These family excursion destinations invite to new explorations and exciting adventures: caves permit a trip into subterranean worlds of magic, while at the same time constituting a brief visit into Earth’s past. Human-made underground worlds can be examined in the collieries, mines, and ironworks where families are illustratively shown what work in the mine used to look like. Farms give even young children a choice between working in the stable with cows and rabbits or action in the play shed. Beyond that, there is plenty of entertainment with animals, some of them even in the wild, where wild horses, Arctic wild geese, and bison can be found. Land and water animals from around the world can be watched up close in zoos and zoological gardens. Those out on adventure hikes by bike or on foot will find thrilling adventures and special opportunities to play wild along the path. Even bad weather will not stop the young explorers. A number of hands-on museums offer (natural) sciences to try out and history close enough to touch.
Running, cycling, jumping, playing wild, or hiking: children and adults can explore the most beautiful patch of nature in North Rhine-Westphalia in some very different manners, just as they like it.
Hiking with children
Whether on nature adventure trails, a guided tour with enjoyable puzzles, or animal companions right by their side: NRW has great adventures to offer to young hikers. The children’s hiking trails are no less enjoyable for adults, however, offering great experiences for the entire family.
Cycling with children
Away from busy roads, family cycling tours lead through a variety of landscapes. Not only is there plenty to see along the way, but exciting adventures and additional opportunities to let off steam are waiting for you as well.
Lion or llama? Koala or cow? NRW offers many animal encounters, in the zoos and zoological gardens as well as on farms or in nature.
Experiencing wild animals in their natural habitats is one of the most beautiful things. NRW offers some places where you can meet wild horses, arctic wild geese, or impressive bison if you are just a little lucky. Let us tell you where to find these wild animals.
Zoos and zoological parks
Whether classic zoos with animals from around the world, wildlife parks with native species, or aqua parks that take visitors on journeys into the world of aquatic animals: every single zoo in North Rhine-Westphalia houses some very special highlights.
Holidays on the Farm
Helping out in the barn, playing wild in the play shed, or enjoying country life even overnight – NRW has a number of farms that offer a choice of options to enjoy life on the farm. All of them are worthwhile and enjoyable destinations. Find an overview of some special offers connected to life in the countryside below.
Excursions into caves, collieries, mines, and ironworks or to one of a number of different hands-on museums offer interesting facts to try out and history to touch.
Museums for children
Even bad weather will not stop explorers of any age group in NRW. When the swimming lake or skiing slope are not particularly inviting, the pyramids or the planetarium beckon all the harder.
Caves, Tunnels, and Mining Galleries
A long, long time ago, North Rhine-Westphalia was an enormous sea. Mining came many millions of years later. To this day, there are many caves, tunnels, and mining galleries that can take you on a trip into the underworld.
NRW’s amusement parks offer plenty of show, action, and thrill with roller coasters, water slides, or chairoplanes. The youngest family members can enjoy some less rapid rides, too.
Collieries, mines, and ironworks
Mining has a long tradition in North Rhine-Westphalia. Families can experience the sweaty underground work up close and see what used to be brought to light in an excursion into collieries, mines, and ironworks.