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 using a horse. Welcome to Munich, the largest metropolis in Bavaria and the third greatest metropolis in Germany! Munich is a phenomenal metropolis stuffed with grand squares, outdated, majestic buildings with orange roofs and cobbled streets – and it’s freakin‘ magical within the winter.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 attraction! Munich’s Christmas Markets, unfold everywhere in the metropolis, are a number of the greatest on the planet. Sure, it may be very chilly, however there’s all the time a heat and comfy beer corridor across the nook with numerous Bavarian meals and beer…and beer…and beer…and beer (*swap off echo*). 

We took a magical journey to Munich when our child was 6 months outdated. However since we had been touring in a newborn-induced haze (actually, I’m simply happy with us for leaving the lodge most days), we tapped somebody with far more expertise to write down this put up 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 might contain beer!

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Munich in winter Frauenkirche und Rathaus im Winter, © München Tourismus, Sigi
Munich in winter seems to be attractive with a dusting of snow. (Picture Credit score: © München Tourismus, Sigi Müller)

Journey Suggestions for Munich in Winter

Munich buzzes with life and tradition all yr spherical, and the folks of Munich are tremendous pleasant and down-to-earth, which is a welcome feat in a metropolis this dimension. That stated, you’re nonetheless in Germany, and that poses a number 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 to your go to.

Jeremy, 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 unexpectedly and I find yourself shopping for heat layers that I might’ve simply packed at house (In all probability 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 mistaken. In some way it all the time feels colder in Germany! Should be the wind chill issue, or the mountains, or location or I don’t know, one thing scientific, perhaps?

It typically snows in Munich in winter too. Come ready! This packing listing for chilly climate covers all of it and may 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 – Quick for Strassenbahn, that is the community of native trains that journey between stations throughout the metropolis. There are eight strains. The S1 and S8 take you from the airport into the town middle.
  • U-Bahn – Quick for Untergrundbahn, or underground. There are eight underground strains that run between stations in and across the metropolis. There are round 100 stations, so you will get to just about wherever rapidly.
  • Buses – You may get buses to journey across the metropolis and see one thing on the similar time. There are evening buses, for when the U-Bahn and S-Bahn are closed and also you miraculously obtained caught in a beer corridor (beer tasting for scientific causes, huh?).
  • Trams – Just like buses, the trams join the routes between the U-Bahn and S-Bahn. There are evening 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 communicate English, so you’ll be nice. I all the time suppose it’s good to be taught a number of German phrases although. Locals respect it! Right here’s some helpful vocabulary:

  • Hallo – Howdy
  • 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 overlook to take a look at these 14 superb issues to do in Munich in winter.

Go to the Christmas Markets

No person 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 picket 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 biggest and most well-known is the Christkindlmarkt on Marienplatz, considered one of Munich’s well-known squares. The historical past of the Christkindlmarkt dates again to the 14th century, albeit beneath completely different names and places. (Yeah, does that also depend then? Both approach, it’s very outdated!) 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.

A few of the greatest Christmas markets in Munich are:

  • Christkindlmarkt – The largest, oldest and most well-known. It’s on Marienplatz from the tip of November till Christmas. It’s HUGE! Plus, make your approach by way of an arched doorway into the courtyard to seek out one other bonus Christmas Market hiding inside! In your approach, see when 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 purchase something to make your personal nativity scene. Or purchase a whole, handmade one! From the tip 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. It is a small market, however stuffed with environment. 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 also be considered one of its greatest. Although small in dimension, this Renaissance-Truthful-meets-Christmas-Market is a bit like going again in time. Store for belongings you may discover in a Medieval market place, like armor. That is additionally the place you’ll discover a number of the greatest 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 picket carousel for kids.

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

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 buying, and get one other eierpunsch.

Nevertheless it’s exhausting to know the place to start, and when 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, generally lined with powdered sugar, or purchase an entire loaf to take house. A few of them have almond paste in them, which is superb!
  • Schneeballen – This interprets as snowballs. They’re ball-shaped fried pastries lined in sugar. You’ll find them with all types of toppings. Coated in chocolate, nuts or cinnamon, to call a number of. Personally, I discovered them exhausting and dense, however Jeremy liked them.
  • LebkuchenThese conventional gingerbread cookies, superbly 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 could trip. It departs from Sendlinger Tor – which is a surprising outdated metropolis gate – and takes you across the outdated city with its Christmas lights and decorations. If it snows, this trip is even higher! It’s like using by way of an enormous wintery snow globe! (With out the water in fact, 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. Undoubtedly an expertise I can suggest. The environment is nice contained in the tram, with music and Christmas lights. Oh, I forgot the very best factor about it…you’re allowed to deliver your mug of mulled wine on board!

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

Schweinshaxe German Pork Knuckle in Munich Germany
Crispy Pork Knuckle from Münchner Stubn is a scrumptious, wealthy Bavarian dish that’s excellent 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 suppose it’s simply excellent for both actually chilly days, or to go together 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 commonly meaty, stuffed with carbs, or each. Regardless of which conventional meals you tuck into in Munich in winter, it should 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 approach, it’s very tasty and satisfying!

Listed below are a number of soul-warming Bavarian meals you will need to strive in Munich in winter:

  • Münchner Weisswurst – This pale veal and pork sausage with scrumptious herbs is the pleasure of Munich. You realize German Bratwurst, proper? For my part, a weisswurst with a little bit of candy mustard is even higher! You eat them from the grill, on a roll or by itself. Strive a Bavarian breakfast – Weisswurst boiled in salty water, with a little bit of mustard and a pretzel (and a beer, severely!). I attempted the very best weisswurst at Gaststätte Großmarkthalle. And remember to ask at your lodge, 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 strive it! It’s principally a meatloaf made with several types of meat. It’s typically served sliced on a semmelbrötchen (crusty roll) and completely scrumptious. Zum Franziskaner on Opernplatz has among the finest leberkäse I’ve tried!
  • Spätzle – Munich’s model of mac and cheese! Spätzle are noodles comprised of egg, flour and salt. They don’t need to relaxation, like pasta, so that they make them contemporary and cook 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 realize the bow-shaped little crunchy snacks you get known as pretzels? The normal pretzels from Munich sh*t throughout these dry salty issues. Bavarian pretzels are big, like the scale of a plate. They’re encrusted with rock salt, crunchy on the skin and comfortable and chewy on the within. I’ll have one any day, and so do the folks of Munich! You’ll find them wherever, typically 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 sturdy cheese – like camembert – with one-third of butter. It’s then spiced with scorching paprika powder, salt and pepper…and beer (You’ve obtained 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. Strive it at Münchner Stubn.

One of the best ways 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 consists of a number of of the must-try meals, beginning at Marienplatz and exploring the Viktualienmarkt.


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Hofbräuhaus munich in winter
Hofbräuhaus is a comfy place to get your beer on! (Picture Credit score)

Have a beer or two on the Hofbräuhaus 

You might have discovered by now that individuals in Munich like beer. Residence of the world-famous Oktoberfest, this metropolis has beer working by way of its veins. Widespread 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. 

Large beer halls downstairs, smaller rooms upstairs, all with a picket inside. It’s so heat and comfy in winter. The large halls virtually really feel like a medieval feast. Lengthy tables, complete 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 approach 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 far more like being in a restaurant. If you would like an Oktoberfest-like expertise, put in your lederhosen or dirndl and go to the halls! You can too 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!

Twilight in Munich Germany
As evening descends on Munich, the Evening Watchman strolls the streets, lantern in hand…

Take the Evening Watchman Tour

This distinctive strolling tour will take you again in time to the Medieval period by way of the quiet streets of Munich in the dark. In Medieval instances, the German nightwatchman (“Nachtwächter” in German) was tasked with protecting watch over the city in the dark. Whereas the town slept, the watchman’s duties had been to make sure the safety and security of the city, examine 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 way 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 really distinctive and a must-do! E book it on GetYourGuide (which is just like the German model of Viator).

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

Have a Go at Curling on a Frozen Canal

A weighted stone, a goal, utmost focus, a wonderfully measured glide, launch…and other people with brooms sweeping the ice in entrance of the stone. With regards to sports activities, it doesn’t get extra thrilling than this, proper? (Sarcasm mode OFF) Okay, curling won’t be essentially the most thrilling factor on the planet, however have you ever ever tried it? Didn’t suppose 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, will not be very deep. This implies it typically freezes over in winter! As soon as it does, the information spreads rapidly round Munich and other people leap 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 sport on one of many 40 pop-up curling lanes!


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Nordbad, Außenbecken im Winter Photo Credit: SWM/Boer
Nordbad outside pool in winter. (Picture Credit score: SWM/Boer)

Heat Up in a Spa

Munich in winter may be bitter chilly, so chilling in a scorching sauna is a superb thought! Town affords some nice amenities at a fair higher worth. Pampering your self in a spa and sauna is often fairly costly, however not in Munich. There are two large complexes within the metropolis, known as Nordbad (North Pool) and Südbad (South Pool, that are each run by the town council (and each named by the identical artistic genius). Each Nordbad and Südbad mix reasonably priced 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 method to really feel heat and relaxed on the similar time. All you have to pay for is $7.00 for a single entry that offers you entry to all amenities. Please notice that you’re anticipated to be bare in saunas in Germany. Don’t fear, it should solely really feel unusual for five minutes, then you definitely’re used to it. (Simply please, don’t leap into the swimming pool bare.)

One of the best saunas in Munich are:

  • Nordbad – For over 80 years, Nordbad has been the place to go for a swim or sauna session for the area people of Munich. Swim outdoors whereas the snow falls in your hair (or head, when you don’t have hair).
  • Südbad – The youthful sister of Nordbad. Südbad doesn’t really feel as grand as Nordbad, however it offers you an identical expertise in a calmer and smaller bundle. 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 outdated. 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 Lutz
The Olympic Tower towering in winter! (Picture Credit score: © München Tourismus, Jörg Lutz)

Get a birds-eye view of Munich in winter

If you happen to might teleport straight into Munich and stroll across the metropolis, you wouldn’t have any thought concerning the stunning environment of this metropolis. You don’t actually see the Alps if you’re within the metropolis, however they’re proper there. To see them, you have to go up. Howdy, Olympic Tower!

You’ll 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 greatest. Particularly when the 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 comfy (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 Lutz
See the view of the town from the tower of St. Peter’s Church. (Picture Credit score: © München Tourismus, Joerg Lutz)

Climb up Peterskirche

If the Olympic Tower is a bit too excessive for you, or when you simply really feel like climbing 300 wonky picket 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.

Wanting 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 offers you an thought of the structure of the town. You can too clearly see that this well-known sq. is the middle of Munich, the place folks have been gathering for the reason that twelfth century!

Climbing to the highest of Peterskirche solely prices a number of Euros. You possibly can solely pay in money, so preserve a number 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 Saurer
When snow covers the English Backyard and the temperatures are under freezing, it’s time for a number of folks to take a dip! (Picture 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 seems like to leap in proper now?” Then this exercise is for you! It entails freezing chilly water, you plunging in, and balls of metal. What it doesn’t contain, is a wetsuit to maintain you heat. All the time wished to do that? (Yeah, me neither). Have an ice tub within the Isar!

The individuals who set up this exercise in Munich in winter are known 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 respiration workout routines and so they provides you with recommendation on put together. Then they’ll go in with you.

Munich Sizzling Springs is a group in Munich that meets each Sunday morning in winter at 11:00, for a refreshing ice-bath. You’ll find extra data on their web site, the place you’ll find a telephone quantity to hitch their WhatsApp group. That is just for skilled freeze-a-holics. If it’s your first time, they’ll set up a one-on-one with you and an teacher. All you have to do is ship them an electronic 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 suppose it simply makes you’re feeling f*cking chilly, however every to their very own. It should really feel superb when it’s executed! 


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Go snowboarding on Zugspitze

Munich is a particular metropolis, because it’s positioned 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 when you’re planning on staying a bit longer in Munich with a while spare to discover outdoors the town, I can actually suggest going to Zugspitze.

Zugspitze is true on the German-Austrian border and is the closest ski resort to Munich. You may be there in about two hours from the town, by prepare and cable automotive. 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 in order for you the longer model. The cable automotive as much as Wank is known as the Wankbahn. There’s additionally a Wank Restaurant (Okay, I’ll cease now). 

Zugspitze has all of the amenities you’ll be able to anticipate from a giant ski resort, so you’ll be able to rent gear and discover eating places and bars all over the place. The views of the encircling mountains are breathtaking. I want I might say snowboarding close to Munich in winter is wank, however that will be each a lie and a foul joke.

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

Go for a winter stroll in Englischer Garten

Englischer Garten (English Backyard) is a giant park proper within the metropolis. It’s greater 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’s additionally a Japanese tea home! As you’ll be able to think about, the grassy areas round these monuments are excellent for picnics in summer time.

Nonetheless, I desire to go to this park in winter, when the grass and footpaths are lined in snow. The hill the Monopteros sits on, instantly turns into a downhill sled monitor. Did you not pack a sled in your suitcase? (I believed you packed for Munich in winter! Poor effort!) I discovered a plastic bag will do the trick! There’s even a small however pretty 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 generally freezes over in winter. Watch folks surf within the river that flows by way 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 strive when you’re courageous with this tour which features a surfboard and bodysuit. (At the very least when you fall in, you’ll be able to scrap the ice-bathing exercise off your listing!).


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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 transferring collectible figurines. The Munich glockenspiel is greater than 100 years outdated.

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

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

Take a Day Journey to Cinderella’s fort

Have you ever watched Cinderella? (Is there anybody who hasn’t?) Then you will need to know she lives in a fort that appears a bit like – properly – Cinderella’s fort. One other fort that appears like Cinderella’s fort 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 fort was Neuschwanstein! I visited this stunning fort in winter, when the panorama was lined in snow, and it simply regarded completely spectacular! This fort was constructed on the ruins of Schwanstein by Ludwig II, king of Bavaria. He wished to construct a fort on this stunning spot, within the romantic type of outdated German knights’ castles. It was completed in 1880.

Now, Neuschwanstein Citadel will not be precisely in Munich. You’ll discover it in Schwangau, which is about two hours by prepare from Munich. I do know that’s not across the nook, however if 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 approach there by prepare your self. Take the prepare from Munich to Füssen, then bus 73 or 78 to Hohenschwangau.

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 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. (Picture Credit score: © München Tourismus, Andreas Gebe)

Expertise Fasching

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

There’s a large open-air occasion known as Narrisch within the metropolis middle, with music levels 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) numerous beer and Bavarian meals! Oh Munich, what a unbelievable metropolis you’re!


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Hotel Excelsior in Munich, Germany
Lodge Excelsior in Munich was nice, with a giant room, an enormous breakfast, and an excellent location.

The place to Keep in Munich in Winter

Indisputably, the very best space to remain in Munich in winter is in Altstadt, the outdated city. It’s the very best location, since you’re proper within the coronary heart of the town, and you’ll simply stroll to the well-known sights and squares of the town (it’s additionally a really quick stumble from the beer corridor to your lodge.). 

Staying in a main location comes at a worth, though Munich inns are fairly reasonably priced in comparison with most well-known European cities. Nonetheless, it’s greatest to remain simply outdoors of Altstadt, which might prevent cash, plus you’re nonetheless within the metropolis middle.

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

  • Motel One Sendlinger Tor – There are a number of of those inns in several places in Munich. Usually I don’t suggest chains, however these inns will not be too costly and really look nice inside, like a pleasant boutique lodge. 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 excellent for you! It could actually get a bit noisy, however at the very least you’re proper in the midst of it. The lodge 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 – Are you aware these inns that aren’t very memorable, however the rooms are clear and comfy? Lodge am Markt at Viktualienmarkt is a kind of (I imply this in a pleasant approach). It’s a lodge that’s excellent for a metropolis journey, with out attempting too exhausting. Location is prime, too! Costs from $100 per room per evening.


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Creator Bio: David Breeker is a journey author with over 20 years expertise within the tourism & leisure business. He lived in Switzerland for 8 years, typically 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!

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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 funds airline; and take red-eyes or early morning flights.
  • Lodging: We normally keep in budget-friendly trip leases, boutique inns or non-public rooms in hostels. We use to ebook inns (we love their versatile cancellation coverage) and Hostelworld to ebook hostels (low deposit, simple change/cancellation, and wonderful critiques). For trip leases, we desire 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 monitor document. You can too ebook trip leases on Expedia and We additionally use TrustedHousesitters as each hosts (for our house 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 useful drugs and vaccines for worldwide journeys. We all the time suggest getting each vaccine really useful by the CDC! You may 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 get from place to put, and ebook native transportation on-line utilizing Bookaway wherever we are able to. After we ebook a rental automotive, we use DiscoverCars to check rental corporations and discover the very best deal.
  • Baggage Storage: Each time we’re trying out early or making the most of an extended layover, we use LuggageHero to securely 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 data (like web site login particulars, financial institution data, and so on) protected, even if you’re related to an unsecured community whereas touring. Plus, it enables you to use Netflix & different streaming websites overseas! We use NordVPN. Use the code WANDERLUSTPROMO if you enroll!
  • What to Pack: Listed below are the journey necessities that we deliver on each journey. We even have packing lists for warm climate, chilly climate, and lots of extra. Check out all of our packing guides!


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