Thursday, July 8, 2010

More Summer Activities - Amusement Parks and Museums

I just got an email from a reader (yay I have some!) with some other great ideas for kids of all ages and summer fun... (Thanks "Frankonia!")


Amusement Parks
For kiddies, seesighting tours in towns are pretty boring. Here are two smaller and midrange amusement parks in our local area.
For Kindergarten kids and kids up to 8: Fränkisches Wunderland Plech (Autobahn Nuernberg- Bayreuth). For Kindergarten kids and kids up to 12: Erlebnispark Schloss Thurn in Heroldsbach near Forchheim).
Kids older than 10: Freizeitland Geiselwind (Autobahn Erlangen- Wuerzburg).
The greatest Park in Germany is the Europa Park Rust in Southern Baden, approx. 350km southwest from Nuernberg. Coach tour agency "NRS" makes sometime a one day tour from 0500h to 2100h.


Museums
(Pubescent) Kids don’t like museums. Here some at least the boys will like:

The great DB Museum (German Railway) in Nuernberg (This year, German railway celebrates 175 anniversary with some special events). A must see!

The Deutsches Dampflokomotiv- Museum (German steam locomotive museum) is in Neuenmarkt (Near Kulmbach, approx 110km northeast from Erlangen).

In Kulmbach, you find the Deutsche Zinnfigurenmuseum (German pewter figure museum) with large dioramas in the Plassenburg.

In Coburg (home of the Windsor's!) you will find a large medieval armoury up on the Veste (fort) Coburg.

The History of Bavarian Army until 1918 you find in the Bayerisches Armeemuseum in Ingolstadt.

And, of course, the Deutsches Museum in Muenchen is mandatory!

Maybe the kids don’t really like but worth to visit: Fränkisches Freilandmuseum in Bad Windsheim, (approx. 60km west from Erlangen) Over 500 years history of Franconian Farmhouses and agriculture in 45 hectare open-air area (doggies allowed on ! short lead!).

At last, here all the state- owned Bavarian castles, palaces, gardens and lakes in English:

http://www.schloesser.bayern.de/englisch/palace/index.htm

Hope you will enjoy it.

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