at the Rhein (it´s just after the Rheinterrasse, same street as the parking), walk through the park and if we have time, grab an ice cream through the pedestrian area on the Hauptstrasse
  • Botanical garden in Dusseldorf

  • Rhein promenade in Monheim

    • Starting from playground (Am Werth 2, 40789 Monheim am Rhein) there is a great playground for kids and many stroller-friendly walking trails along the Rhein. In normal times it is also nice to walk though the old town and/or grab a drink on one of the places that have a Rhein terrace
    • Starting from the ship museum (Klappertorstraße 38, 40789 Monheim am Rhein) there is a fun ship to visit, a great Greek restaurant with a terrace on the Rhein, and different walking paths along the river. If you walk upstreams, you will also get to the ferry that goes to Zons
  • Zundorfer Groov

    • Parking here: Trankgasse 15, 51143 Köln
    • A very nice, stroller friendly pedestrian / walking area located on a half island in the south of Cologne where they have some nice playgrounds, traditional gastronomy, ice cream parlors and Rhein river beach. There is even a cute pedestrian ferry you can take from one side of the river to the other. There is also a wonderful swimming pool here
  • Schloss Burg Castle (translates roughly to “Castle Castle”) in Solingen

  • Altenberg in the Bergisches Land

  • Monschau

  • Zons

  • Hueckeswagen

  • Grugapark in Essen

  • Brühl

  • Hiking in the Eifel

  • Hiking in the Neandertal area (close to Dusseldorf)

  • Hiking in the Bergisches Land

  • Hiking in Ahrtal with Winery visit

  • Grafenwerth Island on the Rhein, below Bonn

    • Reachable from the mainland and nice to stroll, with activities for kids and restaurants
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Weekend ideas

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