26 Dec Christmas in Munich
Munich is world-known for its Oktoberfest, but another time of the year that worth visiting is during Christmas when the whole city is celebrating and the famous Christkindmarkt opens at Marienplatz and other squares in the city, selling Christmas goods, ornaments and gifts.
I had the chance to visit the city last year and experience a major center of art and culture with a very high standard and quality of living. From the highlights was one of the best exhibitions I have ever visited – a tribute to life and work of Jean Paul Gautier ‘From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk’ – which took place in the Kunsthalle, the most important and best known facility of the Hypo Cultural Foundation. Munich is an eclectic mix of historic buildings and modern architecture, having reconstructed the ruins of those historic buildings that have been destroyed in World War II while creating new landmarks of architecture. Not to mention, I am obsessed with old doors…..and the stadium Allianz Arena of the football team Bayern Munich, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Arup Sport. Bier is a trademark for Germany, while Munich reveals cocktail bars that are winning plaudits. But since I don’t drink, I have a lot to say about food and recommend the apple pie (ask for an ‘Apfelstrudel’) and the delicious pork knuckle ‘Swein Haxel’, which are officially my favorite German dishes. Definitely, don’t miss out to taste the traditional bread, the so called Brezel or Brezen in Bayern. Last but not least, Munich has much to offer as a shopping destination. Except of the big department stores with luxury products, there are many cool and bohemian boutiques to explore.
Enjoy moments of my trip and feel free to leave a comment (because I am so curious to know your thoughts….)!