There aren’t many things I love more than Christmas. Especially if its Christmas in Europe! There’s something extra magical about the holidays in Germany; the architecture, the traditions, the Christmas Markets on every corner & in every square. Today I’m sharing a recap of my Christmasy blog posts from Munich and the surrounding area.
Munich has over ten markets in the city alone. I love Munich’s Christmas Markets so much, that I wrote TWO posts reviewing the best of the best! Munich’s Best Christmas Markets Part 1 shares four of my favorites. My Munich’s Best Christmas Markets Part 2 is one of my all-time favorite blog post in the history of A Holiday Away! Spoiler alert – this post contains my favorite Christmas Market in Munich, the Chinesischer Turm.
Nuremberg is said to be where Christmas Markets originated in Germany. You’ll find many amazing Christmas traditions such as the prune-men and lebkuchen (a traditional delicious ginger cookie). All the info on Nuremberg can be found in my post, here.
Passau is known as a popular stop for riverboat cruises for many people touring Europe. It’s known for the three rivers that run through the city, the Danube, the Ilz, and the Inn. It’s also home to an incredibly cozy Christmas Market, nestled below the towering spires of St. Stephen’s Cathedral in the town square. Learn all about Passau here.
While much of Würzburg was destroyed during the war, the classic German spirit lives on. In the old town Square you’ll find an extensive Christmas Market along with fresh fruit and vegetable stands. Würzburg is known for residing in the Franconian wine region of Bavaria. So what I’m trying to say is, try the local wine AND the gluhwein! Find my Würzburg post here.
Regensburg was the first city I ventured to by myself while in Munich. As you wander around the city you’ll come across many different markets. I was very excited to find feuerzangenbowle… It’s scary, scary DELICIOUS. It’s gluhwein on crack. Not actual crack, it’s made by lighting a rum-soaked sugar cube on fire, allowing the sugar to melt into the gluhwein. Learn more about this controversial drink and the town of Regensburg here.
While Salzburg may be in Austria, it’s still very close to Munich. It takes less than two hours by train. Salzburg is home to many cozy Christmas Markets and beautiful cathedrals & pastel colored streets to wander through. It’s also the birthplace of Mozart and where much of the sound of music was filmed. Find my Salzburg post here.