Munich, Bavaria's glittering capital - "Munich nestles between art and beer like a village between hills." Originally written by Heinrich Heine some 150 years ago, these words have remained true up until today.
One of Germany's most endearing Christmas customs remains the Christmas market, outdoor fairs with ornaments, toys and gingerbread burden stalls, and where the bracing perfume of sizzling sausages and mulled wine laces the cold air.
Many German cities organize lovely Christmas markets, and certainly Munich is a leading contender for the best. Christmas in Munich is also time for music, when musicians perform the "Christmas Oratorio" by Bach and churches resound with carols. There is much more of course to Munich than the sights, sounds and smells of the festive season: The city provides some of Europe's finest museums and picturesque neighbourhoods.
Day 1: Munich
Arrival in Munich, transport to the hotel, activities depend on arrival time.
Day 2: Munich
After a good night's sleep and a hearty breakfast we will enjoy a guided city tour. In the afternoon we will discover the Christmas market in the heart of the city at Marienplatz, with the lighting of an 30m high Christmas tree which sparkles in all its splendor when the 2.500 candles are lit. On the Rindermarkt, only a short walk away from the Marienplatz, Germany's largest manger markets beckons. From the lanterns for the manger to the fodder for the ox and donkey, beaming cherubs to the gifts of the Magi, the market has all it needs to create an authentic manger. Christmas mangers have been a long tradition in Munich. Tasting "Gluehwein" (spiced hot wine) or "Punsch" (glogg) and some of the fine "Lebkuchen" (gingerbread) is a must. This evening we will have dinner in a traditional restaurant.
- Guided city tour
- Christmas market Marienplatz
- Manger market
Day 3: Munich
Today we will have a stroll through the inner city with visiting some churches and spending time in the "Pinakotheka", one of the finest art galleries in Europe. If there is time left, one might enjoy shopping for some souvenirs or presents in one of the numerous luxurious boutiques. In the evening we will attend a concert followed by supper.
- City walk
- Visit of the Pinakotheka
Day 4: Munich - Salzburg
After breakfast we leave for Salzburg. On arrival we check in at the hotel followed by a light lunch in a nearby restaurant. In the afternoon we will have a guided city tour on foot to the most interesting places of Salzburg, like the Old Town, the Dom, the Residenz and all the other famous squares and places. Salzburg's most famous Christmas market, situated within the great scenery of the Dom and the Residenz Palace, attracts young and old. To get there just follow the smell of roasted almonds, hot chestnuts and of course "Gluehwein" and "Punsch"! The magic of Christmas comes alive with the sounds of the choirs, musicians and church bells, a tradition which is over 500 years old...a living tradition.
- Train ride to Salzburg
- Afternoon city tour
- Christmas markets
Day 5: Salzburg
Today we will discover more of Salzburg and its surrounds. Afternoon is at your leisure for relaxing, shopping or a stroll among the gaily decorated streets of the city centre. It will surely get you into the holiday spirit! In the evening we attend a musical event followed by supper.
- Surrounds of Salzburg
- Evening concert
Day 6: Salzburg - Kitzbuehel
We depart at 14h00 for Kitzbuehel. The morning is at leisure, you have the option to visit the "Hohe Festung" Salzburg, a fortress built in 1077. It is the largest fully-preserved fortress in central Europe. At our arrival in Kitzbuehel we check in at the Hotel where we will have dinner.
- Hohe Festung Salzurg
- Drive from Salzburg to Kitzbuehel
- Dinner at the hotel
Day 7: Kitzbuehel
We will take a walk through the Old Town and visit the "Kitzbueheler Christmas Market". This market is a reminder of how Christmas used to be: festive, peaceful, simple and beautiful. When you hear the gentle chimes of the Katharinenkirche church bells ringing and get captivated by brass bands, Christmas stories and musical performances – then you know Christmas is near. Our lunch will be in one of the Tyrolean chalets up in the mountains. We will have a journey with the cable car up to the summit and have a splendid view over the panorama of the Kitzbueheler Alps. In the late afternoon I would suggest to take some time to relax and prepare for the Christmas Eve. In the tradition of the Continental Europe Christmas Eve it is the time when the main celebration takes place. We will attend a Christmas gala dinner, and anyone who would like to see a midnight mass is more than welcome to do so. This beautiful experience will surely always stay in your memory!
- Kitzbuehleer Mountains
- Cable car ride
- Christmas market
- Celebration Christmas Eve
- Christmas Eve Gala Dinner
Day 8: Kitzbuehel
Christmas Day is a Day of harmony and peace. Start the Day with a hearty breakfast and take a stroll through the lovely neighbourhood of our hotel. In the afternoon we will participate ina ride by a horse sledge, which takes you around the unspoilt surrounds of Kitzbuehel and the Schwarzsee. Optionally one could play ice curling, having hot chestnuts and gluehwein or punch. This evening we will have our farewell dinner amongst all our new friends and fellow travellers.
- Horse sledge ride
- Ice curling
- Farewell dinner
Day 9: Kitzbuehel – Munich Airport
Transport to Munich Airport for those who do not opt for the additional programme.
Price | Please contact us for price information
- 8 x Overnights in double or twin rooms
- 8 x Breakfasts
- 2 x Dinner
- 1 x Xmas Dinner
- All transfers including Airport pick up
- German or English speaking tour leader
- Fees for all guided tours as per itinerary
- Entrance fees as per itinerary
- Ticket for musical events
- Minimum 8 persons
- Surcharge for single occupancy
- Expenses of private nature are excluded