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16 Magical Issues to Do in Munich in Winter

Twinkling lights. Sizzling sausages. The scent of mulled wine. A guy dressed in full Medieval gear riding a horse. Welcome to Munich, the biggest city in Bavaria, Germany! Munich is a beautiful city full of grand squares, old, majestic buildings with orange roofs and cobbled streets - and it's freakin' magical in the winter.

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Twinkling lights. Scorching sausages. The scent of mulled wine. A man wearing full Medieval gear driving a horse. Welcome to Munich, the largest metropolis in Bavaria and the third greatest metropolis in Germany! Munich is a fantastic metropolis filled with grand squares, previous, majestic buildings with orange roofs and cobbled streets – and it’s freakin‘ magical within the winter.

Whereas most guests to Munich flock to the beer halls of Oktoberfest, visiting within the winter is the right time for Christmas appeal! Munich’s Christmas Markets, unfold everywhere in the metropolis, are a few of the finest on this planet. Sure, it may be very chilly, however there’s all the time a heat and comfortable beer corridor across the nook with a number of Bavarian meals and beer…and beer…and beer…and beer (*change off echo*). 

We took a magical journey to Munich when our child was 6 months previous. However since we had been touring in a newborn-induced haze (truthfully, I’m simply happy with us for leaving the resort most days), we tapped somebody with way more expertise to jot down this submit and sprinkled in our personal insights.

From Christmas Markets to Cinderella’s Citadel, listed below are 14 magical issues to do in Munich in winter. Ahem: these actions could contain beer!

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Munich in winter Frauenkirche und Rathaus im Winter, © München Tourismus, SigiMunich in winter Frauenkirche und Rathaus im Winter, © München Tourismus, Sigi
Munich in winter seems beautiful with a dusting of snow. (Photograph Credit score: © München Tourismus, Sigi Müller)

Journey Ideas for Munich in Winter

Munich buzzes with life and tradition all 12 months spherical, and the folks of Munich are tremendous pleasant and down-to-earth, which is a welcome feat in a metropolis this dimension. That mentioned, you’re nonetheless in Germany, and that poses a couple of, er, distinctive challenges. And I’m not simply speaking concerning the dry humorousness.

Listed below are some important journey tricks to put together you on your go to.

Jeremy, Lia and baby in Munich, GermanyJeremy, Lia and baby in Munich, Germany
Most of our journey in December was within the low-mid 40’s. (Ahem: sporting a child is the equal of a heat coat.)

How chilly does it get in Munich?

F*cking chilly! I’m not kidding! It’s not like going to the North Pole, however in some way I by no means consider Germany as being that chilly in winter. It all the time catches me without warning and I find yourself shopping for heat layers that I may’ve simply packed at dwelling (Most likely says extra about myself than the climate.) 

Common winter temperatures vary between 27ºF and 39ºF. See, that’s not too chilly, proper? That is the place I’m going unsuitable. By some means it all the time feels colder in Germany! Have to be the wind chill issue, or the mountains, or location or I don’t know, one thing scientific, perhaps?

It usually snows in Munich in winter too. Come ready! This packing checklist for chilly climate covers all of it and will be summed up in two phrases: wool and down.

Munich is tremendous walkable, AND has nice public transit.

How do I get round Munich in winter?

The Outdated City of Munich may be very walkable, however I don’t blame you if you wish to use public transport to discover the remainder. Bear in mind, it’s very chilly! Fortunately public transport is clear, heat, all over the place and just about all the time on time. 

There are 4 modes of public transport within the metropolis of Munich:

  • S-Bahn – Brief for Strassenbahn, that is the community of native trains that journey between stations throughout the metropolis. There are eight traces. The S1 and S8 take you from the airport into town middle.
  • U-Bahn – Brief for Untergrundbahn, or underground. There are eight underground traces that run between stations in and across the metropolis. There are round 100 stations, so you may get to just about anyplace shortly.
  • Buses – You will get buses to journey across the metropolis and see one thing on the similar time. There are night time buses, for when the U-Bahn and S-Bahn are closed and also you miraculously bought caught in a beer corridor (beer tasting for scientific causes, huh?).
  • Trams – Much like buses, the trams join the routes between the U-Bahn and S-Bahn. There are night time trams too.
Say “Hallo” to this man (and his horse) on the Medieval Christmas Market, our favourite in Munich by far!

Do I want to talk German?

Not essentially. Most individuals in Munich converse English, so you’ll be wonderful. I all the time assume it’s good to study a couple of German phrases although. Locals recognize it! Right here’s some helpful vocabulary:

  • Hallo – Whats up
  • Guten Morgen/Tag/Abend – Good morning/day/night
  • Bitte – Please
  • Danke – Thanks
  • Entschuldigung – Sorry
  • Ja – Sure
  • Nein – No
  • Ich hätte gerne zehn Biere bitte! – I’d like 10 beers please!


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Issues to do in Munich in Winter

Now you’re ready to journey to Bavaria, don’t neglect to take a look at these 14 wonderful issues to do in Munich in winter.

Go to the Christmas Markets

No one does Christmas Markets like Bavaria. In December you’ll discover greater than 20 Christmas markets in Munich, unfold out everywhere in the metropolis stuffed with stalls promoting conventional wood Christmas decorations, handmade German Christmas playing cards, mulled wine (that is the place I got here throughout white mulled wine for the primary time, and the second time, and the third time…), embellished lebkuchen (gingerbread) in all sizes, and meals. Oh, the meals! 

The most important and most well-known is the Christkindlmarkt on Marienplatz, one in every of Munich’s well-known squares. The historical past of the Christkindlmarkt dates again to the 14th century, albeit beneath completely different names and areas. (Yeah, does that also depend then? Both method, it’s very previous!) You possibly can’t miss this Christmas market – actually: an 80 ft Christmas tree towers above it, in entrance of the gorgeous, huge metropolis corridor.

Among the finest Christmas markets in Munich are:

  • Christkindlmarkt – The largest, oldest and most well-known. It’s on Marienplatz from the top of November till Christmas. It’s HUGE! Plus, make your method by means of an arched doorway into the courtyard to search out one other bonus Christmas Market hiding inside! In your method, see in the event you can spot the dragon ascending the tower to destroy it, a well-known Munich landmark.
  • Kripperlmarkt – The “Crib Market” is a Christmas Market the place you should buy something to make your personal nativity scene. Or purchase an entire, handmade one! From the top of November till Christmas, in entrance of St. Peter’s church, a stone’s throw from Marienplatz.
  • Sternenplatzl am Rindermarkt – The polar reverse of Christkindlmarkt by way of dimension. This can be a small market, however filled with ambiance. The 40 ft Schlemmerpyramide is the middle of the market. It’s a spinning tower with collectible figurines, that appears prefer it jumped straight out of a Christmas fairytale.
  • Medieval Christmas Market (Mittelaltermarkt) at Wittelsbacher Platz: Munich’s most unusual Christmas Market can be one in every of its finest. Although small in dimension, this Renaissance-Honest-meets-Christmas-Market is a bit like going again in time. Store for stuff you may discover in a Medieval market place, like armor. That is additionally the place you’ll discover a few of the finest Christmas Market sausage stalls in Munich, fingers down.
  • The Christkindlmarkt on the Chinese language Tower within the English Backyard: This market is romantic and atmospheric, providing conventional crafts and Christmas delicacies and a wood carousel for kids.

For extra perception into every market, head over to this incredible information to Munich Christmas Markets by Munich native (and our blogger good friend) Christina from Blissful to Wander.

Schneeballen, fried dough treats, at a Christmas Market in Munich.Schneeballen, fried dough treats, at a Christmas Market in Munich.
Schneeballen, fried dough treats, at a Christmas Market in Munich.

… And Eat Christmas Market meals!

There are three major issues to do at a Christmas Market: eat, drink, and store. Eat some extra, take a break and do some procuring, and get one other eierpunsch.

However it’s exhausting to know the place to start, and in the event you’ve by no means heard of any of the treats on the menu, it may be complicated to know what to order! Every market, metropolis, and area serves up completely different treats.

Right here’s what to search for at Christmas Markets in Munich:

  • Stollen – German stollen are dense loaves of bread, with dried fruit and nuts. You should buy slices of them, typically lined with powdered sugar, or purchase an entire loaf to take dwelling. A few of them have almond paste in them, which is wonderful!
  • Schneeballen – This interprets as snowballs. They’re ball-shaped fried pastries lined in sugar. You could find them with all types of toppings. Lined in chocolate, nuts or cinnamon, to call a couple of. Personally, I discovered them exhausting and dense, however Jeremy liked them.
  • LebkuchenThese conventional gingerbread cookies, fantastically embellished by hand, are scrumptious! They’re not just like the crunchy ones we all know. Lebkuchen are thicker and have a chewiness that makes you come again for extra!

Experience the Christmas tram

Expertise Christmas on the transfer! The Christkindlt Tram is a particular Christmas tram you can trip. It departs from Sendlinger Tor – which is a shocking previous metropolis gate – and takes you across the previous city with its Christmas lights and decorations. If it snows, this trip is even higher! It’s like driving by means of an enormous wintery snow globe! (With out the water after all, as a result of that will make this tram trip a merciless expertise! Nobody is shaking you both. Don’t fear!)

The tram trip takes about half an hour and takes you again to Sendlinger Tor. Positively an expertise I can advocate. The ambiance is nice contained in the tram, with music and Christmas lights. Oh, I forgot one of the best factor about it…you’re allowed to carry your mug of mulled wine on board!

This tram trip is extraordinarily well-liked and it solely prices a couple of Euros, so count on to queue for a bit. It leaves each half-hour and runs between the top of November and Christmas. Purchase your ticket while you get on the tram.

Schweinshaxe German Pork Knuckle in Munich GermanySchweinshaxe German Pork Knuckle in Munich Germany
Crispy Pork Knuckle from Münchner Stubn is a scrumptious, wealthy Bavarian dish that’s good for chilly winter nights.

Heat Your Stomach with Genuine Bavarian Meals

Each time I eat German meals, and particularly Bavarian meals, I can’t assist however assume it’s simply good for both actually chilly days, or to go along with ingesting huge quantities of beer. I imply, a standard Bavarian breakfast is veal sausage with mustard and a beer, as a hangover treatment. Want I say extra?

Bavarian meals is usually meaty, filled with carbs, or each. Irrespective of which conventional meals you tuck into in Munich in winter, it can fill you up and preserve you heat. It’s the form of meals you have to lie down after! (Or perhaps I’m simply extremely lazy). Both method, it’s very tasty and satisfying!

Listed below are a couple of soul-warming Bavarian meals you should attempt in Munich in winter:

  • Münchner Weisswurst – This pale veal and pork sausage with scrumptious herbs is the delight of Munich. You already know German Bratwurst, proper? In my view, a weisswurst with a little bit of candy mustard is even higher! You eat them from the grill, on a roll or by itself. Attempt a Bavarian breakfast – Weisswurst boiled in salty water, with a little bit of mustard and a pretzel (and a beer, critically!). I attempted one of the best weisswurst at Gaststätte Großmarkthalle. And remember to ask at your resort, they could serve it at breakfast too.
  • Leberkäse – This interprets to liver cheese (nonetheless feeling okay?). The humorous factor is that there’s no cheese on this concoction. No liver both. (Sure, I used to be as puzzled as you at the moment are.) Simply attempt it! It’s principally a meatloaf made with various kinds of meat. It’s usually served sliced on a semmelbrötchen (crusty roll) and completely scrumptious. Zum Franziskaner on Opernplatz has the most effective leberkäse I’ve tried!
  • Spätzle – Munich’s model of mac and cheese! Spätzle are noodles constructed from egg, flour and salt. They don’t should relaxation, like pasta, in order that they make them contemporary and prepare dinner them. They’re served with a robust cheese sauce, herbs and fried onion and are a well-liked staple in Munich in winter. Zum Brunnstein serves cheese spätzle with mushrooms and schnitzel like no different!
  • Pretzel – You already know the bow-shaped little crunchy snacks you get referred to as pretzels? The normal pretzels from Munich sh*t throughout these dry salty issues. Bavarian pretzels are large, like the scale of a plate. They’re encrusted with rock salt, crunchy on the skin and smooth and chewy on the within. I’ll have one any day, and so do the folks of Munich! You could find them anyplace, usually freshly baked.
  • ObazdaOh-what-da? Obazda is a Bavarian cheese unfold that goes extremely properly with pretzels. I used to love pretzels on their very own, till I attempted this! Obazda is made by mixing two-thirds of robust cheese – like camembert – with one-third of butter. It’s then spiced with scorching paprika powder, salt and pepper…and beer (You’ve bought to like German beer tradition!). Eat the unfold with pretzels and a beer on the aspect. You possibly can order it in most Bavarian eating places.
  • Schweinshaxe: Bavarian Crispy Pork Knuckle is tender, juicy pork meat on the bone with crispy crackling pores and skin and served with wealthy gravy and fluffy potato dumplings. Attempt it at Münchner Stubn.

The easiest way to check as a lot genuine Bavarian meals as attainable – whereas studying all about Munich from a neighborhood skilled – is to take a meals tour! This strolling meals tour contains a number of of the must-try meals, beginning at Marienplatz and exploring the Viktualienmarkt.


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Hofbräuhaus is a comfortable place to get your beer on! (Photograph Credit score)

Have a beer or two on the Hofbräuhaus 

You might have found out by now that individuals in Munich like beer. Dwelling of the world-famous Oktoberfest, this metropolis has beer working by means of its veins. Fashionable native breweries are Paulaner, Augustiner, Löwenbrau and Hofbrau. Guess which one is served on the Hofbräuhaus? The Hofbräuhaus is a well-known beer corridor come restaurant like you’ll solely discover in Munich. 

Huge beer halls downstairs, smaller rooms upstairs, all with a wood inside. It’s so heat and comfortable in winter. The massive halls nearly really feel like a medieval feast. Lengthy tables, entire roasted chickens and pork knuckles, liter-glasses of beer. The primary time I walked in right here I noticed an older woman mendacity on the ground who very clearly had method an excessive amount of beer! Fairly wild!

If that is all a bit too wild for you, I might reserve a desk in one of many smaller rooms upstairs, the place it feels way more like being in a restaurant. If you need an Oktoberfest-like expertise, put in your lederhosen or dirndl and go to the halls! You may also ebook a tour of the Hofbräuhaus, to dive deeper into the historical past of the beer corridor and beer making, and revel in a beer with it!

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As night time descends on Munich, the Night time Watchman strolls the streets, lantern in hand…

Take the Night time Watchman Tour

This distinctive strolling tour will take you again in time to the Medieval period by means of the quiet streets of Munich at midnight. In Medieval occasions, the German nightwatchman (“Nachtwächter” in German) was tasked with protecting watch over the city at midnight. Whereas town slept, the watchman’s duties had been to make sure the safety and security of the city, test for fires, keep order, and sound alarms within the face of hazard.

In order you’ll be able to think about, they noticed some creepy sh*t.

This re-imagining of that historic determine brings you alongside on a lantern-lit journey by means of the alleys of Munich’s Outdated City, bringing to life long-forgotten tales of clandestine trysts, tragedies and triumphs, torture and amusement.

This immersive historic strolling tour is actually distinctive and a must-do! E book it on GetYourGuide (which is just like the German model of Viator).

Eisstockschützen vor Schloss Nymphenburg, © München TourismusEisstockschützen vor Schloss Nymphenburg, © München Tourismus
Have you ever ever fancied your self a roller? Now’s the time to show it! (Photograph Credit score: © München Tourismus, Luis Gervasi)

Have a Go at Curling on a Frozen Canal

A weighted stone, a goal, utmost focus, a superbly measured glide, launch…and folks with brooms sweeping the ice in entrance of the stone. In the case of sports activities, it doesn’t get extra thrilling than this, proper? (Sarcasm mode OFF) Okay, curling won’t be probably the most thrilling factor on this planet, however have you ever ever tried it? Didn’t assume so! Life is all about new experiences, so give it a shot.

Curling in Munich in winter is definitely actually thrilling! It’s all concerning the location. The Schlossgartenkanal, a big canal that runs round and comes off Nymphenburg Palace, just isn’t very deep. This implies it usually freezes over in winter! As soon as it does, the information spreads shortly round Munich and folks soar on the alternative to play on the straight, 1/2 mile lengthy ice rink. 

The frozen canal is used for strolling, ice skating and ice hockey too, however curling is hottest. Rent a curling stone, seize a scorching mug of mulled wine and have a recreation on one of many 40 pop-up curling lanes!


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Nordbad outside pool in winter. (Photograph Credit score: SWM/Boer)

Heat Up in a Spa

Munich in winter will be bitter chilly, so chilling in a scorching sauna is a good concept! The town affords some nice services at a fair higher worth. Pampering your self in a spa and sauna is generally fairly costly, however not in Munich. There are two large complexes within the metropolis, referred to as Nordbad (North Pool) and Südbad (South Pool, that are each run by town council (and each named by the identical inventive genius). Each Nordbad and Südbad mix inexpensive public swimming swimming pools with superb saunas and aromatherapy rooms.

The saunas and heated indoor and outside swimming swimming pools -some with views of the city- are a intelligent solution to really feel heat and relaxed on the similar time. All you have to pay for is $7.00 for a single entry that provides you entry to all services. Please notice that you’re anticipated to be bare in saunas in Germany. Don’t fear, it can solely really feel unusual for five minutes, you then’re used to it. (Simply please, don’t soar into the swimming pool bare.)

The perfect saunas in Munich are:

  • Nordbad – For over 80 years, Nordbad has been the place to go for a swim or sauna session for the local people of Munich. Swim outdoors whereas the snow falls in your hair (or head, in the event you don’t have hair).
  • Südbad – The youthful sister of Nordbad. Südbad doesn’t really feel as grand as Nordbad, but it surely provides you an identical expertise in a calmer and smaller package deal. I like the indoor pool’s glass wall, so it feels such as you’re outdoors (however with out a freezing chilly head).
  • Müller’sches Volksbad – This one’s particular. I used to be amazed by the Artwork Nouveau constructing, which is over 100 years previous. The Volksbad is a baroque expertise, with two swimming pools, a Finnish sauna, steam room and a Roman-Irish sweat tub (They could wish to rename this one! So many questions!)
Olympiaturm im Schnee, © München Tourismus, Jörg LutzOlympiaturm im Schnee, © München Tourismus, Jörg Lutz
The Olympic Tower towering in winter! (Photograph Credit score: © München Tourismus, Jörg Lutz)

Get a birds-eye view of Munich in winter

When you may teleport straight into Munich and stroll across the metropolis, you wouldn’t have any concept concerning the lovely environment of this metropolis. You don’t actually see the Alps while you’re within the metropolis, however they’re proper there. To see them, you have to go up. Whats up, Olympic Tower!

You could find this needle-like tower in Olympiapark. With 291 meters (954 ft), that is the tallest constructing in Munich. There’s a viewing platform at 181 meters (593 ft) and it takes you 4 months to climb up…No I’m joking, there’s an elevator and it takes you there in 30 seconds. That’s quick! (Method too quick for me, however I belief in German engineering). 

I’ve been up right here in summer time and winter, however I feel the winter view is finest. Particularly when town is roofed in snow, with the white countryside within the north, and the majestic mountains of the Alps within the south. It makes you’re feeling all Christmassy and comfortable (and chilly, very chilly!). There’s a revolving restaurant beneath the viewing platform. A! Revolving! Restaurant! It does a 360º flip in 50 minutes. Have I already talked about that I like German engineering?


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The view of the city and the old Peter in the center. © München Tourismus, Joerg LutzThe view of the city and the old Peter in the center. © München Tourismus, Joerg Lutz
See the view of town from the tower of St. Peter’s Church. (Photograph Credit score: © München Tourismus, Joerg Lutz)

Climb up Peterskirche

If the Olympic Tower is a bit too excessive for you, or in the event you simply really feel like climbing 300 wonky wood steps for the hell of it, go up St. Peter’s Church. It’s a little bit of a climb, however when you’re on the roof of the church, you’ll be handled to some spectacular metropolis views.

Trying over the standard orange roof tops, in winter you’ll be able to see Marienplatz, with all of the lights from the Christmas market. It’s even higher when it snows, and the orange roofs have a white dusting on them. It provides you an concept of the format of town. You may also clearly see that this well-known sq. is the middle of Munich, the place folks have been gathering because the twelfth century!

Climbing to the highest of Peterskirche solely prices a couple of Euros. You possibly can solely pay in money, so preserve a couple of cash in your pocket for this exercise.

When snow covers the English Garden and the temperatures are below freezing, it is time for a few people to take a dip in the Eisbach. Fun only for tough guys and girls. © München Tourismus Jan SaurerWhen snow covers the English Garden and the temperatures are below freezing, it is time for a few people to take a dip in the Eisbach. Fun only for tough guys and girls. © München Tourismus Jan Saurer
When snow covers the English Backyard and the temperatures are beneath freezing, it’s time for a couple of folks to take a dip! (Photograph Credit score: © München Tourismus Jan Saurer)

Have an ice tub within the river Isar

Have you ever ever walked previous a river on an ice-cold winter’s day considering: “I’m wondering what it looks like to leap in proper now?” Then this exercise is for you! It includes freezing chilly water, you plunging in, and balls of metal. What it doesn’t contain, is a wetsuit to maintain you heat. At all times needed to do that? (Yeah, me neither). Have an ice tub within the Isar!

The individuals who manage this exercise in Munich in winter are referred to as Munich Sizzling Springs, and I can’t consider something extra sarcastic on this world! This ice-bathing lot will information you thru your chilly dip. It begins with some respiratory workout routines they usually gives you recommendation on the right way to put together. Then they’ll go in with you.

Munich Sizzling Springs is a neighborhood in Munich that meets each Sunday morning in winter at 11:00, for a refreshing ice-bath. You could find extra data on their web site, the place yow will discover a cellphone quantity to hitch their WhatsApp group. That is just for skilled freeze-a-holics. If it’s your first time, they’ll manage a one-on-one with you and an teacher. All you have to do is ship them an e mail to ask about costs and appointments.

Folks have been ice-bathing for hundreds of years and it’s believed to strengthen your immune system, enable you to burn extra energy and relieve stress. I personally assume it simply makes you’re feeling f*cking chilly, however every to their very own. It should really feel wonderful when it’s finished! 


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Go snowboarding on Zugspitze

Munich is a particular metropolis, because it’s situated so near the pre-Alps. This implies you’ll be able to keep within the greatest metropolis within the south of Germany, and nonetheless go snowboarding for a day. So in the event you’re planning on staying a bit longer in Munich with a while spare to discover outdoors town, I can actually advocate going to Zugspitze.

Zugspitze is true on the German-Austrian border and is the closest ski resort to Munich. You will be there in about two hours from town, by practice and cable automobile. There are literally three ski areas with their very own community of ski lifts: Zugspitze, Garmisch-Traditional and Wank (I want I used to be joking!). Or Mount Wank if you’d like the longer model. The cable automobile as much as Wank is named the Wankbahn. There’s additionally a Wank Restaurant (Okay, I’ll cease now). 

Zugspitze has all of the services you’ll be able to count on from an enormous ski resort, so you’ll be able to rent tools and discover eating places and bars all over the place. The views of the encompassing mountains are breathtaking. I want I may say snowboarding close to Munich in winter is wank, however that will be each a lie and a nasty joke.

Schneefall am Monopteros im Englischen Garten, © München TouriSchneefall am Monopteros im Englischen Garten, © München Touri
Sledding on the Englischen Garten! (Photograph Credit score: © München Tourismus, Luis Gervasi)

Go for a winter stroll in Englischer Garten

Englischer Garten (English Backyard) is an enormous park proper within the metropolis. It’s larger than Central Park in NYC! It has two well-known landmarks. The Monopteros is a 50 ft temple on a hill. The Chinesischer Turm, is a Chinese language tower that appears like a tall pagoda. There may be additionally a Japanese tea home! As you’ll be able to think about, the grassy areas round these monuments are good for picnics in summer time.

Nonetheless, I want to go to this park in winter, when the grass and footpaths are lined in snow. The hill the Monopteros sits on, immediately turns into a downhill sled observe. Did you not pack a sled in your suitcase? (I assumed you packed for Munich in winter! Poor effort!) I discovered a plastic bag will do the trick! There may be even a small however beautiful Christmas market across the Chinese language tower, which is lit up for the event. 

Seize a mulled wine and go for a stroll alongside the small lake within the park. Or throughout it, because it typically freezes over in winter. Watch folks surf within the river that flows by means of the park, even in winter. There’s a speedy within the river, the place you’ll be able to surf on the spot. A bit like a kind of wave machines, however pure. Give it a attempt in the event you’re courageous with this tour which features a surfboard and bodysuit. (Not less than in the event you fall in, you’ll be able to scrap the ice-bathing exercise off your checklist!).


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See Munich’s Glockenspiel Present

It doesn’t matter what you’re doing in Munich in winter, ensure you’re on Marienplatz at 11:00 am or 12:00 pm to see the glockenspiel. This well-known glockenspiel is within the clock tower of the Rathaus on Marienplatz. It’s a mechanical present with bells enjoying tunes and shifting collectible figurines. The Munich glockenspiel is greater than 100 years previous.

At 11:00 am and midday it begins enjoying 4 tunes and the collectible figurines begin shifting. The tunes change each month. In December it performs Christmas tunes, like Oh Tannenbaum. It provides an additional sprinkle of Christmas to the Christkindlmarkt.

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Neuschwanstein Citadel in winter close to Munich, Germany (Photograph Credit score: © Anton Brandl, Neuschwanstein Citadel)

Take a Day Journey to Cinderella’s citadel

Have you ever watched Cinderella? (Is there anybody who hasn’t?) Then you should know she lives in a citadel that appears a bit like – properly – Cinderella’s citadel. One other citadel that appears like Cinderella’s citadel is Neuschwanstein (or New Swan Stone). Okay, let’s cease translating German names into English because it doesn’t make any sense!

Coincidence? Not likely, as Walt Disney’s inspiration for Cinderella’s citadel was Neuschwanstein! I visited this lovely citadel in winter, when the panorama was lined in snow, and it simply appeared completely spectacular! This citadel was constructed on the ruins of Schwanstein by Ludwig II, king of Bavaria. He needed to construct a citadel on this lovely spot, within the romantic model of previous German knights’ castles. It was completed in 1880.

Now, Neuschwanstein Citadel just isn’t precisely in Munich. You’ll discover it in Schwangau, which is about two hours by practice from Munich. I do know that’s not across the nook, however while you’re in Munich in winter and you’ve got time for a day tour, I feel you shouldn’t miss out on this one. 

You possibly can ebook a day tour from Munich, or get tickets for Neuschwanstein Citadel and make your method there by practice your self. Take the practice from Munich to Füssen, then bus 73 or 78 to Hohenschwangau.


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Whether clown’s nose, dinner jacket or elaborately crocheted full-body bee costume – every form of disguise has its place in Munich’s Fasching, or carnival. The city is filled with fun and festivity, dancing and general clownery. The people of Munich have enjoyed themselves at their festivals and balls for generations. The majority of events take place indoors but during the peak period Fasching eventually finds its way into the city’s streets and squares. The wildest days of carnival are its last. One legendary highlight is the Dance of the Market Women on Shrove Tuesday, followed by a carnival gathering on Viktualienmarkt (food market). © München Tourismus Andreas GebeWhether clown’s nose, dinner jacket or elaborately crocheted full-body bee costume – every form of disguise has its place in Munich’s Fasching, or carnival. The city is filled with fun and festivity, dancing and general clownery. The people of Munich have enjoyed themselves at their festivals and balls for generations. The majority of events take place indoors but during the peak period Fasching eventually finds its way into the city’s streets and squares. The wildest days of carnival are its last. One legendary highlight is the Dance of the Market Women on Shrove Tuesday, followed by a carnival gathering on Viktualienmarkt (food market). © München Tourismus Andreas Gebe
Whether or not clown’s nostril, dinner jacket or elaborately crocheted full-body bee costume – each type of disguise has its place in Munich’s Fasching, or carnival. (Photograph Credit score: © München Tourismus, Andreas Gebe)

Expertise Fasching

When you go to Munich in February, you’re in luck! Fasching is what the folks of Munich name their carnival. There are small, usually enclosed occasions all year long, however in February all of it culminates into large avenue occasions.

There’s a large open-air occasion referred to as Narrisch within the metropolis middle, with music phases on Marienplatz and Karlsplatz-Stachus. See some dance and music teams carry out right here. On Shrove Tuesday one other large occasion takes place: the dance of the market ladies. That is on the Viktualienmarkt meals market (you’ll be able to ebook a connoisseur meals tour right here if that’s your factor). Usually the stalls promote fruit and greens, however for this event they promote beer, glowing wine and mulled wine.

The parade of the Damische Ritter (Foolish Knights) takes place on a Sunday in mid-February. This large carnival parade is a procession with floats, dressed-up folks, dance, music and (that is Munich in any case) a number of beer and Bavarian meals! Oh Munich, what a incredible metropolis you’re!


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Hotel Excelsior in Munich, GermanyHotel Excelsior in Munich, Germany
Lodge Excelsior in Munich was nice, with an enormous room, an enormous breakfast, and an amazing location.

The place to Keep in Munich in Winter

Surely, one of the best space to remain in Munich in winter is in Altstadt, the previous city. It’s one of the best location, since you’re proper within the coronary heart of town, and you may simply stroll to the well-known sights and squares of town (it’s additionally a really brief stumble from the beer corridor to your resort.). 

Staying in a first-rate location comes at a worth, though Munich motels are fairly inexpensive in comparison with most well-known European cities. Nonetheless, it’s finest to remain simply outdoors of Altstadt, which may prevent cash, plus you’re nonetheless within the metropolis middle.

Listed below are some suggestions for motels close to or in Altstadt in Munich:

  • Motel One Sendlinger Tor – There are a couple of of those motels in several areas in Munich. Usually I don’t advocate chains, however these motels usually are not too costly and truly look nice inside, like a pleasant boutique resort. The one in Sendlinger Tor is closest to the Outdated City. Rooms begin at round $120 an evening.
  • Metropolis Lodge Lux – If you wish to be proper within the metropolis middle – and I imply a stone’s throw from Marienplatz and the Hofbräuhaus beer corridor – that is good for you! It will possibly get a bit noisy, however no less than you’re proper in the midst of it. The resort is snug and the restaurant and bar have one of many coolest designs I’ve seen. Rooms begin at round $110 an evening.
  • Lodge am Markt – Have you learnt these motels that aren’t very memorable, however the rooms are clear and cozy? Lodge am Markt at Viktualienmarkt is a kind of (I imply this in a pleasant method). It’s a resort that’s good for a metropolis journey, with out attempting too exhausting. Location is prime, too! Costs from $100 per room per night time.


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Creator Bio: David Breeker is a journey author with over 20 years expertise within the tourism & leisure trade. He lived in Switzerland for 8 years, usually hopping throughout the border to get pleasure from Munich’s Christmas markets and beer!

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Welcome to the biggest city in Bavaria, and the third biggest city in Germany! Munich is a beautiful city full of grand squares, old, majestic buildings with orange roofs and cobbled streets that lead you to something new to explore every time. This city always buzzes with life and culture, and the people of Munich are super friendly and down-to-earth, which is a welcome feat in a city this size. And Munich in winter is a fabulous cold-weather destination!Welcome to the biggest city in Bavaria, and the third biggest city in Germany! Munich is a beautiful city full of grand squares, old, majestic buildings with orange roofs and cobbled streets that lead you to something new to explore every time. This city always buzzes with life and culture, and the people of Munich are super friendly and down-to-earth, which is a welcome feat in a city this size. And Munich in winter is a fabulous cold-weather destination!

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  • Reserving Flights: To attain flight offers, search on Google Flights or Kayak. Cash-saving ideas: fly mid-week or on the weekend; fly carry-on solely on a finances airline; and take red-eyes or early morning flights.
  • Lodging: We often keep in budget-friendly trip leases, boutique motels or personal rooms in hostels. We use Reserving.com to ebook motels (we love their versatile cancellation coverage) and Hostelworld to ebook hostels (low deposit, straightforward change/cancellation, and glorious critiques). For trip leases, we want to ebook utilizing VRBO as a result of they have decrease charges and higher help than Airbnb, and we’re not followers of Airbnb’s unethical observe report. You may also ebook trip leases on Expedia and Lodges.com. We additionally use TrustedHousesitters as each hosts (for our dwelling and our fur-child) and vacationers!
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  • Vaccines & Meds: We use the journey guides on the CDC web site to analysis really helpful medicines and vaccines for worldwide journeys. We all the time advocate getting each vaccine really helpful by the CDC! You will get them at your major care physician’s workplace or a walk-in pharmacy.
  • Excursions: We love reserving guided excursions, particularly meals excursions and strolling excursions, to get a neighborhood’s perspective and a historical past lesson whereas sight-seeing! We ebook our excursions utilizing Viator and GetYourGuide.
  • Transportation: We use Rome2Rio to determine the right way to get from place to put, and ebook native transportation on-line utilizing Bookaway wherever we will. After we ebook a rental automobile, we use DiscoverCars to match rental corporations and discover one of the best deal.
  • Baggage Storage: Each time we’re trying out early or benefiting from an extended layover, we use LuggageHero to soundly retailer our baggage whereas we’re working round. Use the code PRACTICALW for two hours of free baggage storage on us.
  • VPN Service: A VPN retains your digital info (like web site login particulars, financial institution data, and so on) secure, even while you’re related to an unsecured community whereas touring. Plus, it allows you to use Netflix & different streaming websites overseas! We use NordVPN. Use the code WANDERLUSTPROMO while you join!
  • What to Pack: Listed below are the journey necessities that we carry on each journey. We even have packing lists for scorching climate, chilly climate, and lots of extra. Check out all of our packing guides!

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