Munich Kripperlmarkt (Manger Market)

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by flyingscot4 on January 21, 2009

As Germany's third largest city Munich isn't content with just one Christmas market; the city has 85. Some are quite large and neighborhood markets are quite small and specialized. This review documents the largest and most well-known of the markets, the "Kripperlmarkt" or "Manger Market."

The market is located in the famous Marienplatz square in front of the "Neues Rathaus" or "New City Hall." Kiosks are set-up all over the square and then down two parallel streets - Rosenstr. and Rindermarkt. Over 140 stalls are jammed into this area. The market is declared "open" by Munich's Lord Mayor at 5:00 PM on the last Friday before the first Sunday in Advent (usually the last Friday in November). Thousands attend the ceremony.

The market is called the "Kripperlmarkt" or "Manger Market." and mangers are located in multiple parts of the market. Munich is mostly Roman Catholic and the churches are open during the day with special Christmas decorations. There are numerous Nativity Scenes throughout the square.

In front of the New City Hall is the 30 foot Christmas tree with 2500 clear lights representing the color of candles. Historically, the first mention of a "Nicholas Market" was in 1642, however it is thought that the Winter Market may go back to the fourteenth century. In 1806 the name of the market was changed to Christkindlmarkt. It was not until 1972 that the market's permanent home was changed to its present location.

Like all Christmas Markets, anytime is a good time to visit, but the best time to visit is in the evening. That is when the colors appear brightest and any wind dies down so that the aromas of candles, roasting sausages, potato pancakes, hot spiced wine (Glühwein), Lebkuchen and other baked goods wafts through the entire area. Like snow, baked apples, gingerbread, roast almonds, ginger nuts and plum figurines are essential to a Bavarian Christmas.

Welcome to Munich!

Next stop: the most famous of them all, Nürnberg's Christkindlesmarkt
Munich Christmas Market
Marienplatz-Old Town
Munich, Bavaria

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