Christmas markets are wonderful. Especially when there is snow, night is coming and everything begins to glitter. Soon there will be Christmas feeling. But sometimes you need a break. A break from looking right and left and wandering around in snowy rain. For this Munich has a special offer: The Christkindl-Tram (Christmas tramway).
What is the Christkindl-Tram?
Every year the transportation company of Munich runs an old tramway in cooperation with “Spurwechsel”, an Agency that offer guided tours through Munich. This tramway travels around the old city center every half an hour. During this trip, you can see the Christmas bustle outside, eat gingerbread, drink mulled wine and talk to other people.
Where is the Christkindl-Tram operating?
You can get on and off at Sendlinger Tor (Special tramway stop “Brunnenschleife” – green arrow on the map)
The journey takes you to Isartor, the district Lehel, Maximilianstraße up to Stachus and back to Sendlinger Tor (note: the white points on the map are not stations! They are only used to show the route). So you can get an excellent overview over the old city.
How long does the ride take?
About 25 minutes. Die Tramway only stops at Sendlinger Tor for boarding and deboarding. Usually there is no stop during the ride.
How much does it cost?
1,50 € for adults. Children (6-14 years) 0,50 €. Children until the age of 6 are free of charge. You can get tickets directly where the Christkindel-Tram starts at the special tramway station at Sendlinger Tor.
When are operating hours?
From 01.12. until 23.12.2012
Monday-Firday from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm (last departure)
Saturday/Sunday from 11:00 am – 7:30 pm (last departure)
Some more interesting facts:
- You can buy mulled wine and gingerbread at the ticket-shop while waiting for the next ride.
- Every Sunday in Advent from noon until 4:00 pm there is animation with magicians for children.
- On 06.12. Santa Claus is coming to the tramway! (In Germany, especially southern Germany, Santa Claus is coming to town on 6th December. Not on Christmas Eve. On 24th December, the “Christkind” brings gifts. Read more here: Christkind on Wikipedia in English)
- Unfortunately the tramway is not accessible for wheelchair users.
- After 7:00/7:30 pm you can book the tramway for private or business events.
- Information & contact: www.mvg-mobil.de/christkindltram.html (unfortunately only in German)
Some more information for geeks:
The tramway used as Christkindel-Tram the last few years is the so called “P-Wagon”. These tramways, which were used from 1967 until 2003 dominated the cityscape for nearly 40 years and thus became part of the city history. Today only 6 streetcars of this type are used in Munich as support for the modern tramways or for special events and excursions.
The streetcar with the number “2006” used as “Christkindltram” was built in 1967 and has a capacity of around 80 seats (40 per wagon) and room for about 220 people standing (about 110 per wagon). And something today’s children no longer know: electro-pneumatic doors 😉
And here’s a video of the Christkindltram (in german, but don’t worry, they repeat only the facts, described above):