In the heart of Munich’s old town, the city’s central
Marienplatz Christmas Market
encompasses many of key historic highlights, from
, the old town hall, to the
new town hall
with its famous tower and glockenspiel cuckoo clock. Bavarian delicacies on offer include homemade bratwurst, grilled salmon, piping hot mulled beer, and seasonal treats like kletzenbrot
, honey bread made with fruits and nuts, and fatschnkindl
, a pastry shaped as Jesus in the manger. Watch out for the run of the Krampusses, a 500-year-old tradition that sees the horned and hairy half-goat, half-demon assistants to Saint Nick (as goes the folktale) dash through the Marienplatz on two occasions during the festival.