Every year a Bavarian municipality donates a Christmas tree for the state capital. The Tannenbaum is then erected at the Marienplatz in downtown Munich and adds to the Christmassy atmosphere of the square during the Christkindlmarkt.
This year the Municipality of Ruhpolding had the honour and the tree was presented today (see video below). The tree is over 150-years old and very tall, but neither the Second Mayor of Munich Josef Schmid, nor the Mayor of Ruhpolding Claus Pichler are looking particularly satisfied with the tree. The lower branches hang a bit downwards already, and the tree is already losing some leaves. Both Mayors say that the very dry year is to blame, but both are hopeful it will look nice when it gets the Christmas lights. The lights are going to be lit on November 27, when the Christkindlmakt opens. The 37-meter tall tree will remain at the Marienplatz until January 8, 2016.