Every year around this time of December München hosts the traditional Christmas markets or as the locals call them “Weihnachtsmärkte”. Those of you who visited Vienna for Christmas will find a resemblance between the markets from München and those from Austria. In München the Christmas markets start at the end of November. Even though they are called “Christmas markets” they only last until 23 December and not until 25,26 December as i believed.
Every year all over München appear numerous markets, but most of them are localized in the center of the city.
This year we went to Mittelalter Weihnachtsmarkt located near the subway exit from Odensplatz (address Wittelsbacherplatz). This Christmas market was small but very interesting and different from the others – it was a medieval Christmas market with knights, noble ladies, artisans and merchants. If you go there evenings during weekends you will catch fire-shows, pantomime and spectacles with magicians.
Medieval Christmas market
Christmas market fish stand
Christmas market oven bread stand
The program for this market is 11am- 8 pm. At the entrance there were a few merchants offering craft goods and inside the market there were fresh dishes (fish, pork, fresh bread) and drinks. One market stand called “Metschänke” got our full attention. This stand had hot drinks like “Thor’s Hammer”, spiced wine and brandy punch, all served in clay cups. We had a glass of “Thor’s Hammer” and continued our “München Christmas markets tour”.
Thor’s hammer- the drink
Other things in Germany that might interest you: