Munich Guides

Great activities for families

There is always something to discover in Munich, regardless of whether you’re staying for 4 or 24 hours, for a long weekend or even an entire week. Some suggestions for families!

Stopover: 4 hours

 

Munich’s city centre can easily be explored on foot or with a pram. Even younger visitors will be captivated by the following places around the city:

- Marienplatz square with its famous Glockenspiel
- Lift ride up the tower of the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall), alternative: ascent up Alter Peter (St. Peter’s Church)
- Viktualienmarkt (food market)
- Frauenkirche (Our Lady’s Church) and the Devil’s Footstep legend
- Odeonsplatz (Odeon’s Square) with its Hofgarten (Court Garden)
- Englischer Garten (English Garden) with river surfing at Eisbachwelle

Fresh air and sightseeing make you hungry. If the weather’s nice, you can enjoy a picnic in one of Munich’s traditional beer gardens. Of course, there’s also a tasty selection of Bavarian dishes for sale at beer gardens, from Obatzdn (Bavarian cheese spread) and sausage salads to fries with ketchup.

Tip: The Biergarten am Chinesischen Turm in the Englischer Garten attracts guests with a nice playground and historic children’s carousel (open from April to October; only when the weather’s nice).

If the weather’s bad, you can find a lot of typical Bavarian restaurants in the city centre. Visiting a café by the Viktualienmarkt would also be a nice end to your day.

Alternatively, you might want to visit the Spielzeugmuseum (Toy Museum) or Deutsches Museum (Kids' Kingdom for children aged 3 to 8) on the Museumsinsel.

Short trip: 1 day

 

In the morning, you’ll explore Munich’s old quarter, visiting places like Marienplatz, the Viktualienmarkt, the Frauenkirche, Odeonsplatz with its Hofgarten and the Englischer Garten with river surfing at Eisbachwelle.

After enjoying a lunch break, you’ll then go to Hellabrunn Zoo, which is home to some of the most animals in Europe. We then recommend going for a walk along the River Isar.

 

Weekend: 2 days

 

In the morning, you’ll explore Munich’s old quarter. In the afternoon, you’ll travel to Nymphenburg Castle, the former summer residence of the House of Wittelsbach (duration incl. journey: around 3 hours).

Tip: If the weather’s nice, a trip in an original Venetian gondola along the castle canal is an unforgettable experience.

Alternatively, you can visit the Museum Mensch und Natur (Museum of Man and Nature), an outstanding natural history museum for young and old near Nymphenburg Castle or the Marstallmuseum with one of the most important collections for court carriages in the world. It is located in the south wing of Nymphenburg Palace.

On the second day, you’ll visit the Olympiapark with an exciting ascent to the Olympic Tower and a trip on the park’s railway.

You’ll then go to BMW Welt or the BMW Museum across the road. BMW World lets you experience a distribution centre and showroom in one place. The BMW Museum provides a comprehensive insight into the history of the Bavarian car manufacturer.

Video: Districts of Munich

Experience Munich: 4 days 

 

Day 1: Discover the centre of Munich on a tour of the old quarter and visit the Glockenspiel on Marienplatz. It’s worth climbing up the Alter Peter (306 steps), as you’ll be rewarded with a fantastic view of Munich. If you don’t want things to get too tiring, you can take the lift up the tower of the Neues Rathaus. The Viktualienmarkt with its beer garden is the ideal place to enjoy a Bavarian snack. In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Spielzeugmuseum in the tower of the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall). The exhibitions range from dolls and teddies to model railways. This won’t just get children’s hearts racing!

Day 2: On the second day, you’ll visit the Olympiapark (Olympic Park) with an exciting ascent to the Olympic Tower and a trip on the park’s railway. You might then like to visit the Sealife adventure aquarium in the Olympiapark. Sealife houses the largest selection of sharks in Germany.

Day 3: In the morning, you’ll visit the Deutsches Museum, one of the largest natural history museums in the world. Little visitors won’t just be captivated by the Kinderreich crèche (for children between the ages of 3 and 8). You could also start your day by visiting the Jagd- und Fischereimuseum (German Hunting and Fishing Museum) in the pedestrian zone. In the afternoon, you’ll take a look behind the TV and cinema scenes during a visit to Bavaria Filmstadt, or you might take a trip to Hellabrunn Zoo, which has some of the most animals in Europe. Alternatively, you can enjoy a performance at the Münchner Marionettentheater, which is one of the oldest permanent puppet theatres in the German-speaking world.

Day 4: In the morning, you might like to enjoy a guided tour around the Allianz Arena, Munich’s football temple (around 75 minutes). You’ll then enjoy a spot of nature: The Englischer Garten is the perfect place for a relaxing afternoon with beer gardens (Chinesischer Turm with its children’s carousel or the Seehaus restaurant), the Eisbachwelle surfing rapids, lakes and well-kept lawns. Alternatively, you might want to take a boat trip to Lake Starnberg. The S6 train towards Tutzing (exit at Starnberg) will take you from the city centre to Lake Starnberg pier in around 30 minutes. It’s worth visiting the children’s playground in the Bürgerpark (Citizens’ Park) by the pier.You could also take a trip to Schliersee Lake on the Bayerische Oberlandbahn (BOB) train. The Bayerische Oberlandbahn will take you from Munich Central Station to Schliersee Lake in around an hour. There’s a nice playground near Schliersee station on the banks of the lake; this is located next to a beer garden, where you can hire pedal boats.

Enjoy Munich: 1 week

 

Day 1: Discover the centre of Munich on a tour of the old quarter and visit the Glockenspiel on Marienplatz. It’s worth climbing up the Alter Peter (306 steps), as you’ll be rewarded with a fantastic view of Munich. If you don’t want things to get too tiring, you can take the lift up the tower of the Neues Rathaus. The Viktualienmarkt with its beer garden is the ideal place to enjoy a Bavarian snack. In the afternoon, you’ll travel to Nymphenburg Castle, the former summer residence of the House of Wittelsbach (duration incl. journey: around 3 hours). Tip: If the weather’s nice, a trip in an original Venetian gondola along the castle canal is an unforgettable experience. Alternatively, you can visit the Museum Mensch und Natur (Museum of Man and Nature), an outstanding natural history museum for young and old near Nymphenburg Castle or the Marstallmuseum with one of the most important collections for court carriages in the world. It is located in the south wing of Nymphenburg Palace.

Day 2: In the morning, you’ll visit Museum Fünf Kontinente, where you can experience the great diversity of non-European cultures. In the afternoon, you might like to visit Hellabrunn Zoo, which is home to some of the most animals in Europe.

Day 3: On the third day, you’ll visit the Olympiapark with an exciting ascent to the Olympic Tower and a trip on the park’s railway. Families with older children (10+) can also enjoy a roof climb tour of the Olympic Stadium. You’ll then take a walk to BMW Welt  or the BMW Museum across the road. BMW World lets you experience a distribution centre and showroom in one place. The BMW Museum provides a comprehensive insight into the history of the Bavarian car manufacturer.

Day 4: Today, you’ll experience over 60 attractions in the Allgäu Skyline Park. This theme park is just an hour away from Munich. The coach company FlixBus offers a non-stop journey every day from Munich’s Zentraler Omnibusbahnhof (ZOB) to the main entrance of the theme park in Bad Wörishofen.

Day 5: In the morning, you might like to enjoy a guided tour around the Allianz Arena, Munich’s football temple (around 75 minutes). In the afternoon, you’ll watch a performance at the Theater für Kinder (Children’s Theatre). Professional actors perform plays for children aged four and over at Munich’s Theater für Kinder, featuring such works as The Robber Hotzenplotz, Sleeping Beauty and Pinocchio.

Day 6: Visit the castles of the Bavarian Fairytale King Ludwig II on a day trip to the surrounding areas of Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof Palace and the Herrenchiemsee royal complex.
Alternatively, you might want to visit Mother Hulda or the Seven Little Kids at the Märchenwald Fairytale Theme Park in Isartal. Over 20 fairytales, more than 260 moving figures and numerous rides offer children a very special experience. Take the S7 train until the final stop in Wolfratshausen. Then take the 375 bus towards Endlhausen / Egling b. Wolfratshausen and get off again at Meßnergassl/Wolfratshausen. Then walk for another 10 minutes until you reach the Märchenwald. The journey will take you around an hour from Munich Central Station. Alternatively, families with older children can walk straight from Wolfratshausen station (around 20 minutes).

Day 7: A visit to the Munich-Nymphenburg Botanical Garden or a look behind the TV and film scenes in Bavaria Filmstadt is a nice way to round off your week in the Bavarian capital.

 

 

Text: München Tourismus; Foto: Christian Kasper; Illustration: Julia Pfaller; Video: Redline Enterprises