Paula, our Paris based CYBEX correspondent, spent her summer in Berlin. Together with husband Philippe and their two littles ones Ruby and Gala, she stayed at their friends’ apartment in Berlin Kreuzberg.
How was your first summer with two little kids?
It was wonderful and exhausting at the same time, but I personally love this crazy side of being a mom.
What is the biggest challenge when travelling with kids?
It is not to forget anything, so many items to carry, diapers changing, blankets, raincoats, snacks… it’s always a big preparation for one day out with 2 kids.
Why did you choose to travel to Berlin?
We picked Berlin because it’s one of our favourite summer spots, lots of space, mix of culture and nature, also it’s not so hot for the kids. Everybody is quite open here and we always find a friend that can babysit for us so we can enjoy nightlife as well. It’s a place to recharge energies and get good vibes.
What’s your favourite place in Berlin?
For the parents: Arena club in Berlin, they have an amazing swimming pool at the Spree and they have day parties during summer. We also love to feel the Berlin spirit at Berghain. I really enjoyed a spa day at Cowshed spa at the Soho house.
For the Kids : Viktoria Park, because it’s very poetic with the hills, and the park is great, we went there almost every morning.
Life with kids in a big city like Berlin – are there any differences compared to Paris?
In Berlin everything gets a bigger perspective and the parks are really big and you feel more closer to nature, Paris is more urban, but there are many museums with a lot of interactivity as well such as La Vilette.
Do you have some top spots in Berlin for families and kids?
- Due Forni Pizza Restaurant – they have good food and attractions for kids
- Hasenheide park – beautiful toys and a small farm to visit
- Lakes near Grunewald are great for a picnic on a sunny day, you feel like you are in the countryside
- Lego Park at Postdamer Platz – but only if it’s really rainy outside
- Boxhagener Platz in Friedrichshain for vintage fair on Sundays and nice Ice Cream shops and toys for kids around like Frieda Hain
- Viktoria Park in Kreuzberg
- The Movie Museum, because it’s very well decorated lots of interactivity
- D.Nik – design shop for lovely toys
My daughter Gala got crazy in:
You stayed at the apartment of your friends while they travelled, too. What do you like at the apartment?
We always stay on the same apartment and it’s just great to conciliate vacations with friends that have a place so similar as ours (a bit design a bit recycling) so we really feel home there. Kreuzberg is a blooming area in Berlin with some kids shop I love (Rasselfisch), bio markets and great parks.
Did you have a favourite part of the apartment?
Everything is great, especially the living room, it’s so peaceful, we could stay home all day long, everybody has a place here. We were very lucky to find a cosy place away that feels like home.
More pictures of the Berlin apartment here.