Christmas Markets in Munich

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

The first Christmas Market held in Munich was in 1310, one of the oldest in history. These markets are a tradition that began among German-speaking countries and spread around the World. Today they are famous and adored even by people who don’t celebrate Christmas, after all, who doesn’t love that amazing smell of Glühwein, cinnamon and almonds in the air, and the beautiful decorations? Feels like you are in a little fairy-tale.

Also called Christkindlmarkt and Weihnachtsmarkt, nowadays there are over 15 Christmas Markets in the Bavarian capital. As I am passionate about them, in December 2014 (when this post was first published) I decided to take a few days to pay a visit to the most popular Christmas Markets in the Munich, and have planned a beautiful and delicious post to introduce you my top 10! Maybe you can already feel the smell of Christmas in the air…

*All dates and opening times are currently updated to 2017.

Christkindlmarkt at Marienplatz

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my SuitcaseProbably the most popular among tourists, since it is located right in front of the City Hall, at Marienplatz, and in nearby streets. Anyone shopping around here or passing by will have to resist the temptation to have a Glühwein and eat some sweet Gebrannte Mandeln, what makes Christmas shopping even more fun!

The Christmas Market isn’t limited only to the Marienplatz, nearby places like the Rindermarkt – just behind it – there is another part of it, and it’s even prettier!

Highlight

It’s where the biggest Christmas tree of the city is!
Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Location

Marienplatz, Kaufingerstr. and Rindermarkt

Opening times

From November 27th to December 24th
Monday to Saturday: 10:00 – 21:00
Sunday: 10:00 – 20:00
On December 24th: 10:00 – 14:00
Check the official website

Residenz

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

This small and cosy Christmas Market is located at the Munich Residenz – the former royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs – not far from the Marienplatz and just in front of the Odeonsplatz. As the market is in the inner courtyard it makes it even more charming and special.

Highlights

– There is a part of the market dedicated to children with speaking animals and even Santa Claus’ carriage.
– Here you can find hot Caipirinha and hot eggnog.
– The atmosphere here is magical, making adults feel like they’re children again! Even the trash can is magical…

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Location

Kaiserhof Residenz München
Residenzstr.

Opening times

From November 23rd to December 22nd
Daily from 11:00 – 21:00
On November 23rd from 14:00
On December 22nd until 20:00
Check the official website

 

 Mittelaltermarkt

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Not far from the Residenz you will find this very peculiar Christmas Market from the middle ages! Every building is inspired by the medieval era, there is bonfire and torches, stores selling medieval clothes, vendors dressed accordingly… and even the Glühwein cups are special.

Highlights

– The atmosphere of the middle ages is already a highlight itself.
– Is it too cold? There is even fire like in the middle ages to warm you up.
– My favorite Glühwein is here!

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Location

Wittelsbacherplatz
Briennerstr. 6-10

Opening times

From November 27th (17:00) to December 23rd (20:00)
Daily from 11:00 – 20:00
Check the official website

 

Haidhausener Weihnachtsmarkt

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

A small Christmas Market, but very special and unique as it is more frequented by local families and by the neighborhood. Here you find a cosy and intimate atmosphere, with small tents to enjoy your time keeping yourself warm and a carrousel to keep the children busy.

Highlights

– Here you can find Cherry Glühwein! And it is delicious! 
– A little Santa Claus calls everyone’s attention! 

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Location

Weißenburger Platz

Opening times

From November 28th (11:00) until December 24th (14:00)
Sunday – Wednesday: 11:00 – 20:30
Thursday – Saturday: 11:00 – 21:00
On December 24th: 10:00 – 14:00
Check the official website

Schwabinger Weihnachtsmarkt

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

A very surprising Weihnachtsmarkt inspired by art at the neighborhood of the art galleries, Schwabing. It seems small at first, but has narrow passages with many kinds of art being sold. A perfect place to enjoy a Glühwein admiring the work of the artists, or listening to a band playing at their small stage.

Highlights:

– One of the cheapest Glühwein in town.
– A very colorful and friendly atmosphere.
– There are some very good pieces of art, from drawings to sculptures, being sold.

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Location

Münchener Freiheit

Opening times

From December 1st (18:00 – 20:30) until December 24th (11:00 – 14:00)
Monday to Friday: 12:00 – 20:30
Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 – 20:30
Check the official website

Christkindlmarkt at Sendlinger Tor

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

A small Christmas Market at the beautiful Sendlinger Tor at the end of a nice shopping street, the Sendlingerstr. Nice for an after work or after shopping stop!

Highlight

Great location!

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Location

Sendlinger Tor

Opening times

From November 27th until December 23rd
Daily from 10:30 – 21:00
Check the official website

Pink Christmas

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

This one is very popular and special! The name Pink Christmas is not a coincidence; there you will find pink Christmas trees, decorations and even a small pink stage! Why is that? It is a gay Christmas Market, at the gay neighborhood of Munich, the Glockenbachviertel. But don’t worry, everyone is very welcome, and having fun here is almost mandatory!

Highlights

– Apart from being a gay Christmas Market?! 🙂
– Very nice decorations being sold!
– At certain times, there are bands playing at the small pink stage.

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Location

Stephansplatz, Glockenbachviertel

Opening times

From November 27th until December 23rd
Monday to Friday: 16:00 – 22:00
Saturday and Sunday: 12:00 – 22:00
Showtime daily at 19:00
Check the official website

Weihnachtsmarkt am Chinesischen Turm 

Weihnachtsmarkt Chinesischer Turm, Munich

Located in the middle of the beautiful Englisher Garten. This Christmas market is a very cosy and yet spacious place that will make you feel like you are in a cabin in the woods. With a huge Christmas tree, sweet decorations and plenty of places to sit, here is a market adored by families and their dogs. Every year I take Enzzo, and it’s the best Christmas Market in town for pets.

Highlights

– The cabin in the woods feeling in a low light atmosphere.
– Great for pets and kids.

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Weihnachtsmarkt Chinesischer Turm, Munich

Location

Weihnachtsmarkt am Chinesischen Turm
Englischer Garten 3

Opening times

From November 27th until December 23rd
Monday to Friday: 12:00 – 20:30
Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 – 20:30
Check the official website

Winter Tollwood 

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

This is the biggest Christmas Market in Munich, and it is located where the Oktoberfest takes place every year. The Tollwood is basically a festival, which also happens during summer. During winter it is transformed into a Christmas Market filled with colorful tents and endless varieties of drinks and food that will make it hard for you to decide among so many. Most of the time it is crowded, but it is not hard to understand why!

Highlights

– There is a warm tent where you can eat far from the cold.
– Once in a while you will see a gigantic camel walking around, don’t be scared! He isn’t real, but surely something that calls everyone’s attention!
– Have you ever heard of Döner/Kebab? Here you can find SchokoDöner… yes, a Döner made with chocolate! And I tell you what… it is amazing and worth every calorie!
– All products are organic.

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Tent with Restaurants

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Location

Theresienwiese

Opening times

From November 23rd until December 31st (closed on December 26th)
Market until December 23rd
Monday to Friday: 14:00 – 01:00
Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 – 01:00
Markt der Ideen: until 23:30
Gastronomy: until 24:00
Tief-im-Wald-Bar: until 01:00
Check the official website

Wintermarkt am Flughafen 

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

It is the only Christmas Market covered, so no risk of rain or snow. It is located at Munich’s Airport, so when arriving in town you can go there straight and have a Glühwein. There is an ice rink and a beautiful gigantic Christmas tree!

Highlights

– It’s open until after Christmas!
– It’s covered.
– It has an ice rink.

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

Location

Munich’s International Airport
Between Terminals 1 and 2

Opening times

From November 18th until December 30th
Daily from 11:00 – 21:00
On Fridays and Saturdays food stalls are open until 22:00
On December 24th until 17:00
Check the official website

 

BONUS

ChristkindlTram

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

What about a moving Christmas Market?! The MVG, the public transportation company of Munich organizes every year a Christmas Market in a Tram. It costs only 2 Euros for an adult, 1 Euro for children between 6 and 14, and free for kids under 6.

As all Christmas Market, there is Glühwein and sweets on board, and the ride around the city takes 25 minutes. To catch the Tram you need to go to the metro station Sendlinger Tor. Try to arrive early so you can guarantee your place. I tried 2 times and it was already sold out! More information you can find here.

Location

Sendlinger-Tor-Platz 1

Opening times

From December 2nd to December 23rd
Monday to Friday: 15:30 – 19:00*
Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 – 19:30*
*Last train
Check the official website

 

Can you smell Christmas already?

I have to say it was a hard work for me to visit all these markets, since I had to control myself not to drink and eat everything I wanted in each place… it really smells so good that from afar you can tell that you are approaching one more Weihnachtsmarkt. It wasn’t easy, I tell you…

In total I have visited 12 Christmas Markets, and to enjoy the most of these markets and capture their best for you, some of them I visited 2 or 3 times, during the day and night, and sometimes more than 2 per day. Of course that at the end of each day I treated myself with a little something, after all, I deserved it!

For those of you planning to visit some of them this year or in the future, here is a map from Muenchen.de that will guide you around the city with the Christmas Markets’ locations and their respective metro stations:

Christmas Markets in Munich, by Packing my Suitcase

 

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About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

  • Because I’m a shopaholic, I love all these pictures. In fact, I would probably spend all my money at the first market and then be left with nothing but my camera to take them all in. Thanks for great pics and great narrative. We just may have to do this next year!

    • hahahaha oh my, then these Christmas Markets will make you crazy!! There are so many nice and pretty things to buy there… not to mention the food 😀

      I hope you do it one of these years, its amazing! Everyone loves it 😉

  • How I would love to go to the German Christmas markets.

    • I hope you come someday Mani, its such a wonderful tradition. They are so pretty 😀

  • Thanks for sharing 🙂 When do the Christmas markets start to open? Early Dec?

    • Good question! They normally start on the last Friday of November, this year was on the 28th… and they are open until the 23rd 🙂

  • I would love to attend each and every one of them but the Christmas tree at Wintermarkt am Flughafen did it for me!!

    • Its beautiful isn’t? It was also my favorite tree among all the others!! 😀 I hope you visit them all one day!

  • Such festive photos! yay it’s nearly Christmas! I love german markets for the gluhwine and the stollen bread (or whatever both those things are called haha!). Yum!

    • hahaha thank you Joella!! Happy that you liked the photos!! It is almost Christmas, crazy!!! You did well with the names, dont worry 😀

  • Munich is on my xmas market to-do-list now !! It looks huge !! so many choice. I would love to visit the medieval one 🙂

    • hahhaa yaaaay!! I hope you come next year 😀 I would love to take you around! The medieval one is awesome, I went there around 4 times this year already hahaha 😀

      • I would love that too ! Do the themes change every year or is it always the same markets ?

        • Every year they are the same 🙂 and even the tents tends to be in the same place 😀 so when you come you will be able to see them like this. Of course some decorations change, like the trees and stuff, but they are basically the same every year!

  • Ah!… The joy of Christmas! I wish we had Christmas markets here! It’s really difficult to find presents…

    • Ohh no, is it that difficult? 🙁
      In Brazil we also dont have Christmas Markets, its not a tradition for us.
      I hope you find your Christmas presents soon 😀

      • I hope to finish my Christmas shopping by tomorrow. This year will be a bit different since we have run out of ideas of what to buy for each other. I suggested a presentless Christmas and we just have Christmas dinner and enjoy each other’s company but a few were silent. So now my daughter has been tasked to buy all the presents, then pass them to me to wrap, and on Christmas day, we will all pretend to look surprised and delighted and say nice things about how the presents were exactly what we wanted this Christmas! ;). I wish we had Christmas markets here!

        • Awwwnnnn what a lovely idea of you and your daughter!! I think its nice to exchange gifts, even if its only a little something or a card 😀 I always write cards and love to receive them too! Im sure you will all have fun and have a wonderful Christmas night!
          Maybe one day you can come to Germany during Christmas, and make the trip as everyone’s gift 😉

  • Anna

    They look so lovely!! I would probably visit them all…mainly for food and desserts! And that chocolate kebab…yum!!

    • I know right? Its a temptation to visit them… impossible not to try something 😀 and the chocolate kebab was the best!

  • How wonderful! I love that there’s so much diversity in the markets. This post made me smile a lot – and also to think of visiting Munich this time next year! The ‘Pink Market’ gets my vote 🙂

    • Im so happy that you liked the post and it made you smile 😀 I hope you come next year at this season to visit them all! Great choice 😀

      • It really does look fantastic! And a bit more manageable than the 60+ in Berlin!

        • hahaha oh yes! The good thing is also that they are not far one from the other, which makes it even more manageable 😀 60 is too much, ohhh God, I really thought you were kidding when you said it the first time hahaha

          • I’ve since looked up a website that says there are 80 of them! But they’re probably including all the small local ones as well… Exhausting! 🙂

          • WOW, this is crazy!!! I would never guess there were so many there, amazing!! I would never make it to all of them hahaha

          • It would be impossible I think! I’ll probably only make it to one more this year – heading home on Tuesday!

          • hahah yes there are too many!! Next year you try some more 😀 then you will have your favourite ones.
            Ohhh how exciting to go home… I hope you enjoy your time with your family. I wish I could have mine around 😀

          • Thank you! Yeah, it’s pretty handy getting to Dublin from here!
            Going to (probably) my last market today 🙁

          • I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family in Dublin 😀
            I already miss the Christmas Markets!!

          • Me too! I’m hoping there might still be a cheeky one or two standing when I get back tomorrow! 🙂 Hope you had a great Christmas too – mine wasn’t nearly as relaxing as I’d hoped!

          • hahaha I hope you find one 😀
            Ohh no, really? But I hope you had fun anyways!
            I wish you a happy 2015… any plans for NYE?

          • Just going out with friends and maybe a house party afterwards 🙂 Definitely no clubs!
            I think Gendarmenmarkt is still open – meeting fans there tomorrow 😉

          • That sounds like a great plan 😀 😀
            Is it snowing in Berlin? Here in Munich we will have a white new years eve… it has been snowing since last Friday!!!!
            Ohhhh thats sounds wonderful!! Enjoy 😀

          • We had snow for the last few days but it all melted! It will be a soggy NYE here! I went hunting for the Hoff yesterday but I couldn’t find him 😉 Happy New Year!

          • Ohh my….we still have snow here can you believe it? It is supposed to melt today or tomorrow, but apparently after that it will snow again!! 😀
            Sorry you coudn’t find the Hoff!! I hope you do 😀
            Happy new year!

          • Same to you! Saw the Hoff on TV – that was as close as I got! Maybe next time 🙂 The snow is totally gone here – it rained this morning. There are still bits of fireworks everywhere too!

          • awwwnn, maybe next time!!!

            We still have snow, but it rained a lot yesterday so its pretty bad right now, a mix of snow and water everywhere hahaha, bad weather!!
            And there are still fireworks around here too, I must say I hate that…and my dog too! 😀

          • We had a dog at our NYE party – thankfully he was deaf!

          • Ohhhh my!!! That’s probably the only day of the year he is lucky to be deaf, poor thing!

          • Yeah, he was happy out! 🙂

          • hahaha 😀

      • I am with Linda….and lovely pics too! LOVE THE XMAS MARKETS!

        • Thank you DIana 😀 Im happy that you liked it!! Ohh Pink Christmas is cool 😀

  • SO SO beautiful! I must visit Munich next December!!! 😀 The first one is my favorite 😉

    • Yaaaay happy that you liked the post Vlad 😀
      I hope you come to visit them all, its pretty awesome, and they are not far from each other 😀

  • Nice post
    We met some Germans on a trip once who told us that German is a useless language because it’s only spoken in 2 countries. Is this true ?

    • Oh well… it is spoken in more the 2 countries for sure hahaha. Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, north of Italy, Lichtenstein and Switzerland if you dont mind the accent hahaha. But I can only say that if you plan to live in one of these countries, German is surely useful! Apart from that, English will do 😀

      • funny part is the guy apologized that his English wasn’t better. Since I started blogging I’ve discovered that most people around the world that learned English as a second language tend to write, punctuate and articulate MUCH better than almost all Americans. Yes this is sad an pathetic. But that’s why the USA is far down the charts on all scholastic statistics. Just another good reason to become an expat 🙂

        • That’s interesting right? I also noticed that… of course my English isn’t perfect, but I often find Americans and Canadians spelling wrong, simples things… then I feel that my English isnt that bad 😀

  • I love the German Christmas markets.I was just in Paris and they had one there, too; Not quite the same, but nice.

    • They lovely aren’t they?
      The one in Paris is also very nice, I was there last December and went to that big one near Place de la Concorde and Champs Elysées… it was beautiful!
      I hope you can come and visit the ones in Germany one day 😀

  • This looks so beautiful! What a great guide – all amazing food and sights. Where’s the best place to start?

    • Thank you!! Im happy that you liked it 😀 I hope its useful somehow!! I would say that the one at Marienplatz is the best one to start, then head to the other ones nearby… they aren’t really far from the other, which makes very practical 😀

  • Kan

    What an eclectic collection of choices! They look beautiful and fun, and make me want to visit Munich right now 🙂

    • I hope you come someday Kan, Im sure you will love it 😀 the city is very beautiful at this time of the year!!

  • Oh looking at all these wonderful markets makes me feel very festive. And they do it best in Munich! I’m visiting some next week, so your post has made me more excitied. Although I think when Monkey gets older a visit to Munich at xmas is on the cards!

    • 😀 happy you liked it and that it inspired you to go to some of them next week 😀 I hope you share about them on your blog, I would love to see them!
      Yesss, please do come, Im sure he will love it! <3 😀 and we can meet!!!

  • OMG a SchokoDöner !!!! Well, I like to eat Döner, although I do it rarely… but a SchokoDöner…that’s something I could probably eat every day!

    • hahahaha I know right? I could definitely eat it everyday too 😀 😀 its amazing, I hope you have the chance to try it sometime!!

  • So many Christmas Markets! We don’t have anything like this in Australia! My favourite one has to be the Tollwood one since there is a proper warm space for food and eating. And of course the chocolate kebab! 😀 Different kinds of chocolate go into it, I can understand why it’s hard to resist it.

    Smell of almonds in the air? I didn’t know that this kind of nut was very popular in Germany during Christmas. I love almonds, especially the roasted ones (I love the Cadbury chocolate roasted almond block). Here in Australia we have markets and they sell nuts, but it’s usually chestnuts 😀

    • So many right? But I hear in Berlin there are much more Christmas Markets than here in Munich!!
      I totally understand your choice hahaha 😀 hmmmm!

      Oh yes, almonds are veeeery popular here in Germany, not only during Christmas, but during the entire winter season especially 😀 I also love them!!! There are many kinds… like Macadama, walnut… all of them..sooo good!
      Chestnuts are great too!!! 😀 <3

      • I really don’t know how you can go to so many of them! You must be very organised and plan your time wisely! I think I will like Germany very much – sausages and almonds 😀 Do you have a favourite nut? <3

        Sometimes I am so excited about eating the piping hot chestnuts that I put them in my mouth too fast. And my mouth gets burnt. What a way to warm up 😀

        • 😀 Macadamia and Hazelnut are my favourites!
          hahahaha ohhhh my, what a way to warm up 😀 😀

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  • I’m totally into the gay christmas market – I bet it’s the most fun and high-energy (and kidless – a bonus for me, the grinch) of all!

    • hahahaha kidless 😀
      The gay christmas market is awesome… it is normally packed and high energy. When I took the photos was right after it opened at 4pm, that’s why isnt so packed, but still with lots of people. 😀

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