CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN GERMANY
What if we find a good excuse for traveling all together? – I told my college friends.
We finally decided to sign up for an intensive German course and at the same time visit the Christmas markets in Munich.
As soon as we foot on the street we notice the cold air. We smile and run back to the room for a scarf and a hat. Now we are ready! We have been told there are many Christmas markets in the city but we decide to visit just a few and enjoy them. Less is often more. We meet at Marienplatz with the others. This is madness! There are so many people.
TIME TO EAT!
Try the Glühwein (spiced, warm wine) with caution, it is delicious and dangerous! An alternative non-alcoholic warm drink with different flavors is the Punsch.
Order food from the stands on the different squares, where you will find a wide variety of sausages (my favorite ones are the typical ones from Nuremberg) which you can accompany with a potato salad.
And…there is always room for German Christmas sweets! Plätzchen (traditional homemade cookies), Christollen (almond, walnut or marzipan cakes) Lebkuchen (ginger bread, which you will find in the shape of a heart with messages like ‘Ich liebe dich’, which means I love you).
Photo: Silvia Ragel
In Marienplatz there is the new town hall. I have a secret to share: in the courtyard, you can find the Glüwein stands and you can also find a door to the town hall where you can visit free exhibitions. Here you will be in one of the most touristic places of Munich unknown to many visitors. And for those of you who love a good view there is an elevator for the rate of 2,50€, where you will see breathtaking views. In Marienplatz you can also see a huuuuuge Christmas tree! WOW!
María tells us that when she was little she used to write and hang her wishes from the Christmas tree at her house. She laughs and tells us that what she wished last year has come true. She wished for all of us to be celebrating Christmas together.
The Medieval Christmas Market is at the Wittelsbacher square, close to Odeonsplatz. We love the stands where they sell little wooden houses dressed in attire from the past. At Wittelsbacher square we talk with a Bavarian man, who tells us that there are over twenty Christmas Markets in the city. Amazing! And we still have to discover Austria.
A smile comes across every time I read these words. I love to continue exploring Germany at Christmas.