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Postcard from the snow in Munich

I’m in Munich for a pre-Christmas break, and although yesterday was rainy, the forecast was correct and this morning it snowed. It was a light snowfall, just enough to give a dusting to the trees and hedges in the parks but not enought to lie on the pavements for long or make them too slippery.

First snowfall in the Hofgarten in Munich

First snowfall in the Hofgarten in Munich

I think this must be the first snowfall in Munich this season, and being the weekend and so close to Christmas, it put everyone in a holiday mood. I even saw a lady in the park throwing snowballs into the air for her dog to catch!

These photos were taken in the Hofgarten, the formal gardens behind the Residenz Palace in the centre of Munich that we visited yesterday. They extend towards the Englischer Garten, a large park that I’d love to explore and cycle around if I was here in the summer time.

Snow in the Hofgarten in Munich

Snow in the Hofgarten in Munich

We had another wander round the Christmas Market in one of the Residenz courtyards which was packed on a Saturday afternoon, and around the larger and more touristy Christmas market on Marienplatz. That was so full, there was barely room to move and so we gave it a wide berth this evening when choosing somewhere to eat.

One thing about snow in Germany, one can be sure that they’re used to getting it every year, and so there is no danger of things grinding to a halt as we often find in England. Snow is expected and so people get on with their lives as normal and just enjoy the first snowfall.

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17 Comments

  • Reply
    Sherry Ott
    December 13, 2009 at 1:02 am

    Yeah!!!! You did get snow. The pics are lovely!

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    Anil
    December 13, 2009 at 3:14 am

    I’m not a fan of colder weather but when it snows I feel like it’s all worth it. I’ll be headed to some cold places starting next week and hope to see lots of the white stuff.

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    Fida
    December 14, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Beautiful early winter scenes. I love the smaller Christmas markets – and I can imagine how overcrowded the Marienplatz was. I visited this market the last time about 20 years ago – even back then it was already huge.

    Happy Christmas time!

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    Mark H
    December 14, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Beingf Australian, I see very little cold weather but cities like Munich look beautiful with the bare trees creating such wonderful corridors.

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    Cate
    December 15, 2009 at 1:41 am

    I love the snow, it’s hard to imagine that weather when you live in a warmer place. Nicely photographed.

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    aTravelAroundTheWorld
    December 15, 2009 at 9:55 am

    For me snow is synonymous of Christmas as where I come from (north Italy)the winter is quite cold.
    However, for us this year will be different as we are in Australia; I still can not believe we are in December!!

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    Shannon
    December 15, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    I love the snow and have always wanted to check out the Christmas Market. The year sure has flown by. Have a wonderful time!

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    TheWordWire
    December 15, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    I’m not a big fan of cold weather, but I’d love to take a walk through the scenes in your pictures. Absolutely beautiful!

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    Jason Houck
    December 15, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    It truly is a georgous sight. Thanks for sharing.

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    Donna Hull
    December 16, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Beautiful snowy photos of Munich. I’d love to visit in the winter time even though it would be cold. Looks like the perfect background for the Christmas markets.

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    Monna McD
    December 31, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Heather,
    These are such lovely shots. This post really makes me miss Europe for Christmas.

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    Lizelle
    January 11, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Gotta love Munich in the Winter!

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