If you are looking for a short trip idea, and have children, I have a treat for you – Weltvogelpark Walsrode.

Situated in the Lüneburg Heath, the triangle between Hanover, Bremen and Hamburg, Weltvogelpark Walsrode is the largest bird park in the world. It is home to over 4,000 birds from 650 different species and from all continents in a 24-hectare garden and adventure landscape.

There is a lot more than just bird watching here. Visitors can experience themed houses, flying shows, free flight halls, baby bird feeding and other indoor attractions. There are also 320 benches for adults to relax on while their little ones enjoy the shows. In addition, there are other serene oasis for relaxation as well, with laid out beds, ponds and exotic plants, for a breather from feathers. I have always wanted to see some exotic birds up close. One of my friends recently went on a bird watching tour in Costa Rica and I was so envious. It turns out there are a wide variety of bird watching tours in Costa Rica. You can check them out here if you are fascinated by all things bird-related: CostaRicaFocus.com.

When hungry, head to on-site restaurant or get a quick bite from one of the snack bars. And there are ice cream trucks around, so beware Mommies.

Weltvogelpark has free parking, so you can drive over without the hassle of looking for a parking. Also, the entire area is handicapped accessible. If a wheelchair is needed, it can be borrowed for free upon prior registration. As dogs can not be taken into the park, there is also a free accommodation for your four-legged friends.

The park opens daily from 10:00am; adult tickets cost 23€ and children between 4-12 pay 17.50€. There are family and group tickets as well. If it’s your birthday, you enter for free.

For more information, check out their website. You can read more about available attractions and on-going shows, as well as buy tickets.