Munich’s Christmas Markets: Where to Stay

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A junior suite at Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich.


Munich stays and markets by rail and sail.

Viking River Cruise making it's way through Passau, Germany.
A deluxe room at The Charles Hotel by Rocco Forte.

By Jenny B. Davis

Munich hosts myriad Christmas markets – as many as 20, to appeal to every segment of society, including a medieval market, a gay market, and an indie craft fair – but the heart of the party is the traditional Christkindlmarkt that spreads across the old stones of Marienplatz, the central square. So, for those who are in for some cookies, wurst, and wine, here’s everything you need to know about getting a taste of Munich at Christmas:

Getting There
Delta Air Lines, Lufthansa, American Airlines, KLM, Air France, British Airways, and Air Berlin offer connecting service to Nuremberg and Munich from five North American gateways. Your travel advisor can arrange train tickets on Rail Europe from Nuremberg to Munich; the ride takes under 90 minutes.
The Charles Hotel by Rocco Forte boasts a bucolic location with 24 suites that range in size from 721 square feet to the entire eighth floor, and its 132 generously sized rooms include spacious bathrooms accented with Nymphenburg porcelain tiles.
An elegant retreat nestled among Maximilianstrasse’s haute boutiques, the 297-room Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski is within easy walking distance of the city’s major Christmas markets. The lobby Champagne bar offers some of the best people-watching in town.
Mandarin Oriental, Munich sits on a quiet side street, just steps away from the city’s buzz, including the Christmas markets. Each of its 73 rooms comes with a view – a city panorama or the historic Hofbräuhaus beer garden – and a few suites boast outdoor terraces. The lobby’s elegant marble staircase leads to the Michelin-starred Restaurant Mark’s.
A holiday cruise on Europe’s Danube, Main, Moselle, or Rhine rivers is an easy way to call on Germany’s Christmas markets. AmaWaterways, Avalon Waterways, Tauck River Cruising, and Viking River Cruises all offer multiple sailings.

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Originally appeared in Virtuoso Life magazine, November 2014.

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The Mandarin Oriental, Munich at dusk.