Have you ever thought about taking sewing lessons? A nice way to meet new people and do something productive and creative at the same time. There are two places I love - one in Haidhausen, one in Glockenback:
I know Carnival has just passed, but for those of you who still have some appetite
for the next costume party or are already thinking about their Halloween costume and miss the REALLY good and scary stuff just like in the US – now there is a store in Munich where you can find
it all! Check
out Horror-Shop online or pop in to their “Halloween Gore Store” on Müllerstrasse 54, or their showroom in Landsham, just outside Munich for a wide range of scary items. Also, if you are on the lookout for Easter decorations and party articles, make sure you give Karneval Universe a look
as well online – you can’t go wrong!
Nice tip for a weekend in the snow - a great and tranquil place to go in short distance to Munich is "Bayrischzell". You can get there by car or with the BOB train leaving from Munich Central Train Station every hour. Trip takes 1,5 hrs. From the Train station there is a bus taking you right to the Skifiels "Sudelfeld", great for Adults and Kids (http://www.sudelfeld.de/). There are 3 major skiing schools in town where you can also rent your ski, e.g. http://www.skischule-bayrischzell.de/. They offer courses for adults and kids, also on short term notice on the weekends. You can also practice cross country skiing, snow tubing, go for winter hikes and slide down the hills with your sledges. If you want to stay overnight, recommendable hotels are: 1) right in town: "Gasthof zur Post" http://www.zur-post-bayrischzell.de/. 2) a little out of town (good, if you have a car) and also close to the second skiing district at Spitzingsee: "Der Alpenhof", http://www.der-alpenhof.com/en/hotel.html, 3.) something special: the freshly reopened nature and health hotel "Tannerhof", http://www.tannerhof.de/der-tannerhof. Walking distance to the kids skiing field in town and the snow tubing. Have fun!
On Dec. 6th the Germans celebrate “Nikolaus”, the memorial day of "Saint Nicholas" who was born about the year 286. Nicholas of Myra is one of the most popular saints in the Catholic, Anglican and Protestant church.
Since the 17th Century “St. Nicholas Day” is celebrated as a tradition of giving gifts.
Children put their boots or a plate at the door or a window sill on the evening of the 5th December, so that St. Nicholas can fill them in at night. Of course he is never seen doing this ;-).
But you can see some “St. Nikolaus” walking around town. Check for dates and places below! The more traditional ones wear the bishop’s costume like on the photo. As Santa Claus originates in the same historical person, nowadays the tradition becomes mixed up with the more Americanized Santa Claus and many “Nikolaus’” wear the red and white “CocaCola” Costume as well… He sometime is accompanied by a helper who punishes the “bad” children, called “Krampus” in Munich.
Marienplatz Christmas market:
5th and 6.12., 17:30 Speech by Nicolas on the town hall balcony
Mon-Fri 11:00 - 13:00 clock: Nicholas distributes apples and nuts to children
6.12. 16:00 Clock: Santa Claus visits the skaters and spectators
Nicholas steam train ride around Munich:
4.12. and 11.12.; 4 times per day with Nicholas and Krampus on board. Starts at Munich Ostbahnhof. One hour ride around Munich.
St. Nicholas pays a visit to the city markets and gives out small gifts:
Viktualienmarkt 06.12., 14-16 o’Clock
Market on Wiener Platz: 06.12., 15-16 o’ Clock
Elizabeth Market: 10.12., 11-12 o’Clock
6.12, 15:30-19:00 o’Clock: Santa Claus comes to children in the MVG ChristkindlTram tram. The tram starts at Sendlinger Tor. Rides around town for about 1 hour.
Christmas market season has started! Yeay! Go and visit at least one of the traditional markets, have some "Glühwein", some "Lebkuchen" (spiced cookies) and enjoy the atmosphere. Markets that I can really recommend:
1. At the Chinese Tower ("Chinesische Turm") in the middle of "English Garten", Munich's biggest park. It has the most traditional Christmas atmosphere, a little carousel for the kids, nice market stalls to buy presents and traditional decorations for the Christmas tree. If we are lucky enough to get some snow before Christmas, the park is just magical. You can go sledging or go for a carriage ride in the park!
2. Market at "Munichner Freiheit" in Schwabing. This is where the art scene meets. The market offers a lot of nice crafts and has an alternative flair.
3. The "Middle Ages" Market on Wittelsbacher Platz. You can meet some knights, watch the jugglers perform and buy crafts-work and toys around knights and middle ages. Great place to go with kids, also!
All markets are on every day from around lunchtime till 20:00 or 20:30 at night every day till the 23rd of December! Have fun!
A real must-have-been-there event for Munich is coming up soon: the Tollwood winter festival. A mix between (alternative) Christmas market and festival, with great shows, nice program for kids, lot's of interesting things to explore and nice atmosphere to just stroll around. On from Nov. 23rd till Dec. 31st on the grounds of the Octoberfest. Don't miss it!
If you have kids watch out for this coming friday: On November, 11th the festival of St. Martin (316-397) is celebrated enthusiastically by thousands of children and their parents. Many churches and kindergartens organize Martin plays and lantern processions that sometimes can be joined by other people as well. I can recommend the procession organized by the St. Maximillian church and Klenzeschule in Munich’s Glockenbachviertel. The kids do a Martin play in the school yard at 5 p.m. – the legend of the officer Martin, who shares his military cloak with a beggar on a cold winter night. At the Klenzeschule they have a real horse for the play and the boy or girl representing St. Martin will then lead the lantern procession with well over a hundred kids and parents through the streets of the Glockenbachviertel. Everyone sings Martin and lantern songs. The procession ends at St. Maximilian’s church where everyone shares some hot drinks and cookies. Very nice and impressive for the kids! Be sure to bring a lantern and some extra lights. If you live in a different part of town, check with you local church community if they do a similar event.
Hi, a friend just told me about this really goog cupcake bakery close to Viktualienmarkt - check it out!
Dienstag – Sonntag
11:00 – 18:00 Uhr
15.10. - 23.10.2011 - Auer Dul: a real Munich must have and great tip for everyone who wants to enjoy a small scale Octoberfest (VERY small scale :-)) - some nice typical snacks, great fun for the kids and a interesting market where you can buy everything from a pot or pan, antique books and wooden toys for the kids. On 3 times a year!