Exploring Christmas markets in Munich

Christmas markets in Munich

The most wonderful time of the year is upon us and Christmas markets in Munich are good places to be during this time. With a cup of hot wine in your hands and a good company you can almost feel Christmas approaching. By almost I mean, of course, the lack of the most important ingredient of Christmas spirit this year – snow.

Whenever you are in Munich around Christmas, there are 2 places to be around in my opinion.

Marienplatz and Kaufingerstrasse

The first of many Christmas markets in Munich is located on Marienplatz and stretching all the way through Kaufingerstrasse. There are all sorts of tasty treats available at every second tent, local crafts for sale, as well as many possibilities to drink the traditional German winter drink – hot wine. It’s a very popular evening meet up place for both locals and tourists, as you can spend all evening breathing in the Christmas spirit here.

Christmas market at Marienplatz
Christmas market at Marienplatz
You can drink hot wine and treat yourself with something sweet here
You can drink hot wine and treat yourself with something sweet here
There are always lots of people
There are always lots of people
People come to Christmas markets in Munich even for dinner
People come to Christmas markets in Munich even for dinner
And a dessert later on
And a dessert later on
Christmas markets in Munich are always very heavily decorated
Christmas markets in Munich are always very heavily decorated
The market in Marienplatz is the most popular with tourists
The market in Marienplatz is the most popular with tourists
Even though hot wine and treats are the most popular, you can also find different products sold
Even though hot wine and treats are the most popular, you can also find different products sold

If you take a walk down the Kaufingerstrasse, you will also pass another market where you can buy all attributes for creating your own Jesus birthplace. With many Germans being religious it’s very popular here to build your own Jesus’s birthplace. You can find basically every tiny detail here: hut, stars, people figurines, cradles, even buckets. All. Of the items are handcrafted from wood by people selling them. They are not cheap, but it’s not like you would buy it as a souvenir anyway.

Eventually, Kaufingerstrasse will lead you through all sorts of Christmas treats to Karlsplatz, where an ice skating rink is set up every December. It’s a nice place to hang around, drink hot wine, and also ice skate. This is where most of tourists usually stop.

At Karlsplatz you can do ice skating
At Karlsplatz you can do ice skating
Or drink, if you prefer it more
Or drink, if you prefer it more

Odeonsplatz medieval Christmas market

I’ve mentioned 2 places to be around and even though the second one does not really give you the Christmas feel in the beginning, it’s well worth a visit. What distinguishes it from others is that It’s a medieval-themed Christmas market. It’s located one block away from Odeonsplatz and It’s a bit more compact size-wise than the one on Marienplatz.

You should begin by having a drink – the one to take here is hot wine served in flames. It’s hot wine mixed with rum and sugar and set on fire right before serving.

At Odeonsplatz you can drink a burning rum drink
At Odeonsplatz you can drink a burning rum drink
It can get really cold, so either bring warm clothes or drink more
It can get really cold, so either bring warm clothes or drink more

It gets you all warm, cozy and a bit drunk in no time. By now you should be able to go around the market and check medieval goods that are sold there (ranging from weapons and armor to coats of arms and seals).

Here you can buy all sorts of medieval products
Here you can buy all sorts of medieval products
spices and snacks
spices and snacks
some strange potions
some strange potions

Every now and then there are performances taking place in one of the tents (I didn’t manage to catch a glimpse of those, though) and parades taking place around the market.

Then watch a parade of warriors
Then watch a parade of warriors
and angels
and angels

Finally, on your way out you can try one more drink – hot white wine. It has much different taste than the regular hot wine prepared from red wine. It’s always fun to try something new, even though I thought Europe can’t surprise me in terms of food. Also, by that time you will have your second (if not third, or fourth drink) and will be in a good condition to risk trying something new.

There you go, if you’re in Munich around Christmas – make sure you include these 2 stops in your agenda and you’ll definitely have fun! Merry Christmas!

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