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The Teuto­burg Forest for fam­il­ies

Ger­many’s largest open-air mu­seum and much more

Our tips for fam­ily days out in the Teuto­burg Forest: Ger­many’s largest open-air mu­seum and many nat­ur­al at­trac­tions await fam­il­ies with chil­dren.

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Young fam­il­ies will find a great choice of activ­it­ies and at­trac­tions in the Teuto­burg Forest. For those with an in­terest in min­ing his­tory, for in­stance, there is the Klein­en­bre­men ex­hib­i­tion mine, a former iron ore mine in Porta West­falica. Here, vis­it­ors not only get the chance to go deep un­der­ground, but also to delve in­to the his­tory of the mine and the work­ing con­di­tions of the miners.

In fine weath­er, ca­noe­ing tours on the Bega, Werre, Weser, Diemel and Lippe rivers provide a dif­fer­ent way to ad­mire the scenery. Pro­fes­sion­al guides will ac­com­pany vis­it­ors on re­quest, with tours last­ing any­where between a few hours and sev­er­al days. Less dif­fi­cult stretches are also per­fectly suit­able for chil­dren.

Ger­many?s largest open-air mu­seum, the LWL Open-Air Mu­seum in Det­mold, is a pop­u­lar at­trac­tion for fam­il­ies. Vis­it­ors can tour the mu­seum either on foot or by horse-drawn wag­on, ad­mir­ing over 100 ori­gin­al his­tor­ic­al houses, farm­steads and work­shops. Re­gion­al do­mest­ic an­im­als like the Sen­ner horse and the Lippe goose also help to re­cre­ate West­phali­an life between the 16th and 20th cen­tur­ies.

In Bad Wünnen­berg, a bare­foot path ex­per­i­ence awaits young ex­plorers. The kilo­metre-long path leads through bark mulch, pebbles and grass, as well as muddy clay and a small stream. The high­light for kids is un­doubtedly cross­ing the wooden sus­pen­sion bridge. The 24-metre-long plank bridge hangs over a swamp and of­fers a good view of the boat­ing lake.

Wa­ter is very much the theme at Ems-Er­leb­n­iswelt in the town of Schloss Holte-Stuken­brock. Out­doors, there is a garden where vis­it­ors can get a full sens­ory ex­per­i­ence of the Ems, while the in­ter­act­ive in­door ex­per­i­ence has many mys­ter­ies sur­round­ing the river to ex­plore. The in­door ex­per­i­ence is housed in a former rect­ory which also of­fers ac­com­mod­a­tion for vis­it­ors.

Open­ing hours:

Ex­hib­i­tion mine:

Week­ends: 11:30 - 17:30
Tues­day to Thursday (only by pre-ar­range­ment): 11:30 - 17:30
Also open on Fri­days dur­ing the sum­mer hol­i­days in NRW.

LWL Open-Air Mu­seum:

April to Oc­to­ber:
Tues­day to Sunday and pub­lic hol­i­days: 9:00 - 18:00


April to Oc­to­ber:
Tues­day to Fri­day: 15:00 - 17:00
Week­ends: 10:00 ? 17:00

March and Novem­ber:
Week­ends: 10:00 ? 17:00


Images and videos

Lass Dich in­spir­i­er­en: Dein NRW in Bildern

Famlienausflug in der Klosterregion, © Teutoburger Wald Tourismus / Kulturland Kreis Höxter / F.Grawe
Traumsommer am Alten Forstamt, © Ferienwohnung Altes Forsthaus / Wichert
Familienausflug in einen Kletterpark, © Interakteam