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stephendsmith Oct 21st, 2014 02:54 PM

Christmas Eve and Day in Munich
Hello I have 7 nights in munich over Xmas. There are 10 of us of varying ages. I have a schedule worked out. But it is quite empty on Xmas eve and day. I understand many places will be closed. Can anyone tell me a few places/attractions/sights etc that are open on either of these days?
My schedule is below for context.

Sunday - arrive, krampus run, dinner
Monday - BMW world, various museums and markets in munich
Tuesday - Austria day trip
Xmas eve - markets and fancy dinner at hotel
Xmas day - ? And dinner at hofbrahaus
Friday - day trip to Bavarian castles
Sat - some people stay in munich, others take train to Nuremberg for the day.
An - depart for prague.
Thanks. Steve.

Melnq8 Oct 21st, 2014 03:25 PM

What we did on Christmas Day in Munich last year -

Took train to Marienplatz and wandered around, watching the vendors pack up their Christmas market stalls

Visited Munich's most ornate church, St Johann

Explored the English Gardens (Munich's largest public park) where we watched the surfers at the Eisbach (an artificial stream that runs through the park) and visited the Chinese Tower (there was a small Christmas market in progress there on Christmas Day). We also walked to the lake there and had an alfresco lunch at a beer garden

Went back to Marienplatz and stumbled upon a procession with a boys choir

Had drinks and apple strudel at Orland Keller (Marienplatz)

We had a full day of just poking around - lots of people out doing the same. It was quiet, no doubt, but there were plenty of restaurants open by around noon. We'd considered the Hofbrauhaus too, but it was absolutely packed and a bit too boisterous for us, so we moved on.

Just about everything shuts down by 2 pm on Christmas Eve.

swandav2000 Oct 21st, 2014 09:47 PM

Hi stephendsmith,

Since the trains and busses will be running (on a Sunday schedule), you can consider getting out into the countryside, which is what many of the locals do. Since Christmas time is high season in the mountains, all the restaurants and cable cars will be running at full.

So, I suggest you take the train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen to see the Alpspitze or the Zugspitze, or to Mittenwald to see the Karwendels. You can ascend to the peak, walk around, have a large, filling meal and some wine and beer or gluewein, then come down. There are plenty of trails that you can follow for a walk in the countryside.

Have fun as you plan!


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