The Christmas Pyramid is one of the seasonal highlights.
This is the oldest and the largest Christmas market in Munich. It’s also the most touristy. While I find it too crowded for my liking, it definitely is the most gorgeous. The huge Christmas tree at Marienplatz is always a highlight.
Be sure to check out the giant Christmas Pyramid at Rinderplatz. You’ll also want to stroll down Kaufinger St. all the way to Stachaus (Karlsplatz). Here, you’ll find a skating rink. I recommend visiting it, getting your photos, then heading to one of the smaller markets for a mug of Glühwein.
Schwabing Christmas Market for Artisans
This market is charming with hanging lanterns scattered throughout. But what really impressed me about it was the artisans. It has some of the most talented artisans I’ve seen at any Christmas market.
There’s also an Art Tent where vendors display their larger works of arts. This bohemian type market will be especially appreciated by anyone with an interest in art, or those looking for a unique gift.
Convenient Places to Stay for Visiting Christmas Markets in Munich
This 5-star design hotel gets raves reviews for its location – it overlooks the Old Botanical Garden. Guests love its special touches, like the original paintings by Munich artist Franz von Lenbach in every guest room.
Price: From €360
Getting there: Sophienstrasse. 28, Munich (a 2-minute walk from the Hauptbahnhof, Central Train Station)
This 4-star hotel is in the heart of Munich. It features old-world charm, a 16th century restaurant and floor to ceiling windows.
Price: From €285 double
Getting There: Sparkassenstr. 10, Altstadt – Lehel, 80331 Munich (a 2-minute walk from Marienplatz)
A classically furnished 4-star hotel, with some rooms offering views of Isator (one of the city’s three remaining gates).
Price: From €190 double
Getting There: Tal 41, Altstadt – Lehel, 80331 Munich (a 5-minute walk to Marienplatz)
Located in Bogenhausen, where some of Munich’s most extravagant villas, can be found, this 4-star hotel overlooks the English Garden. You’re just a few minutes’ walk away from the Christmas Market at the Chinese Tower. Afterwards you can warm up in the hotel’s Finnish sauna!
Price: From €126 double
Getting There: Oberföhringerstraße 191, Bogenhausen, 81925 Munich (~12-minute tram ride to the city centre).
What are your favourite Christmas markets in Munich?
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Note: This article was originally published in 2011, but was updated in December 2016.