Garmisch: A Christmas market in the snow
Nestled at the foot of the Bavarian Alps, the famous resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a wonderland for winter sports enthusiasts, romantics and families on holiday break. If you plan to visit in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, you won’t want to miss the village’s cozy Christkindlesmarkt.
Smaller than its more famous counterpart in Nuremburg, Garmisch-Partenkirchen’s Christmas market makes up for what it lacks in size with intimacy and charm. Wander through the pedestrian zones surrounding Richard-Strauss-Platz to the sounds of Alpine music, browse the unique handicrafts, and admire the traditional hand-painted murals, or Lüftlmalereien, that add pops of color to building facades. When you’ve worked up an appetite, sample a few of the region’s many culinary specialties, including Swiss cheese or chocolate fondue, winter soups, honey, marmalade, crepes and roasted chestnuts. If you’re a fan of mulled wine, hop from vendor to vendor in search of the perfect Glühwein mug to take home as a souvenir. Kinderpunsch, a warm and fruity alternative to hot chocolate, is also available for children and those who prefer to steer clear of alcoholic beverages.
Before the night is over, snuggle up in a horse-drawn sleigh for a thrilling ride through the shimmering, frosty landscape. If you’re lucky, falling snow will add the perfect touch of beauty and nostalgia to the experience.
This year’s market is open daily Nov. 26 to Dec. 23 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dress warmly and bring plenty of euros. For more tips on how to make merry memories at Christmas markets, read our article on StripesEurope.com.