The weekend before Christmas we traveled south to Munich to enjoy the beautiful city and one of the most famous Christkindlmarkts (Christmas Market) in Germany. Christkindl literally translates into “Christ child”. The traditional market held in the Marienplatz (Mary’s Square) opens each year on the Wednesday before the first advent and closes on 24 December. On the opening night of the market onlookers welcome the “Christkind” depicted as an angel-like girl acted out by a local child.
Neues Rathaus (New City Hall) completed in 1908.
Glühwein literally translates to “Glow wein”. Drinking a few mugs of the warmed mulled wine, is said to give a warmer–upper or a glowing sort of feeling and a great amount of cheer.
Jamie in front of one of the 156 wooden booths at the market with Alpine handwork, Bavarian Christmas wares, and food/drinks for sale.
This large wooden pyramid looks down on Neuhauser Strasse. Authentic nativity scenes fill the wooden booths here and are complete with lanterns for the mangers, ox, donkey and gifts from the three Magi. The Weihnachtsmann atop the pyramid arrived on his bicycle.
The boys enjoy the non-alcoholic version of Glühwein called Kinderpunsch.
Another of the boys’ favorites, spiced heart-shaped cookies with icing (Lebkuchenherz).
Yay, a photo with the Weihnachtsmann!
Standing since 1180, the church of St. Peter (Peterskirche) is the oldest church in Munich and also known by locals as “Alte Peter” (Old Peter).
We climbed the 306 steps of the bell tower to reach the observation deck at the top of St. Peter’s Church for a panoramic view of the city.
Worth the climb, the view of the Neues Rathaus from the top.
We always love Munich and the Christkindl market. We spent a wonderful few days there last year with Brian, Tiffany & Harrison. This year it was made special by enjoying it through Jamie’s first impressions.
Who wants to go next time!?