Munich: Reunions, Christmas markets and Insatiable appetites

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…. 🎵 ! It definitely is in Munich.. the delicious smells of glühwein and roasting chestnuts wafting through the air, competing with the mouth watering smells of various types of grilled wurst can only mean one thing- Christmas!!!No one does Christmas markets quite like the Germans. The main Christmas market in Munich is in Marienplatz, right in the centre of the city, this Christmas market is set against the backdrop of the awe- inspiring cathedral, the Frauenkirche, the old and new town halls and other notable buildings in the sprawling square. There you have endless rows of cute wooden stalls selling everything from hand crafted Christmas decorations and gifts to artisan food and drink and plenty more which will leave even the most anti-Christmas person feeling festive.

Not much to report, other than the fact that I ate my body weight in food; going from stall to stall, everything looked so good and tasted incredible! but then I also did a lot of walking so I think it all kind of balanced out in the end:) The entire city centre is beautifully decorated in an elegant yet understated way, there is a gigantic Christmas tree by the main square in Marienplatz, shop fronts with exquisite displays and Christmas carols playing all around the city. There are other smaller but equally impressive Christmas markets dotted all around the city- a notable one being the one at the Residenz, this one is a little bit more contained, within the courtyard of the historic building but still very popular. Outside of the Christmassy bits there are plenty of opportunities to shop, explore the city by S Bahn, U Bahn or bus and lots of walking to be done if you prefer something quieter, with less crowds. The architecture in Munich is absolutely stunning, so you may decide to forgo the markets altogether and visit one of the gorgeous churches, the opera house or the Residenz theatre to see a production for instance. Bikes and scooters can be hired in a city scheme, which makes getting around easier and will earn you brownie points for being green, but we mostly stuck to walking.

I found one of the great walks to be from Hauptbahnhof ( the central station) through Marienplatz and Karlsplatz to Odeonsplatz. This allows you to take in all the splendour of the Christmas ambience in the centre with other revellers, whilst  checking out the many sights and monuments. In my case it was also a great workout after all the indulgence at the Christmas markets. Speaking of food……:)I had a typical Bavarian breakfast at Bohne and Malz on our first morning- oven fresh pretzels with white sausages served with sweet, fiery mustard and a side of omelette for good measure. They served great coffee too, the decor here was very cosy and homely and made for a wonderful experience. We had lunch once at Rathskeller and brunch on our second day at Cafe Neuhausen just outside the city centre, which were both excellent choices, both places had gluten free options which was perfect for two members of the group. This trip was a weekend meet up with old friends in a familiar city and it very much felt like coming back home. We caught up on each other’s news, ate, laughed, joked and reminisced about our experiences after over a decade of being away from the city and it didn’t feel like much time had passed at all.

 

So if you fancy some festive cheer before Christmas or maybe need a nice little break away for a long weekend after the festivities, Munich is undoubtedly a great choice.

Flight time: LCY- MUC: 1hr 35 mins

Munich Airport to City centre : 45 mins by S Bahn or using the Lufthansa Express bus.