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Although Hamburg is known for its X-rated entertainment, the city is actually ideal for a family vacation. Carl Hagenbeck's Tierpark (tel. 040/5300330; www.hagenbeck.de) is one of Europe's great zoos , and many other parks in Hamburg have amusements for children -- for example, the Wallringpark has a roller-skating rink. Boat tours of the Alster and more lengthy tours of the Port of Hamburg will also delight kids. Willkomm-Höft and the Buddelschiff-Museum are also fun for children.

Language is often not a problem for children, so they may enjoy the children's theater, Theater für Kinder, Max-Brauer-Allee 76 (tel. 040/382538; www.theater-fuer-kinder.de; U-Bahn: Altona). All tickets cost 11€ to 20€; call for showtimes.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.