The reason I am writing this post a whole 2 years after I was there is because the festive spirit is well and truly under way and the Germans do Christmas markets like no other. Voted the best in Europe it is no wonder that I’m reminiscing about our German whirl wind.
People from all over the world set their sights on a visit to Munich and Berlin to enjoy the 20 Christmas markets on offer. Marienplatz is the centre of the city of Munich and right where we stayed on our flying visit and is home to the first Christmas market that dates back to the 14th Century. Town records first mention a ‘Nicholas Market’ in the Kaufinger Strausse near the Frauenkirche in 1642.
Marienplatz (Old Town Square)
With Bavarian gingerbread (Lebkuchen), wood carvings, bees wax candles and mulled wine being the most popular buys, there really is something for everyone’s taste including the Medieval Christmas Market with gospel singing at the Wittelsbacher Platz and a gay pink Christmas Market (Stephansplatz). If this isn’t enough and you’re on your way home with time to spare you can even go ice skating at Munich airport.
One of the Main Munich Christmas Markets.
Many of you will know Munich for its architecture, theatres and museums. Not me! Apart from the Christmas markets I know it solely for its beer. We were there for less than 24 hours as we were passing through on a train set for the Czech Republic. Due to this we didn’t get to experience the best that Munich has to offer.
We did however, have dinner in the Hard Rock cafe which is right next to the famous beer hall Hofbrauhaus at Am Platzl (the old town). This is said to be the largest beer hall in the world and during Oktoberfest can house and serve up to 30,000 people. This is a typical Bavarian experience and is what most people associate Germany with and what makes the cities so unique.
The Famous Hofbrauhaus Beer Hall
I simply wasn’t there long enough to be able to take in the main sites and attractions and it didn’t help that the underground service is the most confusing I’ve ever come across. In saying all this, the rain, cold and baffling transport system didn’t put me off and I cannot wait to visit again for some amazing Bavarian chocolate and quite a few steins of the world famous beer.