We know that you won’t want to drag the kids to the Weis’n every day of your Oktoberfest family vacation. So we have put together some other ideas for what to do in Munich with kids so that you can see the rest of the city without having to worry whether your children are having fun. Here are some of our ideas:
There’s tons for kids to see and do at the Olympic Park. From the sharks at Sea Life Centre to sightseeing via Olympia Tower, you’ll definitely keep them entertained. We don’t even think you’ll need to resort to the swings!
Munich Natural History Museum (Museum fuer Mensch und Natur) -
This museum reopened in 1990 in Nymphenburg Palace although it traces its history back to 1809. It has lots of hands on activities for children. Admission is only one euro on Sunday!
Stroll through Munich’s English Gardens, feed the ducks, walk along the river, and enjoy the other amenities of this large city park (among other things, for you, that’s the beer garden!).
Deutsches Museum -
The Science and Technology Museum also has an exhibit for kids called the Kid’s Kingdom for children three to eight years. It has over 1000 activities to keep them busy.
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What child doesn’t love the zoo? The Munich Zoo opened in 1911 and is currently visited by more than one million annually.
A small amusement park that offers roller coasters, boat rides, and a petting zoo, among other things.
Bavaria Film Studios – Tour Munich’s version of Hollywood. Let your children watch a stunt show, ride The NeverEnding Story dragon, and explore the set of a submarine.
Obletter Spielwaren – Munich’s largest toy store is located at Karsplatz. It was established in the 1880s and has five floors of games, dolls, and toys. It’s a good way to entertain the children or purchase something to bribe them.
Circus Krone – Circus Krone has been based out of Munich since 1919, but the Krone family has been entertaining European families for many years prior. The circus is now run by the founder’s granddaughter. It is Europe’s largest circus, with an arena that seats 3,000 for performances. The circus travels during the summer, but if it is back in town for Oktoberfest, your kids should enjoy the show!
Taxisgarten – The Taxisstrasse beer garden’ spare ribs have received high marks and there is reportedly a play area for kids.
Munich Fountains – If the weather is warm, play in one of the many Munich fountains!
Therme Erding – This water park has water slides, a spa, sauna, and thermal water pools. Some portions of the facilities are only available to adults, but the slides are open to kids of all ages!
Marienplatz – Enjoy the performance of the Glockenspiel clock at the Marienplatz before exploring the Spielzeugmuseum (Toy Museum) in the Rathausturm. Four levels of exhibits concerning European and American toys await. But be warned, though; your children will not be allowed to touch the toys.
Paleontological Museum Munich – If your children are fascinated by dinosaurs, the fossils and replicas here will interest them.
Freizeitpark Märchenwald – Fairytale Forest, south of Munich, is an outdoor park that offers children the opportunity to listen to more than 20 fairytale stories told in either English or German.
Schloss Neuschwanstein – Every year, 1.3 million people visit this castle built in the second half of the 19th Century as a private refuge for King Ludwig II. Your children will enjoy touring this inspiration for Disney’s castles, which is located 90 minutes southwest of Munich.
LegoLand Deutschland – One hour west of Munich in Gunzburg, your family will enjoy the children’s rides and Lego reproductions at this theme park.
Playmobil Fun Park – Two hours north of Munich near Nuremberg, your family will find a number of playgrounds to entertain the kids for the day. Whether they want to play cowboys and indians, play in a tree house, live in a castle, fight pirates or mine for gold, they can find these settings amidst the many playgrounds at the Playmobil Fun Park.
Oktoberfest for Kids
Besides Drinking at Oktoberfest
Things to Do in Munich
Munich Clubs, Bars and Beer Gardens
Shopping in Munich