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I'm looking for a city to spend 4 nights in over Christmas. I have previously stayed in Paris and Amsterdam and was wondering if Munich would be a good idea. I'm looking for museums etc. that will be open on Christmas eve and Christmas day. I'm happy to look at other destinations if anybody has any suggestions. Obviously this is all very dependent on the covid situation and whether travel will be allowed. Thanks in advance.

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Maybe Germany is not the right destination, because most of the Museums are closed at Christmas eve and Christmas day. And also all shops are closed in the afternoon of christmas eve, on christmas day and the day after. Here is an overview of the Museums:

http://muenchen-touristeninformation.de/Museenoeffnung-Weihn-Silv.htm

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No, you wouldn't be able to enjoy what are looking for on those days. Nowhere in Germany actually. Christmas Eve and the first of the two Christmas holidays are sacred and pretty much everything's closed.

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Thanks for the information, looks like it'll be Paris again if we are allowed to travel by then!!!

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Or try Berlin: many museums might be open. While Christmas Eve is realy sacred, the first and second day of christmas are mostly treated as sundays -- and many museums open on sunday.

https://www.smb.museum/en/plan-your-visit/special-opening-hours-during-public-holidays/

https://www.en.stadtmuseum.de/opening-hours-christmas-new-year-2018

https://www.berlin.de/museum/4661673-2926344-sonderoeffnungszeiten-an-den-feiertagen.html (sorry german only).

Edited: 15 February 2021, 11:59
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We've spent Christmas in Germany, Switzerland and Austria over the past many years...Salzburg makes the perfect base for Christmas. While most places close on Christmas Eve, plenty is open on Christmas Day. We spent our Christmas Day 2019 touring the Hohensalzburg Fortress (also had a wonderful lunch up there), and visiting a museum.

The Christmas Market was open through December 26.

We've also spent Christmas in Munich and found plenty to do and had no trouble finding meals, but yes, it was definitely more sleepy than Salzburg, which was alive and hopping. The trip up to the Zugspitze (via Garmisch) is also a possibility.

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As the OP is from the UK I should point out that Christmas Day in Germany is nowhere near as dead as Christmas Day in the UK.

Shops are shut, but public transport is running. Restaurants are open (but very busy, so pre-booking is essential), and will serve you ordinary food, not just an overpriced plate of turkey-with-all-the-trimmings followed by Christmas pudding.

Christmas Eve is the one for which you need to plan carefully as everything will be shut in the afternoon/evening including most restaurants. (Public transport will be running). Germans have their main Christmas celebration on Christmas Eve rather than Christmas Day.

Christmas falls on a week-end this year, and unlike people here in the UK Germans don't get the Monday and Tuesday off instead, so the 27th and 28th will be ordinary working/shopping days.

Edited: 16 February 2021, 22:03
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