Familienausflug in einen Kletterpark, © Interakteam

The Teuto­burg Forest for fam­il­ies

Ger­many’s largest open-air mu­seum and much more

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

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
White water slide "Pottwal" in Potts Park Minden, © Potts Park