Germany is definitely THE country of christmas markets. Weihnachtsmarkt, or Christkindlmarkt, as they are often called here. We thought that before leaving Munich, it might be fun to give you a glimpse into the Christmas markets here. So we sacrificed ourselves, visited about twenty out of the dozens of festive markets in the city, and we’ve created a gallery of our top 10 for you. :)
10. Mittelalterlicher Weihnachtsmarkt
One I was very intrigued about was the medieval market. I was not impressed by this one, maybe because of the giant pig they roast there day by day…
9. Neuhauser Weihnachtsmarkt
I observed that mostly young people hit this market. The mulled wine is cheap and it’s not overcrowded. Recommended if you don’t like too much glamour.
8. Christkindl Markt am Marienplatz
The Christmas market in the very center of Munich. As I used to work nearby, and had to fight my day every day home through the crowds, I am probably not objective. I consider it expensive and shallow but the town-hall impresses my any time, Holiday season or not.
7. Weihnachtsdorf in Residenz
This is my secret palace this year. Although I pass it quite often, I never knew about the royal palace. Only due to some visit from Hungary that I heard and investigated. A noble feeling indulging in the goodies in the middle of the palace. A not very touristy yet extremely overcrowded place, where the highlight for me was the “Story Forest”.
6. Weihnachtsmarkt am Chinesichen Turm
I loved this one!!! It was one of the first markets we have visited this year. The Chinesicher Turm (Chinese Tower) is actually a beer garden in Munich’s biggest park, the Englischer Garten. Being a weekday, it was very empty. So we had time to stroll between the stands and take some photos.
The not so typical christmas market takes place twice a year, in the winter it occupies the field where the Oktoberfest is held. Big and colourful, Tollwood started out as an organic-hippy festival with a lot of artisans many years ago. By now it became of course more commercial. Every year it has a tent for animal rights, this year there was a huge Hungarian statue next to the entrance. Among the christmas markets, this is the best for vegans, as it has its own vegan food tent with international cuisine from Morocco, Thailand, Turkey, Spain and Mexico. It was also at this festival we discovered our favourite substitute for mulled wine. ;)
Performances, talks, shows and concerts attract thousands of people every day.
The artsy little sister of Tollwood. Also very colourful and non-conventional. Exhibitions, art tent, food from Eritrea, a stand with mistletoe and jazz concerts make it worth to visit this Weihnachtsmarkt.
3. Haidhauser Weihnachtsmarkt
Au-Haidhausen is my absolutely favourite district in Munich. It reminds me of Prenzlauer Berg in Berlin, the closest Munich gets to some burgois-alternative atmosphere. Mostly locals go for an afterwork drink to Weissenburger square. Local artists, kietz-kids and local soup. Simply charming!!
2. Pink Christmas
I discovered this by chance from the bus. I researched the name on the internet and it turned out that Munich also has a christmas market from/for gay people. This is Abel’s favourite. If it was due to the lecker Lumumba we drank or due to Chantall GPunkt’s enchanting performance… Just come here if you are tired from the regular christmas schnick-schnak. Or if you need some lubricant, zebra-striped pillow or a pink hot-water bottle.
1. Weihnachtsmarkt (?) am Rindermarkt
This market is so small, I didn’t even see it on the map of christmas markets. Found also by chance, I enjoyed this one the most. It has only a few food stalls, some fireplaces where you can keep warm and a Christmas crib. Full with jolly people, that’s how I like it.
Our resolution for next year: to try the mulled BEER (Glühbier)!