Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas Markets in Munich

Business travel has brought me to Munich, where I had the pleasure of visiting the Christmas (Weihnachtsmarkt or Christkindl) markets at Marienplatz and Odeonsplatz, in the heart of downtown Munich.

The markets are held during the four weeks of Advent, are centuries old, and a unique celebration of Christmas. Taking place outside, they're comprised of open air stalls selling food, spirits, and gifts. There's also live music, singing, and entertainment. Seeing people of all ages out enjoying themselves, gave me an appreciation for the value they place on this most loved tradition. It's truly heartwarming and I think that's because it's old-fashioned...which resonates with me.

My first stop was for Bratwurst, served on a crusty roll, with German mustard. We also enjoyed a "boot" of Gluhwein, the traditional mulled red wine that's served warm. We went to the stall that serves it in the boot mug, as it just felt more authentic. I ate the most delicious Lebkuchen cookie, some pretty fabulous Christmas Stollen, and perfectly roasted chestnuts. The food stalls are filled to the brim with traditional Bavarian Christmas cookies, chocolates, sausages, frankfurters with sauerkraut, and much more. We walked for hours eating, drinking, and looking for the perfect handmade Christmas gifts to bring home.

These markets sit amongst the beautiful architecture of Munich, so I've tried to capture both in the photos. I hope you feel transported, if just for a few minutes, to the heart of Munich during this special time of year. Enjoy!
(Click on the slide show to view larger photos online)


  1. OH, what magical photos! You have transported me back to the time of my childhood when we lived in Germany for almost 4 years. Christmas and Munich were 2 of my favorite memories! Your images really capture the beauty and your words the heart of these fine people. I am going to share this with my family who will also love this armchair travel to our childhood...and Beck roots.

    And what will we be eating on Christmas Eve? Our family tradition--bratwurst! (We have searched the USA and our favorite brand is from In fact, our shipment should be arriving on our doorstep this week!

    Thanks, Laurie for your wonderful work! This is my 1st time looking at your blog and I look forward to many more. So happy David told me about you!

    Happy Holy Days, Morgaine Beck

  2. Dear Morgaine,
    Thank you so much for your kind works. It is so rewarding to know that a story and pictures can connect us in such a special way. I am truly overwhelmed by the beauty of this place, and the kindness of the people. I'm so happy that I can share it with someone that has been touched in the same way.
    Wishing you a beautiful Christmas,