Christmas in Bavaria: Scenes of Prien

On the recommendation of a friend, we added the charming Bavarian town of Prien am Chiemsee, Germany to our Christmas Germany and Austria trip itinerary. What a great suggestion it was! Here are a few photos that I hope capture the evening and following morning in Prien am Chiemsee.

Silent Night

"Church in Prien"

We arrived by train from Munich about an hour away. After checking in to the Hotel Bayerischer Hof near the station, we took a walk around in the light snow. The feeling I got matched how I’d always pictured a small Bavarian town."Street in Prien" -- The quiet of Prien am Chiemsee was little broken by traffic.

The quiet of Prien am Chiemsee was little broken by traffic.

"Prien Street Scene on a Snowy Night" - The light snow cooperated adding the perfect touch to a Christmastime Bavarian village.

The light snow cooperated adding the perfect touch to a Christmastime Bavarian village.

"Prien Marketplatz"

The small Christmas market was closed and because we forgot to stop by the following evening before heading on to Salzburg, we won’t count it in the quest to match Laurel’s record of 17 Christmas markets in one season.

"Tree lights in Prien"

The fallen snow and decorations all worked together with the quiet creating a perfect mood.

"Prien Sidewalk"

There were few cars and fewer pedestrians on the streets of Prien am Chiemsee.

Bavarian Sunrise

Bavarian sunrise -- Sunrise in Prien from Hotel Bayerhof

The peaceful evening was replaced the next morning with a beautiful sunrise and our first clear view of the Alps.

"Boats at Prien Harbor"

The harbor in Prien am Chiemsee on the following morning set the scene for our excitement of the trip ahead to the islands of Lake Chiemsee with a unique Christmas Market and King Ludwig II’s castle. More to come on these and other stops on our Germany and Austria Christmas tour.

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47 thoughts on “Christmas in Bavaria: Scenes of Prien

  1. Steve

    Normally seeing snow this time of year is depressing (We’ve got enough of it here), but when you put it in the context of these cute little Christmas villages, it really does look beautiful.

  2. Laurel

    I’m soooo glad to hear that you liked it, whew! I think it’s such a beautiful place and you captured it wonderfully with your photos. You’ll just have to come back next year to see all the Christmas markets you missed :). Thanks for the mention!

  3. Mary @ The World Is A Book

    It looks like my ideal Bavarian village straight out of a storybook. What a charming place! Adding it to my growing list of places to visit this summer while over there. Love the picture with the snow falling! Can’t wait for King Ludwig’s castle post!

  4. Lisa @ Gone With The Family

    I don’t much care for snow when I have to deal with it during the winter but it certainly makes for beautiful photos! This looks like such a charming village – Laurel obviously gives great recommendations! One of my travel wishes is to get to Europe pre-Christmas sometime to enjoy all the Christmas markets and festivities. Sounds like you had a lovely trip – looking forward to hearing more about it.

  5. jenny@atasteoftravel

    What a gorgeous town. They all look so beautiful with the light and the snow. One year I’d love to experience a white Xmas!

    1. Cathy Post author

      I definitely want to explore smaller towns. Most of my travel has been to the big cities. I love them too, but it’s such a different experience.

    1. Cathy Post author

      Well, the hubby is saying 18, but I think that might be including a couple of lonely gluwhein stands. I’ll get back to you with the final tally.

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