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