29 Oct Why Munich is a great family holiday destination
Pleasant summers, incredible Christmases, Lego, football, cars…
Don’t believe the clichés, Germany isn’t just beer, bratwurst and Oktoberfest. In fact, we think it’s a great destination for a family holiday and one of our favourite German cities to take the kids to is the Bavarian capital of Munich. This cosmopolitan city offers plenty of fun and adventure, and its public transport system makes it a doddle to get around, even with young children in tow.
Thanks to Munich’s varied schedule, it’s an ideal location for a family holiday anytime of the year. Throughout spring and summer the city’s streets are humming with activity and atmosphere, thanks to its pleasant climate. Then when winter rolls around, the city pulls out all the stops and you get to experience the epicentre of a Bavarian Christmas. Although it’s advisable to wrap up warm for this!
But before we start discovering Munich, if you want to explore other parts of Germany, then have a look at some of our other Sherpa Diary posts, such as our guide to Germany’s Romantic Road, And if you want to know how to chose a travel insurance policy for Munich that’s right for you, read our post on three things to keep in mind when choosing a policy.
Keeping the kids entertained in Munich
No matter where you take the kids on holiday, the most important thing is keeping them entertained, and this is where Munich comes up trumps. There are so many things to see and do we guarantee they won’t get bored…
Legoland Deutschland – A bona fide family favourite
Legoland Deutschland is just over an hour’s drive or train ride from Munich. And with a hotel on site, you can spend a night there and make it a two day adventure for the kids. The park has loads of attractions, including Miniland, which contains Lego scale replicas of European cities, Knights Kingdom, which is where you’ll find roller coasters and other rides, Adventure Land, which features water rides, and Imagination, where younger kids can be entertained with Duplo and gentler rides.
Marienplatz – The beating heart of the city and the location for many of Munich’s public events since time immemorial
This is the perfect starting point to explore the city and to take in some of the jewels in its crown, such as the magnificent town hall. And every December, Marienplatz hosts the annual Christkindlmarkt the huge Christmas market which is one of the oldest in the German speaking world. Three million visitors descend on the market each year, to browse the stalls (there are about 140!), listen to traditional Bavarian music and admire the 30 meter high Christmas tree outside the town hall. What better way to get the kids into the spirit of things, not that they need any help, we’re sure.
Allianz Arena – A definite stop off for any football fans or for anyone that appreciates incredible architecture and engineering
The Allianz Arena, home to FC Bayern Munich, is without doubt one of Europe’s premier football stadiums, which befits its tenant! The stadium has a capacity of 75,000 and the exterior is wrapped entirely in translucent panels, allowing it to change colour, as well as giving it the appearance of a giant inflatable boat. Tickets to matches are much cheaper and more easily available than Premier League games, so taking the kids to a match won’t break the bank. Or if you just want to go on a stadium tour, these are run daily, with kids under 6 going free.
BMW HQ and Factory – This sprawling complex of engineering excellence offers visitors four unique experiences
Take a guided tour of the BMW Group Plant and watch some of the best engineered cars in the world being built before your eyes, visit the BMW Museum and discover the fascinating history of this global icon, admire up close and personal the priceless collection of classic models in the BMW Group Classic building and uncover some of the incredible innovation taking place in the BMW Welt exhibition centre. This is a must for any car fans, big and small.
Viktualienmarkt Market – When the kids inevitably get hungry, there’s no better place to take them than the largest food market in town
The market offers plenty of ready to eat snacks, including German cheeses and meats. And all around the market are plenty of cafes and restaurants to enjoy a cup of coffee and a well earned rest.
Travel Insurance for Munich
We know travel insurance is near the bottom of the list when it comes to planning a holiday. It’s boring, but it’s important. So we’ll make this quick, if you’re taking the family to Munich, or anywhere else for that matter, remember to buy travel insurance. It takes a few minutes and it covers you and your family for loads of stuff including medical emergencies, lost or stolen baggage and money, and trip cancellation. And it’s not that expensive either, a five day family travel insurance policy for Munich, based on two adults and two children, starts at just £13.24 with Coverontrip, so get a quote today.
Enjoy your trip!