MUNICH –(MunichNOW Life)– When the mercury plunges below freezing for a good many days in a row, and the rest of Munich freezes, Nymphenburg Canal becomes the hottest place in the city.
Ice skating takes center stage. People of all ages and abilities lace up their blades and hit the choppy, natural ice, often bathed in sunshine as the clear skies mean colder temperatures.
There is a stand to rent skates near Hubertus’s Fountain on the far eastern edge of the canal, for as low as €3 for the whole day. The stand also serves adult beverages and pipes nostalgic music from the 1920’s through speaker fixed upon the trees which line the pond.
Further west, other stands offer grilled German tube steaks, and rent out the stones used for “Eisstockschießen”, which looks a lot like curling with fewer brooms and more mulled wine.
Perhaps the next generation of German hockey players are there, playing well after the sun sets, dreaming of winning a gold medal against the athletes who hail from Russia.
This year the weather has been mild, and the frozen canal might only be there for a short time, but if you are in the area it is a perfect place to get a feel for Munich in the winter.
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