Munich’s Christkindlmarkt is the Oldest in the Bavarian Capital:
When it comes to Christmas markets, Munich has plenty of choices for the visitor. There are over 20 Christmas markets in the Bavarian capital, but the main Christkindlmarkt and the oldest in the city is held at the historical Marienplatz each year.
Marienplatz is a charming square at any time of the year but at Christmas the atmosphere is magical. The biggest attraction of the Christmas market, and literally so, is the 26-meter high Christmas tree. Set in front of the Rathaus, this giant Christmas tree with its 2,500 candles adds to the atmosphere of the traditional Christmas market in the square. There are over 150 stalls that are packed with all kinds of Christmas decorations, handicraft and Christmas gifts. Chocolate Rudolfs, Kletzenbrot, gingerbread houses and glühwein are just some of the Christmas treats you’ll find at the market stalls.
Christmas Post Office – Impress your family and friends anywhere in the world with a Christmas card franked with the word “Christkindl” on it. You’ll find this special Christmas Post Office as you walk through the interior courtyard of the Rathaus (Prunkhof – Court of Ceremonies). This charming Christmas Post Office will operate from November 27 to December 8, 2013 (Open daily from 12:00 – 18:00) and any mail sent from this post office is guaranteed to arrive at its destination for Christmas.
Santa visits the Munich Christkindl every afternoon from 16:00 to 18:00 and chats with grown-ups and children alike. If you’d like to capture this Santa-moment, he loves having his picture taken as a reminder of this memorable Christmas market visit.
During the Christmas season, visitors will have more than the Glockenspiel to enjoy at the Rathaus. There is live music every day from the Rathaus balcony from 17:30 – 18:00. And if you see some mythological characters running through the Christmas market, you’ll know that the 500 year-old traditional Krampus Run is on.
Other Christkindl Activities
ChristkindlTram: Every year the Munich Transport Association runs a ChristkindlTram ride through the city centre. Get on board the tram and in addition to your sightseeing highlights, you will be served with hot mulled wine, gingerbread and other surprises. There is a program for children and kids of course get served a children’s punch. The ChristkindlTram runs daily from Nov. 30 – Dec 23, 2013. (Mon-Friday 15:30 – 19:00 | Sat-Sun 11:00 – 19:30.). You’ll find the Tram station at Sendlinger Tor.
Nativity scenes: For Nativity scenes, head to the Neuhauser Strasse, a few steps from Marienplatz, and you’ll find one of the largest manger markets in all of Germany. Here you’ll find everything that you’ll need to create your own manger.
Christmas Market tours: With more than 20 Christmas markets in Munich, let a local guide take you to the best on a Christmas Market Tour. The itinerary for this tour covers Sedlinger Tor, Marienplatz, the Nativity Scene at the Old City Hall, Christmas Village in the Royal Palace Courtyard and the Medieval Market near Odeonsplatz.
Children’s Activities: Kids can play games or enjoy themselves doing handicrafts or baking cookies at the “Heavenly Workshop”. The workshops run daily between Nov 29 – Dec 15, 2013 at 14:30 and 16:30.
Christmas Concerts: There’s nothing like some of your favourite Christmas music to put you into the spirit of Christmas. Visitors to Munich at Christmas can enjoy Christmas concerts at some amazing venues. See the list of Christmas concerts HERE.
How to get to Munich Christmas Market by public transport:
There are no parking facilities in the vicinity of Marienplatz so travel by public transport is best way to get to the Christmas Market. Marienplatz train station is right on the square.
- By Train – Marienplatz Stop – S1–S8, U3, U6
- By Bus - Lines 52 and 131 to Marienplatz
- By Tram – Tram 19 to Theatinerstrasse.
Places to Stay in Munich
Visitors have a large choice of luxury and budget hotels in Munich to choose from.
Munich Christkindlmarkt 2013
Dates: November 25 – December 24, 2013
Mon – Sat: 10:30 – 21:00
Sun : 10:30 – 20:00
Dec. 24 : 09:00 – 14:00
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