Munich in the advent season: a visit to the Christkindl markets in the city

One of the most beautiful Christmas markets can be found in the Bavarian capital. Since 1972, the biggest Christmas market of Munich takes place on Marienplatz and it has become a firm highlight of the advent season. Every year from the end of November to December 24, many guests visit the Christmas market in front of the stylish setting of the old city center. A hundred and fifty booths and stalls offer Christmas decorations and many delicatessens. You shouldn’t miss seeing the 25-m Christmas tree displayed every year on Marienplatz in front of the Town Hall. The market on the Marienplatz is open every day. Unfortunately, a lot of tourists don’t know that Munich has more Christkindl markets, each of them worth a visit.

Munich Christmas markets

Arts and crafts as well as jewellery made in the region are on offer on the market at Sendlinger Tor. There is also a daily entertainment program with Christmas carols, Punch & Judy show and other events. The Christmas market at Münchner Residenz is highly recommendable. A Christmas village is set up there with a chapel and a life-size manger, plus a versatile entertainment program. The Christmas market on the Tollwood Winterfestival is another regular attraction. Those who are looking for alternative Christmas markets with international food and arts and crafts will just love it. The Christmas market at the Chinese Tower in the Englischer Garten attracts visitors with its special flair. Christmas presents can be bought there, and children can go on a round on a wooden carousel. The Haidhauser Christmas market on Weißenburger Platz is a true insider tip. Guests can enjoy traditional music and buy wonderfully crafted pieces, or try the many sweet or savoury Christmas treats.


Something out of the ordinary: the Tollwood in Munich

The Tollwood takes place every six month, alternately on the Theresienwiese and in the Olympiapark. The first Tollwood was hosted in the Olympiapark in summer 1988. Originally it had been a stage for artists from the vicinity. Over the years, more and more international artists have come to perform for the audience. In general it is a festival with a creative market, certified organic catering, and an arts program made of drama, music and fine arts. Since the winter of 1991, there is a winter Tollwood to supplement the summer Tollwood.

Foto: Tollwood München

Every summer, the festival attracts more than 850,000 visitors. The winter festival is not quite as highly frequented with approx. 600,000 visitors. The arts program is available in advance via Internet. Tickets for the different events (concerts, theatre) can also be booked via Internet. The entrance to the market of ideas and to the catering services however is free for all. The festival is not publicly subsidized, the tickets for the events and the rent from the stall operators are the sole source of financing.

Tollwood is a forum for ecology and environmental awareness. It wants to be a platform where social and ecological topics have preference. Tollwood regularly tries to give important impulses for ecological projects. One example is the organic certification of the catering services which has been introduced in winter 2003.


Up you go to the Wies’n : Munich’s Oktoberfest is and always will be the most popular bierfest

There’s no doubt that the Oktoberfest is Munichs’s biggest and most popular event. The fest which was started on occasion of the Bavarian elector attracts guests from all over the world. They can hardly wait until soon when the famous slogan is heard from the beer marquee: „O’ zapft is.“ The Munich Oktoberfest is a very popular attraction for people from the region and from all around the world. Today, several million visitors care coming to the Oktoberfest every year to get the live feeling and join the party. No wonder that many guests from Japan, the USA and Italy come back year after year to take part in this giant event. It is a meeting of very different cultures peacefully celebrating one of the world’s biggest beer fests.

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Rides and treats

Of course the beer marquees are not the only pleasure- the rides are just as attractive. The ghost train, the big Ferris wheel or the very popular 5-looping all are much in demand. Those who don’t like the drives can stroll along the stalls and buy candied almonds, or try the famous fried sausages or fish rolls.

If you had enough of the rides and need some more entertainment, you can go to the beer marquees and order a “Maß” of beer and listen to the Bavarian folk music in the marquee. The beer gardens on the Wiesn’s are very popular, but an option for good weather only. The agricultural festival and the historical Wies’n that was introduced last year are other attractions on this great event.