Friday, 30 March 2012

Kollwitzplatz Saturday Market

The Saturday market at Kollwitz Platz in Prenzlauer Berg is a fabulous way to pass a sunny morning. The nearby playground keep the children occupied but my son enjoys wandering the market with me getting freebie samples of food in exchange for his lovely smile!

The market is a mix of food (a lot if not all is organic), clothes, children's things and flowers (to name a few). It is not cheap but the food is amazing and a great way to put together a picnic to enjoy in one of the nearby green spaces.

It starts around 9.30ish and finishes at 4pm. It can get busy with buggies and strollers later in the day.

It is located along Kollwitzstrasse alongside Kollwitzplatz now not Knaackstrasse as it used to be. Rumour has it that a lawyer moved into Knaackstrasse and didn't like the noise so got them to move!

Address: Kollwitzstrasse am Kollwitzplatz, 10435 Berlin

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Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Little Playground close to Wolfshagener Strasse, Pankow

Just a little Pankow extra. This isn't a big playground but lovely and peaceful, safe and close to the main shopping area of Pankow. A large sandpit with wooden climbing slopes is ideal for crawlers and early walkers. There is a big mound which in the winter is well used by little people and sledges. The area is also an ideal place to try out balance biking as we saw a number of toddlers doing today.

I have marked it on the map below as it is situated behind number 69 Wolfshagener Strasse.

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Monday, 26 March 2012

Teutoburger Platz Playground

Tucked away and just a stone's throw from Schonhauser Alle, close to Senefelder Platz, is a fantastic little playground. It is also a short walk from Onkel Alberts Kindercafe.

The climbing opportunities are great at this quiet playground.

There is also a stretch of grass (a bit sad at the moment at the end of winter but I am sure much improved by warmer weather) for picnics and there is a Kaisers supermarket situated just behind the park (you can see the red signage in this picture).

There is a giant wooden fish for climbing and sliding on. Like most things that don't move here in Berlin it has been covered in graffiti but it is sturdy, safe and a lot of fun.

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Friday, 23 March 2012

St Georges Book Shop

This English language bookshop is a fantastic find and on the first visit is quite hard to spot. In the front of the shop is a vast selection of new and used adult books and in the back is a large children's section. Again there are both new and used books.

We love the Chesterfield armchair, wooden red London bus and the friendly service. They also buy second hand books and if you take back a book you previously bought there you get half the price back towards another book. The selection is varied as there are many secondhand books and have made some great book discoveries in the children's section. For Thomas the Tank engine fans there is usually a selection of little paperbacks.

Address: Wörther Straße 27, 10405 Berlin
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Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Burger Park, Pankow

Burger Park (or People's Park) in Pankow is another large park in the central Pankow area. It has large areas for football, picnicking and at the far end there is a large modern playground.

The goat enclosure is popular with families (see above).

There is a large cafe in the centre of the park with a big outside seating area.

The park is situated near the Pinke Panke City Farm.

Address: Wilhelm-Kuhr-Straße 9, 10439 Berlin

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Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Playgrounds near Central Homes @ Heinrich Heine Strasse

There is a temporary housing apartment block on the edge of Mitte and Kreuzberg called Central Homes, Heinrich Heine Strasse, which is recommended by a number of relocation companies for families to stay in whilst searching for a permanent apartment in Berlin.

We stayed there for two months whilst looking for a home and discovered a number of playgrounds within walking distance, which are great for getting out of the apartment.

Here are addresses for the ones we liked.

Waldemarstrasse - a huge adventure playground with rope bridges, climbing towers, zip lines and much more.

There is a double playground on two sides of a street close to Naunynstrasse. Again some great climbing opportunities and a wooden donkey!

There is a small playground about five minutes from the apartment building close to a school that worth a  pop in. Map link

Monday, 19 March 2012

Schlosspark, Pankow

Schlosspark in Pankow is a vast green park situated alongside the famous Schloss Schonhausen. The park is popular with joggers and families. The river Panke runs through the park offering plenty of duck spotting opportunities.

At the Eastern end is a big children's playground with zip lines, swings, slides, climbing frames, big sandpit and a train to climb on. There is also an enclose football area.

The playground is within sight of the Freibad open air swimming pool.

Address: am Schlosspark, 13187 Berlin

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Friday, 16 March 2012

Playground at Volkspark am Weinbergsweg

We discovered the best playground here so far, at Volkspark Am Weinbergsweg, quite by chance as we walked back from Mitte to Prenzlauer Berg. The playground is on a hill with great views to the TV Tower. The playground is vast with a huge variety of equipment to suit all ages as you can see from the photos below. All the equipment is located in large sandpits which is great from a safety aspect and also for playing.

There is also an enclosed padded floored football court.

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Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Libraries in Berlin

Whilst out and about last week we needed to find a toilet and stumbled upon the library at the Wasserturm in Prenzlauer Berg. As you can see from the pictures below the children's section is great! They have a minute section of English books but for many of us once children start at Kita or school they will be needing German books anyway.

It galvanized me into joining the library system here. It costs 10€ a year for adults to join (and is free for children) and your library card gives you borrowing rights in any library in Berlin. I was asked for my passport and a proof of address here in Berlin to join. 

For more information about libraries in Berlin visit the Stadt Bibliothek website to find your local libraries.

Once you are a member you can search for, renew and reserve books at which has information in English.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Playground at Dusekestrasse, Pankow

There a few little neighbourhood playgrounds dotted around the central part of Pankow but this one is a huge playground at Dusekestrasse near the old Pankow Sanitarium, just a short walk from the Rathaus Centre and Florastrasse.

The slide looks very exciting but is also easy to climb up to and there is a large rope climbing frame with a central trampoline in the centre of the playground. Dotted around the safe, enclosed area are other bouncers and climbing steps for younger children.

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Monday, 12 March 2012

Spotlight on Pankow

This week I am doing as series of posts on Pankow plus some other regular posts. We are new to Pankow and now the sun is out a bit more we are doing a lot more exploring. You can expect a plenty more about Pankow in the future but these posts this week are just a start. I hope you enjoy them.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Playground at the Wasserturm

On the peak of the hill by the Wasserturm in Prenzlauer Berg is a wonderful playground with a lot of imaginative equipment like a mini digger to transport sand. 

There are mini trampolines for bouncing off all that excess energy and of course swings, slides, climbing towers and sand tubes. 

There is a smaller area for little kids with a little slide and play house.

The sand transporters at this playground are second to none with many different tubes and bucket combinations.

Behind the colourful playground for younger children is a little obstacle course hidden amongst the bushes, ideal for little adventurers!

It is a a little bit away from the Madding Crowd so is less busy than nearby Kollwitz Platz and with much more space.

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Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Kinderbauerhof am Mauerplatz

There are a number of city farms dotted across the city. We discovered the Kinderbauerhof am Mauerplatz when we were staying at Central Homes in Heinrich Heine Strasse. It is built, like many, on a stretch of land where the Wall once stood.

There is a reasonable selection of animal for a small space, including sheep, goats, chickens and horses, to keep children entertained for a while. When we were there they were brushing the horses down for the night and children were encouraged to watch, help and ask questions.

As you would expect, it can get a bit muddy in wet weather so wellies are a good idea. The people who run the farm live on site so it is important to respect the signs asking visitors not to enter the living area.

Address: Leuschnerdamm 9, 10999 Berlin

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Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Berlin with Kids and Himbeer

This annual book, Berlin mit Kind (Berlin with children),  is a fantastic resource for finding out great places to go and things to do with children of all ages. It is in German however but worth some time with a dictionary.

It is produced by Himbeer, an every other month magazine about all things children in Berlin (again in German). Their website is a good resource and can be translated on line using a translation tool like Google Translate or Google Chrome. Check out their website here