(Tiny) hands down, Munich is a great city for children, with plenty of activities to please to with even the shortest attention span. There are plenty of parks for romping around, swimming pools and lakes for cooling off, and family-friendly beer gardens with children's playgrounds for making new friends.

Recommendations

  • Deutsches Museum

Many of the city's museums have special kid-oriented programs, but the highly interactive Kinderreich at the Deutsches Museum specifically lures the single-digit set.

  • Tierpark Hellabrunn

Petting baby goats, feeding pelicans, watching falcons and hawks perform or even riding a camel should make for some unforgettable memories at the city zoo.

  • SeaLife München

For a fishy immersion, head to this new attraction in the Olympiapark.

  • Paläontologisches Museum

Dino fans will gravitate here.

  • Museum Mensch und Natur

Budding scientists will find plenty to marvel at in this museum within the Schloss Nymphenburg.

  • Spielzeugmuseum

The Spielzeugmuseum is of the look-but-don't-touch variety, but kids might still get a kick out of seeing what toys grandma used to pester her parents for.

  • Münchner Marionettentheater

The adorable singing and dancing marionettes performing here have enthralled generations of wee ones.

  • Münchner Theater für Kinder

This theatre offers budding thespians a chance to enjoy fairy tales and children's classics in the style of Pinocchio and German children's classic Max & Moritz.

  • Brauseschwein

This wacky toy shop near Schloss Nymphenburg sells everything from penny candy to joke articles and wooden trains.

Need to Know

  • Many museums and castles in southern Germany offer free admission for under-18s.
  • Children pay a flat rate of €1.40 on public transport.
  • Kids are allowed into pubs and beer gardens.