Children do not care about flowers. Nevertheless, there is still much to discover for young visitors to the Landesgartenschaugelände in Neuchâtel. Even older people can exercise.
Buy tickets for the adults, show them at the entrance, put a stamp on the back of your hand, and you’re in the garden scene. But where to go first? On an old orchard a few meters behind the entrance there are flowered cushions, on large wooden swings and colorful chairs you can breathe and make a plan to explore the place. While the children try the swings, the adults study the place plan. Small symbols with a ball reveal where the kids can drop the steam. We decide to head towards the large playground in the middle of the square. Why is it called the district’s playground?
But let’s first take a look at the small field with different grains behind the meadow plantation. Different grains appear in transparent tubes. Small round slices cover the corresponding names, so the children have to guess and then turn the slices to reveal “wheat” or “rye”.
On the other side of the path, visitors can take a look into a beehive: the Beekeepers’ Association has set up a display case. Plexiglass panes on both sides allow for a close look at the busy honey bees. They fly in and out through a small hole in the back of the box.
“Well, can you find the queen?” a woman asks the kids and gives a tip: “She is much bigger than the other bees.” In vain we seek the swarm behind the pane with our eyes, not a queen in sight. But we are successful a few steps further. Strawberries grow in the foil tunnel, they shine red between the dense leaves. Everyone picks some fruit, then we move on.
The large playground represents southern Baden in miniature
Finally we arrive at the large playground. The children hurry away. Here you can discover the region in miniature format: In addition to a climbing frame in the form of a cuckoo clock and one with grapes and vine leaves, which are to represent Kaiserstuhl, you can also climb “Feldberg” here. There is even a summit flag and oversized skis. Unlike the original, however, the path to the “valley” goes over a roller coaster. The playground equipment was financed by the Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald district. They will stay there even after the Statens Havebrugsskue.
On the opposite side, other children have already taken off their shoes. Not because they bother you, but because it’s simply more fun without them: On a barefoot path, you can discover different elements with just a sole. How does green waste feel? As finished compost? “It’s really stinging,” one of the children calls as it runs through the square with the leaves.
Children and young people can hit the skate and amusement park
Immediately thereafter, we will test how cold the Rhine is in late May. Bathing is forbidden on the Rhine beach, but stick your big toe in for a moment, that’s fine. The cold water does not provide much more, even though it is sunshine today. A family has made themselves comfortable in the shade and has also thought about sand toys. The children eagerly dig in the sand while their parents have made themselves comfortable in the sun loungers.
In addition to the Rhine Garden, the newly designed city park at Wuhrloch is part of the garden exhibition area. There, too, children and young people can let off steam at attractions. The skate and amusement park, slackline and a box with various ball games are ideal for the elderly. You can work out on a volleyball court or on various fitness machines on the shores of the lake. With the medieval playground, the planners also thought of the younger ones. The play equipment with fishing hut, fishing tower and mill wheel is based on various medieval guilds and should bring Neuchâtel’s history to life.
There is free admission for children and young people up to 17 years
While many other state-owned kindergartens also required an admission ticket for children and young people, access to the Neuenburg am Rhein is free for children and young people up to the age of 17. Most trails are suitable for strollers. Handcarts can also be rented at the main entrance. So tired children can be pulled by their strong mothers and fathers. There is also a comprehensive escort program for children, young people and families. The events to participate range from readings and theater to creative offerings and a skating competition.
On a digital scavenger hunt, kids and teens can use an app to search for aquatic animals anywhere on the site. This collection game is part of the traveling exhibition “Groundwater is alive” at Senckenberg Museum für Naturkunde Görlitz, which is on display at the Statens Havebrugsudstilling.