Germany Child Friendly?

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  1. Scottyboy

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    WE find ourselves in the lucky position to be able to get away again at the end of the month before school starts again and as we have done France 3 times this year we are thinking of Germany, Many people have told me how great the Mosel region is, My question is how kid friendly is it? My kids are very easily pleased I'm not talking amusement parks or fun fairs they are happy with a decent playground on the Aire (stellplatz) maybe a bit of paddling or digging in sand and good cycle paths to the nearest cake shop LOL. Any recommendations for other regions in Germany welcome, We only have ten days.
     
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    Trier to Koblenz ( where to Mosel meets the Rhine ) Great trip and much hotter than you would think. Lots of lovely towns and villages, Bernkastel Kues in particular, Plenty of Stellplatz next to the river. My Kids would love it, but they are in there 40s and drink lots of wine, so depends how old your kids are ? Lots of little festivals here and there, Im sure they will have a good time.
    Top tip, start looking for stellplatz mid afternoon time, they get pretty full up.
    Phil
     
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    Dress them in Lederhosen and make them stand to attention and they'll be fine.
     
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    So presumably you just stick to the road that is on the river bank the whole way? My kids are 7 and 4 not started on the wine yet
     
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    On both banks in fact. Huge numbers of campsites. But then huge numbers of MHs.

    Take care with them, it's a proper job river and easy to fall in.

    Cake, we call it Blackforest Gateau but The Real Thing Schwazwalderkirchetorte ( approx ) is beyond belief. They should erect monuments to it.
     
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    Road is next to the river nearly all the way, its easy to follow. We went through Luxembourg to Trier to start the journey, you can make it in 1 day at a push, we didnt have to, but met up with some friends who did.
    I dont have young kids but there were plenty about who seemed to enjoy it.
    One place I will go back to, we loved it.
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    Get plenty of Bratty and pomme frites down them, along with a few cases of Amstel, or Paderborner. (y)(y)
     
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    Sounds like the Black Forest gateau has sealed the deal, that's where we'll be heading(y)
     
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    I never found Deutschland to be a 'child friendly' country. The Germans as a people tend to be very conservative, and I always felt that there, children were often seen, but never heard.

    Which isn't really a bad thing, very unlike Skeggy on a Sunday, with hundreds of screaming kids crucifying cats and stuff. Nice and quite in Das Vaterland. (y)(y)
     
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    I doubt very much you will find a playground or similar on a stellplatz, Ive never seen one in touring Germny for a month or so for the last five years. But, you will find generally that the German people are polite and friendly and they do like children. Its nothing unusual to see children in restaurants both at lunch and at evening times and because they are used to it they, for the most part, behave nicely and have good manners. Try a few German words or phrases and you will find people appreciate it and the welcome is even warmer.
     
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    Totally agree. Try this: Walk into any guesthouse, and say "Ich kaufe das Bier den ganzen Abend.". You will find that your family will be loved by everyone there. (y)
     
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    Let me guess, "the beers are on me"
     
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    .....the whole night.

    Never trust a man with a trumpet up his bum.
     
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    (y)(y)(y)(y).......ALL NIGHT!!:)
     
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    Oh dear, My kids are very well behaved by English standards but have been known to get a bit rowdy on holiday.
     
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    It's been a long time since I took my kids to Germany

    We used to take the kids to the seaside in the UK, it was during the time in UK that children were not welcome anywhere. We usually drove nearly all the way home before we found anywhere we could eat and then usually in the garden regardless of the weather!

    But in Germany the kids were welcome everywhere. I don't ever remember being told no or asked to sit away from the rest of the diners.

    I am sure nothing has changed.(y)
     
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    I must admit not being a visitor to Germany for some little time, however, things there dont change all that much, especially in rural areas.
    It all depends on where you go as to how you are received. The Germans are a very polite and proper people, but the huge influx of immigration there in recent times has made them a tad anti. I have no doubt that you will enjoy the most beautiful parts of that stunning country, but just be prepared for a somewhat tepid reception in out of the way locations.
     
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