Is it fun to vacation in the suburb of Saxony with kids? You can have a great week of fun with the family in this state in eastern Germany, and it is also a great addition to a trip through eastern Germany, for example. It has enough activities and sights to keep you entertained for several days. One advantage is also that the prices for many activities are a lot lower than in the Netherlands. This state that borders the Czech Republic has some nice cities to visit and also plenty of nature. We list the best sights and activities in Saxony with kids for you.
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Saxony with kids #1: Dresden
The capital of the state of Saxony is Dresden, and this is a city in eastern Germany with a huge amount to do for families with kids. The center of Dresden was completely rebuilt after being destroyed in World War II, and you have several ways to explore the city here. For example, you can take a great walk, you can take a bike tour led by a Dutch guide, you can see the city by boat or bus and it is even possible to explore the city in an old Trabant car.
The city has a nice zoo with many different animals and also several playgrounds, where you can easily spend half a day entertaining the family. There are also several family-friendly museums in the city, such as the Deutches Hygiene Museum and the Traffic Museum. In addition, city park Grosser Garten is a fun park to take your kids to for a few hours to play in the playgrounds or take a ride on the tourist train.
The city is also a great place to eat and drink with the family. For example, you have plenty of terraces in the Old Town, where you can enjoy a bite to eat and drink in the summer. In warm weather, it is also nice to go to the beach club in Dresden for a nice cocktail. And with kids, having a bite to eat at the roller coaster restaurant, where your food is served from a roller coaster, is a lot of fun.
In addition, the city is a great base to further explore the state of Saxony with kids. From here you can make great day trips to other fun parts of Saxony. If you want to know more about the city of Dresden, also read our extensive blog Dresden with kids where we give you 21 great tips about the city.
Saxony with kids #2: Leipzig
Leipzig is the second largest city in the state of Saxony, and here too there is plenty to do to spend a few days having fun with the family. For example, this city has a huge zoo with many different types of animals. You can admire most major African animals here, such as the lion, elephant and rhino. There are also plenty of playgrounds at the zoo and you can even take a boat through the rainforest.
In addition, it is possible to go to an amusement park in Leipzig. Belantis amusement park is the largest amusement park in eastern Germany and has a nice mix of attractions for young and older kids. Again, you have several means of transportation to admire the city, including a tour by Trabant car. In addition, you have plenty of nice city parks to relax with the family at the end of the day.
For a great view of the city, you can climb a tall tower or visit the Volkerschlachtdenkmal monument. A great time to visit the city is the period just before Christmas, as Leipzig’s Christmas market is one of the most beautiful and largest Christmas markets in Germany. If you want more information about the city of Leipzig, read our blog Leipzig with kids, in which we give you 9 great tips.
Saxony with kids #3: castles
In the state of Saxony, you have some great castles that you can visit with the family. Visiting a castle is one of the most popular vacation activities among families with kids. You can visit several castles in Saxony with kids. We list the most beautiful castles for you.
Moritzburg Castle: this castle is located near the city of Dresden and you can visit the castle through a guided tour. Surrounded by a lake and park, the castle looks beautiful from the outside.
Colditz Castle: this is one of the largest castles in East Germany and again you can take a guided tour of the castle. This one can tell you all about the various escape attempts of prisoners from the castle when the castle had the function of a prison. It is also possible to stay overnight at the castle with the family, as the castle has family rooms for four to six people.
Burcht Kriebstein: this castle is built on a rock and, as a result, you have an excellent view of the surrounding area from the castle. At the castle there is a small restaurant where you can have something to eat, and the area around the castle is great for family hiking.
If you want to visit some of these castles in Saxony with kids, it may be advantageous to purchase the Schloesserland card. With this card that you can purchase for the whole family, you can visit several castles and other attractions in the region for free.
Saxony with kids #4: nature of saksen
The state of Saxony also has plenty of beautiful nature to explore. The most famous piece of nature in Saxony is National Park the Saxon Switzerland. In this national park you have more than 1,000 kilometers of hiking trails that lead you past all kinds of beautiful rock formations. One of the most famous rock formations in this national park is the Bastei rock formation.
From the town of Dresden, for example, you can take the train in half an hour to the town of Kurort Rathen (by car it takes a little longer) and from there take the ferry to the beginning of the route. You have great views of castles, the river and a bridge during this hike. Near the bridge of Bastei is a small tourist center where you can have a drink with your family.
Another natural area in the state of Saxony is the area around the Ore Mountains. You have a number of Erlebnispfaden here for kids, and it is possible to toboggan down the mountain here. It is also possible to take a ride on an old-fashioned steam locomotive through the area.
Saxony with kids #5: bautzen
Bautzen is not the largest city in the state of Saxony, but it is worth visiting because of its many towers. In all, the small town has as many as 23 towers. Of course, it is possible to climb some of these towers and this way you will have a wonderful view of the town and the other towers.
Just outside the center of Bautzen you also have the Saurier Park for kids. This park is all about dinos and you will find a large playground, life-size dinos, a water park, a climbing wall and many more activities related to dinos such as bone digging and cleaning.
As you can see, there is plenty to do in the state of Saxony with kids and you can easily spend a week entertaining yourself in the region.
Where to sleep in Saxony with kids
The state of Saxony covers a large area. The major cities of Dresden and Leipzig obviously have plenty of options. For these cities, we list some suggestions.
In the city of Dresden:
Budget hotel: NH Dresden Neustadt
Mid-range hotel: Star G Hotel Premium Dresden
Luxury hotel: Maritim Hotel Dresden
In the city of Leipzig:
Budget hotel: Meininger Hotel Leipzig Hauptbahnhof
Mid-range hotel: Capri by Fraser Leipzig
Luxury hotel: Vienna House Easy Leipzig
To search for other hotels in other places in the state of Saxony with kids click here for the whole list of hotels.
Further information Saxony with kids
Environment sticker: keep in mind that when you visit the state of Saxony by car that you need an environment sticker for cities such as Leipzig, for example. These can be ordered from the ANWB website and will be sent to you within 5 days. To do this, you need to enter the car’s registration number and report code (found on the registration certificate) and then the correct color will be selected.