We had to show our good friend, Brooke, something besides Prague for her first European adventure, so we decided to take a weekend trip to Munich. Fun times were had by all and we even managed to find some fun things for Jonah too.
Apparently all it takes is a giant mug of beer to make mommy give him sweets. Jonah, note to self!
So here’s what we saw on our quick weekend getaway:
-Saturday was a day trip to the Neuschwanstein Castle, about an hour and 15 minutes from Munich. This was the castle that inspired Cinderella’s castle at Disneyland. Here’s a tip: if you go here with (or without) a child, you can ride the free bus from the parking lot up to the castle, then just walk around the grounds (also for free). Gorgeous scenery and a fantastic view of the castle. The inside of the castle apparently has lots of stairs, is not stroller friendly, and according to the gentleman working at the information desk is not really even worth paying to see unless you are a big history or castle buff.
-Saturday night we saw the old town area of Munich-Marienplatz and the Glockenspiel-and we hit up the main attraction of Munich: the Hofbrau Haus! 🙂 This is the super famous beer hall that gets pretty crazy at Oktoberfest and is also a good time year round. Giant beers, delicious pretzels, and surprisingly family friendly. The kiddos can order juice in a pretty sweet 1/2 liter beer mug and who doesn’t love a pretzel?!
-On Sunday, we went to the Olympic Village for the morning. It is a huge area with a really nice park with a lake. If you are up for a challenge, you can climb the roof of the Olympic stadium or swim in the Olympic pool and pretend you are an Olympian. There is also a tower you can up in for unbeatable views of the city-this is where the photo at the top of this post was taken.
-Sunday afternoon we spent at the Englischer Garten, a park that is bigger than Central Park in NYC. This is a great place for families to spend a lazy afternoon. There’s a lake with paddle boats, plenty of ducks to feed, a big hill that kids (or adults) can pay to slide down, and of course there is a nice beer garden here as well.
All in all, it was an awesome quick getaway and someplace I would definitely go back to. We stayed at Citadines Apart Hotel, which was perfect for us and the little man plus our friend. Nice, clean, affordable. Score.
Here are a few other recommendations for family friendly things to do and see that we didn’t make it to:
*Aquarium-this one is located at the same spot as the Olympic Village and looked to be pretty nice
*Toy Stores-Munich has several toy stores, the one I had heard the most about is “Obletter Spielwaren” in the Old Town. Important to note, all the toy stores in Munich are closed on Sundays, so go on Saturday if you’re only in town for a weekend!
*Munich Zoo-“Hellabrun”-sounds like a nice zoo, the animals roam the park in their natural habitat and there is a petting zoo.
Who knew that the home of Oktoberfest could offer so much family fun?! 🙂