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

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.

Monday to Sunday: 9.00 a. m. to 5.00 p. m. (ticket office closes at 4.00 p. m.)

  • Adults 7,00 EUR
  • reduced* 5,00 EUR
  • Kids from 3 till 12 years 3,00 EUR

*Pupils from 13 years of age, students till 30 years, trainees, vocational school students, persons doing military service, persons doing civilian service, severely handicapped persons, holders of a social passport from the city Dessau-Roßlau, User of a daily updated ticket of the public transport system

Conveying knowledge in a child-friendly way

Educational programmes

The cultural institutions in the city regularly offer special programmes for children.

For example, you can create your own collages in the Anhalt Picture Gallery, try out different painting and spray techniques in the Bauhaus building or cut amber in the Museum of Natural History.

A family tour of the Palaces in Mosigkau, Luisium, Oranienbaum and Wörlitz  is offered every Sunday at 11 a. m. from mid-March to the end of October.

You can find out when which events are taking place directly from the facilities or in our events calendar.

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

Kletterzentrum Zuckerturm
Brauereistraße 1-2, 06847 Dessau-Roßlau

Phone +49 340 5711161

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.

Skateboarding, BMX biking and more

Andes Skate Hall

The area around the Räucherturm offers plenty of opportunities to let off steam. A street course and a miniramp await in the skate hall.

With state-of-the-art equipment and a well thought-out arrangement of ramps, rails and bowls, the skate park in Dessau offers a diverse range for all types of roller sports. Whether beginner, advanced or professional – everyone will find the right challenge here.

Right next to the skate park, daredevils can try out the dirt track. This can be used free of charge. Just a few metres away in the acacia grove, there is another street course and another dirt area.

The operator of the skate hall regularly offers courses for beginners and workshops.

The area is complemented by a Calistehenics course on the south side of the skate hall.

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

Phone +49 1577 4494955

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

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
Discover the city on your own

Actionbound scavenger hunt

With the free “Actionbound” app, you have many opportunities to discover the city in an entertaining way. You can find a selection of Bounds here:
Have fun in bad weather

Indoor Playground "Igel Mizzi"

Here you can let off steam to your heart’s content! In the “Igel Mizzi” indoor playground, you can climb, slide, go-kart, dive into the ball pool and much more!

Kinderland “Igel Mizzi”
Köthener Straße 94-95, 06847 Dessau-Roßlau

Tel. +49 340 66123600

Second Division Handball

Dessau-Roßlauer HV 06

Every other weekend, the Anhalt Arena Dessau is transformed into the home ground of the DRHV 06. The second division club can proudly look back on a club history rich in tradition and has already made it into the Handball Bundesliga (1st Division) for one season.

Those who like sporting events will love the DRHV 06’s home game atmosphere. An experience for young and old.

All dates, ticket sales points and player information can be found at

DRHV06 im Spiel in der Anhalt Arena
Anhalt Arena Dessau

Robert-Bosch-Straße 54
06847 Dessau-Roßlau


  • Children up to 6 years free of charge
  • Pupils/ students/ trainees 8,00 €
  • severely disabled 12,00 €
  • Adults 15,00 €
  • Family ticket (only available at the box office)
    2 adults + 1 child (up to 14 years) € 30.00
    2 adults + children (up to 3 children up to 14 years) 35,00€
  • Groups, clubs, and social institutions tickets at special rates.

The season begins with the first home game on Sept. 11, 2022, and ends with the last home game on June 2, 2023.

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.