The Kripperlmarkt at the Christkindlmarkt Munich
Nativity market at St. Peter's Church in Munich
Just a few steps away from Marienplatz on Neuhauser Strasse you will find Germany’s largest nativity market.
Impressions of the Manger Market
Centuries old tradition of crib art
From the lantern for the stable to the chaff for the ox and donkey to the gifts of the Three Kings - at the Nativity Market at St. Peter's you can find everything you need for a real nativity scene. A true Eldorado for nativity scene lovers!
Twelve stalls offer nativity scenes, nativity figures and accessories. Almost every stall also has a special offer in its assortment.
The offer contains real collector's items and rarities. Highlights of the Kripperlmarkt are the valuable oriental splendor cribs and alpine crib representations.
Already since the middle of the 18th century, the Kripperlmarkt with its artistically carved figures has been a traditional part of the Munich Christkindlmarkt.
What’s on offer?
- Stables, including some hand-made pieces created using traditional family methods and designs passed down over generations
- Mangers in a range of styles, e.g. oriental mangers, Artis-style mangers, fir mangers (including Swiss pine), Kostner-style mangers, Grödner mangers, well-known collectors’ mangers, hand-made and hand-painted Swiss pine mangers
- Nativity figurines, made by selected carvers from Val Gardena in South Tyrol, wooden nativity figurines in oriental dress and traditional Bavarian costume, hand-made Marolin figurines from Thuringia, figurines for children’s nativity sets, e.g. by the artists Fontani and Bernadi
- Large assortment of angels, e.g. Sissi, Perlach, Traum and Gloria angels, angels’ heads and putti
- Wooden figurines such as the Madonna, patron saints, holy figures and secular figurines, annual figurines for collectors, figurines with wooden heads that you can dress yourself, original Heidi dress-up figurines and woollen sheep
- Nativity scene accessories such as wells, camp fires, shepherd’s huts, rakes and hay forks, including individual, hand-made designs
- Electrical items for nativity scenes (lanterns, plugs, transformers) and spare parts, also suitable for lighting in US nativity scenes
- Decorative items made from natural materials, such as moss, bark, etc.
- Repairs, restorations and custom-made pieces on request
- Advice, also available in other languages (EN, FR, ES, IT)
- The Oberammergau large nativity scene of the Münchner Krippenfreunde e.V. is on display at the Kripperlmarkt. The famous Oberammergau woodcarver Georg Lang made the almost life-size wooden figures of this nativity scene.
- The Munich city nativity scene, created in 1953 by the Munich painter and sculptor Reinhold Zellner (1905-1990), is not only a point of attraction for nativity scene lovers in the state courtyard of the new city hall. The old Bavarian Christmas crib with 23 human figures and 28 wooden animals lives from the tension between oriental dressed figures and shepherds in alpine costumes.
- The Isarkieselkrippe, created by H.J. Weimer, is a typical natural nativity scene showing nature and art in a Christmas composition. The nativity figures are original pebbles from the Isar River, formed by the river over millions of years.
Cribs in Munich
Christmas cribs (in German) belong to Advent in Munich like gingerbread and mulled wine. Experience the variety of cribs in Munich's city-center churches by taking a stroll along the Nativity Trail (Krippenweg, German) . Those who want to see even more cribs are recommended to take a look at the crib collection in the Bavarian National Museum (German) which has valuable handcrafted examples from the Tyrol and Italy.