I love Christmas Markets. The food, the different stalls and the decoration creates the best atmosphere to get into a festive mood. My oldest friend lives in Munich for some years now and she suggested to do a Christmas Market Hopping this year. Munich has around 20 different Christmas Markets which makes it fun to not only visit one market on a evening but to do a little tour. On two weekends we managed to get through roughly half of it visiting traditional markets but also very unusual ones.
There is still some time left to visit, so I thought I share with you my favourite Christmas Markets in Munich.
1. Christmas Market in the courtyard of the Residenz – 23.11.-22.12.2015
This Christmas Market is located within one of the courtyards of the imperial residence in the citiy center of Munich. It is a very traditional market with some stalls selling craft works or christmas decoration and others with food and drinks. Although Munich has bigger Christmas Markets like the one in front of the town hall, I prefer this one because of its size. It just feels more personal and cosy. I really like the square shaped layout of the market with a christmas pyramid in the middle. In one corner they installed a little fairy tale garden where children can listen to different fairy tales and christmas carols which makes this market also great for families.
2. Medieval Market, Wittelsbacher Platz – 25.11.-23.12.2015
The medieval market is within walking distance to the Residenz. It its tugged away in a small courtyard and offers a very different experience. On this market you can find medieval clothes or jewelery and even the food and drinks are taken from medieval times.
3. Pink Christmas, Stephansplatz – 27.11.-23.12.2015
This very small market is targeted at the LGBT community in Munich. All the decoration there follwos the motto of the market illuminating everything in pink. I really liked the fact that they have different DJs playing throughout the night which makes it a good spot to head there later in the evening.
4. Christmas Market in Schwabing – 27.11.-24.12.2015
I think my absolute favourite Christmas Market in Munich is the market in Schwabing. A bit outside of the city center you can find there some lovely craft work and a lot of art. I love finding new artists and was very happy to find the stall of Przemek Zajfert who sold lovely small photographs taken with a pinhole camera.
5. Fairy Tale Bazar – 26.11.-26.12.2015
Quite similar to the market in Schwabing is the market at the so called ‘Viehhof’. With its circus tents and food stalls it creates a very unique atmosphere. The food varies from Falaffel to indian curry to vegetarian kebab. In the big tents different bands play so this market is also a good destination for later in the night.
6. Tollwood – 24.11.-23.12.2015
Located on the Theresienwiese the Tollwood is more a Christmas festival than a market. I would say that this is the biggest market and offers everything from traditional christmas market to a bazar of craft works and art. The Tollwood offers food from all over the world often served in special food tents where you even can find a place to sit to enjoy your meal.
In addition to that there are also big tents with bazar like stalls where you can find your missing christmas present. There is definitely a stall for every taste. The Tollwood also is open until late and has special events throughout Christmas time. When we did our two tours, we always ended up there and enjoyed some late night snack or mulled wine.
I loved to get to know the different markets in Munich and would say that I prefer it to the bigger markets in Stuttgart or Ulm. They are also nice but it makes a lot of fun to change the location during the night and to see all sorts of different themed markets. I hope you enjoyed my little collection of my favourite Christmas Markets in Munich. Which are your favourite Christmas Markets? Any tipps?