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  • Munich at Christmas is full of light and magic

    Munich at Christmas is full of light and magic

  • Munich Christmas Market

    Munich Christmas Market

  • Enjoy the festive atmosphere of the sparkling market

    Enjoy the festive atmosphere of the sparkling market

  • Mouth-watering 'Riesen-Bretzen' (Giant Pretzels)

    Mouth-watering 'Riesen-Bretzen' (Giant Pretzels)

  • Browse the stalls for gifts...

    Browse the stalls for gifts...

  • The main 'Christkindlmarkt'

    The main 'Christkindlmarkt'

  • Take in the unique atmosphere

    Take in the unique atmosphere

  • Stunning Munich in Winter

    Stunning Munich in Winter

  • Try the mulled wine, browse for gifts or listen to the carols!

    Try the mulled wine, browse for gifts or listen to the carols!

  • Combine an exciting city break trip with a festive adventure

    Combine an exciting city break trip with a festive adventure

Christmas Markets » German Christmas Markets » Munich Christmas Markets


Christmas Market Marienplatz - München Tourismus © Sigi Mueller


Fred.\ Holidays have a great selection of Christmas Markets to spectacular cities throughout Germany and the rest of Europe!

Munich Christmas Market

In late November of each year, Munich is transformed in to a winter wonderland that hosts one of the best Christmas markets in the world. The historic backdrop of the city provides a magnificent setting for the festivities, glittering lights, wooden huts and spectacular Christmas trees. The most famous of all the Munich Christmas markets is the Marienplatz situated in front of the city's town hall. This particular market has roots that date back to the 14th Century.

Traditional, handmade Christmas gifts are available in abundance and make for great stocking fillers, from intricate wood carvings from Oberammergau, gingerbread and Bavarian glasswork.

All the usual German delicacies are available from any of the markets in the city, Gluhvein flows freely from numerous stalls and the aroma of hot chestnuts roasting and grilled sausages only adds to the Christmas ambience. 

Possibly the most beautiful Christmas market in Munich can be found in the district of Haidhausen. Munich city breaks are a great way to prepare for Christmas and get in the festive spirit of things. This particular market allows for a relaxed and intimate feel, away from the more tourist focused areas of the city.

In addition, there are 20 more Christmas markets located throughout the city of Munich, including the Christmas market at Sendlinger Tor, only a short walk away from the main market at Marienplatz, taking in a more craft focused feel and allowing you to try your hand at candle making and glass blowing, adding those personal touches to your presents this year. The market also sells unique spices, teas and essential oils from the Orient, giving the whole market an inimitable Christmas feel.




Nearby markets worth visiting

  • Augsburg: 30 minutes.
  • Salzburg: 2 hours.

There are many small markets, within 2 hours of Munich, set against the incredible Bavarian Alps.

Useful information

  • Flight time from London: 1hr 40min
  • Munich International Airport: 40km from the city centre; transfer time about 30-40 min
  • Nearest railway station: Munchen
  • Currency: Euro
Fred says

Uniquely to the Marienplatz market a daily Christmas concert is performed on the city steps to the delight of the waiting crowds.


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Images © Christmas Market Marienplatz - München Tourismus © Sigi Mueller

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Third biggest city in Germany


Approx. 1.4 million



Time Difference

+1 hr

Dial Code

+49 (Germany)


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Getting around

The MVV is an integrated system consisting of trams, buses, U-Bahn and S-Bahn. Many trains run from early in the morning to 1 or 2am. 

There are also night buses and night trams which run all night on weekends, except Sundays.

Munich International Airport

From Munich Airport take the S-Bahn S1 or S8 to the centre of the city - journey time 45. minutes. There is also an airport bus that will take you to the Central station.

Flight Time from London

2 hours

Stroll along Viktualienmarkt, Many locals consider this daily market in the city centre the beating heart of Munich culinary  scene. Open throughout the year and set in an open-air location, here you can taste some of the city's food specialties or just take a sit in the biergarten and chill out with a Bavarian beer.   Wander around Marienplatz, Munich's main square at the Town Hall and pedestrian area for a great shopping experience.

Munich's latest shopping centre, called Fünf Höfe or Five Courts offers exclusive shops, bistros and cafés.  Alternatively pay a visit to the Hogstatt  shopping mall.

Fashionistas looking for exclusive designer boutiques should head for Maximilianstrasse, Theatinerstrasse and Briennerstrasse. For high street shops and department stores try the pedestrian area between Marienplatz and Karlsplatz Stachus.

Smaller alternative boutiques and trendier street clothes can be found in Munich's Gärtnerplatz district, and in Schwabing, Munich's Bohemian and student quarter.

Mich is home to the third largest Louis Vuitton flagship store at Louis Vuitton Munich Residenzpost 

Opening times (larger shops, department stores, supermarkets):

Mon-Sat 09:00 - 20:00


There are a huge number of restaurants, bars and pubs in Munich and visitors will find something for every price range and taste. But no visitor to Munich should miss out on trying some of the typical local cuisine!

Bavarian & German Food

Ratskeller - Marienplatz 8

Situated underneath the historic Rathaus, this vast restaurant offers one of the most atmospheric surroundings in Munich.

Wirthshaus in der Au- Lilienstr. 51

A very popular local restaurant serving creative Bavarian food in authentic settings.

Beer halls and gardens

One of the finer ways to sample Bavaria's best brews and tasty local delicacies are the many beer halls and beer gardens all over the city, i.e.:

Chinesischer Turm

A popular beer garden located around the famous Chinese Tower in the centre of the English Garden. Brass bands play on Sundays.

Augustiner Beer Garden - Arnulfstr. 52

In walking distance of Munich's main station, this giant leafy beer garden is buzzing with life and good cheer.


This square in the city centre is the heart and soul of Munich Old Town, together with the neo-gothic New Town hall. The carillon in the tower resounds when the clock chimes the hour (11 and 12 a.m. - in summer also at 5 p.m.) and spreads it sounds all over the square, being a main tourist and local attraction.

Odeonsplatz and Royal Residence

Odeonsplatz is one of the other main hotspots in Munich. On the south side of the square stands the impressive Field Marshal's Hall Monument while on the west side of it you can find the beautiful and glorious Theatiner Church. Last but not least, on the east side of the square a gate leads to the Renaissance Royal Gardens and the Royal Residence, the largest residential palace in Germany. 

English Garden © Luis GervasiEnglish Garden © Luis Gervasi

Englischer Garden

One of the largest city parks in the world and the perfect place for strolling, relaxing, surfing in the Eisbach, paddle-boating and enjoying a tasty Bavarian beer in the beer gardens.  Alternatively enjoy a Japanese Tea and watch the many surfers.


Just around the corner from Marienplatz and the Town Hall, you will find one of Europe's finest food markets. In summer, the entire place is transformed into a beer garden.

Nymphenburg Palace

A enormous, beautiful park area in the northwestern part of Munich that surrounds the baroque summer residence of the Bavarian Electors.

Art Galleries

Visit the Pinakothek galleries. The three galleries of Old, New and Modern offer some of the finest works in Germany. With paintings exhibited by such masters as Dürer, Hals in the Alte Pinakothek and Goya, Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir and Van Gogh in the Neue Pinakothek there is something for all Art lovers!


The 'Cathedral of our Blessed Lady' with its twin towers, is Munich's most famous landmark.  The gothic cathedral and its onion-domed towers are a distinctive landmark of the city.

Philharmonie am Gasteig 

Home to Munich's Philharmonic Orchestra and the city's premier cultural venue with a diversified schedule throughout the year.

Deutsches Museum

Located on the museum island in the Isar River. It is one of the oldest museums for science and technology in the world.

BMW WeltBMW Welt

BMW Welt and Museum

The BMW Welt with its unique and futuristic architecture is the BMW experience and delivery centre. The museum presents an unique collection of the most important and original brand examples and the current development of BMW.

Olympic Park

This park was for the Olympic Summer Games back in 1972. This sport area finds itself in the north of Munich and it's now a popular urban destination for recreation and fun. On the top of the Olympic Tower you can get a great view of Munich and the Alps.

Allianz Arena

The futuristic stadium has been the home of FC Bayern München since 2005.


Munich's nightlife has something to suit most tastes. Apart from clubs, pubs and beer halls, the city offers some excellent classical, jazz and opera venues.

Hofbräuhaus - Am Platzl 9:  Bavaria's best-known and most celebrated beer hall. A live band plays Bavarian folk music most of the day.

Alter Simpl - Türkenstrasse 57:  This pub in the district of Schwabing has good jazz and an arthouse vibe. Some of Germany's most famous writers and artists used to meet here in the early 20th century.

P1 - Prinzregentenstrasse 1:  This upmarket club is regularly frequented by Munich's jet set; exclusive, expensive and difficult to get into, but nevertheless - a real Munich institution.

Atomic Café - Neuturmstr. 5:  A trendy spot in the city centre, featuring pop and rock music, touring DJs and some live bands.