Here is your ultimate Munich, Germany 3 day kid friendly itinerary. Munich is home of the largest annual Octoberfest and is a location not to be missed. Are you early in your planning phase or about to get on the plane? Don’t worry, I have you covered for spending a fun filled day or couple of days in this beautiful city with your kiddos. Here is our 3 day kid friendly itinerary for when we visited Munich:
Where to Stay:
There are many beautiful hotels to choose from in Munich, we decided to stay at the Munich Marriott Hotel on Berliner Strasse. We choose this property for numerous reasons but most of all because of its location. Since we had planned to partake in activities in and around Munich, we found the location ideal for our family outings.
Review of the hotel
The staff at this hotel was wonderful, very attentive to any request we had, and regularly greeted us and ensured that we were enjoying our stay. Hotel was nicely decorated and very clean. The room had a mini fridge, desk, WIFI, and comfortable beds. If I had 1 issue, it would have to be that the air conditioner didn’t get as cool as I like. This is definitely an American problem. I’m sure to Europeans the cooling of the room was perfect. With that said, there was air conditioning! That was a big contributing factor for choosing this hotel over some of the others. The hotel had an indoor pool which wasn’t overly crowded during our visit (at times we were the only ones in it). There is also a Spa & Health Club in the hotel near the pool area. Breakfast is available each morning. The price of breakfast is dependent upon which selections you make (buffet, continental, or full American breakfast). We ate here each morning and were able to find more than enough options to satisfy everyone (even my youngest who was only 10 months old).
3 Day Itinerary:
What better way to kick off a vacation than to visit a waterpark? Since it was a hot day in Germany, we headed to Therme Erding to spend the day swimming and playing on the water slides. It was less than 30 minute drive from our hotel. Parking is free, so no worry about having to pay a price for your car on top of entrance. You can also easily access this waterpark via public transportation. To read more about our day at Therme Erding, visit my in-depth travel review here
After an exciting first day, we decided to keep it more low key for day 2 and get out and explore the amazing city of Munich. Since the hotel was close to public transportation, we took the underground to the Munich City Center. This was easy to navigate as we only had to get on the train and off at the Marienplatz stop. More information about public transportation can be found on the Munich Tourist Info Site.
We spent the morning taking in several of the old churches and numerous museums. Late morning we headed towards the old part of Munich to catch the Rathaus-Glockenspiel. This tourist attraction is a large mechanical clock that has motorized figurines jousting, reenacting skits, and dancing with music. Stay till the end of the performance and the large clock turns into a spectacular coo coo clock with a golden bird showcasing the end of the event.
Tip – Get there about 20 minutes early and you can be front and center and possibly snag a table at one of the restaurants to grab a drink, sit to rest, and enjoy the show.
After the Glockenspiel we headed to grab lunch at the historic famous Hofbrauhaus. The 3 story building was originally built in 1589 and has been a beer hall dating back to the 16th century. The vibe of the beer hall was enjoyable and upbeat. I would have to say that the food was only ok due to a lot of the meats being dry and minimal variety available. Although, the large pretzels were a wonderful treat for my son.
After lunch we went to do some more exploring around the city focusing on historical buildings and the amazing architecture. We also had time to do a little shopping. Our afternoon focused on the Marienplatz and Old Town areas.
For our last day in Munich, we headed out to get in some hiking. We discovered there was a dinosaur museum just outside Munich, maybe 30 minutes, called Dinosaurier-Park Altmeuhlta. Enjoying the weather and the unique hiking experience was a great way to wrap up our trip to Munich. This park was so unique that you can read more about it on my travel review, Dinosaurier-Park Almeuhlta.
Short on time doesn’t have to equal short on experiences. Munich is one of those cities that you can visit over and over again to experience different activities each time. This 3 day kid friendly itinerary is just the start of things to see and do around Munich. Have you visited any of these locations? Have other places we should check out next time? Let us know below.