16 Magical Things to Do in Munich in Winter

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Twinkling lights. Scorching sausages. The scent of mulled wine. A man wearing full Medieval gear using a horse. Welcome to Munich, the most important metropolis in Bavaria and the third greatest metropolis in Germany! Munich is a gorgeous metropolis stuffed with grand squares, previous, majestic buildings with orange roofs and cobbled streets – and it’s freakin‘ magical within the winter.

Whereas most guests to Munich flock to the beer halls of Oktoberfest, visiting within the winter is the right time for Christmas attraction! Munich’s Christmas Markets, unfold all around the metropolis, are a number of the greatest on the planet. Sure, it may be very chilly, however there’s at all times a heat and comfortable beer corridor across the nook with a number of Bavarian meals and beer…and beer…and beer…and beer (*swap off echo*). 

We took a magical journey to Munich when our child was 6 months previous. However since we have been touring in a newborn-induced haze (actually, I’m simply happy with us for leaving the resort most days), we tapped somebody with rather more expertise to put in writing this publish and sprinkled in our personal insights.

From Christmas Markets to Cinderella’s Fortress, listed here are 14 magical issues to do in Munich in winter. Ahem: these actions might contain beer!

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Munich in winter Frauenkirche und Rathaus im Winter, © München Tourismus, Sigi
Munich in winter seems to be beautiful with a dusting of snow. (Picture Credit score: © München Tourismus, Sigi Müller)

Journey Suggestions for Munich in Winter

Munich buzzes with life and tradition all yr spherical, and the folks of Munich are tremendous pleasant and down-to-earth, which is a welcome feat in a metropolis this dimension. That mentioned, you’re nonetheless in Germany, and that poses a couple of, er, distinctive challenges. And I’m not simply speaking in regards to the dry humorousness.

Listed here are some important journey tricks to put together you to your go to.

Jeremy, Lia and baby in Munich, Germany
Most of our journey in December was within the low-mid 40’s. (Ahem: carrying a child is the equal of a heat coat.)

How chilly does it get in Munich?

F*cking chilly! I’m not kidding! It’s not like going to the North Pole, however one way or the other I by no means consider Germany as being that chilly in winter. It at all times catches me abruptly and I find yourself shopping for heat layers that I may’ve simply packed at dwelling (In all probability says extra about myself than the climate.) 

Common winter temperatures vary between 27ºF and 39ºF. See, that’s not too chilly, proper? That is the place I am going fallacious. One way or the other it at all times feels colder in Germany! Should be the wind chill issue, or the mountains, or location or I don’t know, one thing scientific, possibly?

It usually snows in Munich in winter too. Come ready! This packing list for cold weather covers all of it and may be summed up in two phrases: wool and down.

Germany in the Winter Munich Lia Walkingjpg
Munich is tremendous walkable, AND has nice public transit.

How do I get round Munich in winter?

The Previous City of Munich may be very walkable, however I don’t blame you if you wish to use public transport to discover the remaining. Keep in mind, it’s very chilly! Fortunately public transport is clear, heat, in every single place and just about at all times on time. 

There are 4 modes of public transport within the metropolis of Munich:

  • S-Bahn – Quick for Strassenbahn, that is the community of native trains that journey between stations throughout the metropolis. There are eight strains. The S1 and S8 take you from the airport into town heart.
  • U-Bahn – Quick for Untergrundbahn, or underground. There are eight underground strains that run between stations in and across the metropolis. There are round 100 stations, so you will get to just about anyplace shortly.
  • Buses – You will get buses to journey across the metropolis and see one thing on the similar time. There are evening buses, for when the U-Bahn and S-Bahn are closed and also you miraculously obtained caught in a beer corridor (beer tasting for scientific causes, huh?).
  • Trams – Much like buses, the trams join the routes between the U-Bahn and S-Bahn. There are evening trams too.
Germany in the Winter Munich Medieval Christmas Market
Say “Hallo” to this man (and his horse) on the Medieval Christmas Market, our favourite in Munich by far!

Do I would like to talk German?

Not essentially. Most individuals in Munich converse English, so you’ll be high quality. I at all times assume it’s good to study a couple of German phrases although. Locals recognize it! Right here’s some helpful vocabulary:

  • Hallo – Hiya
  • Guten Morgen/Tag/Abend – Good morning/day/night
  • Bitte – Please
  • Danke – Thanks
  • Entschuldigung – Sorry
  • Ja – Sure
  • Nein – No
  • Ich hätte gerne zehn Biere bitte! – I’d like 10 beers please!

Issues to do in Munich in Winter

Now you’re ready to journey to Bavaria, don’t neglect to take a look at these 14 wonderful issues to do in Munich in winter.

Go to the Christmas Markets

No one does Christmas Markets like Bavaria. In December you’ll discover greater than 20 Christmas markets in Munich, unfold out all around the metropolis full of stalls promoting conventional wood Christmas decorations, handmade German Christmas playing cards, mulled wine (that is the place I got here throughout white mulled wine for the primary time, and the second time, and the third time…), embellished lebkuchen (gingerbread) in all sizes, and meals. Oh, the meals! 

The most important and most well-known is the Christkindlmarkt on Marienplatz, certainly one of Munich’s well-known squares. The historical past of the Christkindlmarkt dates again to the 14th century, albeit underneath completely different names and places. (Yeah, does that also depend then? Both manner, it’s very previous!) You possibly can’t miss this Christmas market – actually: an 80 ft Christmas tree towers above it, in entrance of the gorgeous, monumental metropolis corridor.

A number of the greatest Christmas markets in Munich are:

  • Christkindlmarkt – The largest, oldest and most well-known. It’s on Marienplatz from the tip of November till Christmas. It’s HUGE! Plus, make your manner via an arched doorway into the courtyard to search out one other bonus Christmas Market hiding inside! In your manner, see in case you can spot the dragon ascending the tower to destroy it, a famous Munich landmark.
  • Kripperlmarkt – The “Crib Market” is a Christmas Market the place you should buy something to make your individual nativity scene. Or purchase an entire, handmade one! From the tip of November till Christmas, in entrance of St. Peter’s church, a stone’s throw from Marienplatz.
  • Sternenplatzl am Rindermarkt – The polar reverse of Christkindlmarkt by way of dimension. It is a small market, however stuffed with ambiance. The 40 ft Schlemmerpyramide is the middle of the market. It’s a spinning tower with collectible figurines, that appears prefer it jumped straight out of a Christmas fairytale.
  • Medieval Christmas Market (Mittelaltermarkt) at Wittelsbacher Platz: Munich’s most unusual Christmas Market can be certainly one of its greatest. Although small in dimension, this Renaissance-Honest-meets-Christmas-Market is a bit like going again in time. Store for belongings you would possibly discover in a Medieval market place, like armor. That is additionally the place you’ll discover a number of the greatest Christmas Market sausage stalls in Munich, arms down.
  • The Christkindlmarkt on the Chinese language Tower within the English Backyard: This market is romantic and atmospheric, providing conventional crafts and Christmas delicacies and a wood carousel for kids.

For extra perception into every market, head over to this fantastic guide to Munich Christmas Markets by Munich native (and our blogger buddy) Christina from Comfortable to Wander.

Schneeballen, fried dough treats, at a Christmas Market in Munich.
Schneeballen, fried dough treats, at a Christmas Market in Munich.

… And Eat Christmas Market meals!

There are three major issues to do at a Christmas Market: eat, drink, and store. Eat some extra, take a break and do some purchasing, and get one other eierpunsch.

But it surely’s exhausting to know the place to start, and in case you’ve by no means heard of any of the treats on the menu, it may be complicated to know what to order! Every market, metropolis, and area serves up completely different treats.

Right here’s what to search for at Christmas Markets in Munich:

  • Stollen – German stollen are dense loaves of bread, with dried fruit and nuts. You should buy slices of them, typically lined with powdered sugar, or purchase an entire loaf to take dwelling. A few of them have almond paste in them, which is wonderful!
  • Schneeballen – This interprets as snowballs. They’re ball-shaped fried pastries lined in sugar. You could find them with all kinds of toppings. Coated in chocolate, nuts or cinnamon, to call a couple of. Personally, I discovered them exhausting and dense, however Jeremy beloved them.
  • LebkuchenThese conventional gingerbread cookies, fantastically embellished by hand, are scrumptious! They’re not just like the crunchy ones we all know. Lebkuchen are thicker and have a chewiness that makes you come again for extra!

Journey the Christmas tram

Expertise Christmas on the transfer! The Christkindlt Tram is a particular Christmas tram which you can trip. It departs from Sendlinger Tor – which is a shocking previous metropolis gate – and takes you across the previous city with its Christmas lights and decorations. If it snows, this trip is even higher! It’s like using via an enormous wintery snow globe! (With out the water in fact, as a result of that might make this tram trip a merciless expertise! Nobody is shaking you both. Don’t fear!)

The tram trip takes about half an hour and takes you again to Sendlinger Tor. Undoubtedly an expertise I can advocate. The ambiance is nice contained in the tram, with music and Christmas lights. Oh, I forgot the very best factor about it…you’re allowed to deliver your mug of mulled wine on board!

This tram trip is extraordinarily widespread and it solely prices a couple of Euros, so anticipate to queue for a bit. It leaves each half-hour and runs between the tip of November and Christmas. Purchase your ticket whenever you get on the tram.

Schweinshaxe German Pork Knuckle in Munich Germany
Crispy Pork Knuckle from Münchner Stubn is a scrumptious, wealthy Bavarian dish that’s excellent for chilly winter nights.

Heat Your Stomach with Genuine Bavarian Meals

Each time I eat German meals, and particularly Bavarian meals, I can’t assist however assume it’s simply excellent for both actually chilly days, or to go along with ingesting huge quantities of beer. I imply, a conventional Bavarian breakfast is veal sausage with mustard and a beer, as a hangover treatment. Want I say extra?

Bavarian meals is commonly meaty, stuffed with carbs, or each. Irrespective of which conventional meals you tuck into in Munich in winter, it can fill you up and preserve you heat. It’s the form of meals that you must lie down after! (Or possibly I’m simply extremely lazy). Both manner, it’s very tasty and satisfying!

Listed here are a couple of soul-warming Bavarian meals you have to attempt in Munich in winter:

  • Münchner Weisswurst – This pale veal and pork sausage with scrumptious herbs is the pleasure of Munich. German Bratwurst, proper? In my view, a weisswurst with a little bit of candy mustard is even higher! You eat them from the grill, on a roll or by itself. Strive a Bavarian breakfast – Weisswurst boiled in salty water, with a little bit of mustard and a pretzel (and a beer, severely!). I attempted the very best weisswurst at Gaststätte Großmarkthalle. And make sure to ask at your resort, they might serve it at breakfast too.
  • Leberkäse – This interprets to liver cheese (nonetheless feeling okay?). The humorous factor is that there’s no cheese on this concoction. No liver both. (Sure, I used to be as puzzled as you at the moment are.) Simply attempt it! It’s mainly a meatloaf made with various kinds of meat. It’s usually served sliced on a semmelbrötchen (crusty roll) and completely scrumptious. Zum Franziskaner on Opernplatz has top-of-the-line leberkäse I’ve tried!
  • Spätzle – Munich’s model of mac and cheese! Spätzle are noodles constituted of egg, flour and salt. They don’t must relaxation, like pasta, in order that they make them contemporary and prepare dinner them. They’re served with a powerful cheese sauce, herbs and fried onion and are a preferred staple in Munich in winter. Zum Brunnstein serves cheese spätzle with mushrooms and schnitzel like no different!
  • Pretzel – the bow-shaped little crunchy snacks you get known as pretzels? The standard pretzels from Munich sh*t throughout these dry salty issues. Bavarian pretzels are big, like the scale of a plate. They’re encrusted with rock salt, crunchy on the surface and mushy and chewy on the within. I’ll have one any day, and so do the folks of Munich! You could find them anyplace, usually freshly baked.
  • ObazdaOh-what-da? Obazda is a Bavarian cheese unfold that goes extremely properly with pretzels. I used to love pretzels on their very own, till I attempted this! Obazda is made by mixing two-thirds of robust cheese – like camembert – with one-third of butter. It’s then spiced with scorching paprika powder, salt and pepper…and beer (You’ve obtained to like German beer tradition!). Eat the unfold with pretzels and a beer on the aspect. You possibly can order it in most Bavarian eating places.
  • Schweinshaxe: Bavarian Crispy Pork Knuckle is tender, juicy pork meat on the bone with crispy crackling pores and skin and served with wealthy gravy and fluffy potato dumplings. Strive it at Münchner Stubn.

The easiest way to check as a lot genuine Bavarian meals as doable – whereas studying all about Munich from a neighborhood professional – is to take a meals tour! This walking food tour consists of a number of of the must-try meals, beginning at Marienplatz and exploring the Viktualienmarkt.

Hofbräuhaus munich in winter
Hofbräuhaus is a comfortable place to get your beer on! (Photo Credit)

Have a beer or two on the Hofbräuhaus 

You will have found out by now that individuals in Munich like beer. Residence of the world-famous Oktoberfest, this metropolis has beer operating via its veins. Standard native breweries are Paulaner, Augustiner, Löwenbrau and Hofbrau. Guess which one is served on the Hofbräuhaus? The Hofbräuhaus is a well-known beer corridor come restaurant like you’ll solely discover in Munich. 

Huge beer halls downstairs, smaller rooms upstairs, all with a wood inside. It’s so heat and comfortable in winter. The massive halls virtually really feel like a medieval feast. Lengthy tables, complete roasted chickens and pork knuckles, liter-glasses of beer. The primary time I walked in right here I noticed an older girl mendacity on the ground who very clearly had manner an excessive amount of beer! Fairly wild!

If that is all a bit too wild for you, I might reserve a desk in one of many smaller rooms upstairs, the place it feels rather more like being in a restaurant. In order for you an Oktoberfest-like expertise, put in your lederhosen or dirndl and go to the halls! It’s also possible to book a tour of the Hofbräuhaus, to dive deeper into the historical past of the beer corridor and beer making, and revel in a beer with it!

Twilight in Munich Germany
As evening descends on Munich, the Evening Watchman strolls the streets, lantern in hand…

Take the Evening Watchman Tour

This unique walking tour will take you again in time to the Medieval period via the quiet streets of Munich in the dark. In Medieval occasions, the German nightwatchman (“Nachtwächter” in German) was tasked with maintaining watch over the city in the dark. Whereas town slept, the watchman’s duties have been to make sure the safety and security of the city, verify for fires, preserve order, and sound alarms within the face of hazard.

In order you’ll be able to think about, they noticed some creepy sh*t.

This re-imagining of that historic determine brings you alongside on a lantern-lit journey via the alleys of Munich’s Previous City, bringing to life long-forgotten tales of clandestine trysts, tragedies and triumphs, torture and amusement.

This immersive historic strolling tour is actually distinctive and a must-do! Book it on GetYourGuide (which is just like the German model of Viator).

Eisstockschützen vor Schloss Nymphenburg, © München Tourismus
Have you ever ever fancied your self a roller? Now’s the time to show it! (Picture Credit score: © München Tourismus, Luis Gervasi)

Have a Go at Curling on a Frozen Canal

A weighted stone, a goal, utmost focus, a superbly measured glide, launch…and folks with brooms sweeping the ice in entrance of the stone. With regards to sports activities, it doesn’t get extra thrilling than this, proper? (Sarcasm mode OFF) Okay, curling may not be essentially the most thrilling factor on the planet, however have you ever ever tried it? Didn’t assume so! Life is all about new experiences, so give it a shot.

Curling in Munich in winter is definitely actually thrilling! It’s all in regards to the location. The Schlossgartenkanal, a big canal that runs round and comes off Nymphenburg Palace, will not be very deep. This implies it usually freezes over in winter! As soon as it does, the information spreads shortly round Munich and folks bounce on the alternative to play on the straight, 1/2 mile lengthy ice rink. 

The frozen canal is used for strolling, ice skating and ice hockey too, however curling is hottest. Rent a curling stone, seize a scorching mug of mulled wine and have a recreation on one of many 40 pop-up curling lanes!

Nordbad, Außenbecken im Winter Photo Credit: SWM/Boer
Nordbad out of doors pool in winter. (Picture Credit score: SWM/Boer)

Heat Up in a Spa

Munich in winter may be bitter chilly, so chilling in a scorching sauna is a superb thought! The town provides some nice services at a fair higher worth. Pampering your self in a spa and sauna is often fairly costly, however not in Munich. There are two massive complexes within the metropolis, known as Nordbad (North Pool) and Südbad (South Pool, that are each run by town council (and each named by the identical artistic genius). Each Nordbad and Südbad mix reasonably priced public swimming swimming pools with superb saunas and aromatherapy rooms.

The saunas and heated indoor and out of doors swimming swimming pools -some with views of the city- are a intelligent solution to really feel heat and relaxed on the similar time. All that you must pay for is $7.00 for a single entry that provides you entry to all services. Please word that you’re anticipated to be bare in saunas in Germany. Don’t fear, it can solely really feel unusual for five minutes, then you definately’re used to it. (Simply please, don’t bounce into the swimming pool bare.)

One of the best saunas in Munich are:

  • Nordbad – For over 80 years, Nordbad has been the place to go for a swim or sauna session for the local people of Munich. Swim outdoors whereas the snow falls in your hair (or head, in case you don’t have hair).
  • Südbad – The youthful sister of Nordbad. Südbad doesn’t really feel as grand as Nordbad, nevertheless it offers you an analogous expertise in a calmer and smaller package deal. I like the indoor pool’s glass wall, so it feels such as you’re outdoors (however with out a freezing chilly head).
  • Müller’sches Volksbad – This one’s particular. I used to be amazed by the Artwork Nouveau constructing, which is over 100 years previous. The Volksbad is a baroque expertise, with two swimming pools, a Finnish sauna, steam room and a Roman-Irish sweat tub (They may need to rename this one! So many questions!)
Olympiaturm im Schnee, © München Tourismus, Jörg Lutz
The Olympic Tower towering in winter! (Picture Credit score: © München Tourismus, Jörg Lutz)

Get a birds-eye view of Munich in winter

Should you may teleport straight into Munich and stroll across the metropolis, you wouldn’t have any thought in regards to the stunning environment of this metropolis. You don’t actually see the Alps whenever you’re within the metropolis, however they’re proper there. To see them, that you must go up. Hiya, Olympic Tower!

You could find this needle-like tower in Olympiapark. With 291 meters (954 ft), that is the tallest constructing in Munich. There’s a viewing platform at 181 meters (593 ft) and it takes you 4 months to climb up…No I’m joking, there’s an elevator and it takes you there in 30 seconds. That’s quick! (Manner too quick for me, however I belief in German engineering). 

I’ve been up right here in summer season and winter, however I feel the winter view is greatest. Particularly when town is roofed in snow, with the white countryside within the north, and the majestic mountains of the Alps within the south. It makes you’re feeling all Christmassy and comfortable (and chilly, very chilly!). There’s a revolving restaurant underneath the viewing platform. A! Revolving! Restaurant! It does a 360º flip in 50 minutes. Have I already talked about that I like German engineering?

The view of the city and the old Peter in the center. © München Tourismus, Joerg Lutz
See the view of town from the tower of St. Peter’s Church. (Picture Credit score: © München Tourismus, Joerg Lutz)

Climb up Peterskirche

If the Olympic Tower is a bit too excessive for you, or in case you simply really feel like climbing 300 wonky wood steps for the hell of it, go up St. Peter’s Church. It’s a little bit of a climb, however when you’re on the roof of the church, you’ll be handled to some spectacular metropolis views.

Wanting over the normal orange roof tops, in winter you’ll be able to see Marienplatz, with all of the lights from the Christmas market. It’s even higher when it snows, and the orange roofs have a white dusting on them. It offers you an thought of the structure of town. It’s also possible to clearly see that this well-known sq. is the middle of Munich, the place folks have been gathering because the twelfth century!

Climbing to the top of Peterskirche solely prices a couple of Euros. You possibly can solely pay in money, so preserve a couple of cash in your pocket for this exercise.

When snow covers the English Garden and the temperatures are below freezing, it is time for a few people to take a dip in the Eisbach. Fun only for tough guys and girls. © München Tourismus Jan Saurer
When snow covers the English Backyard and the temperatures are beneath freezing, it’s time for a couple of folks to take a dip! (Picture Credit score: © München Tourismus Jan Saurer)

Have an ice tub within the river Isar

Have you ever ever walked previous a river on an ice-cold winter’s day considering: “I ponder what it looks like to leap in proper now?” Then this exercise is for you! It entails freezing chilly water, you plunging in, and balls of metal. What it doesn’t contain, is a wetsuit to maintain you heat. At all times wished to do that? (Yeah, me neither). Have an ice tub within the Isar!

The individuals who manage this exercise in Munich in winter are known as Munich Hot Springs, and I can’t consider something extra sarcastic on this world! This ice-bathing lot will information you thru your chilly dip. It begins with some respiration workout routines they usually will provide you with recommendation on how you can put together. Then they’ll go in with you.

Munich Scorching Springs is a neighborhood in Munich that meets each Sunday morning in winter at 11:00, for a refreshing ice-bath. You could find extra information on their website, the place yow will discover a cellphone quantity to hitch their WhatsApp group. That is just for skilled freeze-a-holics. If it’s your first time, they are going to manage a one-on-one with you and an teacher. All that you must do is send them an email to ask about costs and appointments.

Folks have been ice-bathing for hundreds of years and it’s believed to strengthen your immune system, provide help to burn extra energy and relieve stress. I personally assume it simply makes you’re feeling f*cking chilly, however every to their very own. It should really feel wonderful when it’s accomplished! 

Go snowboarding on Zugspitze

Munich is a particular metropolis, because it’s positioned so near the pre-Alps. This implies you’ll be able to keep within the greatest metropolis within the south of Germany, and nonetheless go snowboarding for a day. So in case you’re planning on staying a bit longer in Munich with a while spare to discover outdoors town, I can actually advocate going to Zugspitze.

Zugspitze is correct on the German-Austrian border and is the closest ski resort to Munich. You may be there in about two hours from town, by prepare and cable automotive. There are literally three ski areas with their very own community of ski lifts: Zugspitze, Garmisch-Classic and Wank (I want I used to be joking!). Or Mount Wank if you’d like the longer model. The cable automotive as much as Wank is named the Wankbahn. There’s additionally a Wank Restaurant (Okay, I’ll cease now). 

Zugspitze has all of the services you’ll be able to anticipate from a giant ski resort, so you’ll be able to rent tools and discover eating places and bars in every single place. The views of the encompassing mountains are breathtaking. I want I may say snowboarding close to Munich in winter is wank, however that might be each a lie and a foul joke.

Schneefall am Monopteros im Englischen Garten, © München Touri
Sledding on the Englischen Garten! (Picture Credit score: © München Tourismus, Luis Gervasi)

Go for a winter stroll in Englischer Garten

Englischer Garten (English Backyard) is a giant park proper within the metropolis. It’s greater than Central Park in NYC! It has two well-known landmarks. The Monopteros is a 50 ft temple on a hill. The Chinesischer Turm, is a Chinese language tower that appears like a tall pagoda. There’s additionally a Japanese tea home! As you’ll be able to think about, the grassy areas round these monuments are excellent for picnics in summer season.

Nonetheless, I choose to go to this park in winter, when the grass and footpaths are lined in snow. The hill the Monopteros sits on, abruptly turns into a downhill sled observe. Did you not pack a sled in your suitcase? (I believed you packed for Munich in winter! Poor effort!) I discovered a plastic bag will do the trick! There’s even a small however pretty Christmas market across the Chinese language tower, which is lit up for the event. 

Seize a mulled wine and go for a stroll alongside the small lake within the park. Or throughout it, because it typically freezes over in winter. Watch folks surf within the river that flows via the park, even in winter. There’s a fast within the river, the place you’ll be able to surf on the spot. A bit like a type of wave machines, however pure. Give it a attempt in case you’re courageous with this tour which features a surfboard and bodysuit. (No less than in case you fall in, you’ll be able to scrap the ice-bathing exercise off your record!).

See Munich’s Glockenspiel Present

It doesn’t matter what you’re doing in Munich in winter, be sure to’re on Marienplatz at 11:00 am or 12:00 pm to see the glockenspiel. This well-known glockenspiel is within the clock tower of the Rathaus on Marienplatz. It’s a mechanical present with bells enjoying tunes and transferring collectible figurines. The Munich glockenspiel is greater than 100 years previous.

At 11:00 am and midday it begins enjoying 4 tunes and the collectible figurines begin transferring. The tunes change each month. In December it performs Christmas tunes, like Oh Tannenbaum. It provides an additional sprinkle of Christmas to the Christkindlmarkt.

Neuschwanstein Castle in winter near Munich Germany
Neuschwanstein Fortress in winter close to Munich, Germany (Picture Credit score: © Anton Brandl, Neuschwanstein Fortress)

Take a Day Journey to Cinderella’s fort

Have you ever watched Cinderella? (Is there anybody who hasn’t?) Then you have to know she lives in a fort that appears a bit like – properly – Cinderella’s fort. One other fort that appears like Cinderella’s fort is Neuschwanstein (or New Swan Stone). Okay, let’s cease translating German names into English because it doesn’t make any sense!

Coincidence? Probably not, as Walt Disney’s inspiration for Cinderella’s fort was Neuschwanstein! I visited this stunning fort in winter, when the panorama was lined in snow, and it simply seemed completely spectacular! This fort was constructed on the ruins of Schwanstein by Ludwig II, king of Bavaria. He wished to construct a fort on this stunning spot, within the romantic model of previous German knights’ castles. It was completed in 1880.

Now, Neuschwanstein Fortress will not be precisely in Munich. You’ll discover it in Schwangau, which is about two hours by prepare from Munich. I do know that’s not across the nook, however whenever you’re in Munich in winter and you’ve got time for a day tour, I feel you shouldn’t miss out on this one. 

You possibly can book a day tour from Munich, or get tickets for Neuschwanstein Castle and make your manner there by prepare your self. Take the prepare from Munich to Füssen, then bus 73 or 78 to Hohenschwangau.

Whether clown’s nose, dinner jacket or elaborately crocheted full-body bee costume – every form of disguise has its place in Munich’s Fasching, or carnival. The city is filled with fun and festivity, dancing and general clownery. The people of Munich have enjoyed themselves at their festivals and balls for generations. The majority of events take place indoors but during the peak period Fasching eventually finds its way into the city’s streets and squares. The wildest days of carnival are its last. One legendary highlight is the Dance of the Market Women on Shrove Tuesday, followed by a carnival gathering on Viktualienmarkt (food market). © München Tourismus Andreas Gebe
Whether or not clown’s nostril, dinner jacket or elaborately crocheted full-body bee costume – each type of disguise has its place in Munich’s Fasching, or carnival. (Picture Credit score: © München Tourismus, Andreas Gebe)

Expertise Fasching

Should you go to Munich in February, you’re in luck! Fasching is what the folks of Munich name their carnival. There are small, usually enclosed occasions all year long, however in February all of it culminates into massive road occasions.

There’s a massive open-air occasion known as Narrisch within the metropolis heart, with music phases on Marienplatz and Karlsplatz-Stachus. See some dance and music teams carry out right here. On Shrove Tuesday one other massive occasion takes place: the dance of the market ladies. That is on the Viktualienmarkt meals market (you’ll be able to guide a gourmet food tour right here if that’s your factor). Usually the stalls promote fruit and greens, however for this event they promote beer, glowing wine and mulled wine.

The parade of the Damische Ritter (Foolish Knights) takes place on a Sunday in mid-February. This massive carnival parade is a procession with floats, dressed-up folks, dance, music and (that is Munich in any case) a number of beer and Bavarian meals! Oh Munich, what a incredible metropolis you might be!

Hotel Excelsior in Munich, Germany
Hotel Excelsior in Munich was nice, with a giant room, an enormous breakfast, and an amazing location.

The place to Keep in Munich in Winter

Indubitably, the very best space to remain in Munich in winter is in Altstadt, the previous city. It’s the very best location, since you’re proper within the coronary heart of town, and you’ll simply stroll to the well-known sights and squares of town (it’s additionally a really brief stumble from the beer corridor to your resort.). 

Staying in a primary location comes at a worth, though Munich motels are fairly reasonably priced in comparison with most well-known European cities. Nonetheless, it’s greatest to remain simply outdoors of Altstadt, which may prevent cash, plus you’re nonetheless within the metropolis heart.

Listed here are some suggestions for motels close to or in Altstadt in Munich:

  • Motel One Sendlinger Tor – There are a couple of of those motels in numerous places in Munich. Usually I don’t advocate chains, however these motels usually are not too costly and truly look nice inside, like a pleasant boutique resort. The one in Sendlinger Tor is closest to the Previous City. Rooms begin at round $120 an evening.
  • City Hotel Lux – If you wish to be proper within the metropolis heart – and I imply a stone’s throw from Marienplatz and the Hofbräuhaus beer corridor – that is excellent for you! It might probably get a bit noisy, however a minimum of you’re proper in the midst of it. The resort is comfy and the restaurant and bar have one of many coolest designs I’ve seen. Rooms begin at round $110 an evening.
  • Hotel am Markt – Have you learnt these motels that aren’t very memorable, however the rooms are clear and cozy? Resort am Markt at Viktualienmarkt is a type of (I imply this in a pleasant manner). It’s a resort that’s excellent for a metropolis journey, with out making an attempt too exhausting. Location is prime, too! Costs from $100 per room per evening.

Creator Bio: David Breeker is a journey author with over 20 years expertise within the tourism & leisure trade. He lived in Switzerland for 8 years, usually hopping throughout the border to get pleasure from Munich’s Christmas markets and beer!


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Welcome to the biggest city in Bavaria, and the third biggest city in Germany! Munich is a beautiful city full of grand squares, old, majestic buildings with orange roofs and cobbled streets that lead you to something new to explore every time. This city always buzzes with life and culture, and the people of Munich are super friendly and down-to-earth, which is a welcome feat in a city this size. And Munich in winter is a fabulous cold-weather destination!

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