GERMANY'S FESTIVE MARKETS, WHICH CITY DOES IT THE BEST?
GERMANY’S FESTIVE MARKETS
So which are the best?
December is a busy month for most. But here at Dish we go the extra mile for you guys, seriously. 3 Weekends in a row before Christmas we travel to 3 different German cities to see which destination offers the best Christmas markets for your money. Munich, Cologne and Berlin.
So which really is the best? First up is Munich in Bavaria.
I know, we’re all heart, and all in the name of research…
So who’s had pigs knuckle for lunch before? Honestly, it was super tasty.
Our first stop in Munich was to the Hofbrauhaus for lunch and a drink. This is a huge 3 storey beer hall dating back to 16th century. Traditional in every way.
The seating is banquet style benches and can hold up to 1300 happy customers at anyone time. A magical atmosphere no matter if the in-house band are playing or not. An absolute must visit when in Munich. Think beer carrying maidens and lederhosen wearing waiters
Munich, Bavaria offers probably the most traditional approach to Christmas markets. Certainly on a parr with Cologne when it comes to scenery.The orange roof tops, church spires and bells ringing out day and night. The picture you have in your head of typical Germany is very much what you get in both of those cities. Not so much in Berlin we found.
All three of our destinations will of course offer you gluhwein (a traditional hot punch - see below) German hot dogs or Bratwurst on every corner, our favourite being the curry wurst. All chopped up and covered in a spicy ketchup with a healthy dusting of curry powder. You can’t get more german by this point!
Old school wooden toys being made by hand, glass hand painted ornaments for your christmas tree getting painted in front of your eyes and so much more. Munich has a special feel to the place. like stepping back in time. What was great to see was that the locals were shopping in the markets too. Munich markets have a feel of authenticity. Like it’s here for everyone all year round, not just for the tourists in December.
This isn’t a place for big drunken crowds either, even though there is hot wine and much more on offer from early morning. It all feels very civilised. Well, it was until we arrived ;o)
This was a new one for us. Hot Gluhwein with a side of flaming rum. I know! Class. You light the sugar cube to the side of your mug, and carefully pour over the rum. It then melts down in to your drink setting your drink on fire too. It actually drew a bit of a crowd and others began to ask what it was that were drinking. I know what i’m attempting on Christmas morning! Wish me luck.
Munich’s largest Christmas market is in Marienplatz in the heart of the city. Set out in front of the impressive town hall. Be sure to be in the area before the clock strikes on the hour. You do not want to miss the show. One of the last remaining bell tower and working glockenspiel in the world. The clock tower has 43 bells and 32 life-size characters in it, which put on a show dating back to the early 19th century. We won’t spoil it for you. Jousting displays, roosters and dancers representing loyalty to the Duke of the time. This is no ordinary hourly chime.
Next up is Cologne followed by Berlin - we’ll be adding those in here soon.
Have you been to Germany’s Christmas markets?
Which did you think was the best? Which city offered the most for a weekend away? Comment below and let us know.