November 21, 2008

Wintertime in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

One of the very best Christkindlmarkts is held in Partenkirchen on Ludwigstrasse where Santa Claus arrives every evening in his sleigh. Concerts with Alphorn groups are held during the market.

The world's best examples of the nativity scenes known as Krippe are found in the Town Museum on Ludwigstrasse complete with angels, camels, elephants and a heavenly host of other biblical characters.

Musical festivities include an "Old Russian Christmas" with an ensemble from Russia and an annual charity concert benefiting the children's hospital in Munich featuring Bavarian music.

In the nearby town of Grainau, children can participate in an evening hike into the forest. Children walk along a snowy trail carrying lit lanterns to a clearing in the woods where a Christmas story will be read to them around a bonfire.
An open-air New Years Party happens in the historic Ludwigstrasse.

1 comment:

California Girl said...

Visited Garmisch Partenkirchen in 1971, November. Snow everywhere, very beautiful. We went to the top of the mtn. My girlfriend and I were on our 3 mo backpacking tour of Europe that year. One high school friend was stationed in Stuttgart and he had some leave so he took us to Bavaria for a few days. It was magical.