Known for being the home of Oktoberfest, Munich might not seem like the best place to take kids. However, there’s much more to this historic city than beer. In fact, for family adventures, there are few cities like it. Here are some of the great activities on offer in Munich that may encourage you and your kids to visit.
Munich’s bustling central hub known as Mary’s Square or Marienplatz is a great place to get a bite to eat and a drink. It’s also home to the famous Glockenspiel, built into the side of the city’s grand gothic town hall. This Glockenspiel features figurines that put on a show for twelve minutes including a wedding, a spring celebration and a tournament. It’s worth craning your neck for and certain to fascinate the kids.
This building is the world’s largest science and technology museum. There are over 2000 experiments and interactive exhibits that are certain to entertain the kids. There’s even a section of the museum called Kids’ Kingdom. Fun and educational, this is well worth a visit, although it’s unlikely you’ll be able to see it all in one day.
The largest city park in Europe, English Garden is great for getting out of the urban settings of the city. It has four huge play areas located near a beer garden (so that the parents can enjoy a drink whilst the kids run off and play). There’s often all kinds of activities going on in this park including street performers, competitions and even river-surfing. On a sunny day, it’s a great place to kill a few hours and keep the kids amused.
Dragging kids around palaces can often be a lot of hard work. This palace however has an extensive garden full of Greek god statues, swans and ducks that’s great for getting their adventurer side out. The inside of the palace meanwhile has a fairytale castle feel and is full of chandeliers and colourful frescoes.
Bavaria Film Studios
Situated a little out of the way, it may be worth investing in a taxi service such as booktaximunich for this escapade to keep the kids’ feet from tiring out. The film studio has all kinds of fantastic attraction from stunt shows to the opportunity to ride of Falkor the dragon from Never Ending Story. You can get a guides tour in English, but make sure you book ahead.
Munich’s Toy Museum
Separated over 4 floors, this toy museum is filled with unique historic toys. None of the exhibits are interactive – which may not appeal to younger children – but seeing the exhibits is sure wow older children. The museum is housed in a narrow clock tower. There is no lift, so bear this in mind if you have a buggy.
If you have ever travelled to Munich what did you do?