Christmas Markets (Christkindlmarkten)
By Viator, October 2013
The start of Advent season brings the traditional Christmas markets to the squares and streets of Munich. The most well-known market is Christkindlmarkt, located in Marienplatz. The twinkiling holiday lights against the backdrop of Munich's oldest buildings and the smell of gingerbread in the air create a festive ambiance only found at the German Christmas markets. Find the Yuletide spirit shopping for gifts amongst the stalls selling candies, crafts, and cakes.
The most popular stalls of the Christkindlmarkt include the Nativity Scene, Zwetschgamännla (figures made of decorated dried plums), carved nutcrackers, candied almonds, Christstollen (egg bread), Bratwurst, and glass Christmas tree decorations. Visitors will also want to warm up with a glass of mulled wine or Eierpunsch while walking around the market.
Located in the hub of pedestrian traffic the Christkindlmarkt at Marienplatz is the perfect place to experience Bavarian Christmas traditions through the markets. The views from the Christkindlmarkt include the snow-capped Alps, a perfect setting to get in the spirit for a white Christmas.