Leipzig for kids

A family holiday should be a real change from everyday life. But this means that the trip needs to offer a colourful mix for all family members. If you travel to Leipzig with your children, we promise: You will find this colourful mix here! Today we will share with you our best tips for an exciting holiday with the little ones, which will certainly include relaxation for mum and dad. :-) Have fun reading.

Zoos and Animal Parks
Amusement Parks and Playgrounds
For Knights and Princesses
For Little Water Lovers
For Explorers
For Adrenalin Junkies Big and Small
For Real Listeners
Views From Above
Family-Friendly Hotels in Leipzig
Family-Friendly Restaurants

Zoos and wildlife parks

An adventurous day out for the whole family: that’s the promise of the Leipzig Zoo. © Philipp Kirschner

Grab your little explorers and explore the “wild side” of Leipzig. The Leipzig Zoo transports you and your loved ones to a unique world of animals and plants. And all of this right in the centre of Leipzig. What should you bring with you? Time! Leipzig Zoo is considered one of the most beautiful and species-rich zoos in Europe. You are sure to discover one or two animal friends there. Explore the treetop paths with your loved ones in Europe’s largest tropical hall, Gondwanaland, or get to know the gentle giants in 30,000 square metres of Pongoland – the largest ape enclosure in the world.

There are also some animal discoveries to be made outside Leipzig city centre. The Leipzig Wildlife Park in the Connewitz district invites you to take a walk through Leipzig’s floodplain forest in all weathers. There, imposing deer await feeding, wild boars grunt in the mud and raccoons happily exercise in the treetops. A large playground, the wildlife park restaurant and the Russian log cabin round off the family visit,

and the Wildlife Park in Eilenburg and Geithain, which are just a stone’s throw away from Leipzig, also invite you to take a leisurely animal park tour.

Amusement Parks and Playgrounds

BELANTIS – The adventure kingdom © Belantis/Eric Kemnitz

A session at the playground is always possible and makes a day in Leipzig even more varied. There are numerous playgrounds scattered throughout the city, magically attracting adventurers of all ages.

Even in bad weather there are countless possibilities for families in Leipzig, so there’s no need to stay cooped up in your hotel. There are indoor playgrounds for all ages! At KAWI-Kids in Südvorstadt little ones up to the age of 2 can train their motor and sensory skills through fun and games with lots of movement and music.

The SurvivalJUMP is particularly popular with the little ones. © JUMP House / Tom Menz

And what do you pull out of the hat for the “teens” to do in case of bad weather? Pack your favourite socks and off you go to JUMP House Leipzig. Your adolescent companions are guaranteed not to be bored here. 140 trampolines are waiting to be jumped on over more than 4,700 square metres. Flips and somersaults, obstacle courses and basketball hoops as well as the SurvivalJUMP, where you can compete with your friends in a Last Man Standing contest, ensure lots of fun and action!

If you want to treat yourself to a good portion of adventure on holiday, you should make your way to BELANTIS – the adventure kingdom in the Leipzig area. Fun, adrenalin and adventure await guests of all ages in Central Germany’s largest amusement park. BELANTIS offers numerous rides for the very youngest children and plenty of excitement for the older ones. A day of fun for the whole family awaits you.

For knights and princesses

Princesses and knights wait for adventure at Mildenstein Castle © Christian Hüller

Magical and enchanting – this is how the Leipzig region appears. For where once Saxon nobility and brave knights strolled, beautiful castles and palaces are now waiting to be discovered by brave dragon-fighters and enchanting damsels. The palaces and castles around the region have numerous activities in store for children: Be it a medieval adventure in knight’s robes, a fairytale tour of the old castle walls or a musical encounter with historical minstrels – there’s no way it will be boring here. And along the way your little one will certainly learn some interesting things about times long gone. One particular recommendation is the great offers for children’s birthday parties. Sound good? Then saddle up the horse and set off on an adventure towardsMildenstein Castle, Rochlitz Castle and Kriebstein Castle.

For little water lovers

Year-round Water Fun in the Reef in Bad Lausick. © Riff Bad Lausick/Jens Barkschat

Little water lovers will not let bad weather stop them from enjoying their favourite thing. And neither do they have to. The Leipzig region offers countless opportunities for you and your loved ones to get some water relaxation. The Sachsen-Therme in eastern Leipzig offers action for the little ones on over 18,000 square metres: Wave pool, water slides, whirlpools. Fortunately, there is also relaxation for the big ones: Large sauna area, whirlpools, relaxation area. Those making their way to the southern region of Leipzig can dive into the reef spa and leisure pool in Bad Lausick. The reef has been specially certified as a family-friendly operation and has all the amenities you need for a bathing day with children. Extra Special: Leipzig-Card holders pay for only 3 hours, but are allowed to stay for 4.

The warm weather season is perfect to discover the Leipzig New Lake District. Leipzig lies in the middle of one of the largest artificially created lake areas in Europe. Sounds like a lot of water? That’s right! And that sounds like a lot of swimming fun for water lovers both small and big. Lake„Cossi“, „Kulki“, Markkleeberg, Zwenkau, Schladitz and Störmthal await you and your little water enthusiasts in the immediate vicinity of Leipzig. And there is not only excellent water quality (Lake Kulkwitz has won several awards for this), but also a water fun park (on Lake Schladitz), a wakeboard facility (on Lake Kulkwitz), and various possibilities for stand-up paddling (on almost all lakes we’ve mentioned).

For explorers

Experience museums interactively. © LTM/Kati Lange

Do your children enjoy getting to the bottom of things? Then we also have the right tips for spending a great day in Leipzig with them. And best of all: We guarantee that you will also learn some new interesting facts. If you want to learn something about Leipzig’s history, you should make a short visit to the Stadtgeschichtliches Museum. Fans of flora and fauna will get their money’s worth at the Leipzig Natural History Museum.

In the Museum of Printing Leipzig, your kids can get active themselves – and at the end of the day even take home a great souvenir! At the “Typesetting and Printing” workshop you will first get an exciting insight into the museum and the history of the art of printing during a 1-hour guided tour. The 30 to 60 minute workshop that follows lets the young visitors create their own name (or even their own little text) and then print it themselves in the designated printing press. Tip: Also suitable for children’s birthdays!

A special highlight for young and old visitors is the Museum of Fine Arts. Taking part and learning a lot in the process – that is what the INSPIRATA Mitmach-Museum and the UNIKATUM children’s museum are all about. Here is their motto: Touch and understand! The hands-on exhibitions invite you to understand and interactively experiment.

For adrenalin junkies big and small

Climbing with the whole family. © LTM/ Kati Lange

The sky is the limit in Leipzig and many places throughout the region. Numerous indoor and outdoor climbing opportunities await climbing fans. The climbing tower in the north-east of Leipzig is a unique facility in Europe. The old water tower offers a 40-metre high façade on the outside, which can be climbed on three levels. Inside – meaning also suitable in bad weather – climbing fun awaits you up to a maximum height of 30 metres. The No Limit climbing hall has a special area for children, where even the youngest can venture their first few metres at lofty heights.

In summer, the climbing parks at Lake Markkleeberg and Lake Albrechtshaininvite you to take an action-packed round a few metres above the ground.

If the height is not right for you, you can make your way to theMarkkleeberg Canoe Park. The raging rapids and waves of Europe’s most modern canoeing facility awaits the adventurous. Surfers can even conquer the vertical wave.

For real listeners

The stories in Theater der Jungen Welt inspire young and old theatre fans alike. © TdJW/Ida Zenna

If your little ones are also fairy tale fans, you should visit the great theatres in Leipzig. The Sterntaler Puppet Theatre in the centre of Leipzig looks back on over 20 years of history. The lovingly staged shows with puppets and marionettes captivate young viewers aged four and up and spread a unique magic. For older children it is worth taking a trip to the west of Leipzig The Theater der Jungen Welt offers a colourful stage programme for young and old. Retold classics, fairy tales presented in a captivating way.

For the view from above

The view from the Wackelturm Leipzig. © Philipp Kirschner

To spend a relaxing day on holiday and let yourself go – that has its charms too. Discover Leipzig with your loved ones from above. Climb the Wackelturm in Leipzig’s Rosental or the Bistumshöhe on Lake Cospuden together. Or take the lift to the 29th floor of the City Tower on Augustusplatz and enjoy the view over the whole of Leipzig. The Monument to the Battle of the Nations in Leipzig Marienbrunn also offers a very special view of the city, all year round. The 500 steps that lead up to the viewing platform will certainly spur your little conquerors on to a sporty race up the stairs. If you are travelling with a pram, you can also use the lift for barrier-free access.

Family friendly hotels in Leipzig

The family room at Vienna House Easy is a paradise for children © Vienna House Easy Leipzig

The choice of a suitable hotel should also be well considered for a successful holiday. A family has different needs than a business traveller does. We have put together a selection of family-friendly hotels in Leipzig:

Leipzig Centre:

Aparion Apartments: Lots of room and a kitchen

Vienna House Easy Leipzig: Large family rooms with cosy furniture, baby beds and laundry service on request, theme room

Adina Apartment Hotel Leipzig Large spacious flat with room service, private kitchen and washing machine

In Leipzig:

Suite Hotel Leipzig: Bright large family suites, breakfast free of charge for children under 13 years

Ibis Hotel Leipzig Nord-Ost: Non-smoking rooms only, children under 12 years stay free of charge, pets (including the family dog) are allowed

In the Leipzig Region

Auenhain Lake Park: Located directly on Lake Markkleeberg, family-friendly, children under 12 years free of charge in their parents’ room, baby and extra beds, children’s menus, playroom for romping

Dünenhäuser im Lagovida: Situated directly on Lake Störmthal, large, luxurious holiday homes with their own beach section on the lake, playground and gastronomy in Lagovida

Family friendly restaurants

An exciting day in Leipzig will make you hungry. © Philipp Kirschner

Going out to eat with children is fun when the conditions are right. We have some tips to make a tasty break into a success. ;-)

Glashaus in Clara-Zetkin Park: Directly in the park, friendly staff, nappy-changing room, highchairs, children’s play corner, lots of space

Restaurant Palmensaal in the Leipzig Zoo: Great breakfast buffet, children up to 110 cm tall eat for free, children up to 140 cm pay half price, changing room, high chairs, lots of space, play corner, great start to a zoo day!

Milchbar Pinguin: Delicious ice cream, great homemade cake, lots of space, baby changing room, children’s play corner

Russisches Blockhaus im Wildpark: Large playground right in front, many animals right next door, in winter there is delicious mulled wine and children’s punch, rustic little teahouse

Gasthaus und Gosebrauerei im Bayerischen Bahnhof: In summer home to a large beer garden with a playground for children

Villa Hasenholz: Large beer garden in the countryside, several playgrounds, plenty of space especially for running and romping

Music pavillon in Clara Zetkin Park: Great breakfast spot in the warm months, lots of space in the beer garden, directly in the park, high chairs, changing corner, delicious food and super delicious ice cream


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Posted by: Christin Krämer
Christin war bis 2021 Online Marketing Managerin im Online-Team von Leipzig Travel. Sie ist heimlicher (mehr oder weniger) Instagram-Junkie, #Hashtagfan und könnte sich keine bessere Stadt zum Leben vorstellen. Sie liebt es, sich auf die Spuren des Verborgenen Leipzigs zu begeben, auf dem Stand-Up-Paddle-Board über die Leipziger Seen zu schippern und entdeckt als Vollblut-Mama immer wieder Neues für Familien in Leipzig. Zoo-Koala Oobi Ooobi wird ebenso regelmäßig besucht wie ihre Lieblingseisdiele Braker's in Connewitz.

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