I'm going to visit my sister and her newborn (to be bilingual) baby in April in Fussen, Germany. As I'm landing in Munich, and can spend a couple of hours there, I was wondering, could anyone suggest some place that might be worth a quick visit with a toddler? Something English-related maybe???
Elodie, thank you, and I'm sorry I haven't replied earlier. Had visitors for nearly a week and between the preparation before and the tidying up and cleaning after I didn't have a minute to myself!! I've booked already, arriving in the morning on the 15th, and the plan is that my sister (assuming that the baby will be okay that day) and her boyfriend will pick me up from the airport. My plan is to stay in Munich for a couple of hours, but will have to check with them too, and I will get back to you. It would be lovely to meet you and your little boy!
Here I am, sorry. Since my son has given up on his afternoon nap about 5 days a week (the other 2 I either force him or we're in the car so he falls asleep...) I have no time to do anything!!! It's crazy!! Am I alone in this??
Anyway...still no news on whether my brother-in-law can take a day off or not, but I've just found out there's a zoo in Munich!! My son is a huge animal lover and we're flying out the day after his birthday, so it would be kind of a belated present. (There's no zoo near us.) I hope the weather will be good enough...fingers crossed. Are you living in the centre or outside of Munich? I'm also planning on visiting the famous Neuschwanstein castle and the centre of Fussen. We will only have 4 days...see what we can fit in.
I live at the Zoo, hum hum, really, I meant close to the Zoo! And it's greaaaaat (well I don't like zoos, but my husband and Sam go regularly)! Even if the weather isn't the best, it's still worth a visit. There are a few big "houses" with bats, snakes, aquarium, and I don't know what else.
Let me know how you want to plan to do the whole thing and I'm sure we'll arrange something.
The Neuschwanstein Castle is probably half a day visit. The guided tour is just under 45 minutes. But going up there and down takes quite a bit of time.
I'm sorry that Samuel has given up on afternoon naps. It happens to many kids around that age. Have you tried to have a quiet time? i.e. He should play in his room and not disturb mummy for a certain amount of time. (Maybe you can get an hourglass that lasts very long so that he can see the time passing by?) Good luck!
Great news about the zoo, that's one of our highlights in the summer when we visit his grandparents! He doesn't really play with cars or trains, just give him some animals and he'll be happy!
I'll let you know when I know for sure what our plans are.
About quiet times...hmmm...he's rather clingy and wants my constant attention. He can play on his own for a while but he wants me nearby. I'll give it a try anyway, thanks, he's getting older so it might work.
Elodie! I'm so sorry I haven't contacted you earlier, the last few days before our trip were so hectic, organising my son's birthday, packing, working etc...and Samuel started coughing just 2 days before the departure. We weren't sure how he was going to feel, so decided to see and decide on the spot. I didn't want to make you come out for nothing. In the end, he was feeling ok yesterday, and the weather was great, so we made it to the zoo, but today he's down with a bit of fever. Hopefully won't last long. We're in Fussen now, planning to go for a nice walk on Saturday around N.castle. Fingers crossed...
Guess what!! We're still here! My son had such a high and persistent fever and cough on Friday that we had to take him to hospital and so we couldn't fly back home on Sunday. He's fine now, but it was a bit of a shock... Going home on Thursday.
Bronchitis...but the doctor actually scared me to death....he said that his lungs were in really bad condition...and as in Fussen they didn't have a paediatrician in the hospital, we had to go to Reutte in Austria to a special clinic... What an adventure. Anyway, we visited THE castle today, it was lovely. Flying home tomorrow to Daddy!!!
I don't know...I'm just glad it's over. All in all it was a great experience, 4 languages going around, my sister's neighbours spoke English, and there was an Italian pizzeria on the corner where Samuel was able to use his ML for a bit, Hungarian at home and then a few German words to shopkeepers etc. And we made it to the castle!! Beautiful!
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