Part historic port, part modern urban powerhouse, and with its famous Speicherstadt Warehouse District recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, Hamburg makes an enticing prospect for any discerning traveler, but the vibrant metropolis also makes a top choice for families. From discovering the city’s rich maritime history to celebrating at one of the many festivals, there are plenty of fun things to do in Hamburg with kids – here are a few ideas.
As a former host of the Winter Olympic Games and home to some of Bavaria’s most popular ski resorts, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is perhaps best known as a winter destination, but the alpine region is equally captivating during the summer months. This is Bavaria at its most photogenic, with sweeping mountain vistas capped by snowy peaks and charming villages characterized by colorful building murals and flower-fringed timber houses. Good weather and stunning scenery make summer the ideal time for exploring.
Formed more than 400 million years ago and discovered during limestone quarrying in the early 20thvcentury, the Atta Cave is among Germany’s most unique natural wonders — a cavernous dripstone cave tunneling beneath the ground for an incredible 6,670 meters. Visiting the Atta Cave from Frankfurt or Cologne makes a unique choice for a day trip, often combined with nearby sights like the 12th-century Greifenstein Castle and scenic Lake Bigge.
With its legendary Christmas markets, notorious WWII sites and long history as the residence of kings, Nuremberg is top of the itinerary for many visitors to Bavaria and makes a popular detour from Munich. This is Bavaria’s second-largest city, but with most of the attractions clustered around the walled Old Town, it’s still possible to take in the highlights with just one day in Nuremberg.
Once one of the great Hanseatic cities and an important center of trade and commerce, Hamburg has kept its merchant city roots alive into the new millennium, and the modern port has plenty to interest shoppers. Shopping in Hamburg offers a good mix of high-end and independent shops, with all the big brand names and designers as well as some quality art galleries and antiques stores.
It was once nicknamed Das lustige Dorf (“the Merry Village”) thanks to its abundance of cider taverns and thriving red light district, and while it’s long since lost its seediness, Frankfurt’s Bornheim district retains its lively atmosphere and abundance of bars. Despite being one of the city’s most populated areas and a popular haunt for locals, Bornheim remains off the beaten track for most tourists; visiting the hip neighborhood is a surefire way to get an authentic taste of modern Frankfurt.