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8 Wundabar Things To Do in Munich With Kids


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Germany is an incredibly easy place to travel with kids. How could the country that gave us the Brothers Grimm and gummy bears not be? Bavaria is one the most laid back parts of Germany, making it a doubly great place for families. Here are our favorite things to do in Munich, some on the well-worn tourist track and some a small detour from it.

What to Do in Munich

image1. The MarienPlatz is the city’s central pedestrian zone with stores, cafes, beer halls and churches. At 11:00 and noon (and 5:00 pm May to October) stop in front of the Rathaus to see the Glockenspiel. More than 30 figures act out a wedding complete with dancing coopers and a joust (the Bavarian knight always wins). At 3.5 years old Tiny Traveler was captivated and so were her parents.

2 Munich’s public pools complexes are huge and amazing. Admission is a few dollars, lockers are available and facilities are ultra modern and clean. The outdoor Prinzregentenbad has a stone wading area with sprinklers and a playground for small children, slides and whirlpools for bigger kids and adults and a lap pool. Bring lunch or buy it there and picnic on the large lawn.

Naturbad Maria Einsiedel is a similar complex near the zoo. The bracing Isar River feeds one of its pools.

Try the Cosimawellenbad on bad-weather days. Kids come running when the buzzer sounds signalling waves are about to start in main pool. Pre-swimmers have a wading pool with a slide. Grown-ups have an indoor/outdoor heated pool with spa jets and whirlpools.

eisbach surfers3. Englischer Garten, Europe’s largest city park, offers playgrounds, beer gardens, an antique carousel and rambling wilderness. Pass by the entrance on Prinzregenten Strasse, near the Haus der Kunst (art museum) to watch wetsuit-clad adventurers surfing in the chilly Eisbach River.

kids play in munich4. Future engineers and their dads (primarily) will love every inch of the
Deutches Museum, 
 a science and technology museum. Take those under 8 downstairs to the Kinderreich (kids’ kingdom), where they can play a giant guitar from the inside, run on a large hamster wheel and clamber around a fire truck.

Where to Eat in Munich

Families are welcome in all the beer halls and beer gartens. Look for them in most parks, sometimes with playgrounds and amusements in view of the tables.

baskets of pretzels at a german beer garden5. On a nice day head to the sprawling Chinesischer Turm heer garden in Englischer Garten, popular with tourists and Munchners alike. The cafeteria style café is budget friendly; kids and their parents will love the roast chicken and sausages. Made-to-order Palacinken (pancakes) are a sweet treat and TT liked watching them cook. The large coins you get with your beer represent the deposit you made on your glass.

6. At the outdoor Viktualien Market, you can buy ready-made sausages and sandwiches from prepared-food stalls or put an impromptu picnic together with cold cuts, seafood, cheese, bread and fruit from local purveyors. TT was rewarded for finishing her lunch with neon-colored Turkish delight sold by the piece. She loved it.

yum!8. For indoor dining try the cozy Glöckl Am Dom, known for tiny bratwurst served with fresh horseradish. Schneider Weisse, famous for its weisswurst with pretzels and weisse beer, is a Munich must. Kids go for the mild white sausages and “bretzie.”

8. Germans love their sweets and take time out for “kafe und Kuchen” most afternoons. There are plenty of places around the Marienplatz to indulge in the marzipan-laden and seasonal fruit-topped cakes the locals favor. My favorite has a rich-but-not sweet pastry cream and poppy seeds.

Try the classic but casual Café Rischart. With kids old enough to appreciate a pinkies-up afternoon tea head to DallMayr’s famous fancy food store and upstairs cafe.


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5 Comments

  1. December 17, 2014 at 1:12 am — Reply

    We absolutely loved Munich during our visit in the Summer of 2013. It really is a great and family-friendly city. We did all of these except for the public pools 🙂 Something I need to add for the return visit. My kids could have stayed all day watching those river surfers.

  2. December 15, 2014 at 3:31 pm — Reply

    Great deal with the public pools, and surefire way to relive the energy of the littles!:-)

    • December 16, 2014 at 1:47 pm — Reply

      Pools are one of those things i would not have looked for without a child with me, but they are a great resource to know about for anyone!

  3. December 12, 2014 at 1:02 pm — Reply

    Oh, I love Munich and am actually planning to take my kids there next summer. I took a short-term German class there one winter back in 1996 and just loved the city and people.

    • December 12, 2014 at 2:08 pm — Reply

      It really is a great city with kids. the proximity of playgrounds to beer is sur gut.

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