Munich Christmas Markets

In late November of each year, Munich is transformed to host one of the best Christmas markets in the world. Munich Christmas Market - the “Original” - is the oldest Christmas market in the city. Its origins are reported to date back to the so-called “Nikolaus Markets” of the 14th century. Town records first mention a “Nikolaidult” taking place near the Beautiful Tower in Kaufingerstrasse in 1642. 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.

Traditional, handmade Christmas gifts are available in abundance and make for great stocking fillers. they include intricate wood carvings from Oberammergau, gingerbread and Bavarian glasswork. All the usual German delicacies are available from any of the markets in the city; Gluhwein 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. 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, including the Christmas market at Sendlinger Tor, only a short walk away from the main market at Marienplatz. Offering a more craft focused feel and allowing you to try your hand at candle making and glass blowing, this market allows you to add those personal touches to your presents this year. It also sells unique spices, teas and essential oils from the Orient, giving the whole market an inimitable Christmas feel.

Things to do and see

Munich city breaks are a great way to prepare for Christmas and get in the festive spirit of things.

Take a ride on the Christkindl Tram for a tour through the Christmas Markets, complete with cultural and historical facts as well as culinary information about the city.

The ‘Pink Christmas’ is Munich’s LGBT market and is held in the Glockenbachviertel, one of the nicest and most famous parts of Munich.

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

Additional Information
Nearby markets worth visiting
  • Augsburg: 30 minutes.
  • Salzburg: 2 hours.

There are many other 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
Hotel Recommendations

Maritim Hotel Munich 4*

Set in a courtyard and offering peace and quiet in a busy city. Its panoramic rooftop indoor pool allows unique views.


Rilano 24/7 Hotel Muenchen City 4*

Stylish interior design and central location close to Deutsches Theatre and in walking distance to the Karlsplatz/Stachus square.


Hotel Ambiente 3*

A family-run hotel located in the heart of the city.

Deck The Stalls Christmas Has Come Early
Now is the perfect time to book your festive trip to one of Europe's beautiful Christmas markets. Here's a look at a few of them in more detail.