For Christmas we took a detour from Dublin to visit Munich, Germany for Christmas! It was a gateway city for an easy on-visit to Vienna and Prague by train for New Year’s.
With a massively traditional Christian history, and still in the central and eastern region, and as the birth place of the most famous Christmas traditions, Europe is the epicenter of Christmas celebrations worldwide. And how could it not be! It’s the birthplace of the living Saint Nicholas from Greece and the original Christmas tree from Germany!
And all over Europe one of the most Christmassy places to be are a Christmas market on a cold day or a lit up night. Corners of cities redesigned like classic Christmas villages with wooden shack stalls decked with tree boughs, lights and Christmas bulbs, giant Christmas trees, mulled wine, hearty meats like ham on a roast, hot chocolate, egg nog, the smells that make Christmas Christmas like cinnamon, cloves, sugar and pine, brass instruments and choirs hum Christmas tunes, and if you’re lucky, a sprinkling of snow, and still so much more. They’re all beautiful and each country adds their own spin to them.
But for today, we want to take you on a tour of the Munich Christmas Markets in Germany in Marienplatz square, the main square of the city for almost 900 years. The largest Christmas market in Munich. Surrounded by giant churches and stone buildings and cobble stone walk ways, it’s the perfect place to feel like you’re diving into a quaint Christmas past.
Christmas markets tend to be open from the end of November until January 6th in many cities across Europe. In Munich, it’s open from around November 27th to December 24th. And this is where we made our mistake.
We planned to be in Munich from late Dec 23rd until Boxing day morning on the 26th. But we completely didn’t realize that more than most Christian cities or countries, Munich, and most of Bavaria, shuts down completely on both Christmas Eve and Day. Pretty much only the Christmas markets and a handful of restaurants were open Christmas Eve and only until midday, for the Marienplatz market, until 2pm. So we only had a short chance to visit the markets and get the most out of our Christmas in Munich before everything shut down!
So watch below to see what the Germany Christmas Markets are really like on the last day of the season!
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Chris and Larry
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