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Christmas Holidays in Germany: what is closed, what is open?

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Hello - I realize this may be viewed as a stupid question but I will ask it anyway. Our family spent the holidays in Rome in 2013-14 and found that many restaurants and cafes (also more than a few shops) were open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I won't go into why this may be happening per our tour guide but she felt it was a cultural shift.

In any case, we are considering a similar trip to Germany over Christmas and New Years for 2015. DH and I would arrive and do a Christmas market tour starting around the 18th as he worked there for 5 years and loved seeing the various markets in Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Munich, etc. Our sons would join us on Christmas Eve and stay through the 2nd of January with us.

I have a tentative itinerary sketched out but would like to know from those who either live in Munich or have visited over Christmas...what is open in terms of restaurants? If most everything is closed, I would start looking at apartments to rent with a kitchen. If places are open, I would tend to look at hotels. We aren't locked into Munich for the actual holiday 'day' but since the boys will be flying in, it would be better in my opinion to be staying near their arrival airport.

My initial itinerary options are flying into Frankfurt, doing the market tours and meeting the boys in Munich. Make our way to Fussen, Baden Baden and Heidelberg and flying out of Frankfurt. Or, flying into Munich, doing Rothenburg and Nuremberg as a little loop; back to Munich to meet the boys and making our way as above and flying out of Frankfurt

DH and I have weeks of vacation at our disposal...the kids don't. Any suggestions will be appreciated!

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