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Family time: The 2018 European Athletics Championships with kids

Tips for having a good time at the 2018 European Athletics Championships

Berlino looking forward to the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships
Berlino looking forward to the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships © Camera4

Are your children fans of athletics? Then join them in experiencing the sports highlight of 2018 in the capital and immerse yourself in a very special summer fairy tale.

Sunny days, a colourful sea of flags, and top international athletes at their best: all this and a bit of Berlin feeling on top awaits you at the 2018 European Athletics Championships. From 7-12 August, athletics sports stars will come to Berlin in summer to create breathtaking moments. From the Olympic Stadium to Breitscheidplatz, you can join in the excitement, cheer, and be captivated by the special atmosphere that always arises when a major sporting event is on the agenda in the capital. Because when Kudamm and Breitscheidplatz become running tracks, the sun sets behind the Olympic Stadium, and the city cheers for its top athletes, Berlin is as beautiful as it can be. Make your way to the capital with bag and baggage. Berlino is waiting for you.

Are the European Athletics Championships fun for children?

Yes, there are special offers for children, a family block, and a friendly international atmosphere. Both young and old can enjoy the sports festival and create life-long memories here.

Which tickets are right for me and my family?

You can get into the stadium with your children at an especially low price with the family ticket. It can be purchased for at least one adult plus two children, or the combination of two adults plus one child up to 18 years. For other family members you can book additional tickets - either at the normal price (adults) or at the reduced price for children. With the family tickets you are seated in the family block on the east side of the stadium. Plus: Children up to and including 6 years of age receive free admission without seat entitlement.

What is the programme?

Not only the Olympic Stadium is one of the attractions, Breitscheidplatz on the famous Kudamm is also part of the festival mile of sport - more precisely, the European Mile. At the site around the memorial church everything changes: grandstands, screens and a gigantic blue running track create a unique architectural landscape. This is where the award ceremonies will be held, where the start and finish lines of the marathons are, and competitions are also held. In addition, there are many activities every day and Berlino, the mascot, will of course also be there.

What else do we as a family have to consider?

Pushchairs can be handed in at the Olympic Stadium at special parking lots. Unfortunately, they are not allowed into the station, because they could block the escape routes. Pets must also stay at home. Beverages (no glass bottles!) of up to 0.5 litres per person are allowed in restricted areas. Food may not be taken in.

How to get to Berlin

Bahnreisen nach Berlin © visitBerlin Foto: Martin Peterdamm

Anreise im Hauptbahnhof

Bahnhit has particularly affordable tickets for the whole family, including travel and accommodation. With this special offer, you can arrive in the capital quickly and affordably from any location and benefit from family-friendly hotel offers.

How do I get to the European Mile and the Olympic Stadium?

Both locations for the European Athletics Championships are very easy to reach by subway and suburban railway and are even connected via the subway line 2.

Zoologischer Garten

  • S-Bahn: S9, S7, S5, S3
  • Subway: U2, U9, U1
  • Bus: 109, 110, 204, 245, 249, M45, M46, M49, N1, N10, N26, X10, X34, X9, 100, 200, N2


  • Subway: U1, U2, U3
  • Bus: M19 M29 M46 N1 N2 N26 N3

Olympic Stadium

  • S-Bahn: S9
  • Subway: U2
  • Bus: M49, 104

Where do I sleep in Berlin?

We have compiled particularly family-friendly hotels here on In these hotels, which are located all over the city, two children under the age of nine years can stay for free in a room with the accompanying breakfast included if the accompanying adult(s) have breakfast as well.

What else can I do with my family in Berlin?

Pandas at Berlin Zoo: Germany´s only pandas Meng Meng & Jiao Qing can be found in Berlin.
Meng Meng © Zoo Berlin

Are you on the European Mile and need some refreshment? Then go to Bikini Berlin. From here you can watch prima monkeys (ground floor and roof terrace) while eating a delicious ice cream (available at the ice cream shop on the ground floor).

The Berlin Zoo, which is located very close to Breitscheidplatz, is also a nice break from all the sports excitement. The zoological garden with the most diverse variety of species in the world offers plenty of shady and relaxing spots. A fascinating insight into the world of animals awaits you and your family. Among other things, a visit to see cuddly panda Meng Meng and her companion Jiao Qing is worth your while.

There is also:

The low-budget version of the Berlin Zoo is a walk in the Tiergarten. This is also not far from Breitscheidplatz. Ducks quack in the water close to the paths and there are green areas everywhere for a picnic. If you would like some peace and quiet: how about a painting for young and old as a souvenir at Paint your Style at the other end of the Kudamm? Or are you ready for the ultimate shopping experience in the children's department of KaDeWes? The highlights here include the metre-high stuffed animals on display. The Lego flagship shop is also located very close to the Kudamm. For even more tips on where to go with your family in Berlin, check out our Top 10 attractions for children in Berlin and our other tips for the whole family.

Maxi: visitBerlin Blogger for


Kentucky, Paris, Lisbon. These are just a few stops on this globetrotter's journey, but only one city has been able to conquer her heart fully: Berlin, of course, because nowhere else can you cycle along a canal in the evening sun and swing over the rooftops where the Iron Curtain once divided the city. Exploring the city with open eyes: that's her mission for the blog.


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