Don’t let a rainy day ruin your Munich
visit– there is a lot to do in the Bavarian capital, even if it is grey and wet outside. Here are the best family-friendly ideas on how to make the most of your time in Munich, rain or shine.
Stay dry in one of Munich’s most fascinating museums – even kids will love to spend a rainy day here! The German Museum is one of the oldest and largest science and technology museums in the world and boasts an impressive collection of historic artifacts: You can see the first electric dynamo, the first automobile, and the laboratory bench where the atom was first split. Other highlights of the museum include exhibitions on astronomy, transportation, mining, printing, and photography, and there is a whole floor dedicated to curious kids. More about the German Museum
If you love movies, head to the Bavaria Film Studios, Munich’s answer to Hollywood. In Europe’s largest film making center, your kids can take a ride on the dragon from "The Never-Ending Story", while you visit the submarine of "Das Boot". There are also stunt show, which includes fistfights, fire, falls, and a 92-feet deep plunge. Guided tours of the studio sets are available in English (daily, 1 p.m., 90 minutes)
West of Munich's park English Garden is a unique ensemble of three museums, each of them highlighting a different period in European art. The Alte Pinakothek is one of the oldest art galleries in the world and home to over 800 European masterpieces from the Middle Ages to the end of the Rococo. You can see one of the biggest Rubens collections here. More about Munich's Pinakotheken
The Neue Pinakothek features art and sculpture from the late 18th to the beginning of the 20th century. Highlights include German art of the 19th century, such as paintings from Caspar David Friedrich, and a wonderful collection of French impressionists. The Pinakothek der Moderne is the largest museum for modern art in Germany and spotlights art of the 20th century, including photography and video.
Kick back and relax in one of the most opulent indoor swimming pools in Germany; the Müller'sches Volksbad is set on the banks of the Isar river, and when it opened its doors in 1901, it was the largest and most expensive swimming pool in the world. Its rich Art Nouveau architecture has been preserved until today, and the murals, bronze sculptures, marble columns, and stucco ceilings are a unique setting for swimming your laps. There is also a Finnish sauna with changing lights, a Roman steam bath, tanning studios, and a cafe.
For auto fans, Munich offers no less than three interesting car museums, all in walking distance from each other: The BMW Museum, which traces back the history of the famous car; the architectural masterpiece "BMW World", which is the delivery center for BMWs and also houses exhibition halls, design ateliers, and workshops for kids; and of course the BMW plant itself, which offers fascinating tours: Put on your safety goggles and factory coats and watch how giant conveyors lift the 3-series BMW to be welded by computer-controlled robots.
At the edge of Munich's old town lies the Residence, the former royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs. The Residence, whose first buildings were constructed in 1385, consists of ten courtyards and beautiful historical gardens. Today, the palace houses one of the best European museums of interior decoration and displays 130 rooms filled with antique furniture, art, porcelain, and tapestries that span the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, and the neoclassical era.