A day at Gartenschau Kaiserslautern
As the grass gets a little greener, the tulips start to come out of their winter rest and the sun shines a little brighter, spring is upon us and we can’t wait to spend a great day outside. Not interested in driving too far with the family to enjoy a day? Meet at Gartenschau Kaiserslautern. After the success of the first Rheinland-Pfalz State Garden Show in 2000, the Gartenschau Kaiserslautern has become a permanent feature and is frequented by families, friends and schoolchildren throughout the year; it is also part of Gartenschau’s mission to employ and train people with disabilities according to their skills and interests.
Gartenschau is a great escape for a day trip. Not only is it close by for those at the KMCC, but its changing schedules and huge number of offerings mean you can come back and see something new every time. Plus, it really is a place for the whole family, enjoyable for all ages. The main attraction is the large green space and adventure park called Neumühlepark or Dinopark, filled with walking paths, exploration playgrounds, swings, sandboxes, large dinosaur statues and beautiful gardens. You can also take a relaxing stroll through the rose garden during the summer months, exploring the ponds and stream. For an additional price, families can also participate in a round of adventure golf, right in front of the beer garden. The tricky course puts golfers on 18 holes of rolling artificial turf. Once you’ve explored the Dinopark, head up the hill to the Kaiserberg, where you’ll find more gardens, including vegetable, rhododendron, and butterfly gardens, as well as the bird sanctuary.
Did someone say LEGO?
Do you have LEGO fans in your family? Be sure to stop by the LEGO Exhibit, which features elaborate ready-made exhibits of the beloved blocks. The theme of the exhibit is changing, so be sure to come back and see their new exhibit. Children and adults will be equally amazed and inspired after seeing some of these LEGO constructions.
If you want to make a day out of it, you’ll need supplies. Although you can take a picnic with you, there are three great options for buying food and drink at Gartenschau. With an up-close view of the adventure park and a beer garden to sit in, grab currywurst, french fries and other fare at Neumühlepark. There’s also an inviting patio on the Kaiserberg, giving you stunning views of Kaiserslautern while sipping on a cold brew. Finally, upon entering the Gartenschau you will find Das Brauhaus with a changing menu, salad bar and lovely cakes to choose from. Just outside the Gartenschau, you can also grab a meal at Milano’s or Old Station, giving you even more options.
Plan your trip
Gartenschau is easily accessible by train and car, and all areas of the park are within walking distance. Day passes can be purchased for 3.50 euros for children and 7 euros for adults, plus additional fares for families, groups and people with disabilities. Season passes can also be purchased if you plan to visit during the warmer months. Finally, you can buy tickets that include a visit to the Japanese garden. All tickets can be purchased online.