When many people think of Munich, their minds might immediately think of beer, pretzels, and Oktoberfest, but Munich, Germany has more to offer than this large festival. Munich is also spectacular gardens, unique museums, and bustling markets. With its walkable city center and reliable transportation system, Munich is the perfect getaway for families and offers some amazing things to do with kids.
Amazing Things to Do with Kids in Munich
Munich, Germany is a beautiful city to visit any time of year. In the summer there are public pools for families to enjoy and plenty of gardens to stroll and in the winter there are museums and markets for family fun. Families will be love the diversity of experiences in this laid back Bavarian capital and may never want to leave!
1. Explore Marienplatz
This is the heart of Munich and where many tourists and locals find themselves on any given day. Here you will find shopping, cafés, beer halls, and churches, as well as the tourist office. The town's famous Glockenspiel on the front of the New Town hall performs daily at 11 am and noon, and at 5 pm during the summer. For 15 minutes the figures perform their dance and bells ring while spectators look up in awe. It's truly an experience kids want to see and will not forget.
2. Deutsches Museum
The Deutsches Museum is one of the most amazing collections we have ever seen. Spread out over six levels, it is the largest scientific and technical museum in the world. Kids will love exploring the underground mine, the life size boats, and the Kids' Kingdom with over 1000 hands on activities including a giant hamster wheel and a music studio.
3. Climb to the top of St. Peter's Church
St. Peter's Church (also known as Peterskirche) is the oldest church in Munich dating from 1181. Climb the 306 steps for a spectacular view of the city on a clear day from the church's viewing platform. It's worth the effort! (The first picture above is looking at the Frauenkirche and New Town Hall from St. Peter's Church).
4. BMW Museum
A little outside of the town center, but easy to reach with public transportation or a Hop On Hop Off bus tour is the BMW Museum. I'm not really a car fan, but I can appreciate the beauty of the automobiles and the evolution of the brand. There were some very unique designs and our three boys really enjoyed themselves. Definitely worth the effort to get there if you have the time.
The Munich Residenz is the former home of Bavarian kings, dukes, and electors. Today the palatial complex features magnificent art collections, stunning state rooms, and a royal treasury. Our kids weren't sure what to expect, but they truly enjoyed using the free audio guides and learning about the history of the Residenz and its former occupants.
6. The Englischer Garten
On a beautiful day, the best place to be in the city is the Englischer Garten. Here families can ride bikes, kick a soccer ball, have a picnic, or simply run around. There are also a couple of beer gardens and a Japanese tea house when families get hungry. Be sure to head to the the Haus der Kunst part of the park where you can watch people surfing on the river Eisbach.
7. Allianz Arena tour
If your kids are football (soccer) fans, they'll love a tour of Allianz Arena, home of Bayern Munich. They'll have a chance to see the locker rooms, the press conference room, and the players' tunnel, among other things, which is a must for any true football fan.
7. Visit the Viktualienmarkt
At the outdoor Viktualienmarkt, you can buy just about anything your heart desires. There are butchers' stalls, fish mongers, bakeries, fruit and vegetable stands, sausage shops, and flowers too. Children will enjoy walking through the market and finding their lunch or shopping for souvenirs.
8. Eat at a local institution
Many tourists will head for the Hofbräuhaus for some pretzels, sausage, and beer, but we would recommend Der Pschorr, a festive beer hall near the Viktaulienmarkt. There's a wonderful beer garden outside to enjoy the warmer weather and a beautiful dining area inside. The food is fabulous too!
Munich offers something for children of all ages. There are parks to run through, museums to explore, and delicious food to eat. The Bavarian people are extremely welcoming to tourists which may explain why it is one of our favorite places to visit as a family.
If you're looking for other places to explore in Germany check out Road Tripping Along Germany's Fairy Tale Route and Why Heidelberg Should Be On Your German Itinerary.