Every year there are about 130 Christmas markets taking place in the metropolitan area of the Bavarian capital. Even though many of these markets are worth spending a winter evening at during the festive season (especially the ones taking place in Schwabing, Bogenhausen, at the Chinese tower within the Englischer Garten park, or at the Sendlinger Tor), the Christkindlmarkt at Munich’s Marienplatz remains one of the City’ trademarks.
Over 150 stalls with all sorts of treats from sausage to Glühwein (mulled wine), gingerbread to taste and many souvenirs and typical German crafts to discover, with live music and many activities for kids await at Munich’s main square.
The origin of the Christmas market dates back to the 14th century, when it was called St. Nicholas market. In 1806 it was renamed in "Christkindlmarkt". Since 1972 the market takes place at the Marienplatz. Each year it is enjoyed by some 3 million people.
The market will take place from November 27 until December 24, and you can enjoy the atmosphere of the Christkindlmarkt at the Marienplatz from 10am until 9pm (8pm on Sundays).
The world’s largest flaming punch bowl in Munich – Throughout December until January6, including New Year´s Eve, the world’s largest flaming punch bowl (it’s humongous) will take place at the Isartor in Munich, nearby the Christkindlmarkt. Red wine, poured with hot melted sugar and rum is a traditional hot beverage at Christmas time in Germany. The unique location creates a charming, warm and nostalgic Christmas atmosphere.