For the very best that Christmas markets have to offer, Munich is the place for you. From seasonal beer gardens and warm traditional mulled wine to specialist produce available only at these markets during the Christmas period, Munich Christmas Markets have something for everyone. There's often free music in the evenings too.
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Munich Christmas Markets have been a feature of this greatest of Bavarian cities for hundreds of years. There's a wide choice for every taste and enough fascinating stalls to occupy several days - and evenings. Look out for traditional delicacies, such as Fatschnkindl, which is a pastry meant to resemble the baby Jesus Christ in the manger.
Dating back to the 14th century, this is the oldest and biggest of Munich Christmas Markets. Traditional Bavarian crafting skills are on show in the market's age-old tradition of making seasonal mangers for home decoration. Musicians and choirs appear every evening on the town hall balcony to play Bavarian music for the crowds. Unmissable.
At Christmas, this open air market in the heart of Munich's old town becomes a gourmet's delight. Viktualienmarkt specialises in local produce at all times of the year. At Christmas, the stalls at this most foodie of Munich Christmas Markets specialise in Bavarian seasonal produce. Make sure to enjoy a glass of Glühwein, the local mulled wine, or join locals in the beer garden to admire the elaborate nativity scene while enjoying a glass of Bavaria's finest.
This is the pick of Munich Christmas Markets for those looking for a bit more of a party atmosphere. You'll find up-to-the-minute craft designs, a wide variety of food stalls showcasing dishes from around the world as well as regular concerts featuring local musicians throughout the day. There are free tours of the market daily.