How your city trip to Munich can be an unforgettable experience for children and teenagers. From forest adventures to children’s theatre and toy museums. 14 fun things to do
Munich with Kids or Teenagers: 14 Fun Things to Do
Munich with Children up to 12 Years old
Experience History: City Detectives
Munich’s history comes alive on the city detective tours. Children and their chaperones, for example, can learn about the city's founder Henry the Lion (Heinrich der Löwe) and other historical figures during “Gut gebrüllt, Löwe (Well roared, lion)”.
They will learn about arsonists, dragons and devils and immerse themselves in the world of knights, dukes and master builders. The two-hour tours, which take place as open tours or for groups, start at Marienplatz and are suitable for children from the age of five. Prior registration is required.
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Cuddles at Hellabrunn Zoo
The Munich Zoo is considered one of the most renowned zoos in Europe. Children can see over 500 native and exotic animal species there, arranged by continent. Bollerwagen handcarts for easy “child transport” can be hired.
The little ones will enjoy active entertainment in two petting enclosures with goats and other child-friendly animals, on two playgrounds and in Hellabrunn’s Kinderland with a small railway. Work materials and information for different age groups are available for download for self-guided exploration.
Magical: The Munich Theatre for Children
Professional actors perform plays for children aged four and up, lavishly decorated and with imaginative stage sets. The children can then draw pictures of the performances, which are then displayed in the foyer.
The plays are based on well-known fairy tales and children’s books as well as operas and musicals. The programme ranges from “Cinderella” and “Pippi Longstocking” to the “Jungle Book” and the “Magic Flute”. The theatre is located in a heritage-protected building on Dachauer Strasse near Stiglmaierplatz. It has room for 355 visitors.
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A Visit with the Pharaoh at the Egyptian Museum
Get to know the fascinating world of the ancient Egyptians at the Egyptian Museum. With the Archaeological backpack, children can learn about the fascinating world of the ancient Egyptians. The backpack contains quests that lead to different figures, objects and sarcophagi.
The kids will race through the museum with a tablet on which a guided tour of the gods is stored. During the digital pharaoh hunt, all of the puzzles have to be solved within one hour. Family tours take place every second and fourth Sunday of the month. Children up to 18 years free!
Play and Learn at the Munich Children’s Museum
The museum – located at the main railway station – is a “world research site”. It invites you to experiment and play along. Young visitors encounter various objects in the museum and get to use their hands at various stations and workshops.
For example, the game helps them find answers to questions like: Where does the air we humans breathe come from? What is wood? How is music made? Or: Why do soap bubbles pop? The selection of topics is always closely linked to the children’s living environment.
Little Researchers at Deutsches Museum
The Museum of Technology and Science offers exclusive tours for families. Or you can let the Family Tour Museum app guide you to eleven selected hands-on stations. In the so-called Children’s Kingdom, kids between the ages of three and eight become researchers and explorers.
There they can explore, for example, a giant guitar, pulleys or a hall of mirrors. For anyone who wants to wander through the museum on their own it is best to start at the large ships and aeroplanes, then go to the windmills in the Power Machines exhibition and to the miniature brickworks in the Ceramics exhibition, and finally to the Music exhibition.
Forest Adventure at the Grünwald Forest Experience Centre
The Forest Experience Centre offers families the opportunity to get to know the forest habitat. During a forest walk on your own or with expert guidance, you can make new observations and expand your knowledge of the forest ecosystem.
In a wild boar enclosure, the animals can be observed at close quarters. There are also hands-on activities for children, lasting from one to three days. Play, fun and enjoyment are also guaranteed at the Forest Olympics with the pine cone long throw, at the pocket knife carving course or when solving tricky puzzles and tasks.
Munich with Teenagers aged 13 and up
A Stadium Tour at Olympic Park
The site where the 1972 Olympic Games were held is world-famous and one of the highlights of the city. One particularly exciting experience is to take a tour over the tent roof of the Olympic Stadium.
Visitors can explore the adventurous construction at a height of 40 metres, accompanied by tour guides. From above you can see the city, the towers of the Frauenkirche and, on a clear day, the Alps and Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze. The exciting end of the 1.5-hour tour is the descent: You can either abseil down or hurtle down on the zip wire.
What a Theatre: the Schauburg
The Schauburg am Elisabethplatz in Schwabing is a renowned theatre for young audiences. The plays performed are mainly new plays by contemporary authors written for young audiences, including new adaptations of material from world literature as well as plays dealing with contemporary topics from the lives of young audiences or controversial social issues. Along with drama, visitors can also see dance, music, puppetry, improvisational theatre, and cross-border theatre forms.
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Experience Natural History at the Museum of Man and Nature – BIOTOPIA Lab
The museum presents exhibits from the State Natural Science Collections as well as findings from the biological and earth sciences. Original exhibits, naturalistic replicas and interactive stations offer insights into the history of the earth and of life – and into human nature.
The topics vary from volcanism to the human brain. There are special offers for children: museum educators guide the young people through the museum and look after them individually and by age group. Free admission for children and young people under 18.
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Time Travel Adventure with the Time Ride
The guided city tour quite literally presents 850 years of Munich history in 1.5 hours. Because at various places around the city, participants can put on virtual reality goggles and see what the city might have looked like at that spot in the past.
The journey begins with the founding of the city and some of the other stops include the Baroque period, the time of King Ludwig II and in the 1920s. One of the highlights is being up close and personal with the 1974 World Cup in the Olympic Stadium! Further time travel specials in the organiser’s venues.
Exquisite! The International Youth Library at Blutenburg Palace
The book collection constitutes the world’s largest library of international children’s and youth literature. It was founded in 1949 and is based on the conviction that books for children and young people are an important part of the cultural life of a society. The collection is housed in the late medieval Blutenburg in the Obermenzing district.
In addition to international books, the children's library offers a range of courses and entertainment as well as writing competitions or exhibitions for children and families. A workshop for young authors provides mentoring for 15 to 18-year-olds in writing texts plus 1.5-hour palace tours.
Exotic Water Worlds at Sea Life
In the large aquarium at the Olympic Park in Munich, visitors can marvel at 2,500 marine animals from 260 different species. Fifteen underwater worlds are arranged in more than thirty pools.
Visitors can see seahorses, octopuses, stingrays or moray eels as well as more than twenty different species of shark – the largest variety of sharks in Germany’s aquariums! One pool is also dedicated to the Isar and its native fish. Highlight: A ten-metre-long underwater tunnel leads through a large tropical pool.
Skate to your Heart’s Content at Skateparks
With over thirty public skateparks, Munich is a city of them. The park at Hirschgarten in Neuhausen-Nymphenburg is a special treat with a very popular beer garden. With its specially designed obstacles, the park is perfect for free-form skateboarding lines that can go every which way.
Additional recommended skateparks include the skatepark at the Fasaneriesee swimming area, northwest of the Olympiapark, with two bowls and street elements, the park in Ramersdorf-Perlach, which is designed for fluid, surf-like riding, and the small park in Berg am Laim with a nifty bowl.
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