As part of our Epic European Excursion, which I will write about later, we drove from Munich to the Playmobil Funpark in Zindorf, a 2-hour drive. Close to Munich (well, if you can call 2 hours close) there was the choice of Playmobil or Legoland (1:45mins drive west of the city). I decided to try Playmobil since its 1. German (if we’re in Copenhagen, then I’d have gone with Legoland), 2. We’ve been to at least one Legoland already.
And it couldn’t have been a better decision. In a nutshell, it is an amazing park that is made out of many MANY playgrounds. There are NO rides (although there is a boating area and race course), and there is nothing interactive. And this is why I loved it so much! It’s back to basics for the kids, and just some good old exploring, climbing, and yes, OUTDOOR PLAYING. The whole.bloody.day.long. It was terrific for the kids and I loved that they enjoyed it so much!
I know many of you have not heard of even ONE Playmobil park, and they probably need to get their marketing act together. But here are some of the reasons why we liked it so much.
I totally missed out on this farm area where kids could “milk” cows!
I liked how this castle seemed ordinary, but there are structures to climb, a small “secret” passage for some adventure, a water well kids could draw water from, a few small funny mirrors, etc.
Beyond Noah’s ark is a water play area, mostly for discovering about sinking and floating objects. Unlike Legoland, this place is great for all ages, and those below 3 are not left out. There is even a section for under 3’s – the photo on the right shows the sign that points for under 3’s on the left, and above 3’s on the right.
There is an outdoor bouncy area with this giant bouncing pillow, and there are also another 3 trampolines and a playground. It is an amazing area for kids and adults, but a little too hot when we were there. This is apparently the “Active Park” with a beer garden (no German attraction would be complete without a beer garden right??). I think you can access this area after 6pm for free. There is also a mini golf course here which is payable. These sections are open until 10pm, so if you haven’t had enough of the park (which closes at 7pm), there is still plenty to do!
The kids meal is the most awesomest kids meal in maybe the entire European continent. €5.50 for a main and a drink in a Playmobil lenticular print cup that you can bring home. AND a Playmobil toy!! Is that insane?! And the pizza was good! Much better than the fish & chips. I can’t say the same for the dumpling though – we had that once at a beer hall and I’d rather eat something else TYVM. The park website is great in English, so I have no idea why the menus are only in German, but some of the young guys tending the bar were more than happy to translate for us.
If the weather is not favorable, there is a page indoor play area, and a large seating area, as well as an area where they can play with Playmobil sets the whole.entire.day. Both kids and adults 🙂 apparently this area is 5,000sqm which would be very roughly 50,000sqft.
(While these 2 were having a fun time playing their match, complete with penalty shootouts, a few other people nearby, parents and grandparents couldn’t help but smile and laugh at the ruckus. Toys certainly bring out the children in all of us.)
While the kids were playing I also spent some time at the shop. We spied some really good deals here, including his dollhouse which was originally €59.99 but slashed to €29.99; USD$69.99 on Amazon.com and SGD$149.99 at Hamley’s Singapore. So we bought it for 30% of the price! How not to buy?! I also liked that it was not too gender specific, and the kids loved playing without together. (Or maybe what I really meant is, fighting over it together…).
A lot of the other sets, at regular price, are almost 50% of what you pay in Singapore, so this is what we ended up with, and I regret not buying more! I always bring foldable bags so we just put the toys unopened into foldable bags and checked them in.
I do wish they would sell these awesome Playmobil beer mugs that you can get that the restaurants, and lenticular cups here too. They need to hire me to do their marketing methinks 😀 They do take a deposit for their cups and plates when you order your food, so I guess you can always take them back for the price of €2 each, which is really not bad for a souvenir. The cup that comes with the kid’s set is complimentary and you need not pay for it.
From Munich you can take a train and transfer to a bus, but that takes at least 2:30mins, and from what I read online, the shuttle bus can be rather unreliable. We rented a car from Europcar at the main train station in the morning, and had an easy drive up. The next day we drove to the airport and dropped off our car there.
Driving was also the cheaper option: train tickets for a return trip to Zindorf from Munich station were going to cost around €50-80 per adult for the times we were looking at, which totally made more sense to rent a car since a day rental could be from €40 for a small car!
We arrived at around 1130am and it was already started to get very sunny. We went when it was not yet the local school holidays so the crowd was very manageable. Judging from the size of the indoor area, I’d imagine it could get really crowded during the summer.
After 6 hours, there were still parts to discover and things to do, but the adults had wanted to squeeze at least one short hour in at the Ingolstadt Outlet Village so we had to drag the kids away from Playmobil. The husband and I managed to score some really good deals at the outlets and really regret not having had more time to shop. But we definitely do not regret letting the kids enjoy themselves at Playmobil Fun Park. I would go back again in a heart beat!
There are apparently, also Playmobil Fun Parks in Athens, Paris (near the Orly airport, closer than Disneyland!), Florida and Malta. Their main website doesn’t link to the others (again, they could use more marketing support??).
If you do go or have been, I would love to hear your experience!!