A quintessential winter break in Munich
Travel guide14 November 2022
With scenery that’s straight off the front of a Christmas card, this snow-dusted destination in Bavaria has everything you need for a winter break, as Elke Sockeel discovered.
To do

From mid-November, Munich plays host to several snow-filled experiences. Skate the night away at the Münchner Eiszauber, set in the middle of the Karlsplatz-Stachus, or head to the Alpine ski town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Home to the country’s highest peak, with more than 200 km of runs and 89 lifts, this lofty mountain range is the perfect spot for serious skiers. Meanwhile, night owls might prefer the floodlit run in neighbouring Spitzingsee-Tegernsee.

High-altitude fun

The North Face

Puffer jacket
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Before lacing up your ice skates or ski boots, stock up on the hottest new winterwear at nearby Ingolstadt Village. This winter, you’ll find dazzling new art installations, a traditional Christmas market and enviable new pop-ups – not to mention sweet Parisian delights from Ladurée.

Your essential winter packing list

165 €

99 €

Sun Fashion Lab

Ski goggles

1.898 €

1.326,90 €

Bogner

Jacket and pants

179 €

119 €

89,50 €

KARL LAGERFELD

Turtleneck pullover

35 €

23,99 €

Under Armour

Women's around town pom beanie

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349,90 €

244,90 €

Tommy Hilfiger

Women's wool blend double breasted belted coat
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Perusing the Christmas markets calls for only the warmest layers. This long wool coat from Tommy Hilfiger is journalist, and friend of The Bicester Collection, Elke Sockeel's go-to style come winter – just the thing to snuggle up in.

To see

No one puts on a Christmas market quite like the Germans. With more than ten markets to choose from, you’ll want to start in Marienplatz, the city’s main square, which boasts thousands of lights, a decorative tree and charming wooden stalls. Climb up St Peter’s Tower when the sun goes down for a truly magical (and hopefully snowy) view.

A little bit of festive magic
To eat

When it comes to a traditional Wirtshaus, Maximilian ticks all the boxes – flavoursome ales, wholesome Bavarian food and a roaring fireplace – the perfect spot for warming up after a day exploring the Christmas festivities. Or, try something altogether different at Seehaus, sitting in the heart of Munich’s green oasis, the Englischer Garten. The restaurant serves Mediterranean dishes and regional classics alike – but it was the vegan grilled Hokaido pumpkin that Elke raved about.

People watching perfection

225 €

131 €

Sandro

Turtleneck wool jumper
STYLE TIP

Whether you’re braving one of the city’s famous beer gardens or thawing out inside –dressing warm is a must. This wool jumper will keep you cosy and cool, whatever the weather brings.

My favourite area in Munich is the Englischer Garten. There’s old architecture, a lake where you can rent a boat, and surfers doing stunts on the river that runs through the park.

ELKE SOCKEEL

JOURNALIST & CONTENT CREATOR

Dorothee Schumacher

Dress
DON'T MISS

The Mulled Wine Festival in the Christmas Forest of Bogenhausen. Hidden among the illuminated firs, you’ll find a charming festival serving more than 30 varieties of mulled wine.

To drink

Famed for its traditional beerhalls, there is no shortage of places to enjoy a drink among friends in Munich. For that authentic festive experience, ask for a cup of glühwein when visiting a Christmas market.

Or, if you want to beat the chill, take a seat in Grapes wine bar, a casual eatery loved for its rare collection of wines and seasonal delicacies. Wine connoisseurs should plan a visit around Winemakers Night to meet the producers and sample varieties from across the globe.

Finish the day with a glass of wine, says Elke Sockeel
To stay

Check into The Charles Hotel by Rocco Forte – filled with nineteenth-century artworks by the celebrated artist Franz von Lenbach – before spending your evening on Sophia's outdoor terrace. Transformed into a cosy winter village, discover typical Christmas market favourites such as mulled wine and waffles with homemade rumtopf. Children will love the festive baking classes, while parents can reap the rewards, taking home a batch of freshly made Christmas biscuits.

Christmas has arrived at The Charles Hotel

Hackett London

Leather gloves
INSIDER SECRET

Don’t leave Sophia’s without trying the Feuerzangenbowle – a traditional punch made up of rum, sugar syrup and mulled wine. These gloves from Hackett will keep you warm, if the punch doesn’t.

Christmas at The Charles Hotel

As an Ingolstadt Village guest, you can enjoy 10% off when booking a festive experience at The Charles Hotel.

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