If you’re a lover of all things Christmas like we are, then visiting the European Christmas Markets is probably high on your travel wish list! And it’s no secret that Germany has some of the best and oldest markets in all of Europe, and Munich is home to over a dozen of those markets! And while I’m sure that all of them are worth visiting, chances are, you won’t have time to see them all on your visit, so we’re going to share with you what we think are the top 5 Christmas Markets in Munich!
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Before we get into our top 5 Munich Christmas Markets, here are a few things that might be helpful to know before your visit…
1. In general, the German Christmas Markets open the week of or the week after Thanksgiving (3rd or 4th week of November) and stay open through Christmas Eve or the day before Christmas Eve. There are obviously exceptions to this which is why we recommend looking up the specific market that you plan to visit to confirm that it will be open during your visit.
2. Be sure to brush up on your German before your visit. From our experience, all of the stalls at the markets only offer menus and signage in German, and some vendors spoke very little English. Don’t let that scare you away though! A simple “Hallo” (Hello) and “Danke/Danke schön” (Thank you) can go a long way!
3. Market vendors charge a “pfand” (deposit) for mugs, bottles, plates, silverware, etc. For instance, a cup of Glühwein may cost you €10… €5 for the Glühwein and a €5 pfand. Once you finish your Glühwein you can return your mug to the vendor and receive a refund for the €5 pfand. That said, the mugs make great souvenirs, so if you would like to keep your mug that's totally fine! Simply don’t return it and you have a great €5 souvenir or Christmas gift, but be sure to pay attention if your bottle of Coca-Cola or Nürnberger Rostbratwurst (served on a plate) has a pfand attached to them... They don't make as great of souvenirs as the mugs! Lol
4. Be sure to bring cash! Many vendors do not accept cards and you don’t want to get stuck paying an unnecessary ATM fee.
5. The markets operate rain, snow, or shine! In other words… They don’t close for weather! Well… It would take a LOT for them to close for inclement weather. During our visit, the high temperatures were in the 20s and 30s and it snowed and sleeted most of the time we were there and all of the markets were still going strong. So, just prepare for whatever the forecast is calling for and go out and enjoy the sights, smells, and tastes of the markets!
Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s get into what we think are the top 5 Munich Christmas Markets (in no particular order):