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Buggies in Bavaria

Germany’s Bavarian Forest sounds like a place from a fairytale.  I was so excited to read Jo’s trip report and if it wasn’t for living in Hong Kong, I would book to take the kids to Bavaria pronto.  Read on and be inspired by Jo and her family….

view from bavarian forest holidays apartments

Who went (ages of kids)

This was our first family holiday as a foursome – me and my husband took our 3 year old son, Matthew, and our 5 month old, Daniel, to the Bavarian Forest in Germany.

When did you go?

We went at the end of June / beginning of July for 10 days.  We spent 9 days in the Bavarian Forest and 1 day in Munich before flying home. 

How did you book?

We flew from Manchester Airport in the UK to Munich with Lufthansa, and booked our flights directly. We chose to fly with Lufthansa because of their generous 23KG bag allowance, decent flight time (11.15am) and good prices.  We booked our accommodation directly with the apartment owner (www.bavarianforestholidays.co.uk)

How was the flight, any tips?

The flight was great – both boys fell asleep as soon as we took off!  Lufthansa are great with children – they gave my 3 year old a little travel pack (crayons, colouring book etc) when we boarded and also gave us a snack during the 1.5 hour flight. Most importantly, we didn’t have any delays and all the baggage turned up.  

How were the hotels?  Did you request any baby/kid things in advance?

We stayed at the fantastic Bavarian Forest Holidays which are 5* self catering apartments in the heart of the Bavarian Forest. We picked this accommodation because it was baby and toddler friendly, was central for everything we wanted to do and see when we were there – and it had great Tripadvisor reviews.  

The owners sent me a massive list beforehand of all the baby equipment that we could borrow, and it was all set up and ready for us when we arrived.  I chose to borrow a baby monitor, sterilizer, plastic cutlery baby bouncer, bed guard and a wooden cot for our baby. I was pleased that we had a wooden cot as I’m not a massive fan of travel cots.  All the equipment we borrowed was clean and set up ready when we arrived. We also pre ordered full fat milk beforehand as this wasn’t available in the shops in the village.

When we arrived, we found a complimentary teddy bear on the boys’ beds which was a really nice touch.

The apartments were also great for adults. My husband was delighted to find a coffee grinder when we got there. There were cut glass wine glasses too – no plastic wine glasses!!

How were the facilities?

The facilities were great. There was an onsite shop which stocked everything we could have needed – spaghetti, sauces, milk, beer, wine, bread etc. It was all reasonably priced too – about 1 Euro for a bottle of beer.  The shop was open 247 too. 

There is a little guest lounge too with homemade cake and schnapps!

The facilities for little ones are excellent – there was an indoor playroom and swings and slides outside.  There were also loads of DVDs and games for children too. 

The owners provide you with masses of information about what to do in the local area. One of the best folders of information for us was about Buggy Friendly Walks!

getting ready to go cycling

What excursions/trips did you take?

We were there for 9 nights and still didn’t do everything we wanted to do! Our 3 year old loved going in a cable car to the top of the highest mountain in the Bavarian Forest (the Arber). We had a wander round at the top and had an apple strudel and a beer (not the children!) ! We hired a pedalo on the local Arbesee Lake which was gorgeous – my 3 year old loved ‘driving’ the boat! We visited the Czech Republic which is just 1km away from where we stayed.  One hot day, went to some outdoor swimming pools nearby at Lam – we arrived at 10am and finally managed to drag the 3 year old out of the pool at 4pm!

The village of Bayerisch Eisenstein is really nice too – there is a great playground in the centre of the village surrounded by a little stream. We would wander up there to let the 3 year old let off steam! He was fascinated by the local train station which was in 2 countries (Germany and the Czech Republic), and the train museum next to the train station.

bayerisch eisenstein

We went on the longest treetop walk in the world at Baumwipfelpfad, which gave us great views over the top of the forest and over to the Czech Republic.

View from top of tree top walk

The forest was stunning – we hired some bikes and spent a day cycling along the well maintained cycle tracks. We hired a tag-along for the baby and a seat for our toddler.

We had a fantastic day at the Bayern Park (theme park) in Munich – it only cost 32 Euros for all 4 of us to get in and there were loads of rides and attractions for smaller children.  Our toddler loved the trampoline, the road train around the park and the paddle boats.

How did you get around? 

We hired a car to get us to the Bavarian Forest from Munich Airport. The public transport around the Bavarian Forest is really good (and free) but we found a car helped us transport all our baby paraphernalia around and gave us the flexibility.

How family friendly is the trip?

Germany is such a child friendly country. The people are so friendly, there are children’s menus in most of the restaurants we visited and there are playgrounds everywhere you go.  Most places have baby changing facilities too.

Anything you didn’t like?

No

Would you go back?

Yes. Both my husband and I said it would be a great place to teach the Boys to ski in a few years. It would also be a really nice place to take them at Christmas as there are loads of Christmas markets. 

 

Jo Addison is the author of a fantastic travel site, Kiddie Holidays – please do pop on over to say hi!

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