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!
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