Despite being mainly-landlocked, Germany has plenty of beautiful and family-friendly beaches. With secluded island getaways, views of the Baltic and stunning sunsets, families are spoilt for choice, which is why we’re narrowed it down for you. Here are the five most family-friendly beaches in Germany, according to real travellers.*
Trassenheide Strand at Trassenheide, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Sit back and relax, or help the kids build a sandcastle at Trassenheide Strand
The wide, pale sandy slopes and mild currents at Trassenheide Strand are only part of the reason it has been endorsed as Germany’s most family-friendly beach. Once the kids have built a sandcastle city, make sure to visit one of the traditional ice cream parlours along the Trassenheide boardwalk, followed by a game of mini-golf. This small seaside town has a surprisingly high number of museums and the Tierpark Wolgast animal park is a half hour drive away.
Families hoping to stay close to the beach will love the spacious Akzent Hotel Kaliebe. Only 6-minutes walk from Trassenheide Strand, the hotel has a pool, soundproof rooms, children’s tv networks and plenty of board games.
Ostbad at Langeoog, Lower Saxony
Go fly a kite at Ostbad in Langeoog
Ostbad on the island of Langeoog is a great spot for active families, especially if you’re also travelling with four-legged family members. Dogs are allowed to run around as much as they want on the east side of the beach and this area is also popular among kite enthusiasts. The west side is a bit more organised with wind-surfing lessons and paddle board rental.
Hotel Flörke is Langeoog’s highest rated hotel among families. On sunny days kids can play in the garden and if you’re unlucky with the weather there is also an indoor playroom. Parents are particularly fond of the Finnish sauna while teenagers rate the hotel WiFi connection and the games room.
Scharbeutz Strand at Scharbeutz, Schleswig-Holstein
Catch a concert or host a picnic at Scharbeutz Strand
A Baltic beach on Germany’s north coast, the Scharbeutz Strand is a great option for big families. Sheltered, pristine beaches offer all the usual seaside delights and during the summer, concerts are hosted on the beach and regular family barbeques are a great way for both children and adults to make new friends. The pier includes a large outdoor ice rink, although it might take a bit of practise to stay upright without getting distracted by the gorgeous sea views.
Only 2-minutes walk from the beach, Strandperle 4 is a sophisticated apartment with children’s rooms. Games, books, movies and bunk beds (including a safety screen for young children) make this one of Scharbeutz’ most popular properties among families.
Ostseebad Boltenhagen at Boltenhagen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Visit the German Riviera at Ostseebad Boltenhagen
A seaside resort on the German Riviera, Boltenhagen overlooks the Bay of Lübeck and beach-going families are spoilt for choice. Like most of Germany’s Baltic beaches, Ostseebad Boltenhagen combines sheltered, pristine stretches of sand with whimsical touches like traditional bathing wagons and an ornate promenade.
Families with young children appreciate the shallow waters at Ostseebad Boltenhagen and many choose to stay at the Seute Deern. This large, gabled country house is 1-minute walk from the beach, making mid-afternoon naps a lot easier to coordinate. Free parking makes the hotel an ideal base for day trips to the Tarnewitz Huk nature reserve.
Rotes Kliff at Kampen, Schleswig-Holstein
Admire the stunning red cliffs of Kampen
A beach called ‘Red Cliff’ might not sound particularly family-friendly but there’s good a reason it is popular with visiting families. Russet cliffs gently descend into some of the cleanest, most beautiful beaches on Silt and families have plenty of open sand and pristine waters to themselves. The cliffs screen the beach from the wind, leaving only the gentlest breeze to carry the scent of wild heather down to sunbathers.
Parents hoping for more than just activities for the kids will adore the Hotel Walter’s Hof. A children’s playroom, plenty of kid-friendly tv channels, a DVD library and large gardens offer plenty of distractions, while the hotel’s restaurant and sea views are a luxurious, peaceful setting to reconnect and unwind.
*These beaches were the most highly rated ‘beaches for kids’ in Germany, according to people travelling with Booking.com.