Christmas Markets in Munich

Weihnachtsmarkt MunichAs the centre of the conservative and mainly Catholic state of Bavaria, it is hardly surprising that Munich has one of the oldest and most traditional of Christmas markets.

The Christkindlmarkt is held in front of Munich Town Hall in a prime location for the three million visitors in the pedestrian heart of the city.

Locals reckon that the roots of the market go back into the 14th century, although it has only been in its present prime position since the 1970s.

Although Munich may well be the capital of a conservative state, it is also known for being a rich and trendy cultural hotspot and the mix of of tastes in other markets is an interesting one.

Here are some of the city markets which have their own websites.

Christkindlmarkt, MunichMunich Christkindlmarkt

The main city market overflows from Marienplatz and up the pedestrian shopping street towards the Christmas crib market and over into the Rindermarkt and out to the Cathedral.
Dates: 27.11.14 – 24.12.14
Times: Monday to Saturday : 10.00-21.00
Sunday : 10.00-20.00
(Christmas Eve : 10.00-14.00)
Location: On Marienplatz and the main shopping centre streets
Website: www.weihnachtsmarkt-marienplatz.de

Weihnachtsdorf, Residenz MünchenChristmas Village at the Munich Residenz

The organisers of this market have recreated a farming village in the Emperor's Court of the Munich Residenz, the former Bavarian seat of government.

Dates: 24.11.14 - 22.12.14
Times: 11.00-21.00
Location: In a courtyard of the Munich Residenz
Website: www.dasweihnachtsdorf.de

Christmas market at the Sendlinger Tor, MunichChristmas Market at the Sendlinger Tor

This Christmas market is situated at one of the southern gates to what used to be the fortified walls of the city in the Middle Ages. This smaller market has been going since the mid-1990s.

Dates: 27.11.14 - 23.12.14
Times: 10.30-21.00
Location: At the Sendlinger Tor
Website: www.sendlinger-tor.com

Middle Ages Christmas Market in MunichThe Middle Ages Market

This market tries hard to recreate the atmosphere of what the original Munich Christmas markets must have been like, with music, handmade stalls and stallholders dressed in clothing from the Middle Ages.

Dates: 27.11.14 - 23.12.14
Times: 11.00- 20.00
Location: On the Wittelsbacherplatz
Website: www.mittelaltermarkt-muenchen.de

Weihnachtsmarkt, Chinesischer Turm, MünchenChristmas Market at the Chinese Tower

The popular beer garden around the Chinese Tower in the English Gardens public park is the location for this Christmas market.

Dates: 28.11.14 - 23.12.14
Times: Monday - Friday : 12.00-20.30
Saturday - Sunday : 11.00-20.30
Location: In the English Gardens
Website: www.weihnachtsmarkt-chinaturm.de

Schwabinger Weihnachtsmarkt, MünchenSchwabing Christmas Market

Schwabing is situated to the north of the city centre and is known as a lively student section of the city, with plenty of bars, nightlife and activity.

Dates: 28.11.14 - 24.12.14
Times: Monday - Friday : 12.00-20.30
Saturday - Sunday : 11.00-20.30
Location: Near the Münchner Freiheit U-Bahn station
Website: www.schwabingerweihnachtsmarkt.de

Pink Xmas, MünchenPink Xmas

Pink Christmas is an initiative from the gay and lesbian community of the city, although all visitors are welcome to this lively market. There is a regular show programme at 19.00.

Dates: 24.11.14 - 23.12.14
Times: Monday - Friday : 16.00-22.00
Saturday - Sunday : 12.00-22.00
Location: Stephansplatz just south of Sendlinger Tor
Website: www.pink-christmas.de

Other Things To Do in Munich

Munich TheatreTake advantage of the city's gardens. It may be getting on for winter and Christmas, but Munich's open spaces are its pride and joy, from the Hofgarten to the Englischer Garten to the gardens at Nymphenburg Castle.

Beer. Bavaria is famous for its beer. Munich is the capital of Bavaria and thus has some very fine beer halls. Don't just head for the tourist-infested Hofbräuhaus - try some of the others around the centre. And don't forget the local food, either.

Things that turn and whistle and grind. The Deutsches Museum near the centre is one of Europe's finest museums. It specialises in science and technology and you could, as they say, spend days in there.

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Munich International Airport is located to the northeast of the city just under 30km away from the centre. It is linked by the regional train service to the main railway stations in the city.

Munich Hauptbahnhof, the principal railway station in the city, is located to the west of the city centre. There are some other less important rail stations, München Pasing and München Ost, for example, which also link mainline and regional rail services. As well as the useful S-Bahn regional services which go to a number of interesting destinations outside the city centre, Munich has an extensive underground rail system. All the local services, including buses, trams and trains, are integrated into a common ticket service by the MVV (Münchner Verkehrs- und Tarifverbund).

Travel Information
Munich Airport: www.munich-airport.de
National Railways: www.bahn.de
Local Public Transport: www.mvv-muenchen.de
Tourist Office: www.muenchen.de