I am not a cold weather person but I can’t imagine a more fun and festive time to visit Munich than at Christmastime. More than 20 Christmas markets are scattered throughout the city inviting locals and tourists to eat, drink, (shop) and be merry! Our airbnb was ten minutes from Munich’s oldest and most traditional market, Christkindlmarkt. Located in Marienplatz, the city’s main square, it attracts over three million visitors every year. Frank and I walked there every night. We marveled at young and old coming together in such a joyful, colorful setting. The food was delicious, the drinks were warm and plentiful — you couldn’t help but get caught up in the holiday spirit!
Christkindlmarkt is held in front of Munich Town Hall. It is busy during the day . . .
but really gets hopping at night.
Adjacent to the Christkindlmarkt, is the Manger Market. The twelve stalls sell only items associated with mangers and nativity scenes.
Every night at 5:30, a different group would perform traditional German Christmas carols.
One of my favorite booths was in the adjacent Rindermarkt. Inside the Christmas Pyramid or Weihnachtspyramide, . . .
. . . they were cooking and serving up sausages!
After you enjoy the sausage and other savory dishes, there is no shortage of strudel and sweet shops.
And, of course, there are the beverages.
The German Christmas Markets are well-known for their warm rum punch and, especially,
. . . traditional Glühwein.
They make you feel all warm and Christmas-y!
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I would LOVE to get to a Christmas Market in Germany one day! Ever since my friend Heidi lived there, I have dreamed of going to one. Your pictures are amazing! I would want to buy so much! Was it hard to limit yourself? (probably not since you don’t have a home with a basement and loads of storage to come home to! haha!)
What a magical place to be at Christmastime!