Family Activities

Discover the town through a child’s eyes

Dessau-Roßlau has lots to offer families. Any number of activities are just waiting to be discovered.
Perhaps one of the most beautiful places is our zoo, set in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you can marvel at rare, mainly native species of animal, but also jaguars, dromedaries and rheas.
The municipal and privately-owned swimming pools and bathing lakes offer a chance to cool off and have fun, while a canoe trip is another must in the summer.
If the weather is not conducive to outdoor activities, the indoor playground and climbing walls will keep boredom at bay.

A protected local nature and recreation area

Dessau Zoo

With its 11 hectares of protected countryside, the zoo is Dessau’s largest and most popular neighbourhood nature and recreation area. More than 100,000 visitors come here every year to admire the fauna and flora.

Beautiful and idyllic are the two words that sum up the charming landscape. Here, 500 animals representing some 120 different species live among rare trees and shrubs. Over 1,000 trees, including around 125 labelled species, make up the defining character of the park. This is why the zoo is unlike almost any other institution: not only does it attract children and adults alike, it is also the best and most vivid way of showing of the origins, habitats and homes of the various animal species. Because the more we know about the animal world, the more we understand the environment.

Tierpark Dessau
Querallee 8, 06846 Dessau-Roßlau

Phone +49 340 614426
tierpark.dessau-rosslau.de

Public transport:
Bus lines 11, 12, 17, Bus stop Puschkinallee/Tierpark
Dessau Central Station (500 m by foot)

The Dessau Zoo is open all year round.

Opening hours from 04.06. – 11.07.2021:

Monday to Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closing time)
Thursday to Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closing time)

  • Adults 3,50 EUR
  • reduced* 2,50 EUR
  • Kids from 3 years 1,50 EUR

*Pupils from 17 years of age, students, trainees, vocational school students, persons doing military service, persons doing civilian service, severely handicapped persons, holders of a social passport

Kletterzentrum Zuckerturm
Brauereistraße 1-2, 06847 Dessau-Roßlau

Phone +49 340 5711161
zuckerturm.de

Public transport: Tram line 3, Stop Triftweg

Mon — Fri  4.00 — 10.00 p. m.
Sat / Sun  2.00 — 8.00 p. m.

Due to the current containment ordinance, the climbing centre is unfortunately currently closed.

  • Single ticket 9 €
  • Reduced ticket 8 €
High up on the plain

Zuckerturm Climbing Centre

Exercise the fun way on 20-metre routes.

High up on the plain? That’s no contradiction in the climbing hall. In the former sugar tower (Zuckerturm) of the Old Brewery, you can make ascensions of up to 20 metres. There are routes of differing degrees of difficulty and a wall for beginners to try out from age eight. Experienced climbers are there to assist novices.

You can hire climbing equipment on site.

Fun and games outdoors

Minigolf course

In the summer months, you can play an 18-hole miniature golf course on the Blau-Weiss Dessau club grounds. The club website provides information on current opening times and prices.

SG Blau-Weiss Dessau e.V.
Kreuzbergstr. 179, 06849 Dessau-Roßlau

Phone +49 340 8000-41

blauweiss-dessau.de

Friendly competition

10-pin bowling

There’s nothing like a game of 10-pin bowling every now and again, and it’s always something to do when it rains. In Dessau-Rosslau, you have several bowling alleys to choose from.

  • Bowlingtreff, Hermann-Wäschke-Weg 17, 06862 Dessau-Roßlau
  • Südbowl, Heidestraße 85, 06842 Dessau-Roßlau
Skateboarding, BMX biking and more

Andes Skate Hall

The area around the Räucherturm tower offers plenty of opportunities to let off steam and try out new figures, while inside the skate hall a street course and mini-ramp await you. Outside, daredevils can try out the dirt track. This can be used free of charge. Just a few metres away, in the small acacia wood, are another street course and another dirt track.

The skate hall operator holds regular courses for beginners and workshops.

Von der Rolle e.V.
Elisabethstr. 12, 06844 Dessau-Roßlau

Phone +49 1577 4494955
vonderrolle.org

Public transport: Dessau Central Station (700 m by foot)

The current opening hours are announced by the association via its Facebook page.

3 € per person for the use of the skate hall

Family City Plan

With our town map for families, children can explore the town for themselves. The map includes the town’s sights, playgrounds, outdoor swimming pools and bathing places and great places for rambling and exploring.

On the back are interesting facts about the town’s special places presented in a child-friendly way. The town plan for families is available free of charge from Tourist Information, or can be downloaded here.