Christmas Markets in Munich
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 Munich. As I am passionate about them, this month of December I decided to take a few days to pay a visit to the most popular Christmas Markets in the city, 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…
Christkindlmarkt at Marienplatz
Probably 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!
It is where the biggest Christmas tree of the city is!
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 is even more pretty!
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.
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 a bit magical, making adults feel like they are children again!
Even the trash can is magical…
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.
My favorite Glühwein is here!
The atmosphere of the middle ages is already a highlight itself.
Is it too cold? Here there is fire to warm you up, just like in the middle ages.
A very 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.
Here you can find Cherry Glühwein! And it is delicious!
A little Santa Claus calls everyone’s attention!
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.
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.
Christkindlmarkt at Sendlinger Tor
A small Christmas Market at the beautiful Sendlinger Tor – Sendling Gate – at the end of a nice shopping street, the Sendlingerstr. Nice for an after work or after shopping stop!
The location is a highlight, not far from the Marienplatz and near Trams and Metro stations.
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!
Apart from being a gay Christmas Market?! 🙂
Very nice decorations being sold!
At certain times, there are bands playing at the small pink stage.
Weihnachtsmarkt am Chinesischen Turm
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 apparently adored by families and their dogs. I am so bringing Enzzo here…
The cabin in the woods feeling in a low light place.
Calm and intimate atmosphere.
Out of all other Christmas Markets, here is the best one to bring your dog along.
This is the biggest Christmas Market in Munich, and it is located where the Oktoberfest takes place every year. The Tollwood also happens during summer, but in 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!
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!
Wintermarkt am Flughafen
It is the only Christmas Market covered, so no risk of rain or snow. It is located between Terminal 1 and 2 of Munich’s Airport, so when arriving you can go there straight and have a Glühwein. There is an ice rink in the middle and a beautiful gigantic Christmas tree!
It is the only one open until after Christmas!
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.
Feeling the smell yet?
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… 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 am a human and also commit my sins!
For those of you planning to visit some of them this year or in the future, here is a map that will guide you around the city, with the Christmas Markets’ locations and their respective metro stations:
Last year I have asked you to vote for your favourite Christmas Market, and the winner was:
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