Munich is bustling as Christmas approaches. Marienplatz is packed and the trams and subways are standing room only. With its many Christmas markets, Munich has something for everyone. The main market is located at Marienplatz in the heart of the city. This is people watching at it’s best. Another great treat is just down the street at Isartor.
The World’s Biggest Feuerzangenbowle - making this concoction is really fun – one of the key things is to douse a giant piece of sugar – shaped like a cone – in rum, light it on fire and wait for it to trickle into the punch.
At the other end of town, on Karlsplatz, families, children and couples are skating on a temporary ice rink. It takes the place of the fountain that is usually here an is done up in first class style. For the beginners, they have some fun skating aids for th kiddies to lean on and push around the ice – the ice is filled with cute polar bears and penguins!
There are many other markets including a Medieval -themed market near Odeonsplatz. There are so many of them including Sendlinger Tor, the courtyard of the Residenz, Schwabing, Prater Insel, and too many more to be named. For a complete list, have a look at Munich’s Municipal Website.
Another neat tradition is the Christmas Tram. For a few euros, you can jump on the tram for ride around the old town inside a decorated streetcar. At the same time, enjoying a Glühwein – see my previous post on that topic.
So what have Vonia and her group done on Friday and Saturday? Vonia was really happy to have Jens and Uli with along with her in Munich. On Friday morning, they all enjoyed a city tour with Juliet, a guide from Munich Walk Tours. One of the owners, Eric, is a friend of Simone and Oliver’s and a regular at the Weisses Brauhaus. Speaking of which, that’s where dinner was on Friday night. And Vonia got to see her old Schnupftabak friend there for a moment. Sadly, Simone and Oliver were out of town on Friday. Vonia also took the group out to Nymphenburg castle and to the carriage museum there. The closing dinner was at the Alter Wirt featuring organic Duck.
Tomorrow is the day when all our guests go their separate ways. It’s always so hard to say to good-bye to new friends – and to Bavaria!
Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed my posts about The Christmas Markets. I’d love to have you post comments on my blog!