Cheap Flights toMunich

Over the festive season, Munich looks like it’s been lifted straight off the cover of a classic Christmas card. It’s a city that boasts more than twenty Christmas markets, from traditional settings to artisan stalls and unique themes. You’ll find its large squares and parks are beautiful places to explore in winter too. Hearty meals in beer houses and sweet festive treats will be the icing on your Christmas cake in Munich.

At a glance

  • Language German
  • Currency Euro
  • Time difference GMT+1 hour
  • Beer £2.70
  • 3-course meal £40

More than 20 Christmas markets

The main Christmas market in Munich takes place at Marienplatz.

A square of sights

Munich’s many large, pedestrianised squares are the perfect settings for Christmas markets. The main one takes place at Marienplatz. As well as displaying a whole host of authentic German wares, it’s ideal for a spot of sightseeing too. The Old Town Hall here has charming fairy tale spires and dates back to the 14th century. Meanwhile, the New Town Hall is a neo-Gothic masterpiece with an intricate, immense facade. Be sure to see the Rathaus-Glockenspiel, where a traditional wooden figure show takes place at the chime of 11 ‘o’ clock every day.

Spiritual settings

There’s nothing quite like a traditional church to get you in the Christmas spirit. Luckily, Munich has several of them. The most famous is the city’s iconic landmark, the Frauenkirche. Go to the top of its 16th century, onion-shaped towers for marvellous views of the city and the nearby Alps.

The city’s oldest church, known as Peterskirche, is also conveniently close to the main Christmas market on Marienplatz. It’s well worth heading inside to admire the incredibly ornate interior and the high altar that is dripping in glistening gold.

Pretty palaces and castles

Munich is almost 900 years old. Over this time, it has added a set of mighty fine palace and castles to its collection. That includes Nymphenburg Palace, a grand Bavarian residence built in the 17th century. Marvel at its sprawling facade and gorgeous gardens. Nearby, the Blutenburg Castle is decorated in a grand, rural style, while Furstenried is an elaborate Baroque palace. All of them look even more picturesque at Christmas, especially when there’s a chance they’ll be dusted with shimmering white snow.