During the Advent season Munich lights up with beautiful décor, and people enjoy the atmosphere of numerous Christmas markets. As regular visitors to stalls with Glühwein (mulled wine), gingerbread, marzipan sweets and Christmas tree decorations, we’d like to give you an overview of our favourite Munich’s Christmas markets.
Good to know: Generally, the markets open four weeks before Christmas and close on December 23rd. Some stay open on Christmas Eve until early afternoon. Follow the links for the exact opening times.
The traditional Christmas market is held in the very heart of the city – Marienplatz square in front of the Munich town hall. Besides Glühwein, you can try some grilled sausages and tarte flambée with cottage cheese, onions and bacon.
If you continue towards Kaufinger and Neuhauser Straße, the market turns to Kripperlmarkt – Munich Manger Market.
Here, on Germany’s largest nativity market you’ll find everything you need for a perfect Christmas crib. You can buy antiquities, wooden figurines and even lighting and electrical articles. On request, you can get repairs and custom-made pieces.
Tip: With good weather, a view over the Christmas markets from the top of St. Peter’s Church (Alter Peter) or the town hall tower (less crowded) is beautiful.
If Christmas cribs are not something you particularly fancy, look for stars in the trees on the little market located on Rindermarkt square right behind Marienplatz towards Rosenstraße.
Try a smoked salmon or fish and chips there – very tasty. On Rindermarkt don’t drink Glühwein, get Stachelbier! It’s a specially brewed beer, which is warmed up by sticking a hot glowing iron spike into the beer glass. This adds an unusual caramel-smoky taste.
How to get to Marienplatz: Subway U6/U3 and all S-Bahn (suburban train) lines stop at Marienplatz.
Weihnachtsdorf im Kaiserhof
Less than 10 minutes away from Marienplatz towards Dienerstraße and Residenzstraße, you’ll find Das Weihnachtsdorf im Kaiserhof der Residenz (Christmas village in the courtyard of Munich Residence Palace). The fairytale village is an eye catcher for old and young. It’s the best place in Munich to drink eggnog with a big cream cap on the top.
Tip: Carry enough cash when visiting Christmas markets. A deposit for wine mugs can be as high as 10€.
Not far away from Residenz on the Wittelsbacherplatz plaza, our absolute favourite Mittelaltermarkt (Medieval Christmas market) is held. The square smells of smoked fish, barbequed shashliks and the best Feuerzangenbowle in town! If you’re not a sweet tooth, taste the Kriemhild’s Trunk.
How to get there: Both the Residenz market and the Mittelaltermarkt are easily accessible. Use subway lines U3/U6 and get off at Odeonsplatz.
Weihnachtsmarkt am Chinesischen Turm
For a truly romantic atmosphere away from city hustle, visit Weihnachtsmarkt am Chinesischen Turm (Christmas Market by the Chinese Tower) in Englischer Garten (English Garden).
While in the summer, it houses a lovely beer garden, in Advent, the plaza around the Chinese Tower changes into a winter fairytale. Besides the traditional Christmas market activities, you can watch people playing the ice stock sport also called Bavarian curling. If you’re up to it, try it yourself.
How to get there: You can either walk through the English Garden from the subway stations Universität or Giselastraße (lines U3/U6, around 15 minutes) or take the tram 16 to Tivolistraße. Bus lines 54 and 154 stop directly in at the Chinese Tower.
There is even more
Besides the traditional Christmas markets, there are several Glühwein stalls and winter villages in Munich.
Christkinldmarkt at Sendlinger Tor is perfect for an after-work Glühwein meet up. For some reason, you’ll also find a stall selling traditional Russian Matryoshka dolls there. You can reach it with six subway lines (U3/U6, U1/U2/U7/U8) as well as many trams.
The idea for the glamorous Pink Christmas market in the heart of Glockenbachviertel neighbourhood on Stephansplatz originated in Munich’s LGBT scene. Pink is its motto. If you’re lucky, you’ll meet one of Munich’s famous drag queens.
How to get there: Take the subway to Sendlinger Tor (U3/U6, U1/U2/U7/U8). From there, it’s a 5 minutes walk.
At Isartor, you’ll find the biggest Feuerzangenbowle pot in the World every second year.
On Viktualienmarkt’s Winterzauber, you can sip your Glühwein while watching the hustle of the traditional food market.
Munich city ice field – Eiszauber – on Karlsplatz (Stachus) is fun for old and young. Put on your skates and enjoy the magical atmosphere until late January.
If you want to explore markets outside the inner city, Haidhauser Weihnachtsmarkt on Rosenheimer Platz in the eastern part of the town and Neuhauser Weihnachtsmarkt on Rotkreuzplatz in the north-west offer nice festive flair.
At the non-traditional Schwabinger Weihnachtsmarkt located at the Münchner Freiheit square local artist present and sell their art pieces.
At Tollwood Winter Festival held on Theresienwiese, you can try specialities from all over the World and attend many concerts and plays in cosy tents.
Christmas market walks
Starting in the city centre, you can easily explore Munich’s Christmas markets on foot.
For exercise enthusiasts (4,5 km)
Start at Mittelaltermarkt. Continue to the north passing by the University and turn right for the English Garden to visit the Christmas Market by the Chinese Tower. After that, head back towards the city through the garden. Check out the city surfers on the Eisbach wave (Eisbachwelle) and walk through Hofgarten to the Residenz Christmas village.
You’ll find the route here.
For Christmas drinks lovers (1,5 km)
Start with a Stachelbier at Rindermarkt, continue with Glühwein on Christkindlmarkt am Marienplatz, then get an eggnog at the Rezidenz Christmas village and finish with Feuerzangenbowle and Kriemhild’s Trunk on Mittelaltermarkt. Be careful. The drinks are stronger than you may think.
Google Maps route here.
For the non-conventional (2 km)
Start at Sendlinger Tor, continue through the Glockenbachviertel with a stop at Pink Christmas, then head towards Feuerzangenbowle at Isartor and finish with a mug of hot punch on Viktualienmarkt.
Click for the route here.
Enjoy the beautiful Advent season in Munich.