A spring morning in Munich with kids

Munich with kids

I’ve been meaning to write a practical post on travelling with children, focusing on long inter-continental flights especially. It’s on my to-do list, has been for a while. And I will write it. But not today. However, I’ll share one of my tips now: wear them out. Worn-out kids, you see, fall asleep. Simple really.

One of my favourite ways of wearing the kids out has been to schedule long stop-overs at intermediate airports, then being very active, outdoors if possible. A vigorous tumbling about before that 13-hour flight to Singapore is much more effective than sleeping pills. I’ve heaps of tips on how – and where – to wear the little ones out in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Reykjavik…

Munich with kids

Now my youngest is 11 these little tricks are no longer necessary. As it happened, however, we had seven hours between flights a few weeks ago, in Munich. This was after a three-legged journey – including a long, boring inter-continental flight – and before the last quick two-hour flight home. The long wait was far from ideal and we were all a bit cranky. So although Munich airport is nice enough, we simply couldn’t face seven more hours indoors. Also, I had only been in Munich on business before, and not seen much of the city. Couldn’t miss an opportunity like that.

Anticipating this, I had asked my friend Laurel of Monkeys and Mountains, a Munich local, for a few ideas on how to kill a few hours in Munich with kids. She kindly provided a number of options; one of them was Obletter Spielwaren on Karlsplatz, the city’s largest toy shop. Karlsplatz it was then – and very conveniently located it was, on the direct train line from the airport.

As we got off, it was still too early for shops to be open, so we went down an interesting-looking street instead, through an old city gate, the Karlstor:
Altstadt München

Further down the street, we met Juliet –
Julia, Altstadt München, Shakespeare, sculpture, statue

That whiles Verona by that name is known. There shall no figure at such rate be set. As that of true and faithful Juliet.

and saw the beautiful Town Hall at Marienplatz:
Rathaus München

Just around the corner from Marienplatz is Viktualienmarkt, Munich’s fabulous daily farmers’ market, brimming with flowers, fruits, vegetables, meats and sausages, spices, honey and cakes, wines and cheeses…
Viktualienmarkt, MünchenViktualienmarkt, München

Honey wine, Viktualienmarkt, München Viktualienmarkt, München
and these cheerful boiled breakfast eggs (the ones in the left photo, that is):
Easter at Viktualienmarkt, MünchenDSC01030 - Version 2

As it happened, early March was a wonderful time to visit. The weather was unexpectedly warm and lovely, and Easter was just around the corner.

Easter at Viktualienmarkt, München

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Easter at Viktualienmarkt, München

After an early lunch outdoors in the sunshine at Löwe am Markt, we ambled back towards the train,
Löwe am Markt, Viktualienmarkt, München

…just in time to see and hear the noon-time Glockenspiel at the town hall tower:
Glockenspiel, Rathaus München

Other things to do in Munich with kids

The toy shop? Didn’t happen. Not enough time. A few hours can, after all, provide just the briefest of tastes. We’ll do a long weekend in Munich later to have a look at Laurel’s other suggestions. Here they are:

  • Deutsches Museum: not only is it full of history, it’s also the world’s oldest museum of technology, perfect for my science nerd.
  • Take a self-guided tour of Munich Residenz: 130 rooms of the mad monarchs of Bavaria. (Although the maddest of them built his mad castles elsewhere.)
  • See sea Life at Olympiapark München: sharks, turtles, octopi…
  • Have a stroll through the botanical gardens at Nymphenburg: botanical gardens always provide an excellent place for kids to stretch and run about a bit, and I love the scents and colours.

Have you been in Munich? Any other tips?

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13 Responses to “A spring morning in Munich with kids”

  1. Michael 26 March 2013 0658 #

    Some great photos of Munich and nice ideas of where to go.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 27 March 2013 2055 #

      Thank you.

  2. Dena Barrie 26 March 2013 0902 #

    Thanks so much for the tips on Munich. We will be heading there later in the spring and can’t wait! You have a great blog!
    Dena
    Dena Barrie recently posted..Work it girl…

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 27 March 2013 2058 #

      Thanks you, Dena. Have a fun time in Munich. I’m keen to explore the town further.

  3. Claudine 26 March 2013 1755 #

    I enjoyed your photos, and the pretzels looked like a delicious treat.
    Claudine recently posted..5 Things to Do in Miami for Travelers Who Love Luxury

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 27 March 2013 2058 #

      Love salty pretzels :)

  4. Mary {The World Is A Book} 28 March 2013 0749 #

    Thank you for this Sophie! We’re going to be in Munich for 6 days in June and I haven’t gotten around to my summer plans or emailing Laurel. These are all great ideas. I’m glad you were able to see a little bit of the city. I have a feeling we’re going to be spending some time at that toy store and passing by Juliet :) Love all the pictures!
    Mary {The World Is A Book} recently posted..Spring at San Diego Japanese Garden and Balboa Park

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 8 April 2013 1107 #

      June will probably be a perfect time in Munich. Have fun.

  5. Andrea 28 March 2013 1007 #

    I really miss Germany! We only got to see Munich during Oktoberfest so definitely need to go back when our focus will be different…
    Andrea recently posted..Stay Or Go? Our Survey Of Potential Places To Live

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 8 April 2013 1108 #

      Probably much less crowded, too.

  6. Laurel 2 April 2013 1950 #

    Looks like you had a great day and you definitely left richer than you would have been had the toy store been open :). Thanks for the mention.
    Laurel recently posted..Easter Colors of Burghausen, Germany

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 8 April 2013 1108 #

      Yes, glad I got away with that. Thanks for the tips.

  7. Marcia 26 May 2013 1600 #

    I agree with you Sophie, wearing them out is key. I did that with one of my nieces and by the end of the day, she was dragging. By the time we got back home, she got her second wind and I was the one who had a hard time keeping my eyes open!

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