Things to Do with Kids in and around Düsseldorf, Germany
Outdoor Fun for kids in or near Dusseldorf
Petting zoo at the SudPark in Dusseldorf
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
- 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)
Dusseldorf Rhein beach Paradiesstrand
- 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
- They have circus events regularly where you can go with kids and try out circus activities. Check their Facebook page for upcoming
- 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
- a very kid friendly restaurant with a large playground and hiking trails around it
- 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)
Arche Noah in Meerbusch
- a very nice petting zoo
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
- Walk on this fun rollercoaster – it´s a lot of steps!
Nature and fun park in Hilden
Haus Bürgel in Monheim
- 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
- a children´s educational center with indoor and outdoor educational activities.
Ponyriding in Dormagen
- there are many pony riding places, but we did it with them and we had fun!
- There are also several other farms that offer activities for children around Dusseldorf
- https://die-kleinefarm.de (the second for summer camp).
- Near the Kleine Farm is a nice farmers market, with a little outdoor café and playground where you can get the best apple pies and cakes: https://www.apfelparadies.com/duesseldorf-wittlaer.
Indoor fun for kids in or near Dusseldorf
- The new Dusseldorf library close to the train station
- It just opened a couple of months ago and has a super nice children´s area.
International children´s library
- Website but
- They are currently closed and moving into a new location, still within Dusseldorf
Aquazoo in Dusseldorf
Halle Mensch in Dusseldorf
- An indoor beach volleyball and climbing sports complex
Heinemann Café in Dusseldorf
- They have the best German style cakes in Dusseldorf and the stores / cafes are fun for kids to visit.
- They always give a chocolate to Nathan😊
Swimming pools in Dusseldorf
Monamare in Monheim
- Is particularly nice for kids Website
Indoor Legoland in Oberhausen
Science museums for kids
Planetarium in Bochum
Railway Museum in Bochum
- They also run old trains but currently due to covid the routes are closed.
European Space Station in Cologne
- In theory it is possible to visit it, but it needs to be arranged with a group. Also, I am not sure if small kids are allowed...
- See more at the links:
Skiing Park in Neuss
Chocolate Museum in Cologne
Art museums in Dusseldorf – K20, K21
Other fun for kids nearby (~45-90 min away)
- zoo in Cologne
- Nice petting zoo area where you can pet the goats
- zoo in Munster
- Which is a super nice “all-weather” zoo, but a bit further and currently the indoor attractions are anyway closed.
- Krefeld Zoo
- Zoom Zoo
- In Gelsenkirchen, with three habitats to explore. Alaska is the best.
- The best one I think is the Burgers Zoo in the Netherlands
- But this is further away.
- zoo in Cologne
- The place where the borders of Germany, Belgium and Netherlands meet!
- It is nice and there is a cool labyrinth
Open air museums
- In normal times there are several open air museums (freilichtmuseen) around here where they show how people used to live years ago. They usually include animals and some actors showing the way of life too
- See a list here: https://www.coolibri.de/magazin/freilichtmuseen-nrw
Beach with fun in Cologne
- Blackfoot Beach - Blackfoot Beach
- This includes an outdoor ropes course on the trees, probably better for bigger kids
- Close to Bonn.
- You can take this fun rail https://www.drachenfelsbahn.de/index.php/de up to the old Drachenfels castle ruins https://www.der-drachenfels.de from where you have a wonderful view of the Rhein valley. You can then decide either to visit this castle museum nearby, or walk down, continue towards the riverfront and take a stroll in the pedestrian area in Konigswinter. It´s a very nice day activity.
- It is a city right at the border with the Netherlands, with a great Outlet center open also on Sundays.
Zollferein Coal Mine close to Essen
- Fun and interesting to visit as it includes a museum with the history of the Ruhr, but at the moment it seems closed
Low tech amusement parks
Nature amusement park
- In Waldbröl http://panarbora.de/de/information-4
Big Amusement parks
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 https://www.faehren-fahrplan.de/faehre-zons
- 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
- Another nice pedestrian walking area where you can admire an impressive cathedral, enjoy some food and stroll around. Normally there is also a storyland amusement park there too https://www.maerchenwald-altenberg.de.
- If you go there, close by is a nice farm with a shop https://thomashof-burscheid.de.
- There is also a cool walking path from the farm to the cathedral, but I would not recommend it with a stroller.
- Wonderful traditional German town that is just a beauty to walk through, in the Eifel
- Very pretty town with a historical center that you can walk through and some nice traditional restaurants
- Also a very nice town for a day trip
Grugapark in Essen
- A very nice landscaped park to visit, where they often do special activities like light shows https://www.grugapark.de/aktuell\_1/Startseite\_Grugapark.de.html.
- In the middle of the park you can see a famous building from the architect Hundertwasser Website
Hiking in the Eifel
Hiking in the Neandertal area (close to Dusseldorf)
- There is even a bison reserve!
- Please note this area is hilly, so difficult with a stroller
Hiking in the Bergisches Land
- See Altenberg above
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
Events to put on your calendar:
- Japan Day in Dusseldorf in May / June
- Xanten mediaeval festival in May
- Kirmes in Dusseldorf in July
- Gourmet festival in Dusseldorf in August
- Picking chestnuts and acorns at the Grafenberg Wald between end September and mid-October
- Halloween party for kids
- At the end of October at the Neuss international school organized by AIWCD (American International Women´s Club Dusseldorf) Website.
- I was there a couple of times and it´s a fantastic event for kids!
- Music festival in September in Dormagen
- This is a nice place to visit, there is a cool playground at this site and nice walks around
- Rhein in Flammen in Summer
- Fireworks on the Rhein in various location across the summer
And finally, for a family friendly long weekend, you should check out:
- Center Parks
- Built for families.
- We wanted to go to this one, just waiting for a good time😊
- Durbuy (Belgium)
- In the Ardennes (Belgium) nice town with many outdoor activities for children
- About 3h drive
- Bruges (Belgium)
- Ghent (Belgium)
- in Belgium (the Flemish side)
- Ostende (Belgium)
- About 3-3.5h drive
- Mosel area: Trier
- In the Mosel region (oldest town in Germany)
- about 3h drive
- Externsteine in Horn-Bad Meinberg
- Unusual and impressive rock formations
- They can be visited and climed
Children courses for smaller kids
Rent a veggie garden
- VERY HARD to find, private might be easier
- To find other balls courses, google “ballskurse”, they are popular
- Just google “kinderturnen” and location, this is a very popular course for younger kids and there are many options.
- also several schools, many will have teachers that also come to your home for classes.