When I first started planning my trip to Munich, one of the things on the top of my list was to visit Neuschwanstein Castle…The Royal Castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Day Tour from Munich was appealing because it included two of Ludwig’s castles as well as a stop in the small town of Oberammergau, taking the stress out of coordinating transportation logistics and ticket entry times on our own. That’s why we were excited to win tickets for this tour through a contest on Viator’s Facebook page.
Munich might be best known for its beer and fast cars, but the Bavarian capital is also a great spot for a family vacation. Whether you’ve got young children in tow or hard-to-please teenagers to impress – here are 40 amazing things to do in Munich with kids.
With its tent-inspired buildings, 80,000-capacity stadium and futuristic tower, Munich’s famous Olympiapark is one of the city’s most striking parks, laid out for the infamous 1972 Olympic Games. Germany’s second stint as an Olympic host was designed to be symbolic of a forward-thinking post-war Germany and, despite the games being marred by the tragic terrorist attacks known as the Munich Massacre, the Olympic buildings have left a lasting legacy. Transformed into a public park after the games, Olympiapark now serves as a popular recreational area, as well as hosts a number of seasonal events, festivals and music concerts.
As renowned for its beautiful Baroque church as it is for its historic brewery, Andechs Monastery is a popular day trip from Munich, located just southwest of the city. Perched atop the Heiliger Berg (‘Sacred Mountain’) above Ammersee Lake, Andechs Monastery has a history dating back more than 1000 years, with the Benedictine monastery founded in 1455 and the picturesque complex becoming an important place of pilgrimage during the Middle Ages.
With its mild weather and out-of-season prices, spring is the ideal time for a sightseeing tour of Munich or a road trip through the Bavarian Alps, and there are plenty of seasonal events and festivities that mark the countdown to summer. From visiting the beer gardens at Oktoberfest’s sister festival to taking part in unique carnival celebrations or dancing around the Maypole; here’s our pick of the best spring festivals in Munich and Bavaria.
There’s still months to wait until Munich’s legendary Oktoberfest, but if you’re visiting the Bavarian capital in April, you can still get a taste of the city’s iconic beer festival at the annual Frühlingsfest, Munich Spring Festival. Oktoberfest’s smaller, less-crowded sister, Frühlingsfest has been held in Munich for more than 40 years and with live music, fairground rides and an endless flow of Bavarian beer, it’s the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of spring.