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Christmas Markets, part 2 : Munich Marienplatz

With two weeks to Christmas (10 Dec 2010), I’m continuing my series on Christmas Markets, which will eventually take me to Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, and Prague.

One of the main and most popular Christmas markets in the Bavarian state capital is found in the Altstadt (Old Town) at Marienplatz. The market here is spread out in front of the Neues Rathaus, and this year’s giant of a Christmas tree hails from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, if the signs nailed to the trunk are true. There are stalls offering Christmas decorations and tree ornaments; candied hearts with declarations of love (“ich liebe dich”); scarves, hats, and mitts for bipeds or quadrupeds; roasted nuts; grilled steak or, of course, the humble Bratwurst; fried potato pancakes; and the ubiquitous Glühwein.

Glühwein (mulled wine) is heated red-wine with spices, e.g., cloves, citrus, cinnamon, sugar, etc. At any given Christmas market, Glühwein can be had from any number of countless stalls. You can often order Glühwein “mit Schuss”, which is an extra shot of rum or liqueur. Not only do you pay for the Glühwein, there’s also a modest deposit for the mug in which the hot grog is served. After finishing your drink, you can keep the mug as a souvenir of your visit to the market, or you can return the mug from the original booth or stall and get your deposit back. It’s easy to see how over time your cabinets become filled with Glühwein mugs which change annually and can be different from one market to another (or even, one stall to another).

Over a number of sessions were a few Glühwein and a few Wurst consumed (or destroyed), as far as I can remember. Walking through the markets at any time day or night can be problematic, if one stumbles into the market either hungry or cold with the warm delicious smells of food and drink wafting through the air. But rest assured that with a few euros jangling in your pocket waiting to be freed, it’s always good to know the invitation to consume and partake is always open.

Marienplatz by day
Marienplatz by day
Muenchner Kipperlmarkt
Marienplatz Weihnachtsmarkt
Chorus at Marienplatz Weihnachtsmarkt
Marienplatz by night
Marienplatz by nightMarienplatz by night

Photos above were made at Munich’s Marienplatz with the Canon EOS450D camera and the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens.

Appearing initially on Posterous on 10 Dec 2010, this post has moved and now appears on Fotoeins Fotopress (

Christmas Markets, part 1 : Munich

The Christmas markets in December are greatly improved by the presence of snow.

And in München on this first week of December (2010), there was a wae bit of snow. The snowfall was not of blizzard proportion, but there was enough of it all the same to annoy or thrill you, depending on whether you had to dig out from underneath or trudge through the stuff on your way to work, or if you simply had some time off to enjoy the late-autumn winter wonderland.

Kripperlmarkt am Rindermarkt (Manger, Crib market).

Sendlinger Tor
Northeast entrance, Christkindlmarkt am Sendlinger Tor.

Sendlinger Tor
Southwest entrance, Christkindlmarkt am Sendlinger Tor.

The photos above were made with the Canon EOS450D and 50mm/1.4 lens on 1 Dec 2010. Published initially on Posterous on 8 Dec 2010, the post was moved and now appears on Fotoeins Fotopress (

2010 Christmas Markets in Germany

Miss604 wrote last week about the upcoming version in Vancouver

… because it’s that time of year again in Germany and Europe …

Put on an extra coat, turn on the lights, sip on some hot Glühwein or Kinderpunsch, munch on a foot-long Bratwurst, or dig into some Kartoffelpuffer with Apfelmus on the side.

Christmas markets (Weihnachtmärkte, Christkindlmärkte) open this week throughout Germany.  Over the next few weeks, I’ll be dropping by Munich, Frankfurt, and Berlin …

Weihnachtsmärkte in München : DE | EN
Frankfurter Weihnachtsmärkte : DE | EN
Heidelberger Weihnachtsmarkt : DE | EN
Weihnachtsmarkt Hamburg : DE | EN 
Weihnachten in Berlin : DE | EN

The following three photos I’ve taken at previous Weihnachtsmärkte provide a small glimpse into the markets, the lights, (the crowds!), and the food:

I’m very much looking forward to visiting the markets again; photos and written snippets will follow in the weeks to come.

Ich wünsch’ euch alle frohe Weihnachten!

HL, 1730h GMT – 23 November 2010

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