Christmas is almost here. Where did the year go? For those of you who desire an authentic Christmas experience, then make a trip to Bavaria in Germany. Holiday time in Bavaria is the time for tradition, festivity, treats and shopping. It’s not too late for a last minute luxury vacation and enjoy the holidays in VIP style.
In addition to the Bavaria region’s world-famous Christmas markets like Nuremberg and Munich, locals also take part in unusual traditions. Their desire is to forget the cold of winter and simply celebrate with Christmas markets in distinctive locations.
We wanted to share a few Christmas experience options for you to consider. Although they started earlier in December, there’s no better time than now enjoy a magical time over the Christmas holidays. Visit Europe and particularly the historic sites of Germany.
Driving Away Evil Spirits in the Allgäu – Klausenstreiben and Bärbelespringen
Each year, between December 4- 6, scary figures known as “Klausen” and “Bärbele” wind their way through the villages of the Allgäu. It’s an unusual custom that dates back to the culture of the Aleman. Masked villagers wearing fur coats, some adorned with twigs and moss. They rings heavy cowbells that hang from their belts. They hope to drive away the evil spirits of winter and spread the blessing of life.
Crack That Whip…. Winter Be Gone! – Aperschnalzer
Going back in time covering several centuries, whipcracking or “Aperschnalzer” in German happens between Christmas and Lent in the foothills of the Alps. The goal of this quirky tradition started to drive out the evil forces of darkness (and winter).
Christmas Markets at Castles, Palaces and an Island
Starting on the days prior to Advent (December 3), Bavarian castles and palaces are filled with lights, shopping stalls, and Christmas aromas. For an even more unusual Christmas market, holiday revelers are invited to an island-based locale.
The Christmas Village at the Imperial Courtyard of the Munich Residence
Up to December 22, the Imperial Courtyard of the Munich Residence provides a beautiful setting for a lively Christmas village. It’s complete with a chapel and life-size nativity scene. In addition, enjoy numerous artisans demonstrate traditional skills and music pervades. Children of all ages can enjoy a fairy-tale forest that includes talking to figures and several puppet theater performances.
Enjoy a Cultural Chritmas Experience at the Christkindl Market
A visit to the Christkindl market on the Fraueninsel, an island in the Chiemsee, is a very special Christmas experience. Visitors can enjoy the unique atmosphere of the island enhanced by romantic lighting, festive music and the many Christmas scents of the market. Be treated to a variety of cultural events include concerts in the minster and Advent choral and instrumental music on the stage.
Even More Christmas Markets to See
The unique aroma of mulled wine, roasted almonds, potato pancakes and grilled sausages fill the Schlossplatz in front of city hall and Johannisburg Palace at the Aschaffenburg Christmas market. The enormous Christmas pyramids and three-meter-high nutcracker are impressive. Combined they join a Franconian nativity scene with life-size wooden figures. In addition, a comprehensive program features alpine music, children’s choirs, and a seniors’ Advent gala in city hall. Plus, children can have fun on carousels, a big wheel and a railway track. Foodies, be sure to try local Franconian specialties.
Burghausen Castle Offers a Traditional Castle Christmas Experience
Castle Christmas at Burghausen Castle is a memorable experience that should not be missed. It’s located at the world’s largest castle. Enjoy a wide selection of market stalls showcase a wide range of items, mulled wine and roasted almonds. In addition, traditional articles such as Christmas tree decorations and nativity figures with stables are available. Plus you can purchase both felt and lambskin products and jewelry. Rewarding entertainment awaits. They include a musical program of Christmas carols and melodies.
We hope you can visit Bavaria in Germany for an unforgettable time over the Christmas holiday season.