The shiniest season is here! As you may know, we are talking about Christmas. Germany is the country of the Christmas markets (called Weihnachtsmärkte), and they have just begun!
Every year we can see at the end of November how the streets of Munich dress up in gold, red, and green with sparkling decoration as well as the many markets that proliferate these days.
There are Christmas markets almost on every corner, but we want to highlight some of the most unusual and special ones.
The queer and LGBT community has in Stephansplatz a market that is open to everyone. Electronic music, unexpected gifts, and everything dyed in a pink color makes the Pink Christmas Market in Glockenbach something really special. Usually, they have live performances every day from 7 pm.
If you are looking for something out of this world (or this time) you should visit the Medieval market at Wittelsbacher Platz. There you can find artisans, merchants, troubadours and probably learn something about old craft jobs. All here is from the medieval era, from old-style cooked food that follows the traditional recipes to hot drinks like Thors Hammer and of course, Glühwein. Every weekend you can see a juggling show with fire. Wow!
Christmas Village at Residenz
Here you can see how is the Santa Claus workshop, angels singing, and some of the most famous tales represented by automatons. This is a show perfect for kids if they are not scared of dolls moving and acting like if they were human. Apart from this representations, you can enjoy a traditional Glühwein, sausages, crepes, and sweet typical Christmas treats.
The Munich Feuerzangenbowle at Isartor
If you have been living in Munich at least since last Christmas you probably know about the Feuerzangenbowle drink. It is a sweet drink made of red wine, clove, cinnamon, lemons, oranges, sugar, and rum. The curious thing about the Feuerzangenbowle is that you drink it in a special mug with a little flame that burns the sugar located in a small spoon. That makes it extremely hot, perfect for the low temperatures of the winter. If you love this drink or you want to give it a try, this is your market! It will begin on 1st of December and it will be at Isartor until 6th of the same month. Short but intense!
The summer festival has its twin on winter with a big Christmas market plenty of ideas for gifts and food from all over the world. The Winter Tollwood edition takes place every year at the same enclosure of the Oktoberfest, at Theresenwiese. Of course, if you want some Bavarian tradition, you have it here, but also you can enjoy African delicacies, Indian curries or some medieval gastronomy. A different market that stands out for promoting solidarity, ecology, and good vibes.
More information about Christmas Markets at the official website of the city of Munich.