Thanks to the global warming there was (yet again) no snow for a ski holiday in December, so the decision is swiftly made to take the Kids on a city trip to Munich. While we have been at Munich airport in the past, we never had the chance to visit the city. So just before Christmas we spend 4 days in the Bavarian city and made a list of Things to Do in Munich with Kids:
Englischer Garten – English Garden
The English Garden is one of the largest urban public parks. Whether you want to work out, cycle, go to a playground with the kids or just stroll around, the English Garden offers 78 km of paths.
And if you are really daring, why not try to surf the Eisbachwelle:
Ok, you better be an experienced surfer.
Munich with Kids – Marienplatz
Marienplatz is the main square in the heart of Munich and is dominated by the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus). Especially relevant is the famous Glockenspiel or carillon where you can watch the figures perform a dance. (Everyday at 11am, 12pm and 5pm)
Viktualienmarkt is a very popular and lively market attracting Munich’s foodies. With over 140 shops and stalls there is for sure something for everyone.
Head to the Hofbräuhaus for a true Munich experience. Order a beer and a pretzel and you are ready to enjoy the traditional bavarian folklore.
This is where the yearly Oktoberfest takes place. People from all over the world gather to sing, drink beer and have fun at the most famous folk festival. When we visited in December there was this one of a kind exhibition going on:
Munich with Kids – Christmas Market
The Christmas Market takes place from end of November through December. Of course, it is a very special season to visit and we really recommend it!
Munich with kids – Where to eat?
Directly located at the Platzl, between Viktualienmarkt and Maximilianstraße, this classy Michelin- star restaurant combines the charm of Munich with international flair. We enjoyed perfectly prepared dishes and a kind and professional service. Also, the restaurant is very kid friendly. Mr A and Miss C greatly appreciated receiving a Kinder Surprise at the end of the meal. Tip: The business lunch is a great value for money.
Located at 14 Sendlinger Strasse, Hackerhaus used to be a brewery back in the days. Now it is a typical Inn serving multiple types of beer and serving traditional bavarian food all day.
Since 1450, this restaurant has been one the main ale houses in Munich. Spöckmeier has its own buchers and serves typical local cuisine. They have a special kids menu and provide paper and pencils. Spöckmeier is found directly on the right in the Rosenstraße at Marienplatz.
If you are not familiar with Eataly, it is the largest Italian marketplace with several locations throughout the world. Hence, you can find restaurants, food and beverage counters, a bakery and retail items all in this one place.
Munich with kids – Where to stay?
We recommend the Sofitel Munich Bayerpost.
To conclude, here are some random pictures on Munich with Kids: