Are you a sucker for snow? If yes, Munich winter is something you MUST experience once in your lifetime! It might not strike as a winter destination at first, but if you give it a chance, the capital of the Bavarian state of Germany has numerous Munich winter activities to revel in! Beautiful snow-covered parks, a jawdropping backdrop of the snow-capped Alps, exciting Christmas markets with mesmerizing Christmas decorations and not to forget, delectable food! If you are an unapologetic culture and heritage geek, the captivating churches and art museums showcasing masterpieces are a bonus for you. Germany is anyway famous for its fairy-tale-like castles. Munich city has got something for every kind of traveller. Coming to the point, if you’re wondering what things to do in Munich in winter, we have got you covered!
Top Things to Do in Munich in Winter
1. Stroll through the Munich Christmas Market
No, they are NOT over-rated! The Munich Christmas Markets would be 100% worth your time. These markets are absolutely magical! Marienplatz Munich Christmas Market (Christkindlmarkt Marienplatz) in Marienplatz is the most renowned of the various markets. Due to its central location in Munich’s Old Town, it is touristy and popular for a reason! This, along with other Christmas Markets in Munich, are a foodie’s paradise and a sweet toothed’s candy-land. The Christmas markets also offer handicrafts items, Christmas ornaments and mulled wine.
2. Explore Munich city on the Christmas Tram
After the Christmas markets, the next best thing is the Christmas Tram. If you are one of those who like to explore the city on foot, AWESOME! But chances are that you might not be able to see ALL of it. Hence, a convenient way to have fun in the festive season to the fullest, without missing anything, is hopping onto the Christmas Tram. This tram is operated by the Munich Transport Company in the winter season and offers the perfect festive setting! The passengers inside the tram are offered lip-smacking snacks, sweets and mulled wine (and fruit punches for children as well). To make it even more authentic, the setting is accompanied by soulful and melodious music!
3. Visit the English Garden (Englischer Garten)
Munich is a green city most of the year. But as the snow takes over, you will see layers of snow over the park. It is heavenly! The Englische Garten is a must-visit. If you’re lucky and the Kleinhesseloher Lake is frozen, you can go ice-skating (more on ice skating in a bit). Yet another beautiful reason to visit Munich, Germany, in winters!
4. Go Ice-skating!
One of the most important things to do in Munich in winter – Ice-skating! There are various ice-skating rinks in the city for reasonable rates. Some of the famous ones where you can skate around are the Eis-und Funsportzentrum West, Eissportzentrum Ost and the Olympia-Eissportzentrum.
5. Enjoy snowy views from the top
Your trip would be incomplete without it! Even if your tightly packaged itinerary doesn’t allow it, try to take out 10 minutes of time to see the snow-covered city from the top of a building! Go to the top of the Old St. Peter’s Church or the New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus) and enjoy the view. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see the Alps in the background as well!
6. Explore the Nymphenburg Palace
In winters, the Nymphenburg Palace canal turns into Munich’s longest curling track! Doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an expert, all are welcome here for fun!
7. Take indoor saunas
When in Munich, indulge in unconditional SELF-LOVE! Winter is genuinely the best time to pamper your body with warm water baths with essential aromatic oil massages. Munich has lots of rejuvenating thermal indoor sauna and spa services. So, go ahead and spoil yourself!
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So, if you’re visiting Munich in December, believe it or not, you are in for an icy treat! Just remember – Munich winter is cold, very cold! The temperature ranges from -8 to 0 degrees Celsius. At times, it has also reached -18 degrees Celsius. Be prepared. Carry plenty of warm winter essentials and layers. However, despite the chilling winters, the city is truly enjoyable!
P.S. Visiting in the off-season (winters) also means lesser crowd and cheaper hotel prices.