Sea Life Aquarium in Olympiazentrum

(Photo credit Sea Life Munich)

A fabulous day out for all the family, especially if you are looking for options on a rainy day, Munich Sea Life brings the marine world into the heart of the city. Located at Olympiazentrum (U3 to Moosach from the centre), the centre has more than 4,500 fishy inhabitants in its 2,200m2. 

With open glass displays, the sea life is visually very accessible to all, and there is great emphasis placed on education, with all exhibits accompanied by helpful explanations in English and German. 

It is of course a fascinating experience for children, a myriad of colour and fascinating sea life, from swimming horses to an array of sharks. There are also some interesting set feeding times, which are well worth attending.

Feeding times:

Interactive Rockpool experience – daily at 11:15 and 15:30

• Get to know the rockpool creatures

• Hold a crab

• Touch a starfish and a sea anemone

Feeding of the Sharks and Green Sea turtle – Monday till Friday at 14:30

• Learn to identify different types of sharks

• Find out what sharks like to eat!

• Admire the beautiful Green Sea turtle

Divers in the Ocean tank – every Saturday and Sunday between 11:30 and 12:30

• Observe our divers from the High-Life-Divers cleaning the windows

• Watch them feed the Sea Turtle and the different species of Shark

Sturgeons feeding – every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 13:15

• Find out more about our different types of sturgeons

• Learn about what they eat

• Find out more about the other residents of the Danube estuary

Ray feeding – every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 13:15

Bay of Rays
• Find out more about our different types of Ray

• Learn about what they eat

• See them swim to the surface of their tank

There can be quite long queues at the entrance, one more reason to buy your ticket online, which will save you up to 40% (for an afternoon ticket), but you must bring your printout with you. Gate prices are 16.95 for adults and 13.90 for children, but there are a number of discounts, family tickets etc. Check out the official site for the latest prices and offers. An annual pass is available for 35.95 for adults (15 and over), or 25.95 for kids aged 4-14. Toddlers go free. 

Opening times are 10:00 - 18:00, with last entrance one hour before.

Review:
Paul Bradbury

After 12 years living on the most gorgeous island in the world, Hvar in Dalmatia, I have begun to wonder if there is still life beyond its shores. Prior to discovering Paradise in 2002, I was a world traveller, living and working in Japan, Georgia, Somalia, Rwanda, Russia... and Munich.

After 95 countries and some 25 years have passed, the memories of my year in the hotel industry in the Bavarian capital (fired by the Sheraton for losing our pet snake, the first male chambermaid at Hotel Arabella, and a truly eye-watering introduction to five-star living in  my days as a bellboy in luxury Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten) are strong, and the call of Munich has been a constant theme over the last quarter century. 

And so here I am, answering the call some 25 years later. Twelve years of island living have changed me for sure, but also left me curious about life in a big city, and whether or not I could adapt to it after such an insular decade. 

I was surprised to see that for such a magnificent multi-cultural city, English-language blogs and regularly updated information are not that available. Static tourism information, such as that provided by the excellent tourist board website yes, but accounts of daily life delivered daily? Hard to find.

And so I have decided to take a break from my idyllic island and see if I could live in a city again. And what better way to try than to discover modern Munich in all its facets after so many years. It is a journey of discovery which I am relishing, and I hope the site proves to be of interest for Munich residents and its numerous visitors.

About Paul Bradbury

Author of Lebanese Nuns Don't Ski, Lavender, Dormice and a Donkey Named Mercedes and Hvar's first comprehensive guidebook, Hvar: An Insider's Guide to Croatia's Premier Island, as well as co-author of Split: An Insider's Guide with Mila Hvilshoj, I have lived in Dalmatia full time since 2003. In addition to running Total Munich, I also run Total Split (www.croatia-split.com), Total Hvar (www.total-hvar.com) and Total Inland Dalmatia (www.total-inland-dalmatia.com), as well as being an accredited Google News journalist for Digital Journal in Canada.

I also have various blogging clients, including the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board, European Coastal Airlines, Touristar TV and Andro Tomic Wines, and print clients include Qatar Airways inflight magazine, Out! magazine from New York, and Croatian Hotspots. 

In December 2014 I was delighted to receive the Marko Polo 2014 Award from FIJET Croatia (Federation of International Travel Writers and Journalists)  at a ceremony for the Croatian Journalists Society for the best international tourism promotion of Croatia. More here.

Ongoing writing projects:

A History of Hajduk Split, co-author with Frane Grgurevic - in 2015

Around the World in 80 Disasters - out in 2015

Total Hvar in the Media:

Interview of the Month, Croatian Embassy in Washington (May 2013)

Special Feature in Globus Magazine (May 2013)

Featured on Croatian TV show, More (2012) - watch the report here

Interviews in Slobodna Dalmacija, Dalmacijanews, Radio Split

I am available for writing services. Please contact me on info@total-munich.com or visit my main writing website, www.bossandblogger.com 

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