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Contributions " Family time in Saale-Unstrut - tips for excursions and shining children's eyes

Family time in Saale-Unstrut - tips for excursions and shining children's eyes

Family time in Saale-Unstrut (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Falko Matte
Family time in Saale-Unstrut (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Falko Matte

Where do you want to spend your family time in Saale-Unstrut?

What are we doing today? Who doesn't know this one sentence from the little ones who want to experience the world. Of course, it doesn't stop on holiday. There are so many exciting destinations. Boredom certainly doesn't arise here. Whether it's rainy weather or bright sunshine - we give you some tips for a varied family time in Saale-Unstrut.

Bathing fun in the adventure pool

Bulabana Naumburg

Children should never miss out on water fun. In addition to various outdoor pools, there are also two fun pools for family time in Saale-Unstrut. In Naumburg, right next to the Euroville Youth and Sports Hotel, is the bulabana. The pool offers a water slide, a diving pool that is also used for large water toys, a children's pool and an outdoor pool as well as water games, bubble loungers, a grotto and more.

Those who like it hotter can relax in between in the small, family sauna area. Almost every 30 minutes, the staff provide a hot infusion in the Finnish, log cabin or chimney sauna (chimney sauna only open in the winter season). Young sauna-goers are also very welcome here and the infusers are happy to have a laugh with their young audience.

Extra tip
bulabana also offers theme days. These are dedicated to a theme and usually combined with a discount or a special offer. During the Saxony-Anhalt holidays, large water toys are used almost daily to provide enough variety.

Bathing fun at bulabana Naumburg (c) City of Naumburg
Bathing fun at bulabana Naumburg (c) City of Naumburg

GalaxSea Jena

In the urban setting of Jena, the GalaxSea invites you into the cool water. It offers a number of attractions such as a slide, a wave pool and a diving platform at the sports pool. Daredevils can plunge into the water from a height of one or three metres. But jumping is regulated so as not to get in the way of the swimmers in the pool: Every hour, the pool is opened for 15 minutes. Of course, the little ones also get their money's worth, as there is a toddler pool with an extra climbing tower. Whirlpools and an outdoor pool complete the ensemble.

Like bulabana, GalaxSea also has a sauna area. Four saunas, a caldarium and a steam bath spread a pleasant warmth. Infusions take place every hour in the Finnish sauna. You can find out whether there is something for you in the infusion schedule, which can also be viewed online. Let yourself be seduced by wonderful fragrances or a meditation infusion!

Water fun awaits water rats in the Galaxsea (c) Thüringer Tourismusverband Jena-Saale-Holzland e.V.
Water fun awaits water rats in the Galaxsea (c) Thüringer Tourismusverband Jena-Saale-Holzland e.V.

Open air swimming pools

On our page we present our outdoor swimming pools. Simply find out more under the heading Water activities.

Leisure fun and experimentation

Leisure fun Eckartsberga

Leisure fun in Eckartsberga is a must for families. Several independent tourist enterprises have come together in the vicinity of the historic Eckartsburg castle to provide families with a fun day out. There is culture, play, fun and relaxation - and in addition to one of Germany's largest mazes, there is also a ghost and play house, a miniature facility called Burgenland, the DinoweltWäldchen, miniature golf and a bungee trampoline. A big attraction is the summer toboggan run, which is 850 metres long and offers a lot of fun. Of course, there is also something to keep you hungry in between.

Summer toboggan run at Freizeitspass Eckartsberga (c) Nicky Hellfritzsch/VG an der Finne
Summer toboggan run at Freizeitspass Eckartsberga (c) Nicky Hellfritzsch/VG an der Finne

Imaginata Jena

The Imaginata, which is set up in the former switchgear halls and on the open-air grounds of the former Jena-Nord transformer station, is a great place to experiment. In the station park, opportunities are created to perceive, wonder, play, ponder, experiment and invent. You can try out the stations yourself and challenge yourself in the process. This means: simply become part of the experiment yourself - and that is exciting and fun for big and small alike. 

Here your world will be turned upside down in the walk-through pinhole camera, you will grow from a dwarf to a giant within a few steps in the "House of Giant Dwarfs" or won't be able to catch a ball in the "Coriolis Carousel". And if all that isn't enough, set up experiments with smoke, optical illusion and sound. We promise you - this is natural science that makes you want more.

The Imaginata is housed in the former transformer station in Jena (c) Thüringer Tourismusverein Jena-Saale-Holzland e.V.
The Imaginata is housed in the former transformer station in Jena (c) Thüringer Tourismusverein Jena-Saale-Holzland e.V.

Open the puzzle box!

Before the puzzles can be solved, you have to walk a bit. With the help of the GPS, the path leading to the puzzle box is searched for. The location is a hidden spot in the forest. And there a secret chest is hidden. That's where the puzzle fun begins. How do I open the chest? And what riddles will I then face? Whoever can solve all the tasks finally becomes a secret bearer and can feel like a hero. But watch out! The secret must be kept.

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First go to the canoe provider outtour, then find the puzzle box (c) outtour

All-weather toboggan run Weißenfels

In Weißenfels, a little way out of town, you can experience tobogganing fun all year round. All-weather means that you can enjoy the fun not only when it's sunny but also when it's raining, because in bad weather the bobsleds get a rain cover. What does it look like? Well, find out!

The cars can reach 40 kilometres per hour when you ride them down the slope. And if you or your children don't want to ride alone, that's no problem - of course, it also works in pairs. The track is 800 metres long, has many curves and steep bends as well as a crossing. Two smaller jumps and several tunnels add to the fun of the ride.

Extra tip
When you've had enough tobogganing, why not stay a little longer? A mini-golf course, an archery range, a tractor course and much more make for an entertaining stay. And when you get a little hungry, stop by the adjoining snack bar.

Allweterrodelbahn Weißenfels is a family experience for the whole year (c) Kerst Mart
Allweterrodelbahn Weißenfels is a family experience for the whole year (c) Kerst Mart
But there is much more to experience on the grounds of the all-weather toboggan run (c) Allweterrodelbahn_Weißenfels
But there is much more to experience on the grounds of the all-weather toboggan run (c) Allweterrodelbahn_Weißenfels

Model railway Wiehe

In Wiehe, you can take a little trip around the world by train - and that on an area of 12,000 square metres. The small model railway tracks are bustling with activity everywhere. The landscapes are lovingly designed and fascinate with true-to-the-original stations, famous cities and sights from all over the world. This is not just something for model railway fans, because the fascination is infectious. Since the layout is located in a heated hall, it can be visited at any time of year and in all weathers. Due to the barrier-free design, all guests - with or without restrictions - get their money's worth.

The Wiehe model railway brings fun for young and old (c) Modellbahn Wiehe
The Wiehe model railway brings fun for young and old (c) Modellbahn Wiehe

Euroville Naumburg

At the Euroville Youth and Sports Hotel, the name says it all and boredom is far away. But not only sports and youth groups are welcome. There are also rooms available for families. The facility has several gymnasiums as well as courts for football, volleyball, basketball, etc. Of course, there is also playground equipment such as foosball and billiards or rental bicycles. In addition, the bulabana leisure pool is within walking distance. And if you like, ask about the possibility for a bonfire - that's also feasible! So nothing stands in the way of an unforgettable stay.

The Euroville has spacious grounds (c) Euroville
The Euroville has spacious grounds (c) Euroville

Nickelsdorf manor

All generations are welcome at Rittergut Nickelsdorf. As in the Euroville, the main focus here is on youth groups and school trips - but this does not detract from a family holiday. Families can stay in rooms of different sizes or you can opt for a shepherd's cart or a construction wagon. It's sure to be adventurous and romantic.

There is also a lot to experience on the manor. The Barefoot House, for example, is an energy-autonomous house made of renewable raw materials for handicrafts. The outdoor wood-burning oven makes tarte flambée and bread especially delicious. Whatever the weather, there is a climbing wall, football, volleyball and table tennis. There's even archery. And the play area attracts visitors with two playgrounds, a play barn and a climbing house - what more could you want?

Playground on the Nickelsdorf manor (c) Tony Matysik
Playground on the Nickelsdorf manor (c) Tony Matysik

Exceptional playgrounds

Forest playground Breitenbach

The Breitenbach forest playground is an interactive nature and adventure station in the Zeitz forest. The main focus was on the idea of presenting nature in a particularly attractive way and making it an experience for people of all ages. Of course, nature education should not be neglected either - but with a playful approach. The lookout tower in particular is a real attraction because wild horses can be observed from there. Tree trunks with information flaps, which first have to be found, are scattered around the grounds and turn the educational idea into a little treasure hunt.

Forest playground in Wetterzeube OT Breitenbach (c) VerbGem Droyßiger-Zeitzer Forst
Forest playground in Wetterzeube OT Breitenbach (c) VerbGem Droyßiger-Zeitzer Forst

Treetop path near Zeitz

The Zeitz district of Zangenberg is also about nature and nature conservation. There you will find a small and lovingly created treetop path. Strictly speaking, however, it should be said that there are actually three trails - the treetop trail, a branch zone trail and a root trail.

The treetop path is 8 metres high and runs along the treetops on a board walkway made of robinia wood that is about one metre wide. For those who don't dare to go quite so high, the twig zone trail is suitable, because after all, it leads "only" at a height of four metres through the surrounding copses. The root path is something for all people with a fear of heights. It winds through dense bushes at ground level.

The route and the structural design create an adventure effect for the little ones and for those who have stayed. After all, children and young people should have fun exploring and learn to understand the concerns of nature conservation in a playful way.

You can't miss the treetop path near Zeitz (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Falko Matte
You can't miss the treetop path near Zeitz (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Falko Matte

Family Playground for Renewable Energies Schkölen

Why not cycle the Energy Cycle Path with your children? In the small town of Schkölen, not far from the moated castle, you will inevitably pass the family playground for renewable energies on your way. The playground equipment is something like a small experimental field and explores a number of questions about energy. How can I make water flow uphill? Why does the sun bed get warm? How much power do the sun, wind and water have? You will certainly want to take a longer rest...

Energy playground in Schkölen (c) RAG Saale-Holzland e.V., Kristian Müller
Energy playground in Schkölen (c) RAG Saale-Holzland e.V., Kristian Müller

Animal parks and zoos

Memleben Adventure Park

If you're planning family time in Saale-Unstrut, you can't miss the Memleben Adventure Park, because a balanced mix of animal and amusement park unfolds over an area of around 35,000 square metres. In addition, there are entertaining shows and many small exciting adventures such as a pirate battle, bullriding and even a gold panning facility. In Memleben you can go to the circus as often as you like during the day. You will be introduced to the sea bears and the parrots. In the realm of the tigers you can even marvel at dangerous predators. In between the programme points, a few small rides and other surprises await the young guests. In any case, there is no chance of boredom in the adventure animal park.

The adventure park is usually open from Thursday to Sunday from March to the end of October. The opening days are extended during the holiday periods in Saxony-Anhalt. The closing days are nicely displayed on the website using a calendar. It is advisable to check there beforehand.

The Memleben Adventure Animal Park is a destination for the whole family (c) Erlebnistierpark Memleben
The Memleben Adventure Animal Park is a destination for the whole family (c) Erlebnistierpark Memleben

Animal park Bad Kösen

Small but nice and always predestined for a family afternoon - that's how we would describe the Bad Kösen Zoo. It is located in the spa gardens directly on the Saale with a wonderful view up to the graduation house. More than 50 species, ranging from native animals to exotics, are at home in Bad Kösen. The nice thing is that you can get very close to the animals, so that you can give even the very youngest ones the greatest pleasure.

Of course, the petting enclosure is particularly popular. You can get small food bags for the animals at the entrance and hand them out on your tour. Brave ones venture directly into the goat enclosure. But watch out - they are sometimes a bit impetuous! With the guinea pigs, the children have to learn to respect the animals' retreat zone, even if the desire to pet the cute little animals is great.

Bad Kösen Zoo is open all year round, but shortens its opening hours in winter. Popular highlights of the year are the zoo festival and Halloween - it gets colourful and lively and is special fun for a family time in Saale-Unstrut.

Goat feeding in the Bad Kösen Zoo (c) City of Naumburg
Goat feeding in the Bad Kösen Zoo (c) City of Naumburg

Petersberg Zoo

The Petersberg Zoo has been open to visitors since 1965. Here you are on very natural terrain. With an area of 1.5 hectares, this zoo is also one of the smaller ones, but it is precisely this family atmosphere that makes it so charming. The great thing is the polar wolves, which you can get very close to here and regularly watch being fed. The bird aviary is open to the public and you will have a great time meeting the Indian porcupines. Then there are Shetland ponies, dwarf muntjaks, running ducks, donkeys and many more on the grounds. The detour to the north of Saale-Unstrut is well worth it.

The zoo is open all year round except on Mondays, and there is no closing day during the holidays in Saxony-Anhalt. You can find out when the feedings take place on the website. There you will also find information on possible guided tours. Or how about visiting the zoo as a highlight for a child's birthday party? The zoo has a small offer for that too.

Get up close to the animals at Petersberg Zoo (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Falko Matte
Get up close to the animals at Petersberg Zoo (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Falko Matte

Animal and adventure park Lützen

The animal and adventure park in Lützen is particularly beautiful. It merges directly into the forest-like Martzschpark - everywhere is wonderfully green. The enclosures are mostly filled with native wild animals such as red deer, wild boar, foxes and raccoons, as well as numerous domestic animal species. Of course, the petting enclosure is not to be missed.

Two playgrounds add a bit of variety to the visit to the zoo and provide opportunities for plenty of exercise. And then there's the Troll Tavern and the Holle House. I wonder what that is? Find out. A tip: At weekends you can get freshly baked bread and simple good-farm cuisine.

The animal and adventure park is open daily. After the tour, we recommend a visit to the climbing forest. There you can climb high up into the treetops. Tummy tingling included.

Test your dexterity in the Lützen Climbing Forest (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Falko Matte
Test your dexterity in the Lützen Climbing Forest (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Falko Matte
Get up close to the animals at the Lützen Animal and Adventure Park (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Falko Matte
Get up close to the animals at the Lützen Animal and Adventure Park (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Falko Matte

Home natural garden Weißenfels

Cute, curious, scurrying, cheeky, cuddly and beady-eyed - that's how you could describe the 200 or so animals in the Heimatnaturgarten Weißenfels. You can observe 50 different species in the spacious enclosures. The enclosures are close to nature and the surroundings are beautifully designed with borders, a bog bed and rock garden. . A nature trail invites you to discover the surroundings with all your senses. On guided tours, families learn interesting facts about animals and environmental protection. There is no hustle and bustle in Weißenfels. If you visit the Heimatnaturgarten Weißenfels, you will be able to spend a relaxed family time. You can visit the Heimatnaturgarten all year round.

Young lambs in the Heimatnaturgarten Weißenfels are particularly popular (c) Stadt Weißenfelsin but fine (c) Stadt Weißenfels
Young lambs in the Heimatnaturgarten Weißenfels are particularly popular (c) Stadt Weißenfels

South Park Merseburg

You can visit another local animal park in Merseburg's Südpark. During a walk through the park, which is open free of charge all year round, you will meet around 300 animals. The playground or the climbing facility offer a change from the animal experiences. The streetball facility is certainly of interest to young people. Think of the Südpark as a spacious unit. Whether you just want to go for a walk there, let the children let off steam on the playgrounds or devote yourself intensively to the animals, you will have a great time in the green here. In addition, Südpark is very easy to reach by bus as well as by car or bicycle.

You can also find donkeys in the Heimatnaturgarten in Merseburg South Park (c) Stadt Merseburg
You can also find donkeys in the Heimatnaturgarten in Merseburg South Park (c) Stadt Merseburg

Eisenberg Zoo

The Eisenberg zoo is laid out under the motto "On your own with the animals" - and you should take that literally. Here you can get very close to the animals in numerous walk-in enclosures. There are currently around 720 animals of 44 different species living in the zoo. A free-flight aviary for Australian parakeets, which is about 400 square metres in size and can also be walked through, provides a protected habitat for 300 birds.

Experience tip
Why not feed the mantled baboons for once - it's a great experience in Eisenberg. How do you do it? You get a stick stocked with treats at the zoo ticket office and then head to the monkeys. We wish the baboons a good appetite and you lots of fun at feeding time!

20210925 Eisenberg Zoo Goat © Tony Matysik
You can feed numerous animals at the Eisenberg Zoo (c) Thüringer Tourismusverband Jena-Saale-Holzland e.V. Tony Matysik

From fairy tales and legends

Legendary journeys Zeitzgrund

Now it gets legendary in Saale-Unstrut - namely when you get to the bottom of some of the legends directly on site. After all, every legend has a true core. The "Legendary Journeys in the Zeitzgrund" promise an entertaining exploration of the Zeitzgrund. And even though the legends are hundreds of years old, you can access them with modern technology. You simply need your own smartphone or be equipped with a GPS device - and off you go! You solve little riddles and observe the surroundings very closely. The reward is a little treasure in the goat mill or the paper mill. Well, how does that sound? Fun for the whole family.

You can go on four legend journeys in the Zeitzgrund. Either download the leaflets beforehand to decide on one of the legend journeys, or drop by the goat mill or paper mill. There you can find out more and get advice.

Extra tip
During a hike on the Zeitz(g)rundweg you can also find ten stamp mushrooms with which interesting facts about the local animal world can be discovered! In the stamp passport, a stamp is placed at each station depicting the paw prints of the animal species. You can get the stamp passport at the mills in the Zeitzgrund or at the tourist information offices in Stadtroda, Hermsdorf and Bad Klosterlausnitz.

Stamp site in the Zeitzgrund (c) Tony Matysik
Stamp site in the Zeitzgrund (c) Tony Matysik

Fairytale procession Bad Bibra

How and when do the fairytales come to Saale-Unstrut? With the fairy tale parade and always on the 3rd Advent weekend. It has been taking place for around 20 years and has become Germany's largest fairytale procession. And the small Finnish town of Bad Bibra is transformed into a living storybook.

In many pictures, the well-known fairy tales of childhood are brought to life and cast a spell over not only the little visitors. Many families, associations, schools and kindergartens have been involved for a long time and look forward to creatively staging their fairy tale pictures every year.

Fairytale procession in Bad Bibra (c) Verbandsgemeinde an der Finne
Fairytale procession in Bad Bibra (c) Verbandsgemeinde an der Finne

Exceptional museum tips

Successful family outing in Saale-Unstrut (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Falko Matte
Successful family outing in Saale-Unstrut (c) Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V., Falko Matte

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