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Berlin or Munich?

We are planning a two week family trip to Europe this July with our 7 year old son. We are thinking of going to Germany for 1 week and maybe Denmark, Copenhagen, for another week. We would like to know which do you recommend in Germany, Berlin or Munich? And what suggestions of where to go and what to do you can suggest? Also, is Copenhagen a good second destination? Please remember that traveling with 7 year old son! Thanks

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Yes, Copenhagen ist great, even for a boy that age!

Munich vs. Berlin is a tricky one. It really depends what you're interested in -- and where you're from and what you've seen before. Munich comes with a trip to the Alps. So think cable car ride, luge ride - all great fun for a kid. Berlin comes with boat rides through the city, rides on double-decker busses, the tallest telecom tower in Western Europe...

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Thank you Andreas for your reply, but I'm confused. Is Copenhagen or isn't it good with a 7 year old son? What we look for in a vacation are things to do with our son like going to the zoo, aquarium, natural history or science museum, parks, visiting a place that can be of interest to him, something cultural like the theater which is age appropriate (like attending the Lion King play), good shows and of course good restaurants.

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I think a boy will like Copenhagen, especially for palaces, boat rides, and Tivoli amusement park. The National Museum is wonderful and free, so you can pop in for even a short visit. There's an open-air folk museum in Copenhagen, or a bigger one near Arhus (3 hours away). You can side trip to Roskilde (30 minutes) for the Viking Ship museum and tombs of the kings. In Odense (2 hours), the Hans Christian Anderson house has a summer afternoon fairy-tale theater in the garden. LEGOLAND takes about 3.5 hours transit time by train and bus from Copenhagen.

If you take a train from Germany to Copenhagen, Berlin is the closer departure point, 7 hours by train, versus 11 or more hours from Munich. How to Look Up Train Schedules Online gives you the DB train schedule link and tips for using it.

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Tough choice. Maybe Munich. One could visit museums, go to the Olympic Park, day trip to Dachau, or King Ludwig's castles. In Munich you have the BMW museum, Marienplatz, Residenz, Pinakothek, English Gardens/Park.
Berlin offers a lot too and is closer to Copenhagen-shorter train ride. Berlin has more to offer for one week. You could divide the city up into sections: eastern, western, central, etc. I would suggest visiting Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie/wall, Tiergarten Park, Reichstag. They also have a zoo. Wonderful museums, Jewish sights, churches-memorial church, hop on hop off bus. It comes down to Berlin-bigger city or Munchen-smaller with more day trip options.

Copenhagen is also a good choice but one week might be a little long. Great walkable city-Nyhavn harbor, Tivoli would be fun plus chances for a concert or a acrobat or puppet show, visit the Little Mermaid, Rosenborg Castle, boat cruises, hop on hop off, national museum or Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek museum, etc. Or do a day trip to Roskilde and visit the Viking Museum. All of these cities would work for a 7 year old offering a lot of variety and more than just musuems/churches.

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have you asked your 7 y/o son what HE wants/likes to do? He may surprise you with the answers.

If he likes all those things you list, there are many museums and such in Copenhagen. There is also Tivoli.

happy trails.