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Germany
excerpted from Take Your Kids to Europe

Munich is one of the best cities in Germany for visiting with kids. Start at Marienplatz, in the heart of the old town, where you'll find the glockenspiel. Stand in front of it at 11:00 am daily to see the little doors on the clock open as jousting knights, working artisans and costumed dancers, all made from enameled copper, perform for you.

Next head for the Englischer Garten, Munich's outdoor living room. Germany's largest city park, it holds four beer gardens, a Chinese pagoda, playgrounds, even a surfing area! Mixing with normal German kids can be far more educational than visiting another church or museum. Rent bikes or rowboats, listen to the oompah bands and munch on pretzels.

If it's a rainy day, visit the Deutsches Museum, the world's largest science museum with over 17,000 items displayed in twelve miles of corridors. With this many choices, we recommend you start by buying the inexpensive Guide Through the Collections, and thumb through its pictures with your kids to set some goals. Also get the free English map and demonstration schedule.

Kids love the hundreds of hands-on displays with buttons, levers and switches they can activate. The simulated coal, salt, and iron mines in the basement are also popular, as is the high-voltage display that actually produces thunder and lightning. Demonstrations of paper-making, glass-blowing and brick-making, among others, are generally given only in German, but are visual enough that they may still hold your kids' interest.


The Deutsches Museum (www.deutsches-museum.de) is located on an island in the Isar River, in the middle of Munich. It's open daily 9am-5pm; closed major holidays. S-Bahn:Isartor station. Adults 6.00 Euros, kids 2.50 Euros.


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