This year my brother and I stayed in Munich for Christmas. Although I’ve been to Germany before, I had never been to Munich and was excited to check out the famous Christmas markets. We stayed at a friends house while they were away and cooked most of our meals at home, so our five days in Munich ended up being pretty cheap. To view a map of all the locations listed below, click here.
What to see
This has been Munich’s central square since 1158. The main Christmas market happens here in December, and there are also a lot of shops and restaurants in the area. [Free]
We didn’t pay to go inside, but it’s a nice walk around the grounds. The park is also nearby which would be great during the warmer months! [11€ for museum and treasury]
This church is worth a walk-by if you’re in the area, but it’s not necessarily a must-see in my opinion. Apparently you can climb up one of the towers and get a great view of the city, but it was closed when we were there on Christmas Day. [2€ for entry to the tower]
If you are staying in Munich, Neuschwanstein Castle is a perfect day trip from the city. We decided to go with a tour group (Radius Tours) since it worked out to be cheaper than sorting out our own transportation. There are a few restaurants in the little village near the castle, but we brought our own food and ate on the bus to save money. This turned out to be a great decision - most of the restaurants and food stalls had huge lines and offered limited choices. To get to the castle you have to walk about 25 minutes up a hill, so make sure to consider the physical fitness of yourself and everyone in your group. However, you can wait in line for a horse drawn carriage at an extra cost. The castle itself was fascinating and definitely worth the money, but prepare to be moved through each room with a group using an audioguide. The tour takes about 35 minutes, and photography isn’t allowed inside the castle. [49€ for tour, 14€ for castle entry]
Where to eat
The pork knuckle at this place was recommended on several other blogs, and we were not disappointed. We ordered the 1/2 pork knuckle with potato dumplings and a side of sauerkraut plus drinks. The food was enough for two people, but you may want to order another dish if you’re feeling extra hungry. [34€ for two people]
If you are looking for an awesome beer hall, this is a great option. Although it’s always packed and can feel a bit confusing at first, we had an awesome time. Wander around until you find an empty space at a shared table, then a server will come take your order. I had a litre of Radler and my brother ordered a litre of beer. There are also women wandering around with giant pretzels, so we ordered one of those too. [24€ for two people]
If you’re visiting during December, make sure to grab some mulled wine [5€], sausages & sauerkraut [7€], and a traditional Lebkuchen cookie [2€] at the Christmas market.
Tips & tricks
- If you are staying near the city centre, Munich is very walkable even in the winter. We only paid for public transit once from the airport.
- If you do take metro, make sure to validate your ticket otherwise you can end up with a hefty fine.
- When taking the train from the city centre back to the airport, make sure to listen to the announcements and get in the right car! The train splits at some point, so if you are in the wrong car you won’t be going to the airport.