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Attractions that all ages can enjoy are a feature of family holidays in Germany. Particularly popular with young and old are the theme parks such as Europa-Park and Phantasialand with their white-knuckle rollercoasters and fairytale themed lands. For a playtime that’s larger-than-life visit Playmobil-FunPark, Legoland® and Ravensburger SpiellandGo on a fascinating journey through the ages at medieval castles and fairytale palaces – from famous Schloss Neuschwanstein to the longest castle in Europe at Burghausen. Historical insights can also be gained at a multitude of museums. Interactive exhibitions, covering more modern subjects such as technology and art, educate and entertain in equal measure. Many are geared specifically to a younger audience.
Families can come face to face with all manner of exotic and indigenous animals at more than 800 zoos and wildlife parks in Germany. No ape enclosure anywhere is bigger than the one at Leipzig Zoo, while Berlin’s zoo has the world’s greatest number of species. Families can experience even more of the natural world at close quarters in Germany’s nature reserves and national parks. Unique landscapes from the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea to the Bavarian Forest are ideal for families to discover together. Walking,Cycling and water sports come top of the list for family fun. The many excellent cycle routes, some of which cover long-distances, are great for holidays with the kids. Gentle gradients, flexible distances and fascinating sights and attractions on the wayside are what make the Ruhr Valley Cycle Route, the Mecklenburg Lakes Cycle Route and others like them so popular. Kids will also love the water-based activities – just part of the fantastic entertainment on offer along the North Sea and Baltic coasts and by Germany’s multitude of lakes.Should the weather prove unsuitable for outdoor activities, any number of swimming pools offer a genuine alternative.
The wide choice of holiday activities is matched by a wide choice of accommodation. There’s everything from holiday homes, farmstays and campsites to family hotels, baby-friendly hotels and youth hostels.
The main language is German, of course. However, you should be aware that there are many different regional accents and dialects, although High German is understood everywhere.
Many Germans also speak good English, so there should not be any language barriers for foreign visitors.
The currency in Germany is the euro, the same as in other European Union countries.
The euro is divided into 100 cents.