Christmas in Munich
‘Tis the Season
The holidays are my favorite time of year: the air is crisp and refreshing, snow blankets the landscape, and there is a wonderfully festive quality to all the hustle and bustle as people brave the elements and get their shopping done. And when it comes to the charms of the season, you’d be hard pressed to beat exploring the absolutely brilliant Christmas markets in Munich, Germany. We’re not talking a few vendors and a tree here. Come in December and you’ll find streets upon streets lined with Christmas stalls, food, drinks, shops, ice skating rinks, and tons of people enjoying it all.
The Marienplatz Market
Marienplatz is the center of Munich, and the city’s largest Christmas market is here. The market is huge and not to be missed. But one of the real joys of Munich in December is making your way through the city’s backstreets. Allow yourself to get lost and you’ll be rewarded – there are endless markets scattered throughout the city, and some of the coziest are tucked away in little back alleys.
To Warm You Up…
Among my favorite things about this city are the myriad vendors selling everything from Christmas ornaments to sausages to gluhwein, a hot mulled wine that warms you right up especially when ordered “mit rum.” Gluhwein recipes vary but it generally consists of red wine mixed with apple and/or orange juice, and spiced with holiday flavors like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, anise, etc. You really can’t beat drinking it on the wintry streets in Munich, but I’ve had success at home with this recipe.
If you are a fan of the holidays like I am, Munich should be at the top of your winter travel list.