Tiere im Zoo Augsburg

Traveling with children in Bavaria

Animal excursions for families

Whether in the zoo, in nature or in the museum - these destinations provide animal fun.


Curiosity and a sense of adventure: a trip by train is the ideal opportunity to go on a discovery tour and get to know something new. From insights into the history of toys, to the fascination of domestic and exotic wildlife, to German cultural assets from the Puppenkiste - Bavaria offers a varied program for the whole family that can be discovered easily and relaxed by train.

We have compiled the best excursion destinations in Bavaria for you, which will make young explorers:in wide-eyed. From a day at the zoo to a visit to the toy museum, there is something for every age. Get on board now and go on a journey of discovery by train!

Augsburg Zoo

Augsburg, the third largest city in Bavaria after Munich and Nuremberg, not only offers many historical sights such as the cathedral or the Fugger and Welser Adventure Museum, but also has a special highlight in store for young animal lovers: the Augsburg Zoo. This is home to over 1,200 animals and is even one of the 20 largest animal parks in Germany. Here you can experience both native animals such as donkeys or dwarf otters and exotic companions such as elephants, monkeys and lions up close. The secret star of Augsburg Zoo, however, are the calicoes. They live in their own climbing area in the zoo and like to climb around above the visitors' heads.

In summer, seal feeding takes place daily at 2:00 and 3:30 p.m. at the seal enclosure, where you can look over the keepers' shoulders and watch the fur seals and harbor seals feed. In addition, the Augsburg Zoo offers a very special attraction: the Zoobähnle. On weekends and during the vacations, you can take an adventurous ride on the small, fee-paying train, which takes you over bridges, through tunnels and past waterfalls. On Sundays and holidays, there is even always a real little steam locomotive driving around the zoo grounds. Climb aboard once and you'll feel like Luke the locomotive driver.

Tiere im Zoo in Augsburg

The Augsburg Zoo

From the savannah enclosure to the tropical house to the domestic petting zoo - Augsburg Zoo offers visitors many animal encounters in the middle of idyllic parkland.

Augsburg Puppet Show

Which brings us to the second excursion highlight in Augsburg: the Augsburger Puppenkiste. In the puppet theater, which is known all over the world, not only heroes like Jim Knopf and Lukas der LokomotivfĂĽhrer make children's eyes light up, but also animal stars like Urmel aus dem Eis or Puss in Boots. Puppeteers who have mastered their art to perfection and lovingly designed sets bring the little heroes on strings to life in an instant.

For a closer look at the elaborately designed puppets, it is worth visiting the puppet theater museum "Die Kiste", which is located above the theater premises. Here you will find the most famous puppets of the Augsburg Puppet Boxes such as Urmel aus dem Eis or Jim Knopf and Lukas der LokomotivfĂĽhrer in their original settings. The stars of the Augsburg Puppet Box enchant not only theatergoers, but also viewers in front of the television. In two small cinemas that are part of the museum, you can rediscover the best-known TV series with the wooden heroes together with your children.

Figuren der Augsburger Puppenkiste vor Spielzeuglokomotive

A visit to the Augsburg Puppet Box and its stars

In Augsburg's Spitalgasse 15, you can admire the all-familiar puppets such as Jim Knopf or Urmel aus dem Eis in the original and the special charm of the puppeteers' art in magically designed settings.

Nuremberg Toy Museum

The next destination for young explorers is located in Nuremberg. The Franconian city, known worldwide for its bratwursts and gingerbread, has also been called the city of toys for more than 600 years. As early as the Middle Ages, countless doll makers and later also manufacturers of tin figures and tin toys settled here. No wonder that Nuremberg today is home to one of the most famous toy museums in the world. From wooden and tin toys to dolls and department stores to Playmobil and Barbie, the Nuremberg Toy Museum retells the history of toys. The audio tour of the museum lets you delve even deeper into the history behind the toys on display.

Gelbe Bahn im Spielzeugmuseum in NĂĽrnberg

A journey through the world of play at the Nuremberg Toy Museum

The whole world on a small scale: Here, young and old are whisked away on a journey through time through the Nuremberg toy world, from the first dolls to the virtual reality console.

Franconian Open Air Museum Bad Windsheim

The Franconian Open Air Museum with its approximately 100 buildings, which include farms, mills, breweries, noble castles and handicraft houses, takes you on a journey into the past. Here you can experience first-hand how the rural Franconian population used to live and work. And what would a farm be without animals? Pigs, horses, sheep and cattle of old breeds, which were kept by farmers hundreds of years ago, await animal lovers young and old at the museum farm and the museum sheep farm. On Sundays and during the Bavarian school vacations also on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the Franconian Open Air Museum offers its own changing children's program for fun and excitement. In a playful way, the children learn about animal husbandry and which products are obtained in the process.

The varied leisure activities in Bavaria for families offer numerous highlights for animal lovers and young explorers. Plan your next day trip with children now simply by train.

Zwei braune KĂĽhe auf einer Wiese

The Franconian Open Air Museum Bad Windsheim

A trip to the Franconian Open Air Museum is like a journey back in time. 700 years of Franconian everyday history come alive again here.
1 / 4
Franconian Open Air Museum Bad Windsheim
Nearest railway station: Bad Windsheim Eisweiherweg 1
91438 Bad Windsheim
Learn more
The Bratwurstglöcklein restaurant is located a few steps from Nuremberg’s main station. Fancy relaxing in nature or enjoying a cappuccino with a fifty's flair? For the former, we... The Milzwurst (spleen sausage) is most beloved in Lower Bavaria. What makes it so special? Take a... Die Ingolstädter Panther erleben: Als Teil der Panther-Familie freuen wir uns sehr, auch wieder in der neuen Saison 23/24 an der Seite des ERC... Escape everyday life by train and immerse yourself in the wellness paradise of the Obermain Therme... I wonder if the farmers in eastern Bavaria are melancholy? The name of this sausage speciality... People on a night out gather in front of the popular Arkadas Döner kebab shop late into the night. “Drei im Weggla” – Nuremberg residents know immediately what this means: three small, crispy... There is one thing you cannot miss on your sausage discovery tour, and that is the Weißwurst... Sie müssen auf den Zug warten und der Magen knurrt? Kein Problem. Rund um die bayerischen Bahnhöfe kann man viel besser essen als man denkt.