Munich’s iconic Christmas market has been canceled for the second year in a row due to a significant rise in Covid-19 cases in Germany.
The “bitter news” was announced by the city’s mayor Dieter Reiter, who said he’d been left with no choice but to call off the popular event, which usually attracts around three million people annually, as the country grapples with record breaking infection rates.
“It is bitter news that I have today for all Munich residents and especially also for the stall owners,” Reiter said in a statement.”
But the dramatic situation in our clinics and the exponentially increasing infection figures leave me no other choice: The Munich Christmas Market can unfortunately not take place this year.”
Based on Marienplatz in the heart of the Bavarian capital, the traditional Christmas market, which dates back to the 14th century, had been scheduled to run from November 22 to December 24, before reopening on December 27 and closing on January 9.