Munich's Advent Spectacle and Medieval Christmas Fair
25th November - 23rd December 2024
Wittelsbacherplatz, Brienner Straße 6-10
daily from 11am to 9pm
Opening ceremony: 25th November 2024 - 5pm
Patron: Dr. Svenja Jarchow-Pongratz, Chairperson of District Committee 3, Maxvorstadt
Svenja Jarchow-Pongratz, Chairperson of District Committee 3, Maxvorstadt
Dear visitors of the Medieval Market,
I am delighted to welcome you to the medieval Christmas market at Wittelsbacherplatz in the Maxvorstadt. We are very pleased to have this market, equipped with great attention to detail and numerous faithful reproductions of the old Munich city culture, back in the heart of the Maxvorstadt.
In addition to the perhaps already self-evident commitment to sustainability, it is particularly important to the Medieval Market to continually establish historical connections to the city of Munich. I invite you to explore the detailed stands, the lovingly crafted artworks, and the culinary specialties of a Christmas market that is offered nowhere else in Munich. And where better than in a neighborhood that can boast so much history.
I wish you a time full of wonder and enjoyment!
Advent markets in Munich are already dated back to the year 1320 in the oldest council regulations of the city (Source: ISSN 0342-1668, historical association OBB). The Medieval Market authentically reenacts a medieval market scene - as it could have taken place in Munich. Furthermore, it establishes many historical references to the history of Munich in the Middle Ages and presents them vividly and tangibly.
Munich is first mentioned in historical records as "Munichen" in 1158. The place name was already derived from "munich/münich", meaning "monk", in the Middle Ages, which is why the first documented city seal (1239) already shows a monk's head with a pointed hat. Due to misinterpretations, the monk was later interpreted as a child, giving rise to the "Münchner Kindl" (Munich Child) symbol.
Since its inception, the Medieval Christmas Market at Wittelsbacherplatz has established historically grounded connections to the city of Munich and vividly presents them to its guests. Due to its historical character, it is considered particularly atmospheric.
The market has been held at Wittelsbacherplatz since 2005, and it can be said that it has evolved into a popular meeting place over this time. It is valued as something special among the Christmas markets in Munich due to its detailed historical design.
We warmly welcome everyone and wish you a beautiful Advent season and a Merry Christmas.