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Munich Christmas

Seasonal markets, glittering lights, mulled wine, and roast goose: Find unexpected pleasures in the land of lederhosen.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days
Family Friendly

Overview :  In the Munich of now, families pull Christmas trees on sleds through the streets. Merrymakers cluster at fir-garlanded sheds set up... more »

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Points of Interest

Tucked in the cavernous basement of the Bavarian National Museum are scores of crèches amassed by a local collector.

Address:
3 Prinzregentenstrasse
Munich
Germany

Phone:
49-89-211-2401

Family-owned hotel with a vaulted restaurant that serves Bavarian fare (sausage and strudel) and, on Sundays, a popular brunch. Room to Book: Ask for a room overlooking Promenadeplatz. Junior suite from $590, including breakfast.

Address:
2-6 Promenadeplatz
Munich
Germany

Phone:
(800) 223-6800

3. Bayerischer Kunstgewerbe-Verein Store & Gallery

Beautiful handmade jewelry, glassware, sculpture, and furniture.

Address:
6-8 Pacellistrasse
Munich
Germany

Phone:
49-89-290-1470

Locals line up for the generous portions of brasserie food.

Address:
4 Marienstrasse
Munich
Germany

Phone:
49-89-221-509

5. Café at the Museum Villa Stuck

Surprisingly good soups and sandwiches, prepared by lauded restaurant Zimmes & Zores.

Address:
60 Prinzregentenstrasse
Munich
Germany

Phone:
49-89-4555-5166

6. Church of St. Johann Nepomuk

Also known as Asamkirche, the church at Christmas is a Baroque jewel redolent of pine boughs and frankincense. Little about the façade of the Asamkirche can prepare a visitor for what lies beyond its portals—a puzzle-box interior super-populated with gilded saints and skulls and hectic putti, with Madonnas and agonized Saviors and with... More

Glyptothek, a Neoclassical temple built in the 19th century houses a collection of Greek and Roman antiquities. The best known of these is the Barberini Faun, of course, a kind of proto-gay icon depicting a naked youth asleep on a panther skin. Whether or not it was made for a Dionysian cult or installed by Hadrian in his villa or coveted by a... More

8. Hemmerle

Internationally renowned jeweler that also makes objects in iron and rock crystal.

Address:
14 Maximilianstrasse
Munich
Germany

Phone:
49-89-242-2600

9. Johanna Daimer

One-of-a-kind shop with art and furnishings made of 100 percent wool felt.

Address:
Dienerstrasse, Town Hall
Munich
Germany

Phone:
49-89-776-984

The recently renovated hotel occupies an 1870’s building and has a delightful heated rooftop pool and patio. The hotel’s Michelin-starred Restaurant Mark’s is open for an elegant Christmas Eve meal of traditional Christmas goose dinner complete with red cabbage and potato dumplings.

Address:
1 Neuturmstrasse
Munich
Germany

Phone:
(800) 526-6566

11. Schumann’s

This upscale hipster locale is known for its glamorous bar scene. The venue also serves delicious Continental home cooking.

Address:
6-7 Odeonsplatz
Munich
Germany

Phone:
49-89-229-060

Boutique hotel set in a former post office.

Address:
12 Bayerstrasse
Munich
Germany

Phone:
49-89-599-480

Order the excellent roast goose.

Address:
12 Residenzstrasse
Munich
Germany

Phone:
49-89-290-7060

Reservations are essential at this tiny spot, which serves classics like suckling pig.

Address:
3 Dreifaltigkeitsplatz
Munich
Germany

Phone:
49-89-299-995