There’s nothing like wrapping up against the cold, sipping some hot Gluhwein, nibbling freshly baked gingerbread and perusing stalls filled with festive goodies to put you in a Christmas mood! And there’s possibly nowhere that does Christmas markets quite like Germany.
In December, the historical city of Munich is beautifully decked out in full seasonal regalia, with fairy lights in the trees, the sound of carols and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio floating in the air and, more likely than not, snow – ideal for the Alpine skiing resorts which are just
a stone’s throw away.
At this time of year, the must-do activity is browsing the Christmas markets, with one of the best being at Marienplatz, where you’ll find a wide selection of handicraft items, though all of the markets are worth a visit.
Just remember, you’ll have to work very hard to resist the speciality honey roasted nuts and chestnuts, among the many other German treats!
While you're there...
On December 19 and January 2, you can catch a performance of the traditionally festive ballet, The Nutcracker – Ballet Classique de Paris, at Carl-Orff-Saal im Gasteig. Tickets to see this classic Christmas tale of love and magic start at Dhs461 per person and are available through www.worldticketshop.com.
Get a Designer Fix
The famous Maximilianstrasse is a must-visit attraction – especially if you’re looking to spend a few euros! The western part of the Royal Avenue is dedicated to luxury, with a host of boutiques, designer shops, jewellery stores and galleries lining the street, including Dior, Chanel, Gucci and many more luxe brands…
Schwabing was once known as the city’s bohemian sector, and while it’s still popular with artists you’ll find a great selection of bars, clubs and restaurants to keep you entertained in the evening. Or visit the Englischer Garten (English Garden), one of the world’s largest public parks, and build a snowman.
Munich is as much a city of museums as it is of Christmas markets, with plenty to choose from. Lenbach Haus is popular for its art, and nearby you’ll find no less than seven museums, including the Glypothek with its Greek and Roman sculpture and the Museum Reich der Kristalle, dedicated to crystals.