WW #124: Visit to Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena


Professional soccer teams dominate my children’s world view. Throw out the word Madrid and they respond “Real Madrid?” Barcelona for them means the Barça. They equate Paris with Paris Saint-Germain. So imagine my ten year old Beckett’s delight when I told him we would be visiting Munich. “Can’t believe we get to visit Bayern Munich, Mommy” he said with a smile, making no mention of the city of Munich itself (he then started to plan out what he wanted to buy from the team store!).

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The polished exterior of this amazing stadium, composed of inflated plastic panels, lights up at night into different colors. During the day it resembles an enlarged, white-rubber tire.Allianz ArenaInside, we took a tour, marveling at the design, dimensions and sound-proofing of the stadium. The stadium was built to accommodate 75,000 impassioned fans. During matches with teams from other countries, drinking alcohol is banned. That gives you a sense of how heated these matches get!inside Allianz Arenathe Allianz ArenaThree happy visitors.soccer fansCool to check out the players locker room!soccer fanWithin the stadium lives a rich museum that recounts the history of the Bayern Munich club. These old leather soccer cleats caught our eyes.old soccer cleatsThe photo-booth at the end turns your picture into one that all museum visitors can see.photo booth at the Allianz ArenaI’m not much of a sports spectator and never thought I’d enjoy visiting a professional soccer team stadium and museum, but in the end I enjoyed the visit as much as the kids. By reading the story of the Bayern Munich team — including how it weathered and survived two world wars from within Germany — we learned about 20th century history overall.

We teach a lot to our kids, but they also teach so much to us. Open yourself up to it. Get out of your comfort zone. Dare to get interested in something new. When you learn new things, and take on new passions, you enrich your life. We teach a lot to our kids, but they also teach so much to us. Open yourself up to it.Excuse me while I sit down with my boys now and watch a soccer game (something I never would have done before having kids!).

Happy end of summer,

Melissa

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  • Natalie

    That is a beautiful stadium! Soccer is a big deal in Europe!

    • Oh it sure is! Very different than how it is here in the US. Fun to see the differences!

  • mami2jcn

    What a cool tour!

    • It was fun! Thanks for reading about it!

  • Jen

    Judging by how much he likes throwing plastic balls, I think my LO will like baseball when he’s older!

    • Aww! It’s fun seeing your kids discover their passions – something to look forward to. 🙂

  • cynthiac

    This is one of my nephew’s favorite teams, along with Manchester United.

    • Really? That’s awesome! Thanks for reading!

  • Sandy Klocinski

    Awesome tour! Soccer is not as popular here as in Europe.

    • Very true! Just happy to do something that my kids enjoy even if it isn’t my thing. Still had a good time! TY for reading, Sandy!

  • Gloria Walshver

    You are a amazing mother with five young kids you manage to do all those things and still do videos.

    • That means a lot, Gloria! Truly! Thanks for reading!! xx

  • Susan Smith

    Looks like a lot of fun!

  • Brandy Schwartz

    My stepdaughters are not really into sports and my grandchildren are not old enough yet.

  • Ed

    I like the Under Armour logo!

  • Pat F

    Never been to Europe but Soccer is huge there… thanks for sharing!

  • Grace

    My nephews love soccer! This seems like a great tour.

  • Tiff

    I have seen that stadium on TV many times and I didn’t realize how huge it was.

  • Buddy Garrett

    I loved the post. I’ve never been to Europe. The venue looks awesome.

  • Shane A

    She’s 5 and really enjoys watching golf, believe it or not!