Children and their parents are warmly welcome at Berlin Cathedral. We've put a lot of thought and effort into ensuring that families can feel very much at home with us, allowing them to enjoy a service, a concert or a visit to Berlin Cathedral.
Did you know...
- that Berlin Cathedral, with a floor area of 6270 square meters, is the largest Protestant church in Germany?
- that four Reformation (Luther, Zwingli, Calvin and Melanchthon) decorate the preaching church at once?
- that the Berlin Cathedral intentionally looks similar to St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, the largest Catholic church in the world?
- that the Berlin Victory Column would easily fit inside the cathedral?
- that an average of 800 Christians worship here every Sunday?
- that almost 1 million guests visit the Berlin Cathedral every year and attend the services and concerts, including thousands of Berlin schoolchildren?
- that about 80 concerts take place here every year?
- that the building spends about 15,000 euros a day on electricity, water, heating, security, church work, building work and staff?
- that 94 members of the princely family lie in the Hohenzollern crypt, including some famous electors, queens and kings?
- that the world-famous Sauer organ has 7269 pipes and 113 stops?
- that you can enjoy a unique panoramic view over Berlin from the 50-meter-high cupola?
- that the oldest document in our cathedral archives dates back to 1409 and that everyone is allowed to look at the approximately 300 meters of files in our archives?
Would you like to visit Berlin Cathedral and take your children with you? No problem. One adult, who pays the Euro 10 admission price for a tour of the Cathedral, can take up to 3 children under the age of 18 free of charge into the Cathedral with them.
The 360° panoramic view, which can be enjoyed from our dome is considered one of the most beautiful in the whole of Berlin. Children and adults who manage to ascend all 270 cathedral steps to the very top on foot will be rewarded with a spectacular view of Berlin's historic city centre. Without being obstructed by a single pane of glass, visitors can enjoy stunning views of the ‘Rotes Rathaus’ city hall, the ‘Humboldt Forum’, Museum Island, the river Spree, Berlin’s Television Tower and so much more, from a height of 50 metres. The view is a wonderful spectacle for curious cats both large and small, who love to play ‘I spy with my little eye’ high up in the sky. A walk around the Cathedral’s dome is included in the tour.
global treasure app
With our Global Treasure App visitors are given the chance to go on a treasure hunt throughout Berlin Cathedral, while learning lots of interesting facts about its history, architecture and congregation along the way. The app is particularly suited to families, couples or small groups, who are keen to discover the Cathedral by undertaking their own active and fun-filled tour. That is why there are two tours: one for grown-ups and one for children. Both in German and English. During the multiple-choice phase, three suggested answers are provided to every question. The treasure hunters can decide which answer is correct, for example in answer to questions like: How many pipes does an organ have? Who was actually responsible for the cathedral’s construction? Where did the Emperor sit during the services? The app can be downloaded for free from the App Store or Google Play Store.
Your children are young but you would like to attend a service on Sundays where you are really able to listen to the sermon? This is no problem at Berlin Cathedral, given that we celebrate children’s services of worship on selected sundays at 10 AM with girls and boys between the ages of 3 and 12. Parents of children under the age of three are free to attend the Baptismal and Matrimonial Church (Tauf- und Traukirche) and listen to the sermon being given via loudspeaker, even when their little ones aren't exactly quiet.
When the whole Cathedral is filled with the buzz of young voices, when a band is making great music and boys and girls are singing their hearts out, when posters are unfolded or wishes written on the Cathedral's pillars – then this is the school pupils’ service held at Berlin Cathedral. Hundreds of boys and girls from primary and secondary schools across Berlin and Brandenburg pay a visit every year to the services held for pupils on the Day of Prayer and Repentance (“Buß- und Bettag”) and on Reformation Day. School groups are welcome, as well as children and adolescents who wish to visit our services on their own or with their families.
Events with lots of music, in which stories from the Bible are told with humor and liveliness, are part of our regular offerings for families. Every year on St. Martin's Day, November 11, and Boxing Day, the boys and young men of the Berlin State and Cathedral Choir put on a musical play for families to sing along to and participate in. In the spring, the organ mouse regularly visits the cathedral. Together with cathedral organist Andreas Sieling and visitors young and old, the mouse learns a lot about music, pipes and the Sauer organ.
Are you currently looking for a wonderful choice of excursion for a children's playgroup or your child’s school class, and would like to propose it to the teaching team? Berlin Cathedral offers separate tours for preschool and kindergarten children, as well as for pupils in classes 1 to 13.
On every third Monday in the month you and your family can discover Berlin Cathedral during a so-called exclusive guided tour from 6:30 PM to 8 PM. Due to the high demand, we kindly ask that you call us on +49 30 20269 136.
Our media library contains numerous three-minute animated films about the history of the building, famous personalities and the Hohenzollern Crypt. They are entertaining and easy to understand and make you want to learn more about the history of the Berlin Cathedral. The films can be downloaded for private and school use. Our films are especially suitable for children and young people and for history or religious education classes. They are available in German and English in the Media Library.