Top Things to Do in Munich with Kids
There is so much more to Munich than beer and Oktoberfest. It is clean, family-friendly and full of culture and history with numerous green spaces, museums and attractions, like zoos and aquariums, that appeal to kids of all ages. But, there were also unique attractions we enjoyed. These were our favorite things to do in Munich with kids during our recent trip.
Munich’s urban park also happens to be Europe’s largest city park. Although my kids were more interested in feeding the ducks and geese, the English Garden had several fields for sports and picnics, wide paths for biking and a lake for rowing boats. A children’s playground is strategically located near the beer garden (one of four) by the Chinese tower. Another unexpected activity we all enjoyed watching was the river surfers braving the Eisbach. Who knew land-locked Munich would have this popular attraction?
Allianz Arena Tour
How about joining the crowd to cheer on the local football/soccer fans of FC Bayern or TSV 1860 Munich? My husband and son would have loved to attend a game but the season just concluded. Fans can also tour the Allianz Arena, considered one of the world’s best stadiums that had hosted the World Cup.
Munich’s activity hub was located at Mary’s Square/Marienplatz, surrounded by glorious architecture, many shops and restaurants. The neo-gothic New Town hall building dominates the square where the famous Glockenspiel is located. It’s worth the neck strain to wait and see the 32 wooden life-sized figures perform a wedding, spring celebration and a tournament on two levels. It’s free entertainment for the whole family at 11 am and noon (also 5 pm during summer).
Also known as the “city’s stomach,” Viktualienmarkt is Munich’s outdoor farmer’s market. We enjoyed walking around the over 140 booths admiring all the local delicacies, produce and crafts. Come hungry and leave happy. Local markets are also great cultural lessons for kids. Don’t miss the maypole and fountains around the market.
This ornate palace was once Bavaria’s government seat and royal residence but is now a museum complex. My daughter and I loved the crown jewels exhibit. We gave our kids the camera and it got them through all the interesting exhibits. Don’t miss the Antiquarium with many antique sculptures or the lavish theater and old chapel. The kids also enjoyed the court garden and various courtyards.
Located just outside of Munich, Nymphenburg palace boasts a carriage and porcelain museum. We loved the ornate Great Hall with its chandeliers and colorful frescoes. My kids’ favorite area was the grounds with its park palaces and a beautiful garden with Greek god statues. Swans and ducks were everywhere to entertain the kids too. If you or you children love castles, please read my article on all of the fairy tale castles in Germany that we visited.
Travel can be a learning experience even during the summer. We explored the world’s largest science and technology museum, the Deutsches Museum. With over 2,000 experiments and interactive exhibits, there’s enough here to keep kids busy for days. My son’s favorite part was the Kid’s Kingdom. Kids (3-8 years old) learn about science and technology in a play environment. He could have stayed here all day.
There is no shortage of beautiful churches in Munich. While the art and architecture are worth seeing, kids will enjoy climbing the 300 steps to St Peter’s tower or Frauenkirche’s onion dome towers for panoramic views of Munich.
We stayed at Hilton Munich City, which is within walking distance of Marienplatz and Viktualienmarkt, and an easy drive to the other things to do in Munich mentioned above.
What are your favorite Munich attractions?
Mary lives in San Diego, California with her husband, 13 year-old daughter and 10 year-old son. She was born in the Philippines, grew up in the U.S. territory…