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On tour with kids

Tips for family-friendly short trips in NRW

"And what are we doing today?" Anyone with children is confronted with this question at regular intervals. It's a good thing that North Rhine-Westphalia has an enormous wealth of excursion destinations for adventurers young and old. Animal and wildlife parks, museums and other cultural facilities mean that there is never a dull moment. There is something for every taste and every weather. On this page we present a selection of family-friendly destinations.

Museums: Free admission for children and teenagers up to 18 years old

A visit to a museum is anything but boring and a worthwhile destination for the whole family, and not just in dirty weather! The cultural institutions and museums of the Landschaftsverband Rheinland (LVR) and the Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe (LWL) offer free admission for children and young people up to the age of 18. They are largely barrier-free and make special offers for people with disabilities. The offer applies in many cultural institutions.

Open-air museums: time travel into the past

On the trail of our ancestors: In North Rhine-Westphalia, there are several open-air museums worth exploring. A day trip is worthwhile to get a lively insight into life, living and working in earlier times.Admission for children and young people up to 18 years is free.

In the summer vacations, the open-air museums offer special vacation offers for children. Please feel free to inform you on the respective websites about the offers and special exhibitions.

Game parks and game reserves

Children like animals. The biodiversity of native and wild animals can be discovered particularly well in the zoos of North Rhine-Westphalia. During a leisurely walk through the enclosures, the animals can be observed in a natural environment. Most game parks and wildlife enclosures are budget and family friendly, for example here:

More informationLinks for further reading

On the Internet portal nrw-tourismus.de you will find many recommended places to marvel and discover for the whole family.

For information about the Rhineland Regional Association's museum offerings, visit this LVR website.

For information about the museums offered by the Landesverband Westfalen-Lippe, visit this LWL website.