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.