26 things to do in Berlin with teenagers

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Berlin is a bustling city with a rich history that spans hundreds of years. Berlin for teenagers can seem like a huge playground full of culture and events to experience. Whether you want to stay locally or venture further afield, there’s something for everyone in Berlin. It is a city that can tell many stories, but what are some of the best things to do in Berlin with teenagers? With so many options, it’s hard to choose.

Luckily our travel guide to Berlin with teenagers will have you planning a vacation to Berlin with ease.

Know before you go. Our top Berlin travel tips

Travelling to Berlin can be such an enriching experience for the whole family. There are so many things to do in Berlin and having the best place to stay in Berlin and wander is extremely important. Here we’ve got some information to get you planning your family vacation to Berlin to make it completely hassle-free.

Where to stay in Berlin with teens

You’ll never be short of options for your accommodation in Berlin. In Berlin, you find a range of hotels, apartments, and hostels. You will be sure to be able to find something to fit singles, couples, families, and groups on every budget. If you’re not keen on any of our picks below or have specific needs, we recommend using Trip Advisor and Hotellook to find the best prices in Berlin for your family holiday in Berlin.

Luxury: This unique hotel features a spa area with a pool and free WiFi. The Radisson Blu Hotel is centrally located opposite Berlin Cathedral. The hotel offers stylish, air-conditioned rooms with flat-screen TVs and laptop safes. Restaurant, bar and buffet breakfast is available

Mid Range: Ibis Styles Alexanderplatz has great public transport options, with food and shopping just meters away. The rooms are fully equipped with guest bathrooms along with complimentary wireless internet, flat-screen TV and Wi-Fi.

Budget: Located a short walk from shops and restaurants is Meininger Alexanderplatz. Meininger is a half hotel, half hostel with cooking and washing facilities on site. Family fitting 4 come with bunk beds, bathroom and TV. Onsite communal area, tour information and vending machines for use

Berlin apartment alternative for your stay

If you prefer a home away from home-style accommodation in Berlin when you travel with teenagers then an apartment is the best choice for you for your family vacation in Berlin. There are so many options for singles, families, and budget-friendly options as well. Search available apartments in Berlin to find the perfect apartment in Berlin for teenagers on your Berlin trip with family.

How to get to Berlin

Being the biggest city in Germany and one of the best family city breaks in Europe, Berlin is connected by highways from all over the country and neighbouring countries, long distant buses, trains and planes all bring people daily to the city.

  • Berlin is a central Europe hub for train travel around Germany and neighbouring countries like Poland and Denmark. Almost any train to the city will arrive at Berlin Hauptbahnhof including high-speed trains that can reach up to 300 km/h. Book your train to Berlin with Omio
  • Berlin can be reached directly by bus from 420 cities in Germany and Europe from as little as €3. Book all your bus tickets to Berlin with Flixbus
  • Driving in Berlin is super easy with large highways/Autobahns in Germany. In Germany, they drive on the right-hand side of the road. You can pick a rental car up at Berlin Airport and dedicated sites in the city. Alternatively, you can drive to Berlin from Poland, The Netherlands or any country in Europe.
A yellow tram travelling through Alexanderplatz in Berlin

Getting around Berlin with teens

The Berlin Public transport system consists of U-Bahn, S-Bahn, buses, and trams. The U-Bahn is the Berlin subway system while S-Bahn is the above-ground network. The U-Bahn contains over 170 stations in 10 lines, while the S-Bahn covers 15 lines with almost 170 train stations. This is complemented by bus, taxi and Uber options in the city. Alternatively, the Berlin Hop on hop off bus offers multiway tickets that take you to the best sights in Berlin for families.

Using your phone in Berlin

Relying on Wi-fi when you are travelling with teenagers and sightseeing in Berlin can be hard. Making calls and staying in contact with whom you need is a top priority when you are travelling with family. Plan your family trip in Europe out and order your sim before you leave home to stop any stress about travelling, data and calls on your family vacation to Berlin.

Travel Insurance in Germany

Germany has a high quality of healthcare but travel Insurance is still recommended for all travellers entering Germany. The last thing you want is a huge bill for medical expenses should you require care on your family holiday in Berlin. We recommend using Visitor’s Coverage Travel Insurance.

Get the Berlin City Pass

Explore Berlin with a 48-hour, 72-hour, 4-day, 5-day, or 6-day Berlin Welcome Card. Ride public transport in the ABC zones, including Berlin Brandenburg Airport, receive discounts of up to 50% with many partners and benefit from the pocket travel guide. We have personally used this pass and believe it is one of the best in Europe as it includes many Merlin attractions such as Sealife, Madame Tussauds etc. Buy your Berlin Welcome Card today

What to do in Berlin with teens

Now that you have all the information on planning a vacation to Berlin, here are all the very best activities for a Berlin City break with teenagers.

Madame Tussaud’s Berlin

This is another fun family attraction in Berlin that does not fail to entertain teenagers on holiday in Berlin. See life-size wax models of some of the most famous people on the planet.

Han Solo and Princess Leia wax figures at Madame Tussauds in Berlin

Line up for pictures with Angelina Jollie, Taylor Swift, Cristiano Ronaldo, and explore the Star Wars section. Madame Tussauds Berlin is a great attraction for teens. Don’t forget, entry is free using the Berlin Welcome Card.

Sealife Berlin

Sealife Berlin follows the popular formula of these aquariums that you will find worldwide. You will find a range of tropical, fish, rays and small sharks on display. If you time your visit right, there are talks and feeding times which is a great interactive experience on a trip to Berlin. The Berlin version is on the small side compared to some other Sealife sites we have visited but is still a great Berlin tourist attraction for families visiting the capital. Book your Sea life Berlin tickets today

Berlin Dungeons building

The Berlin Dungeons

The Berlin Dungeons follows the successful formula of the other Dungeon sites across Europe and the UK. The concept is half history and half horror as you are taken through the gory history of Berlin on a 1-hour experience with actors, lighting displays, props and much more. The Dungeons are a highly popular attraction in cities worldwide. Book your Dungeon ticket today



Scavenger Hunt Berlin – from Alexanderplatz to Checkpoint Charlie

If you are looking for great vacations with teens ideas then look no further than a family scavenger hunt. There are quite a few different scavenger hunts to do in Berlin for families. Instead of a traditional Berlin sightseeing tour, get to know Berlin uniquely with a 16 stop scavenger hunt. On your hunt, you will discover both popular and lesser-known sights of the city as you solve clues and tackle challenges to complete the adventure.

Kayak Tour through East Berlin

As you travel around Berlin, you crisscross numerous waterways that dissect the city. A Kayak tour in Berlin might just be that great family vacation activity you have been looking for. Your tour will have you paddling along the Landwehrkanal and River Spree on a 3-hour kayak tour in Berlin. This tour takes you along the former boundaries of the notorious Iron Curtain that separated East and West Berlin. For those that have never kayaked before, don’t fear, you will get some quick training before you depart.

Sky Jump at the Alexanderplatz

Travelling teenagers who love thrills and adrenaline activities will love this Berlin attraction. Located in Alexanderplatz is Sky Jump, part Bungee jump, part abseiling. The Park Royal hotel plays host to the Berlin Sky Jump from 125 meters above the ground. You will receive a thorough safety brief and instructions before you continue to the launch pad. Once strapped into your safety harness, you dive headfirst towards the pavement below at Alexanderplatz. This activity will try out even the bravest teenager in the family

Watch a football match in Berlin

Berlin is one of the places to holiday with teenagers who love sports. Berlin is home to football clubs, Hertha BSC and FC Union Berlin. These two Berlin football teams play their games at Berlin’s Olympiastadion while FC Union Berlin plays at The Stadion An der Alten Förstere. The football season in Germany runs from September through April year-on-year.

Berlin TV Tower

The Berlin Tv Tower sits proudly looking over Alexanderplatz and pointing its gaze over the city. The tower was constructed between 1965 and 1969 and stands at 368 meters making it the tallest building in Germany and the 3rd tallest in the European Union. Today tourists visit the tower for its observation deck including a bar and a rotating restaurant at a height of 203 metres. For older teens, they can have a beer at the highest bar in Germany while enjoying awesome views.

Berlin hop on hop off bus tour

Berlin is a large city with its sights and attractions spread out. You have little choice but to take either public transport or an Uber. The Hop on hop off Berlin bus may just be the answer as it takes you to all the sights of Berlin including the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, Alexanderplatz, and much more. The classic route tickets have 26 hop on, hop off points around the city. You can purchase tickets for the bus, or they come complimentary as a part of the Berlin Welcome Card

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Visit the Berlin Wall

This structure that split a city once separated East Berlin (communist-controlled) and West Berlin (controlled by US and UK). People in Berlin woke one morning in 1961 to find the East Germany Government constructing a 150km wall through the heart of the city.

A section of the Berlin Wall in Berlin

After the fall of communism, the wall was torn down with only fragments remaining around the city. The best place in the city centre to see some of the wall is in front of Potsdamer Platz metro station, along Niederkirchnerstraße at the Topography of Terrors and the East Side Gallery that has a 1.3km section of the Berlin wall remaining.

We could list any number of Historic sites in Berlin for you to visit, in the end, we don’t want the article only to be full of historical sites. If you want to see more we recommend The Topography of Terror, The Brandenburg Gate and The DDR Museum for a visit.

Segway tours in Berlin

There is nothing more fun than zipping around a city on a Segway and for teens, this has to be one of the best things to do in Berlin. A Berlin Segway tour is a great opportunity to have fun and learn about the city. Segway tours are for the whole family, you will be given instructions and a short amount of practise time before you set off on your adventures in Berlin.

Experience a local meal or take a cooking class in Berlin

Food plays a big part in the local culture when you visit countries and cities. Most cities have some great options when it comes to taking a cooking class with a local or have a local cook your meal. Is there one meal that you just love? Maybe this is a way to learn how to cook it yourself. Cooking skills are a great thing for teens to learn. Having a local cook you a meal helps with your appreciation and understanding of local cuisine and your destination. Book your Berlin food experience today

Check Point Charlie

Check Point Charlie was the official border crossing between East and West Germany. Today you will find people dressed as border guards willing to take photos with you for a few euros. After viewing this historical point in Berlin and a flashpoint of the Cold War, you should visit the nearby museum. The Checkpoint Charlie Museum is an eclectic managery of exhibits, information, documentary and more. Make a plan on spending more than a few hours at this museum if you are interested in the history associated with it. This has to be one of the unique tourist attractions in Berlin for teens.

Third Reich Berlin WalkingTour

The best way to learn about Berlin’s history with the Nazi Party and Hitler is to do a Third Reich walking tour. This tour will keep teenagers engaged and informed about one of the darkest times in world history. Visit some of the most important historical sites in Berlin with your guide and learn about the series of events that culminated in the final German surrender. A tour highlight is seeing Hitler’s bunker for his last days in Berlin. Book your walking in Berlin today

The most Instagramable spot in Berlin

Social media is important to travel teens, and Instagram is one of the most popular photo apps.

The Berlin Dom church

Berlin has a plethora of amazing spots to light up the lens with including the Berlin Cathedral on Museum Island, Alexanderplatz and the remains of the Berlin Wall. Wandering a city for the best Insta pictures is a great way to see amazing places, but also one of the best free things to do In Berlin.

Lasertag at Underground Lasergame Berlin

The location is a former bomb shelter at Anhalter Bahnhof and creates a special atmosphere for playing laser tag at Germanys biggest underground Lasertag Area. After a short safety briefing on how to handle the weapons, every player gets a little time to familiarise themselves with the weapons.

There are various simulations such as Last Man Standing and Monster Hunter to get you going. game. Underground Lasergame also offers a game that combines laser tag and an Escape Room. In the challenge, you and your team will have 60 minutes to solve riddles and clues to escape a WW2 bunker.

This is a venue for older teens with them needing to be older than 16.

Get tickets for Berlin events

For concerts, theatre, stage shows and sporting events search TicketNetwork. TicketNetwork is an online marketplace that provides an outlet for buyers and sellers of tickets to live entertainment events. Search Ticketnetwork for a special event when you are on vacation in Berlin.

Bike riding Berlin

Bike riding is a popular family activity in Berlin when travelling with teenagers. Bike riding allows you to experience your location either in town or out in the surrounding areas. You will find bike tours are the best way to go if you want to get an up-close and personal experience of the city.

You will either have a Berlin tour guide to point out all the important Berlin attractions or a map to follow. The bike tours will take you on a Berlin family vacation 2 wheeled adventure. Alternatively, you can find locations that hire bikes and let you explore on your own.

Axe throwing in Berlin

Axe Throwing is a new phenomenon that is sweeping around the world. Berlin is home to The Axe Club the first axe throwing venue in the city. Axe Throwing is about getting together with family and friends and doing something different. This has to be at the top of unusual things to do in Boston.

Axe throwing might be just the one family competition that will last in the memories forever. I am sure your teenagers on vacation in Boston will head home talking about this experience. Boston Urban Axes venue is licensed to serve food, beer, wine and cider.

Escape rooms Berlin for teenagers

For those new to Escape rooms, this is a quick run down.

An escape room, also known as an “escape game”, is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand.

Escape rooms may consist of a large, single room, or span multiple rooms. Players are given a set time limit to unveil the secret plot which is hidden within the rooms. If your teen likes this stuff it is definitely one of the top things to do in Berlin with teenagers. You can find 2 of the best Berlin Escape rooms below.

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Search Groupon Berlin for discounts on Escape Rooms and other tourist activities

Going to the gym in Berlin

Fitness is very important to a lot of teenagers these days. Working out is a big part of a healthy lifestyle. Lifting weights, using the treadmill, cardio and muscle workouts. Just because one is travelling with teenagers, it does not mean you need to stop working out.

In Berlin, you can go to a number of Gyms that sell passes ranging from a day to a week and a month. you can enquire about the daily and weekly prices directly with the gym. You can find a list of Gyms in Berlin where you can buy a day pass on Yelp

Family holidays in Berlin – Going to the cinema

Watching a movie is popular with teenagers anywhere in the world. Going to the cinema in Berlin with teenagers is a great evening activity. You will find the state of the art screens and sound for you to watch the latest blockbusters in Berlin cinemas.

In Berlin, you will find megaplex, IMAX, 3d and speciality cinemas showing art houses and indie films. You can use this Trip Advisor guide to the best cinemas in Berlin.

10 Pin Bowling with teens in Berlin

If you’re looking for a bit of fun, friendly family competition in Berlin then 10 pin bowling might be just the activity for you and teen travelers. You can go 10 pin bowling in Berlin at a number of different locations in the city centre and 10 pin bowling has to be one of the best family-friendly things to do in Berlin. These days a lot of bowling alleys serve food and drinks along with having arcade games etc. Below is a list of some high rated 10 pin bowling alleys in Berlin

Bowlero Bowling Berlin

Samariterstraße 19-20, 10247 Berlin, Germany

Bowling alley with a league, plus billiards table, disco bowling, kids’ parties & restaurant bar.

BowlingCenter am Roten Rathaus

Rathaus-Passagen, Rathausstraße 5, 10178 Berlin, Germany

Modern, a tenpin bowling alley with 18 lanes, plus pool tables & a bar-restaurant.

Where to shop in Berlin for teenagers

There is nothing worse than lost luggage on a family trip to Europe or not having the appropriate clothing for your family vacation to Berlin. Below we have included some travel tips for families on where to shop in Berlin for teens if you find you need to or if you just want to do some shopping in Berlin with teenagers.

Berlin is a shoppers paradise from small designer boutiques to large department stores. Some say the most famous shopping street in the city is Kurfürstendamm is often referred to as the Champs-Élysées of Berlin with its designer brands. Alexanderplatz is lined with departments stores and is convenient to visit with trams stopping here every few minutes.

The nearby Hackescher Markt offers up design and clothes made by new hip labels from Berlin in small arcade-style shops. Everywhere you look you will find great shopping opportunities in Berlin.

Day trips from Berlin

A day trip from Berlin with teenagers to one of the many sites near the city is a great idea. Below you will find a few suggestions for your Berlin day trip with family.

Tropical Islands Berlin

The Tropical Islands Resort is located 59 kilometres south of Berlin and offers a tropical beach, pool and spa area where you can relax and take a day trip. This amazing indoor resort is that it’s open throughout the year! It has something for everyone: whether you want to swim or sunbathe on the beach or look at exotic plants in the botanical garden, there’s something for everyone to experience here.

The resort has an amazing bar that serves all kinds of refreshing cocktails – make sure to try out one of their fruit mocktails or cocktails! If you’re into food then head over to their restaurant The Living Room

one of the many historic buildings in Potsdam Germany

Potsdam

Potsdam is a city in Brandenburg, just 45 minutes from Berlin by train. It is well known for being the residence of rulers of Prussia, and later for its architecture and parks, which are included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The historic centre of Potsdam reflects its position as a former residence to many German Kings and Queens, with beautiful Baroque buildings (such as Sanssouci), an opera house (the Building on the Island), numerous European-style palaces (which are mostly museums today) and other sights. The best way to see all the sights is on the Potsdam Hop on hop off bus.

Frequently asked questions about Berlin

There are so many things to consider when you are planning your family vacation to Berlin. Here is a list of some of the most frequently asked questions about Berlin to help you make your family vacation to Berlin easy and hassle-free.

What type of power sockets do they use in Germany?

In Germany, they use the types C and F. Plug type C is the plug that has two round pins and plug type F is the plug that has two round pins with two earth clips on the side. Buy your German PowerPoint adaptor today

Is tipping required in Germany?

The truth is, tipping is expected in Germany. There is no set percentage, so just round the bill up or leave a couple of Euros for good service

How do I call the police in Germany?

Call 110 for all Police in Germany

Do they speak English in Berlin?

German is the main language spoken in Berlin, but English is taught in schools, and you will find people in hospitality and tourism will speak English. If this concerns you may be a portable translator like the Langogo will help

Can you drink the tap water in Berlin?

The water quality in Berlin is high and drinking tap water is perfectly safe

Where to stay in Berlin with family

At the top of the article, we suggested some accommodation choices for your holiday in Berlin with kids. If you are looking for a wider variety of choices for your family stay in Berlin, please find below an interactive map from Booking.com for you to find your perfect stay for your Berlin vacation with kids.

Booking.com

Weather in Berlin

Berlin experiences all four seasons in the year, with the city experiencing warm summers and cold winters. With an average summer temperature of 18 degrees, Berlin is great to explore in Summer when June days receive up to 11 hours of daylight. Cold temperatures and some snow come in the winter months of December, January and February. These months see an average daily temperature of -1°C.

We hope this article from us here at Wyld Family Travel has you inspired to visit Berlin with teenagers. Berlin is one of the best family holiday destinations in Europe. There are so many things to do in the city with teenagers that will have you entertained for your family’s whole stay in Berlin.

For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in Germany click through to our Germany Destination Guide page for more brilliant inspiration for family travel.

Travel with teenagers and tweens. Travelling with young adults has just as many issues as travelling with young children. Choosing the best teenage vacation destinations can be so time-consuming.  Planning a family vacation to Europe can be stressful and finding the best tips for travel is essential. Use our Travel with Teenagers Destination Guides from all over the world for your next family vacation inspiration to make your family vacations with teens epic.


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Father, husband, traveller and chief destination manager here at Wyld Family Travel. When Mark is not talking about travel or planning travel you will find him working in disability support. Mark is a family travel advocate having travelled to over 45 countries with his kids from 10 months old, through to their teenage years. You will find his work here and on other popular websites.

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