Munich Christmas Markets

Because I evidently hadn't had enough of Christmas markets, what with Winchester and Hamburg, I also visited Munich to experience Weihnachten the Bavarian way. Since I was ill on the first day, I spent most of it napping so we had to squeeze as many markets in our second day as possible. Thankfully, Munich is really easy to get around and most of the locations were within walking distance from each other. Munich Marienplatz Christmas Market
Munich Christkindlmarkt German wooden decorations
The Christmas market at Marienplatz is Munich's main market, held in the square of the imposing Gothic city hall. The actual square is quite small but the stalls extend into the surrounding streets. 
Glühwein German nutcrackers
Here you can buy all the standard gifts you'd expect at a German Christmas market- decorations, gingerbread and, of course, lots and lots of Glühwein. As with most markets, hot drinks are served in souvenir mugs, of which there are many designs. I got lucky and was handed one of the kitschy pink ones I was hoping for.

Munich medieval market
Rich is interested in early history so when I heard of the Medieval market at Wittelsbacherplatz, I thought it would be right up his street. Turns out, it's amazing no matter your level of interest in the middle ages. 
Medieval Christmas market Mittelaltermarkt München
The concept is to experience a market that's authentic to those that took place in the middle ages. Stalls sell the likes of wooden tools, sheepskin hats and traditional toys. Even the drinks are served in crude clay cups.
Women on stilts St Nicholas Sankt Nikolaus
However, the real fun for me was in the performances. Mingling with the visitors are attendees in full costume and a stage allows space for Medieval entertainment such as choirs and fire performers. If you keep an eye out, you might even see Saint Nicholas himself!

Munich Kripperlmarkt
There are over 20 markets in Munich so we didn't even get close to sampling them all, although we did have time to pop into two more. Kripperlmarkt is just around the corner from Marienplatz and sells everything you need to create your own traditional nativity scene. Then there's the LGBT Pink Christmas Market at Stephansplatz which I was eager to visit but turned out to be just a bar and some pink Santa hats for sale.
Birdhouse decoration
We had great fun experiencing the markets in Munich but that wasn't the end of it- we later managed to visit two more in Austria but those will have to wait until a later post. 

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1 comment :

  1. Definitely going to have put this on my wishlist of places to visit!! It looks incredible and so festive!!! :) x

    Victoria | VictoriaaHelenn


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