Best time to go to Munich

Christmas Markets 2019

One of the largest and oldest holiday fairs in Germany, a good reason to visit Munich

Christmas Markets in Munich 2020 - Best Time
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Christmas Market on Marienplatz (November 27–December 24, 2019)

Christkindlmarkt on Marienplatz, Munich’s main square, is the king of Christmas markets (Weihnachtsmarkt in German) in Bavaria. With almost 150 market stands and 3 million visitors every year, it still manages to be cozy and not overcrowded.

Münchner Christkindlmarkt 2020
Münchner Christkindlmarkt
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Nikolaimarkt (Nikolausmarkt) was the first Munich Christmas market documented back in 1310. In 1806, it was renamed the Christmarkt, and since 1972 Marienplatz has become its permanent location. The market operates from the Friday before the Advent Sunday till Christmas Eve.

Marienplatz Christmas Market 2020
Marienplatz Christmas Market
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Christkindlmarkt on Marienplatz covers the area of 20,000 sq. m, stretching from Marienplatz to the old town hall (Altes Rathaus), and from Weinstraße to the Sternenplatzl at Rindermarkt. The major highlight is the 30-meter Christmas tree towering over the town hall Neues Rathaus, decorated with 2,500 lights. You can spend the whole day strolling through the stalls selling handmade crafts, trying delicious snacks and taking pictures with the Neues Rathaus on the backdrop. Crafts range from typical German decorations and sheepskin coats to nostalgic photographs and art objects. Food includes chestnuts, stollen, fruit cake, and “Zwetschgenmandl,” a snack made from dried fruits. For more information, you can check the official website.

Christmas Village in the Kaiserhof of the Residenz (November 21–December 22, 2019)

When you are done with Marienplatz, check out other iconic markets such as the Christmas village in the Courtyard of the Munich Residenz, known in German as Das Weihnachtsdorf im Kaiserhof der Residenz, on Residenzstrasse 1 (Odeonsplatz). It's a nice cozy spot to stop by for mulled wine and traditional crafts like ornaments and dolls.

Christmas market in the Residenz in Munich 2020
Christmas market in the Residenz in Munich
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Weihnachtsmarkt am Chinesischen Turm (November 28–December 23, 2019)

Chinese Tower (Chinesischer Turm) in English Garden also hosts a beautiful small Christmas market; very secluded and romantic. Wooden huts and the historic wooden children's carousel, traditional Munich carriages, and curling rinks for the sporty ones create a great holiday atmosphere. Here you can find anything from traditional crafts to culinary delicacies.

Munich as a lot going on during Advent. Whatever area and market you choose, you might be tempted to stay longer and explore, tasting mulled wine with culinary delicacies and shopping at traditional stalls.