A Castle Road trip is also exciting for children. In the castles and palaces as well as in the member-cities there is a lot to experience for the young visitors. Where there are special guided tours and programmes for children, theatres for children and even a knight's playground, we have put together for you here.
Where you see this symbol, you can also comfortably take the buggy with you.
The "green side" of Mannheim is particularly evident in the city's public parks. Playgrounds, animal enclosures, trampolines, but also theme gardens, concerts and quiet zones - the whole family feels at home in Luisenpark Park. The wide range of offers and leisure activities offers enough for a whole day in the countryside. The lower part of the park is accessible free of charge, the upper part costs admission.
The "green side" of Mannheim is particularly evident in the city's public parks. The Herzogenriedpark is just as suitable for those seeking peace and quiet as it is for the adventurous. The sports facilities, playgrounds and farm with old animal breeds are particularly popular with children.
On two floors, children will find a wide range of play and participation stations on a wide variety of themes in this museum. Here they can try out, explore and do research as they wish. Sometimes the focus is on people's lives 100 years ago, sometimes on nature. In addition, there are changing special exhibitions.
Age: 1 - 10 years, focus on primary school age
The toy industry in Nuremberg has a history going back over 600 years. Dolls, tin figures and tin toys are among the products that have made the city famous all over the world. All kinds of toys from past and present times are shown on an area of 1,400 m². A children's area with educational supervision and an outdoor playground are also part of the museum's facilities.
"Education for all - 500 years of school history" is the motto of the School Museum Nuremberg, which opened in 2008. Among other things, an originally preserved classroom from around 1900 can be visited.
"The Tower of the Senses" is a participatory museum for young and old, in which one's own senses can be explored and confused in a playful way.
Age: 7 years and older
THE KIBALA (Kinderbahnland) is a 1000 m² large part of the DB Museum, which is especially designed to introduce children to the subject of railways. Children learn everything about trains, conductors, steam locomotives and the like at the participatory stations.
Admission to KIBALA is included in the DB Museum entrance fee.
In the middle of the large district town of Öhringen lies the Hofgarten, the beginnings of which date back to the 18th century. In the park, part of the State Garden Show in 2016, there is an animal enclosure with alpacas, donkeys, sheep and various species of prey. The enclosures can be visited all year round.
The Hohenlohe Open Air Museum Wackershofen offers visitors of all ages a journey back in time to past centuries in the region. More than 70 historic buildings from the surrounding area were dismantled at their original location and rebuilt in Wackershofen. These include farms as well as mills, workshops and a railway station. The school building is particularly interesting for children.
During the summer holidays, every Sunday, members of the Heimatverein Abenberg will guide those interested through the castle grounds. Registration is not necessary. During the summer holidays, the Heimatverein Abenberg offers castle tours every Sunday (without registration). Further information
In the immediate vicinity of Rabenstein Castle is the entrance to an underground work of art of nature. The Sophienhöhle is one of the most beautiful stalactite caves in Germany. Impressive light installations in combination with the stalactites create a great atmosphere for your own explorations and various events. The cave can be explored all year round, guided tours take place regularly from March to November. Further information
Museum for children
The museum is the result of a cooperation between the city of Heilbronn and the Christoph Reinwald Foundation. Several days a week the museum offers educational activities on various topics. These are primarily aimed at children between the ages of 3 and 10.
Experience tour for children "The courageous knight"
Children dive into the medieval worls of the mercenaries, craftsmen and margraves at this guided tour which takes about 90 minutes. For especially "clever ones" there are small prizes. Highlight is climbing of a tower of Kulmbach's town fortification with a treasure hunt.
Age: 3 to 10 years
Venue: At "Holzmarkt" (wood market) Kulmbach (Zinsfeld-Fountain)
Guided tours for children regarding different topics
Venue: cash desk, Plassenburg Castle
Age: from 6 or from 8 years
Registration necessary, phone: +49 (0) 92 21/ 82 20-0, daily 10 am to 4 pm
Telefon +49 (0) 92 21/ 82 20-0
Children's city map Mannheim
In order for the little ones to be able to help plan their stay in the square city, Stadtmarketing Mannheim has developed a children's city map. This is available free of charge at the Tourist Information and at many other locations. For example, playgrounds, hallways and sights are entered.
For over 100 years, the Kunsthalle Mannheim has been an important component of cultural life in the city. It houses modern and contemporary art. There are special art education offers for children and families. These include the guided tour "Kunstreise - alle einsteigen!", the "Guckloch Kunst" on Saturday afternoon and the holiday workshops for children and young people from 6 to 16 years.
Castle Information Centre
Life and everyday life at Altenstein Castle are vividly explained here. Numerous models and multimedia offerings have been integrated into a contemporary museum concept. Here children can try out medieval games and undertake their own expedition into past centuries.
96126 Maroldsweisach – Altenstein
Telefon +49 (0)9535 1889892
Knight's playground - The special experience for the whole family
Appealingly located by the city wall and by the Eschenbach creek, the adventure playground offers several attractions: A 30 metres long ropeway, a battering ram swing, a castle with a chain bridge and many other timber constructions in a knightly style. At the edge of the playground there is a Kneipp complex with barefoot path. Sitting accommodations invite you to have a picnic or to just dwell in this extraordinary complex.
Age: 2 years and older
Fire Brigade Museum
Devastating fires had already struck the town of Schwäbisch Hall in the 14th century. This is why the fire brigade has a long history here, which this museum is dedicated to. In the rooms, large and small can find fire extinguishers, fire helmets, fire extinguishers, miniature vehicles and much more.
Guided tours for children and families
The Schwetzingen Castle is a popular attraction for young and old all year round. For children and families, there are regular special guided tours and events where the young guests can learn about the history of the castle in a particularly vivid and age-appropriate way.
Guttenberg Castle is home to two real castle road highlights for families.
German Griffin Observatory Guttenberg Castle
The impressive variety of birds of prey can be admired during the public flight demonstrations. Besides, the audience can learn interesting things about eagles, vultures and other birds, which fly directly over the heads of the visitors. The demonstrations take place twice a day from April to November. Further information
Guttenberg Castle Museum
In its award-winning exhibition, the museum conveys everything about life at Rittenburg Castle. Visitors are taken on a breathtaking journey through time from the Middle Ages to the 19th century. Further information
The permanent exhibition in the Veste Coburg will be made accessible to children of all ages with a special guided tour. For example, children with their parents, grandparents with grandchildren or uncles and aunts with nieces and nephews are addressed. Young and old learn everything about the life of the nobility in the castle, the knights' weapons and armour, hunting and means of transport of bygone times.
Children's city map Heidelberg
Especially for children, the Family Initiative Heidelberg offers a free printed map of the old town. It contains important information about places of interest and all kinds of interesting stories that invite you to discover the streets and alleys of Heidelberg. There are also online suggestions for walks in the Old Town that are suitable for children.
Offers for children and families
The museum in the Deutschhof, a former ensemble of buildings of the Teutonic Order, houses the permanent exhibition on the themes of archaeology, culture, art and nature. In addition, special exhibitions on specific topics are offered on a regular basis. There are special workshops and guided tours for children and families.
Not far from the "Jägerhaus" Heilbronn, on the mountain ranges outside the city, runs the forest experience path Heilbronn. Over 20 stations provide information about flora and fauna and invite you to take part. There are also artistic carvings and other works of art that blend into the landscape.
Parklatz: Jägerhaus 1
Nuremberg Imperial Castle for Children and Adolescents
The Castle Lion Leo has compiled children and youth pages for the Imperial Castle Nuremberg. Other than the guided tours for children at a glance, there are also cut-out sheets for helmets, a coloring template for the Imperial Castle Nuremberg, a castle memory game and different puzzles with castle motives of Nuremberg's Imperial Castle.
"Explore the city with Haal-Ghost Otto"
At this city searching-game, which is available at the tourist-information at the marketplace, children explore the city on their own and answer questions to the history of Schwäbisch Hall.
City exploring-game for children aged 10 years and older
"HerrschaftsZeiten!": Adventure museum on the Cadolzburg castle
The history of Cadolzburg dates back to the 12th century. The impressive museum takes visitors on a journey that bridges the gap between the Middle Ages and modernity. Elaborate reproductions, productions and media stations involve all the senses and make life in the castle comprehensible. The museum is also attractive for children and young people through numerous games, media offers and feel stations.
Audio guides for children and teenagers
The small town of Lauf an der Pegnitz can also be visited with a free audio guide. The guide is especially designed for children and teenagers and can be downloaded via app onto your own Spartphone or Tablet. At twelve stations you can learn interesting facts about the history and sights of the city.
"Children guide children" through Bad Wimpfen
Children trained to be town guides lead other children through the Old Town on exciting hidden paths, in old basements and attics, to high towers and secret aisles.
Meeting point: Town Hall, marketplace
Age: 6 years and older
Dates: April through October every first Sunday of the month at 2 pm as a public guided town tour or by request.
"City History for Young and Old"
Families go through the historical Bayreuth with an experienced city guide. She tells child-oriented anecdotes of Bayreuth's history. Not only the castle tower is climbed and the watchman's room is visited. Further information
Playing Stations in Coburg's Doll Museum
At the playing stations the respective toys can not only be looked at, but also tried out right away. For children there are different doll houses, a play shop, construction kits, marbels, items for dressing up and painting as well as a puppet theatre. Furthermore, little explorers can discover toys of former generations.
Age: 3 years and older
Crawling Corner in Coburg's Doll Museum
As a service for families with more than one child there is a perfectly equipped crawling corner in the room for museum education, the free rental of a baby carrier and a baby food warmer.
Age: 0 to 3 years
Further information (only in German)
Town-Rallye through Eberbach
With pen and question booklet through the city. A hidden object game for children that leads through the historic old town of Eberbach. The search tasks guide the children to very special places in the city's history, past various squares and towers in the city. The papers are available at the tourist-information for free during the opening hours (only in German).
Discovery Tour through the Nature Park
In the Nature Park Center in the "Thalheim'sches House" the nature of the surrounding area can be experienced in a new way - with all senses and a lot of fun, games and interesting facts for young and old.
Rides with the Museum Train Ebermannstadt - Behringersmühle
Always on Sundays and public holidays historic trains pass through the idyllic Wiesenttal from April 30th to October 15th 2017. In December Santa rides are offered.
Timetable and tickets (only in German)
Guided tour "Kitchen, Scent & Homeliness"
The guided tour introduces the children to the diet, hygiene and the life at Rosenberg Fortress. It leads into areas of the fortress complex, which usually isn't open to the public. Thereby the children also wander through the underworld of the fortress. The tour takes place every Saturday at 3 pm from April until October! (except during special events like Crana Historica or the Rose and Garden Fair).
Venue: cash desk, Rosenberg Fortress
Age: 6 to 12 years
Guided tours for children in Nuremberg
Nuremberg looks back on a long history, historical buildings and secret corridors bear witness to it to this day. Children from the age of 5 are offered regular guided tours through Nuremberg's underworld and themed tours in historical costumes.
Kinderführungen in Nürnberg
Tourist-Infos: Königstraße 93 und Hauptmarkt 18
Telefon +49 (0) 911/ 23 36-0
On the beautifully situated site directly on the Pegnitz, everything revolves around the subject of sensory experiences. Variously designed stations of different kinds offer the possibility to marvel, to discover and to do research. The site is open from May to September and is the setting for various events during this time.
Erfahrungsfeld zur Entfaltung der Sinne
Telefon +49 (0) 911 / 2 31-31 65
Leisure zone on the Zenn
A recreation and leisure park for all ages extends directly along the little river Zenn. An adventure playground and a small children's playground, a labyrinth, climbing rocks and a water playground invite you to romp and play. For adults there is also a movement course, quiet zones and a beer garden. E-bikes can also be recharged at a charging station there.
Langenzenn – Spielplatz ZennOase
Alte Zennstraße 10
Bird room in the Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum Bamberg houses a unique treasure, the Natural History Cabinet furnished by Prince Bishop Franz Ludwig von Erthal. Thousands of birds, mussels, snakes, fish, corals and much more can be admired. The "Museum in the Museum" is particularly suitable for families.
Guided family tour "Bamberg - Living History"
This tour gives the impression of everyday life in former days. The participants have the opportunity to become active themselves: for excample a fire is sparked off like at the time of Emperor Henry or the "Bären Dreck" liquourice is tasted.
Dates: April to October 2019 every Saturday at 11 am. Registration necessary! (for individuals only in German)
Venue: Tourist information, Geyerswörthstraße 5
Further information and registration for individuals in German
For groups bookable in English
Children's city-rallye with dog Berganza and tomcat Murr
At this city-rallye children discover Bamberg on their own, accompanied by dog Berganza and tomcat Murr, both figures of the author E.T.A. Hoffmann. Every child receives a booklet with questions about different stations in the inner city and the Old Town. The booklet is available at the tourist information for 1 EUR.
Dates: available all year
Start: Tourist information, Geyerswörthstraße 5