Starting from late November to the Christmas Eve, there are many Christmas Markets around European cities. It was right around Christmas time when we arrived Munich.
Munich’s Christmas Market – whose roots go back to the 14th century – is held on the Marienplatz in the heart of the city centre.
Town records first mention a ”Nicholas Market” in the Kaufinger Strasse near the Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady) in 1642. Back then, just like today, the Munich Christmas Market offers traditional Bavarian and unique Christmas gifts, including wood carvings from Oberammergau, gingerbread (Lebkuchen) from Nuremberg and notably some exquisite glassware from the Bavarian Forest.
－ Quoted from Munich Christmas Market website: http://www.germany-christmas-market.org.uk/munich_christmas_market.php
It was absolutely a very unique experience which you can only have it around this time of the year. Not to mention the special traditional food and drinks with all these pretty decorations. However, we also had our “tradeoffs” from visiting this fabulous city around holiday season. All of the museums and sights were closed for 2-3 days around Christmas. Right on dot at 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve, all of the shops and restaurants were closed no matter there were still tons of people and customers on the street. There were only a handful of restaurants and bars that were still open. The ones that were open would be super crowded and the service could be awful. This was definitely out of our plan before we arrived Munich. Didn’t expect J and I would be walking on an empty street trying to find a place to sit down on our Christmas Eve. 🙂 How fun!!!
We missed out a couple famous sights and museums to visit, but we love these little surprises from these little shops and street foods. And of course, we are amazed by how strict in timing Germans are. 😛