Freizeitspaß für die ganze Familie im Mitmach Erlebnispark Ketteler Ho, © Münsterland e.V. / Robert Denzer

Mün­ster­land for fam­il­ies

Top day trip des­tin­a­tions for par­ents and kids

Our tips for fam­ily days out in Mün­ster­land: Fun and ad­ven­ture parks, zoos and mu­seums prom­ise plenty of en­joy­ment for kids.

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Cyc­ling and horse rid­ing

Mün­ster­land is known for its ex­pans­ive verd­ant land­scapes. The flat ter­rain makes it ideal for a cyc­ling tour with the whole fam­ily. An in­teg­rated cyc­ling zone net­work makes it easy to plan short child-friendly trips, with very little ped­alling ef­fort re­quired on the level paths. The fore­most cyc­ling tour is the 100-Schlöss­er-Route (100 Castles Route), and even chil­dren can­not fail to be im­pressed by the mag­ni­fi­cent palaces, castles and stately homes along the way.

Young vis­it­ors to Mün­ster­land who prefer to sit in a dif­fer­ent kind of saddle will be right at home in the horse cap­it­al of North Rhine-West­phalia. Some of the large num­ber of rid­ing stables also of­fer rid­ing hol­i­days or daily rides for chil­dren. In the horse town of War­en­dorf, vis­it­ors young and old can ad­mire the beau­ti­ful an­im­als at spe­cial events like the an­nu­al War­en­dorf stal­lion parade. At Mer­feld Marsh, fam­il­ies can see the free-roam­ing herd of Dül­men ponies.

Fun and activ­ity parks

Kettel­er Hof in Hal­tern am See may not have any horses, but its pet­ting zoo has plenty of oth­er an­im­als for chil­dren to see up close, in­clud­ing roe-deer, sheep, goats and guinea-pigs. The at­trac­tion?s fun and activ­ity park is an ab­so­lute para­dise for young ones, in­clud­ing tots. There is a wa­ter play area for a good splash-about and a track for driv­ing small wooden ra­cing cars. Older and more dar­ing kids will love tear­ing down the (wa­ter) slides or tack­ling the scar­ily high climb­ing frames. Kettel­er Hof also has a nature trail with over 30 stops for chil­dren and par­ents to learn more about the loc­al flora and fauna.

Young vis­it­ors can also dis­cov­er lots of new things at the Vi­er-Jahreszeiten-Park (Four Sea­sons Park) in Oelde. Ad­ven­tures and activ­it­ies await at the play castle, the mud and forest play­grounds, the raft ferry, the ad­ven­ture farm and the tree­houses linked by rope bridges. In the mean­time, their par­ents can en­joy the beau­ti­ful green sur­round­ings of the former garden ex­hib­i­tion grounds. The Four Sea­sons Park lives up to its name by sta­ging dif­fer­ent fam­ily events through­out the year, from jug­glers and en­ter­tain­ers in the sum­mer to skat­ing in winter.

Cul­ture and mu­seums for chil­dren

The Four Sea­sons Park is home to an­oth­er high­light for curi­ous young­sters. The Klipp Klapp chil­dren?s mu­seum has four themed activ­ity areas built around the his­tor­ic Kramers wa­ter-mill. Here, it is all about get­ting hands-on and try­ing dif­fer­ent things, like be­com­ing a miller for a day or fore­cast­ing the weath­er in front of a rolling cam­era.

At the Mu­seum für Lack­kunst (Lac­quer­work Mu­seum) in Mün­ster, the pro­gramme for chil­dren re­volves around dragons, for­tune deit­ies and bats. The edu­ca­tion­al pro­gramme of this mu­seum, the only one of its kind in the world, is free of charge and aimed at chil­dren between the ages of eight and twelve. Mean­while, vis­it­ors young and old can ad­mire the ex­hib­its dat­ing back to pre-Chris­ti­an times.

Trav­el­ling back in time is al­ways in­ter­est­ing for chil­dren of all ages. At the LWL Ro­man Mu­seum in Hal­tern am See, bud­ding ar­chae­olo­gists can ex­plore the re­mains of a former Ro­man camp. This at­trac­tion also holds an an­nu­al event to bring the Ro­man era to life. Fam­il­ies can en­joy pot­tery ex­hib­i­tions, mu­sic, games and mock battles dur­ing the two days of the ?Römer­t­agen?.

An­oth­er en­joy­able day out for fam­il­ies awaits at the LWL Mu­seum of Nat­ur­al His­tory in Mün­ster. Chan­ging ex­hib­i­tions and the ad­join­ing plan­et­ari­um prom­ise plenty of new dis­cov­er­ies for curi­ous vis­it­ors.

Zoos and an­im­al parks

After see­ing the stuffed an­im­als at the Nat­ur­al His­tory Mu­seum, kids will love to see their fa­vour­ite creatures up close and per­son­al at Mün­ster­land?s zoos and an­im­al parks. The All­wet­ter­zoo in Mün­ster has cre­ated ?all-weath­er paths? so that vis­it­ors can keep their feet dry while go­ing from en­clos­ure to en­clos­ure even when it is rain­ing. Oth­er great places to see an­im­als in Mün­ster­land are Natur­Zoo Rheine, Wild­park Franken­hof in Rek­en and An­hol­ter Sch­weiz wild­life park, which is loc­ated near the Dutch bor­der.

Images and videos

Be inspired: images of your NRW

Ansicht auf die Burg Hülshoff, © Münsterland e.V.
Im Allwetterzoo Münster gibt es unter anderem Katas, © Allwetterzoo Münster
Freizeitspaß für die ganze Familie im Mitmach Erlebnispark Ketteler Ho, © Münsterland e.V. / Robert Denzer
Ansicht auf das Schloss Räsfeld, © Münsterland e.V.
Spannende Lernspiele im Klipp KLapp Kindermuseum in Oelde, © Kindermuseum KLIPP KLAPP

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