Munich, located on the southern part of Germany, has been ranked as one of the top cities in terms of quality of life, according to a 2010 report by Mercer Consulting. Munich is home to many seasonal festivals and family-oriented venues, including zoos, museums and aquariums. If you plan on traveling to Munich with children, there are several attractions your kids will be sure to enjoy.
At Sea Life (visitsealife.com/Munchen), children can enjoy underwater Munich by visiting over 4,500 sea animals, including sharks, sea turtles, tropical fish and octopuses. There are also interactive touch pools with small animals that children can handle, such as starfish, sea anemone and crabs.
Tierpark Hellabrunn: Munich Zoo
The Munich Zoo (tierpark-hellabrunn.de), which opened its doors in 1928, is home to many animals, including gorillas, turtles, zebras, antelope, elephants, and ostriches. There is also an aquarium and touch zoo for children. Kids can pet and feed sheep, ponies and goats. Visitors can even watch daily animal entertainment, such as performing sea lions and flying owls, as well as participate in the feeding of pelicans.
Children will love the exhibits at this large Munich museum. The Deutsches Museum (deutsches-museum.de) features various exhibitions from natural sciences and transportation to musical instruments and old technologies. There is also a Kids' Kingdom with over 1,000 hands-on activities, including building blocks, wave-bouncing weir, a giant guitar and the House of Light, which reproduces light from nature and is made by man. The Kids' Kingdom is designed for children between 3 and 8.
If you are taking a seasonal trip to Munich, take your kids to the Kaltenberger Ritterturnier (ritterturnier.de) which takes place around mid July. The Kaltenbuerger Ritterturnier will transport you back to a medieval world, where you can watch knight tournaments, jugglers and music festivals. Tickets can be ordered directly online.
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