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Munich – Altstadt - Old City

  Marienplatz – The square facing Town Hall (Neues Rathaus) is a great spot for street performers, everything from fire eaters to musicians to magicians and acrobats. Be here at least once when the famous glockenspiel goes off (11 a.m., noon, 5 p.m.) and watch the lovely figures come out of the clock to do their dance. Marienplatz is a great spot to start exploring Munich with kids - it's the center of the Altstadt.
      Spielzeugmuseum (Toy Museum) – Head for the Old Town Hall's Spielzeugmuseum (Toy Museum). Kids of all ages will love seeing toys from around the world in this wonderful exhibit – wind-up toys, antique doll houses, tons of teddy bears.
Christmas market Munich's largest Christmas market, Christkindlmarkt Marienplatz, is situated here. All the details: Munich Christmas markets
  Climb up the tower of St. Peterskirche (Alter Peter), one of the oldest churches in Munich. Kids won't have any problem racing up the winding stairs to the top of the church tower, where you'll have the best views of the Marienplatz and red roofs of the Altstadt. If you come at 11am, noon or 5pm, also watch the glockenspiel in action. The tower is open daily.
       
  Walk through the Altstadt – Here's our favorite walk through the old city:
Start at Marienplatz, and go south on Rindermarkt to St. Peterskirche (climb up the tower), then walk southeast to the Viktualienmarkt open air market. After a snack, walk north, go left through the gate at the Spielzugmuseum, and you're back at the Marienplatz. At the Ludwig Beck department store, turn right onto Burgstrasse. Walk down the street, lined with old buildings (check out the rounded glass windows on the west side of the street). Walk under the Alter Hof gateway, decorated with coats of arms. In the large courtyard is a fountain and benches under shade trees. Continue to the end of the street, then walk right on Pfisterstrasse. After one block, the street becomes a pedestrian zone. Continue down the cobblestone street to the wide plaza, and end the walk with an ice cream at Schuhbeck's Eis.
  Residenz Take in some glamour at the Residenz, the 14th Century Palace of the Wittlesbach family, filled with art and furniture, including the crown jewels of Bavaria. For some real flash, hit the Schatzkammer (treasury) with ten rooms of precious objects, including a jeweled Saint George slaying a dragon, encrusted with over two thousand diamonds and hundreds of other precious gems, plus crowns, tiaras, pearl necklaces, and jewel-studded swords!
  Frauenkirche (Dom) Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) was rebuilt after WWII, and in the cathedral is an exhibit showing the extent of bombing, which makes the current building all the more remarkable. The church has a glorious pipe organ, and there are organ concerts in the summer.
      This is a pretty church, but the real reason to go is for the view. Take the elevator up to the observation deck and you can see all across the rooftops of Munich.
Hunting and Fishing Museum (Jagd-und-Fischereimuseum) – Out front of the museum are two bronze statues, a wild boar and a catfish. More than a "hunting and fishing museum," it's really a wonderful way to see stunning dioramas of the wild animals of Bavaria – wild boar (mother and hoglets), majestic stags, bears, foxes, hares, eagles, plus antlers and antique hunting rifles out of a Grimm's fairy tale.
  City Museum (Munchner Stadmuseum) (St. Jakobs Platz) – Check out the beautiful wooden models of Munich in the 16th and 17th century – the Dom in the center, surrounded by city walls. Paintings of city scenes really evoke late 19th century, early 20th century Munich, plus photos of rebuilding Munich after WWII. Don't miss 5 antique doll houses – a glimpse into home life in another century.
      Puppet Theater Museum (Puppen Theater Museum) – Younger kids will enjoy the amazing collection of marionette puppets, some are quite old, Punch and Judy puppets and carousel animals. Check the calendar for puppet shows at the museum.
      St. Jackobs Platz playground – Just behind the museum, in the open plaza, is a charming playground, with sand box, bouncy things, teeter totter, benches, and a cafe, where parents can grab something to drink, while the kids play.
   

Fun food

     

Schuhbeck's Eis (Platzl Platz) Kids will enjoy an ice cream from Schuhbeck’s Eis – all sorts of different flavors, such as Apfel (apple), Schokolade (chocolate), Zitrone (lemon), Lebkuchen, Vanille (vanilla), Birne (pear), Quark Orange – and the flavors change every day.

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