Munich Christmas Market is the Start of our German Christmas Market Tour:
Munich is the start of our eight city German Christmas market tour and this year the Bavarian capital failed to put on a warm welcome for us – in fact it was freezing!
A Freezing start to our Munich Visit
A cold snap had hit Munich the day before our arrival. Our flight information did mention that the outside temperature was -6°C when we landed, but that number didn’t register with us at all. We were too busy getting ready to disembark. One step out of the plane and brrrh! was the reaction of most passengers. We were expecting temperatures in the low single digits, but -6°C was a shock to the system, especially when we had just come from summer in Sydney. Fortunately, Tony and I had our coats with us.
Braving the Freezing Weather
Luckily, it was a few degrees warmer in the city centre. We didn’t let the cold deter us and that evening we got rugged up and walked into the historical centre to check out Munich’s famous Marienplatz Christkindlmarkt. From our hotel to Marienplatz it was a good 20 minute walk, but the market stalls actually start from Karlsplatz, quite close to our hotel. Munich’s Christmas markets are spread over a number of streets off Marienplatz.
Our first mug of glühwein
We noticed that the Crambambuli glühwein stall was doing a lot of business, a likely indication that their recipe could be good. We had our first mug of glühwein here. Next to the glühwein stall there is an equally popular pommes frites (french fries) stall. We had some to go with our drinks. In the cold, the hot spiced wine was a warmly welcoming drink. Tony noticed that the pfand (deposit for the mug) has now gone up to 4 Euros. It seems expensive, but you actually get it back when you return the mug.
Christmas Market Food
Most of the stalls at the market offered meat-based fast food, i.e. bratwurst, currywurst, pork, etc. We were pleased to find a stall that sold flammlachs – woodfire roasted salmon in an excellent fresh roll. We were lucky as we had the last sandwich for sale that evening. It was delicious!
Being a Wednesday night, it wasn’t very crowded and by 9 pm all the stalls were closing up. With the freezing temperature, the stallholders must be glad to be going home. We too were tired after our long day of flying. But, it was great to be back at Munich’s Christkindlmarkt!