Fun things to do in Munich for kids
Playtime: Kids enjoying the
"Children's Kingdom" at Munich's Deutsches
Museum. Pic: © Deutsches Museum
The Munich tourist office sells a Münchener Familienpass with discounts and info in English on heaps of kid-friendly sights, playgrounds and swimming pools.
They can also give you tips on current child-focused happenings.
But for now, here’s a list of nine tips on what to do in Munich for kids.
1. Sea Life
Take the little ones on a voyage beneath the waves at the Sea Life München museum, which opened in 2006. Over 10,000 creatures of the deep reside in over 30 large tanks.
Visitors explore the popular “Tropical Ocean” tank from an underwater glass-topped tunnel. It’s in Munich’s Olympic Park. (Website here)
2. Fairytale fun park
What kid hasn’t already heard of classic German fairytales like Snow White, Hänsel and Gretel or Little Red Riding Hood? At the Freizeitpark Märchenwald (Fairytale Forest) over 20 fairytales on display which the little ones can bring to life with the press of a button.
Great for younger kids.
3. Watch the surfing
Take them to see the surfers cutting the standing breaker in the Englischer Garten park. (More info: Surfing Munich)
Munich is home to Europe’s biggest circus, the Zirkus Krone. You could attend a show with acrobats, clowns and animals, or go along to the petting zoo where kids can get to know said animals. One of the most famous is Goliath, a horse who has given rides to over 70,000 children over the past 20 years.
How’s that for a “workhorse”!
Your kids could find seventh heaven in Munich’s Obletter Spielwaren. It’s probably the city’s most famous toy store and spreads out over several levels at the Karlsplatz-Stachus central square.
6. Zoo – The Munich Zoo (Tierpark Hellabrunn) is one of Germany’s biggest with over 450 species of animals. They’re grouped continentally into Africa, Europe, America, Asia, Australia and even Antarctica. It's a highlight of Munich for kids of any age. There is a petting zoo, pony and camel rides for children (website here).
7. Church towers
Why not take the kids up to one of Munich’s church tower lookouts at the Frauenkirche or the Alter Peter? The views are great and the climb up the hundreds of wooden stairs might wear them out enough for you to catch your breath!
8. Beer gardens – Munich beer gardens are designed to be family friendly and many have playgrounds to keep the kids happy while the grown-ups are enjoying a drink. The Hirschgarten even has a petting zoo with little bambis running around and the Chinesischer Turm (Chinese Tower) has a magnificent old-fashioned carousel.
Just near another beer garden, the Seehaus in the Englischer Garten, is a lake where you can rent out paddle boats and go for a spin around a trio of mini-islands.
These seven Munich museums appeal to young and old as they have children’s areas or themes of interest to kids.
Take off: Boys will love
the Deutsches Museum's
Pic: © Deutsches Museum
Pony ride: A young visitor to
the Kaltenberg Knights' Tournament
takes her first ride.
Pic: Chris Gawron ©
Ice skating – In December there’s an ice skating rink set up just for kids above the fountain at Karlsplatz-Stachus.
Festivals – Annual Munich festivals including the Oktoberfest, Auer Dult and Spring Festival all have rides and carousels to keep the young ones entertained, but it’s best to keep them away from the beer tents in the evenings.
I can imagine few things more exciting for a kid than to be taken to the Kaltenberg Knights’ Tournament which takes place near Munich in July.
Legoland – There’s a theme park built from over 50 million of the classic bricks two hours west of Munich in the city of Günzburg.
SPASHDOWN: Family fun at
Pic: © 2009 The LEGO Group