Topic: Tourism

Feuerzangenbowle am Isartor

Isartor “Feuerzangenbowle”

Open: 04.12.15 – 06.01.16
11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Feuerzangenbowle (literally: fire-tongs punch) is a traditional mulled wine drink where, in the preparation, a sugarcone is soaked in rum and ignited so that the molten sugar-rum mixtures drips into the drink. It’s a part of Christmas or New Year’s Eve tradition. The drink is also known as “burnt punch” in many English references.

The “Feuerzangenbowle” at the Isartor (Isar Gate) is the largest in the world. The punch is heated in a 3,40 m high and 2,50 m wide boiler which has been specially manufactured for this seasonal gem.

Thrice every evening fire is set to a huge sugarloaf hanging over the boiler. Such an event and the anticipation of what is to come is of course presented by a moderator and music. There are also food stalls around the “Bowle”, so you can eat between fresh and quite hot replenishments of this quite particular culinary experience.

Being an insider, or about to be, you’ll appreciate the cult movie “Die Feuerzangenbowle”, which runs all the time on a large screen.

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Christmas Market at the Chinese Tower

Christmas Market at the Chinese Tower

Weihnachtsmarkt am Chinesischen Turm

Open: 27.11.-23.12.15
Monday-Friday:12:00 am -08:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 am-08:30 pm
Englischer Garten 3, 80538 München

The Chinese tower is the landmark of the Englisch Garden. It’s a tourist attraction, but also a place where locals enjoy their time in the beer garden. During winter, the Christmas market makes a walk through the English Gardens even more attractive.

When you are at the market, take a look around the stalls where you can find all kinds of traditional and modern handcrafted goods. If you are there between 16:00-19:00, your Munich Christmas experience will be accompanied with the music of wind instruments.

If it gets too cold for you and you want to warm up, the restaurant provides the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Christmas Menu. To get even better impression of the English Garden, horse carriage tours start from the market and will take you on a 60 min ride through a hopefully snowy landscape.


Your kids can enjoy some special activities (and brush up on their language skills), while you responsibly immerse yourself in the culture of drinking mulled wine (Glühwein) and also brush up on your language skills…

Granny reads Stories

“Grandma” reads exciting Christmas stories to the children.

Grandpa leads a carpentry workshop
“Grandpa” show how to carpentry wood toys.

Tuesday-Friday 02:00 pm -6:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 11:30 am- 6:30 pm

Area-Tipp: Ice skating at Stachus (Eiszauber am Stachus)

Enjoy Munich from the ice

In our previous tip we covered the Christmas Market on the Marienplatz. If you want to prove your skills on ice, just walk up the street to the ice skating area at Karlsplatz Stachus. Here you can put your shopping in a locker, rent a pair of ice skates and glide with the music and light shows at night. From the ice you have a wonderful view over the Karlsplatz Stachus and the old buildings which surround it. After you have finished, you can warm up with a hot drink, some food from the stalls there and watch the happening on ice.

From 20. 11.15 through 17. 01.16

Christkindlmarkt Marienplatz

The biggest Christmas Market in Munich

Open: 27.11 – 24.12.2015
10.30 am – 09:00 pm
Marienplatz 1, 80331 München

The biggest Christmas Market in Munich is located at Marienplatz, Munich’s main town square, where the old and new town halls stand. Marienplatz mean “St. Mary or Our Lady’s Square” and has been the town square since 1158.

Every year more than 3 million tourists and locals visit the Christmas market who’s tradition reaches back to around the 14th century. They go there to enjoy mulled wine, gingerbread, and other traditional seasonal dishes as well as do a bit of shopping. The market covers 20.000 square meters full of stalls which sell craft art, Christmas decorations, and handmade clothes out of the best materials.

The market’s impressive Christmas tree is visible from far away, it’s about 26 meters high and decorated with 3 thousand lights. Each year’s tree is an honorable donation from a bavarian comune.

The Marienplatz Christmas market also hosts the largest crib market in Germany, where you can find traditional hand carved figures to decorate your crib at home.

The many food stalls cater for all diets. Amongst all the traditional delicacies that the stalls offer they also serve vegan Kletzenbrot (fruitcake) and gluten free Elisenlebkuchen (gingerbread).

Families are well catered for with a number of activities for children. For example the Himmelswerkstatt (children’s workshop) where kids can tinker, bake and play. St. Nicolaus and Krampus also stop by every day at the market, St. Nicolaus gives the good children presents and Krampus punishes the naughty one’s!

Children can even send their letters directly to Santa Claus at the “Christkindlpostamt” (Christmas post office), every letter will be answered.

If you visit the market in a large group there is the opportunity to book a guided tour. The market is located in the main shopping area, so if you have been shopping and have a lot of bags to carry, you can store them at the market’s luggage office.