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Munich and Salzburg at Christmas | Highlights

Painted eggs - Christmas decorations Munich

A winter’s holiday in central Europe at Christmas is a magical time of everything Christmasy. Lights, baubles, mulled wine, roasted nuts, more baubles, more lights, castles and fortresses. Oh, and did I mention the Christmas decorations? Here are some highlights from my week in Munich and Salzburg to maybe whet your appetite for your own Christmasy sojourn …

Christmas bauble, Munich

Some of the largest Christmas bauble’s you’ll ever see at a Christmas market in Munich. There’s me in the middle looking rather like the abominable snowman.

Painted eggs - Christmas decorations Munich

Beautifully painted Christmas egg decorations in Munich.

Munich cathedral at the Christkindlmarkt in Marienplatz

Munich cathedral at the Christkindlmarkt (Christmas market) in Marienplatz.

Prezels galore at Munich's Christkindlmarkt

Prezels galore at Munich’s Christkindlmarkt.

English Garden Munich

A beautiful winter’s day in Munich’s English Garden. Spot the squirrel.

Swans in the lake in the English Garden Munich

Elegant swans in the lake in the middle of Munich’s English Garden.

surfing in the English Garden Munich

River surfing in Munich is the thing to do it seems. Here they’re doing it on the Eisbach, an artificial river at Haus der Kunst on the edge of the English Garden.

Neuschwanstein castle

The extravagant and unfinished Neuschwanstein castle in Bavaria on which Walt Disney based his Disneyland castle.

Alpsee lake near Neuschwanstein Castle

Misty views of Alpsee Lake near Neuschwanstein Castle.

Panorama of Salzburg by Hubert Sattler

Unbelievably realistic and large ‘cosmorama’ of Salzburg by Austrian painter Hubert Sattler (1817-1904) on exhibit at the Salzburg Museum.

Hohensalzburg Fortress

View of Salzburg’s undefeated, magnificent medieval fortress Hohensalzburg built in 1077 and a mystery man atop a gold ball.

Hohensalzburg fortress

View from the top of Hohensalzburg fortress, Salzburg.

 “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.” Saint Augustine



  1. Bryony Angell says

    I spent my junior high school year in Munich and traveled to Saltzburg with my sister and parents when they visited at Christmas time. Your photos bring back memories of a very fond time. I was actually hit by a car while on a bike while there in Munich so made the same journey as you amid the Christmas trappings with a “geh gibs” also known as a walking cast!

    I adore your site. Really exceptionally curated, photographed, written. Thank you for your work. I found you via Gisele Bongiorno who I follow on instagram.

    • Thanks for your kind words, Bryony! Glad to hear my Munich/Salzburg photos brought back fond memories despite your accident. It’s certainly a magical place in winter. Jane

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