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One of the most beautiful periods in Munich is the time just before Christmas. There is a magic spell over the city and despite the pre-Christmas hustle and bustle, the city radiates a festive spirit. It smells of freshly baked Christmas biscuits and mulled wine everywhere. When everyone is enchanted by the festively lit, decorated buildings, you too can’t help but catch the infectious spirit.
Munich is famous for its beautiful Christmas markets, which are spread all throughout the city. Each is very special in their own way and offers many specialities. Not far from Marienplatz is the Christmas market at the Rindermarkt, known to many as “Sternenplatzl” (Star Square). Of course, this market is no longer an insider’s tip, but it is less crowded than the popular Marienplatz. The finest Bavarian specialities and craftsmanship are presented here, like smoked salmon from the open flame fire and a “sting“ beer (for a taste slightly altered by the touch of a burning hot iron rod).
Walking into the medieval market on Wittelsbacher Platz is like travelling back in time. All stands are made of old wood, with great attention to detail, the staff are dressed in authentic costumes and some drink stands serve mulled wine in clay jugs or horn vessels – the perfect pairing for breadsticks.
If you want to experience a more colourful, crazier side of the Christmas season, looking through pink glasses, Pink Christmas at Stephansplatz (St. Stephen’s Square) is highly recommended. What was originally intended as a Christmas market for the gay and lesbian community is now seeing great popularity among all Munich residents. The special features are the live shows and the background music of the Christmas DJ – let yourself be inspired by the pink joy of life (and Christmas)!
Munich is usually easy to explore by public transport and now at Christmas time it’s even a little more exciting since the ChristkindlTram (Christmas tram) began – recognizable by its festive decorations as it crosses the city. Passengers are provided with warm drinks and gingerbread on board adding to a special experience for all passengers, especially the little ones. The departure is from Sendlinger Tor, running from December 2nd to 23rd
No need to head to the mountains to experience the charm of a wooden chalet; The Leonardo Hotel München is setting up the Royal Hüttenzauber cabin once again this year. In the style of an old wooden chalet, up to 180 guests can take in the special Christmas atmosphere in the middle of Munich. Whether for a company Christmas party or Christmas brunch with the family, there is something for everyone. Even if the weather in Munich doesn’t bring snow every year, the cabin makes you feel as if you’re in the mountains. And just like any well-stocked mountain cabin, there will be no shortage of Christmas delicacies or entertainment, thanks to their varied menu and program.
Theatre at Christmastime is synonymous with Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s „The Nutcracker“; The ballet with its snowflake waltz is the best embodiment of the cold season. Fortunately, after many years of renovation work, the Gärtnerplatz Theater – probably Munich’s most beautiful venue – has reopened its doors. So, try not miss your seat here for “The Nutcracker” by purchasing tickets as soon as possible.