Osnabrück Zoo is a great day out with kids. It’s about 45 mins drive from Bielefeld and a brilliant zoo with giraffes, lions, elephants, monkeys etc all split into different geographical zones. There are several good playgrounds too for both little kids and older ones. It gets crowded on weekends so go early. We spent several hours there and still didn’t manage to see everything. There is a winter discount at the moment until end of March.

Next time we hope to check out the ‘all weather’ Münster Zoo (English website), they have covered walkways and you get to feed the elephants and other animals! Plus they take the penguins out walking.