Fun things to do in Munich for kids - our top nine tips
Many city museums have set aside areas for children with interactive displays and playrooms.
Other attractions like the "Fairytale Fun Park" are especially designed with kids in mind.
There’s no lack of things to do around the Bavarian countryside either. What kid wouldn’t love a visit to theme parks devoted to Lego or Playmobil for example?
Or better still, a visit to one of Bavaria’s real fairytale castles and palaces.
Playtime: Kids enjoying the "Children's Kingdom" at Munich's Deutsches Museum. Pic: Deutsches Museum
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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.
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. (Website here)
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.
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).
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7. Church towers
Why not take the kids up to one of Munich’s church tower lookouts at the Frauenkirche or the Alte 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.
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.
SPASHDOWN: Family fun at
Pic: © The LEGO Group
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