The Sights and Sounds of Old Munich

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There are some things the kids just HAVE to see while they are here in Munich for the summer. There are some things that are just non-negotiable. You might be able to guess what some of them are but I will start at the beginning. 

 

Hellabrunn, Der Muenchner Tierpark

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One of our first adventures out of the neighborhood was to Hellabrunn, the Munich Zoo.  

The kids were so excited. They love going to the zoo back home so taking them while here seemed like a good early trip. It is something familiar to build their adventuring confidence.  

I also didn't mind that a family pass cost me 19 Euros! That is less than $22 US. And it was such a lovely zoo. Everyone had a favorite animal or two that they got to see. 

For lunch we stopped to eat at one of the eateries inside the zoo. I was totally in love with being able to use actual plates, glasses and silverware. So much less waste. And then there were our lunch options! Leberkaese, Wiener schnitzel, kartoffelsalat, curry wurst, bratwurst and the list goes on. It was awesome. 

 

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Avery was able to see her absolute favorite animal ever, the buffalo. There was actually an entire herd but this guy was #1 on her list. 

 

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On our way to see the polar bears, including a mama and her cub, we crossed this crazy bridge. Everyone was brave until some teenagers got on the bridge and began jumping up and down. Too funny!  

 

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These guys had a great day and were definitely ready for their next adventure! 

 

Old Munich 

 One of the two towers of Frauenkirche that serve as a symbol of this Bavarian city.  

One of the two towers of Frauenkirche that serve as a symbol of this Bavarian city.  

I was super excited to take my kids into Old Munich. I totally remember being a little kid and being in Marienplatz for the very first time, seeing the Glockenspiel and keeping that memory forever.

The kids and I took the subway into the area and the first thing we saw upon exiting the station was Frauenkirche. We totally embraced our inner-tourist and took a tour of the gorgeous inside. It is so large and decedantly decorated. The kids actually couldn't believe all of the detail and stained glass. It is truly a sight to behold. 

 Cenotaph of Emperor Louis IV by Hans Krumpper

Cenotaph of Emperor Louis IV by Hans Krumpper

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Rathaus and Glockenspiel

We had to head over to the Rathaus. I can't overstate how neat it is to watch my kids look up in awe at the beautiful, detailed old structures and be full of awe and disbelief.  

After exploring the Rathaus, we piled into the town square with maybe a million other people to watch the beautiful Glockenspiel do its thing. I remember seeing this as a kid and being so in love with it. I am  happy I got to see it with my own kids. 

 

 Viktualiemarkt

 The Biergarten in Viktualiemarkt.     

The Biergarten in Viktualiemarkt.  

 

 

With the conclusion of the Glockenspiel's show, it is easy to move over to a well known market, Viktualiemarkt. The market is full of specialty vendors with a ton of variety of food. It was a feast for the eyes and the tummy when we visited and seriously couldn't take it all in in one take! We have to circle back around a few times. 

 

 Some of the amazing choices at Viktualiemarkt. Look at those artichokes!  

Some of the amazing choices at Viktualiemarkt. Look at those artichokes!  

 Who wants one?  I know we all did!      A pattern we seem to have fallen into is heading out to a destination we choose and exploring without overdoing it. We are so lucky that we can spread our adventuring over the entire summer so no need to cram everything into a few days or even weeks. We are able to head back to the flat, recharge, even have a few lazy days in between it all when we need them. Then, we head back out into the big, beautiful place that is serving as our temporary home this summer. There really is so much to see, do and experience that I wonder if 2 months will even be enough. 

Who wants one?  I know we all did! 

 

A pattern we seem to have fallen into is heading out to a destination we choose and exploring without overdoing it. We are so lucky that we can spread our adventuring over the entire summer so no need to cram everything into a few days or even weeks. We are able to head back to the flat, recharge, even have a few lazy days in between it all when we need them. Then, we head back out into the big, beautiful place that is serving as our temporary home this summer. There really is so much to see, do and experience that I wonder if 2 months will even be enough. 

There is more to come, both about this crazy summer of ours as well as our "normal programming"...real health made easy for real moms. If you are following along on our exciting Munich summer adventure, thank you for reading. I hope you will all stay tuned!