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The Best Playgrounds in Berlin: Alternative Outdoor Play Areas

Do you feel like your children are getting bored of the same old ‘neighbourhood spielplatz’? It may be time to freshen up your weekend and afternoon play time with some new and exciting spots. Lucky for you, Berliner’s value playtime and creativity and the city boasts over 1850 play areas. Most of them offer a unique alternative to your typical sandbox and swing set.

Berlin’s unconventional playgrounds are sure to spice up your kids’ play time, and will bring lots of smiles and minimal boredom. This guide has you covered on the best and most unique playgrounds in various neighbourhoods all over the city!

 

We’ve sorted the best and most unique playgrounds out by neighbourhood:

Prenzlauer Berg

Mitte

Charlottenburg

Neukolln

Wedding

Kreuzberg

Friedrichshain

 

Prenzlauer Berg

‘Pregnant hill’ as it’s endearingly called, boasts many colourful and unique playgrounds for its young family residents and visitors alike.

 

Adventure Playground Kolle 37 in Prenzlauer Berg

Like many playgrounds in Berlin, Kolle 37 in Prenzlauer Berg doesn’t allow adults, so be prepared to let your kids go off and explore alone. Germans value learning-by-doing, and this park is a great example of that. It’s a massive creative space (4000qm!) for children to explore activites like making their own huts, working in a garden, hanging out with animals, or even participating in pottery, wood workshops and more. The children learn from craftsmen who work there, and are taught how to use the different tools. Four educators are also part of the staff. The projects, material costs and employees are financed by the district of Pankow.

Location: Kollwitzstr. 35-3710405 Berlin
How to get there: The closest U-Bahn station is Senefelderplatz, it’s just a five minute walk to the entrance.
Hours: Monday to Friday 13:00- 18:30
Saturday: 13:00 – 18:00
(From September to April, it closes at 18:00)
Cost: Free (some activities put on by the park have fees, so be sure to check the website beforehand or call)
Who should go: Kids over 6 years old

Things to note:

  • Kids must be wearing closed shoes (no sandals) for many parts of this play area
  • Saturdays are an exception to the ‘kids only’ rule, and the whole family can take part!

 

 Teutoburger Platz Playground

Situated a little further away from the popular Kollwitz area, Teutoburger park is a community-oritend hub, adored by the locals who frequent it. The playground is surrounded by leafy trees in the summer, providing a lot of shade. There is a spiderweb-like climbing net, gymnastics bars, swings, and a little shop to buy ice cream and snacks at in the summer. The green space surrounding it is a great spot for playing ball sports or picknicking in the summer.

Location: Templiner Str. 910119 Berlin 
How to get there: The closest U-bahn stations are Senefelder platz on the U2 line (just 200m awaz), Rosa-Luxemberg Platz (U2), or Rosenthaler Platz (U8).
Cost: Free
Who should go there: Good for all ages

Things to Note:

  • There is a little house which people can rent out and use for events like birthday parties etc. The rules, hours, and more info can be found here
  • The locals occasionally put on community events like BBQ days, fleamarkets for kids’ clothes, etc. You can find out more on the Teute Calendar
  • Dogs are not allowed

 

Nature Playground in Leise Park

Leise Park, or Quiet Park, is exactly that. It’s a beautiful old cemetery turned Nature Park, with lots of lush trees and bushes, and several trails to explore. The playground itself is scattered in parts around the park, making every turn down each new trail exciting. There are logs stacked on top of each other to balance on, a lookout tower, and tree stumps to jump on. There are also plenty of hammocks if anyone needs to take a little break or a nap. The Leise Park playground is the perfect spot to take a breath of fresh air and feel transported to a magical and calming oasis, even though you’re right inside the city.

Location: Heinrich-Roller-Straße 24, 10405 Berlin

How to get there: Senefelderplatz Bahnhof is just a 10 minute walk away. As well, the M4 tram stop, Am Friedrichshain is located right at the East entrance of the park. On the west side of the park, the M2 tram stops at Prenzlauer Allee/Metzer strasse.
Cost: Free
Hours: Every Day from 8:00am to 7:00pm
Who should go: Good for all ages (although as it is a cemetery as well, it’s recommended to be on the ‘quieter’ side, as the name infers.

Mitte

The city core is a busy epicenter of shops and museums, but you can still find many hidden and interesting playgrounds for your kids to explore.

Heinrich-Zille-Park – Castle Fortress

This large and secluded park offers a truly authentic castle fortress experience for your little ones to play make believe. There’s also a ping pong table, which is good fun for older kids, so bring your paddles!

Location: Heinrich Zille Park, 10115
How to get there: This park is close to the Tucholsky bus stop, and about a 6 minute walk from Rosenthaler platz. The entrance is off of Bergstrasse.
Cost: Free
Who should go: Good for all ages

 

Airplane Mesh Park

Airplane Mesh playground is a slightly hidden park located behind Bernauer Straße, and offers an immense mesh climbing challenge for your young adventurers who can’t get enough of climbing everything in sight! It also has a small rock climbing wall, sandy grounds and lots of space for a relaxing, quiet picnic.

Location: Behind Strelitzer Str.
How to get there: The closest U-Bahn Station is Bernauer Strasse. It’s a short walk south on Strelitzer Strasse if you’re at the corner of Bernauer and Strelitzer.
Cost: Free
Who should go: Toddlers and up
Things to note

  • No Baby Swings

 

Plansche at Nordbahnhof

The Plansche is a massive park with a fun water fountain splash pad, which offers a beautiful space to cool off in the summertime.  There’s also a normal playground right next to it to switch things up, or to enjoy on those cooler days.
The Plansche is also a great space for picnicking, lounging and playing games on a blanket with your younger tots, and letting your kids enjoy their freedom.

Location: Invalidenstr. 20, 10115 Berlin
How to get there: You can take the Tram, Bus or S-Bahn to Nordbahnhof Station.
Cost: Free
Who should go: Good for all Ages

Berlin has plenty more summer friendly splash parks to try – we recommend Plansche Planterwald in Treptow, Spielbrunnen in Charlottenburg, and the Plansche Volkspark in Friedrichshain.

 

Charlottenburg

This quiet, family friendly neighbourhood lush with green spaces and parks has some great play areas to spend your weekends and afternoons. Read on for a couple of the best spots:

 

Piratenschiff Spielplatz

This impressive pirate ship playground, named ‘The Black Pearl’ is a big hit as it has a lot of fun to offer. There’s a ping pong table on the deck of the ship, tons of places to hide and things to climb, as well as a basketball net on the front of the ship. Combining this playground with a visit to the grounds of the Charlottenburg castle which is just across the river, can certainly fill up an enjoyable afternoon with your little pirates.

Location: Tegeler Weg 97, Berlin
How to get there: It’s right across the river from the Charlottenburg Schlosspark, so the closest stations are the Westend S-Bahn and Bus Hof, the Jungfernheide S and U Station and the Richard-Wagner Platz U-bahn Station.
Cost: Free
Who Should Go: Good for all ages

For more fun themed playgrounds check out the Hexenspielplatz (Witch Playground) in Schoneberg, the Drachenspielplatz (Dragon Playground) in Friedrichshain, or the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Playground in Charlottenburg.

 

Kletterpark (Climbing Park)
Located just northwest of the Berlin core (North Charlottenburg), the incredible forest climbing park will bring your kids’ weekend fun to great new heights! Complete with high ropes, balance beams, and zip lines through a beautiful forest, this playground is the perfect combination of nature and adventure, providing your mini-me’s with lots of fresh air and exercise.  The park is open even when there’s a light drizzle, so no need to let those misty Berlin days hold you back!

Location: Heckerdamm 260, Berlin, Germany
How to get there:  Take the U7 line to Jakob-Kaiser Platz, and then you will have a quick 5 minute walk to the Entrance. There are also a number of buses you can take like the M21 from the Charlottenburg Nord Station. If you are on the ring-line, you can take the S42 to Charlottenburg Nord station.
Hours: Open Daily from March through October (Hours Vary during seasons, check the website)
Cost:  Prices vary, €10 to €12 for the kid’s parkour, adults €19 to €22, spectators are free
Who should go: Great fun for the whole family
Things to Note:

  • Allot approximately 2.5 to 3 hours for this climbing park
  • Staff members speak English
  • You must be wearing sturdy shoes to climb (sneakers are accepted!)
  • Kids aged 6 and up can participate (must be over 1.45m tall)

 

For more outdoor parks offering some climbing adventures, we recommend Kletterwald in Wuhlheide and Kletterfelsen  in Volkspark Friedrichshain.

 

Adventure Playground in the Zoo

The newly renovated playground in the zoo is a highlight for all kids. You may end up spending more time here than actually looking at animals. It has a pirate ship, a maze and lots for your little animal lovers to climb!

Location: Hardenbergplatz 8, 10787 Berlin
How to get there:  The closest station is of course the Zoolischer Garten. Many S and U bahns go to this station like the S3, S5, S7 and S9. Once you get to the Zoo, the playground is located towards the back right corner of the zoo.
Hours: Hours vary throughout the year, see all opening hours here
Cost: To visit the Zoo playground, you have to pay the zoo entrance fee – €15.50 for adults, and €8.00 per child. There are also some family day packages and annual tickets for savings.
Who should go: Good for all ages
Things to Note:

  • The Zoo is open 365 days a year! (Closes at 2pm on the 24th and 31st of December)
  • You or your children cannot bring your bikes (or other children’s transport like wagons) with you
  • There are bathrooms (including wheelchair accessible) and a baby changing station right next to the playground.

 

Neukolln

A big cultural hub with lots of families, Neukölln offers some of the best parks and hidden gems of playgrounds for your little ones to explore. Below are some of the best:

Hasenheide Playground and Animal Park

Located near Templehof in Neukölln, Hasenheide is a lush forested park with lots to offer. This huge green space hosts two awesome playgrounds, one which is right next to a lovely mini zoo, featuring many animals like donkeys, rabbits, and ponies. They even have pony rides at certain times during the week and weekends (hours vary, but there is some signage outside the pony shelter displaying the times). The playgrounds include slides, swings, seesaws, climbing walls and even a water park for your kids to enjoy in the summertime.

Location: Spielplatz im Volkspark Hasenheide Karlsgartenstr. 12049 Berlin
How to get there: Hasenheide park is located just North East of Templehof, and the closest stations are Hermannplatz and Sudstern. The playground and animal farm are located closer to Hasenheide street.
Cost: Free
Who should go: Suitable for children 1 and up

Things to Note:

  • There’s a nice café with outdoor seating located in the middle of the park in case you forget to bring snacks or want to treat everyone to an ice cream
  • Within this park you’ll also find a beautiful rose garden, a small pond and an enclosed dog park

 

Fliegerspielplatz (Aviator’s Playground)

Situated close to Templehofer Feld which is home to the abandoned airport, this popular playground is the perfect spot for some make-believe world travel for your young pilots. Complete with helicopters and rocket ships made from wood, this playground is a dream for young toddlers. It’s in a nice quiet pocket and has a baby swing, making it a lovely spot to bring your younger children.

Location: Bundesring 40, Berlin, Germany
How to get there: The Aviator’s Playground is located to the west of Templehof, on a narrow stretch of grassy area, in the centre of the Bundesring. The Paradestrasse station on the U6 line is just 350 metres away.
Cost: Free
Who Should Go: Suitable for kids aged 1-6

 

Wedding

This up and coming neighbourhood is still relatively quiet and perfect for young families. It is also home to many parks, Plotzensee (a lake and beach you and your kids can enjoy!), and some pretty special playgrounds.

 

Zeppelinplatz 

The playground inside the beautiful Zeppelinplatz Park is definitely a favourite within the Wedding neighbourhood community. It has tons of rope nets to climb, has a very natural vibe given that it’s made out of mostly wood and is very well maintained. There’s also a water fountain and lots of space in the vicinity for a summer picnic lunch.

Location: Ostender Str. 11-12, 13353 Berlin
How to get there: The playground is located a large green space, close to both Seestrasse and Leopoldplatz U-bahn stations. (Both on the U6 line)
Cost: Free
Who should go: Great for all ages
Humboldthain Spielplatz

Located closer to Gesundbrunnen, the Humbolthain Spielplatz is a great way to end an afternoon exploring Humbolthain Volkspark. This park is full of history, as there are two bunkers from the war located there. In addition, this park has beautiful trails, a rose garden, an outdoor swimming pool and a stunning viewpoint at the top of a hill.

Location: Brunnenstr. 13357 Berlin
How to get there: The playground is located in the centre of Humbolthain, and can easily be accessed by taking an S-bahn to Humbolthain staion or, getting out at the Gesundbrunnen station which services buses, U-bahn and S-bahn trains.
Cost: Free
Who should go: Good for all ages

Things to Note:

If your kids are a bit older you could check out the ‘Berlin Unterwelten’ tours which explore the bunkers and underground world during WWII.

 

Kreuzberg

The Kreuzberg ‘kiez’ is an eclectic mix of students, newcomers and artists and is home to many families as well. It has a vibrant cultural scene and is dotted with many beautiful parks and playgrounds.

 

Park am Gleisdreieck

Right between Kreuzberg and Schoneburg, you will find the new and spectacular ‘Park am Gleisdreieck’, a sprawling green space on an old train track highline. The minimalistic-style playground offers kids some fun and challenging rope nets for climbing, slides and swings, and the accompanying sprawling lawn next to it is often peppered with relaxed families picnicking or playing sports together.

Park am Gleisdreieck (Westpark) 18
Location: Möckern Str. 26, 10963 Berlin
How to get there: The playground is located on the east side of the park, at Mockernstrasse and Hornstrasse. Both the S+U Yorckstrasse and Mehringdamm U station are easily walkable to the park.
Cost: Free
Who should go: Suitable for all ages

 

Wrangelstr. Playground

This beautiful playground in Kreuzberg has a fun ‘Under the Sea’ theme and is definitely loved by the locals. There is a whale to climb, a ginormous Octopus with rope nets, a mermaid tower and slide, as well as swings and mini trampolines.

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Location: Wrangel Str. 11 10997 Berlin
How to get there:  This playground is located close to Marienplatz and the closest U-Bahnhof is Gorlitzer station. There is also a bus stop 2 minutes away, where the 140 bus goes.
Cost: Free
Who Should Go: Good for everyone

 

Mondhügel Playground in Gorlitzer
Mondhügel is a great spot for the whole family, situated in Görlitzer Park. Here you can see a beautiful view of Berlin. The massive slide is a huge hit where about 10 kids can slide down at the same time! There are also lots of log balance beams to climb, a firefighters’ pole and slides.

Location: Wiener Str. 56 10999
How to get there: The playground is situated in the southwest corner of Görlitzer park, and the closest U-Bahn station is Schlesiches Tor. You can also go to Görlitzer Station if you want to walk through the park first.
Cost: Free
Who should go: Great for the whole family

Things to note:

Mondhügel park isn’t far from the Landwehr Kanal and the Kid’s Petting Farm in Görlitzer park. A fun afternoon could be filled with a visit to the Mondhügel playground and hanging out with the animals at the farm. There are donkeys, miniature horses, ducks, goats and sheep.
The petting zoo’s summer hours are:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 10:00 to 19:00
Wednesdays: Closed
Weekends: 11:00 to 18:00

 

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Friedrichshain

Friedrichshain is a colourful pocket in berlin, full of creative people and a vibrant culinary scene. This neighbourhood is home to many families as well as young people. Some of the best play areas in Friedrichshain have already been mentioned, like Drachenspielplatz (Dragon spielplatz), and Volkspark Friedrichshain.  But we think the following also deserves a mention in our guide.

 

Forcki Adventure Playground 
This adventure playground and ‘building centre’ within Forckenbeckplatz is an exciting hub with lots for kids to explore. The adventure centre is divided into four sections: the clay and nature area, the wooden construction area, the play area and the fire pits. The play area has a large open meadow space for sports, as well as outdoor play equipment. There are lots of opportunities for children to try new things like pottery, the football ‘kicker club’, cooking etc. Some of the activities require registration and a contribution to the expenses – the calendar can be found on the site

Location: Forckenbeckplatz 10247 Berlin
How to get there: Frankfurter Tor and Samariter Str U-bahn stations are both in walking distance to this park (about 10 mins), as well, the M tram line 21 stops directly in front of the park.
Cost: The park itself is free, but some activities in the centre have registration costs
Who should go: Great for families, kids 1 to 14 (some activities are only suitable for children 6 and up)

Things to note:

  • This adventure playground puts on many events which you can attend. ·
  • There are educational cooking events, ‘Father Picnics’, where kids can make roast ‘stick bread’ etc.
  • There is also a Splash Pad and a regular playground in Forckenbeckplatz

Berlin definitely does not lack in the ‘fun for kids’ department. Each playground offers a unique and exciting experience for your children. Is your favourite Berlin playground on our list? Let us know in the comments!

 

Bonus: If you are looking for an indoor playground check our guide here.

 

Photo Credits:

Spielplatz am Gleisdreieck Photo

By Lienhard Schulz [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons

Goat and Child photo via Pixabay