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"Proud to get this off the ground as a municipality": Königsdorf operates a stand at the Munich Christmas Market

2023-11-28T19:07:54.238Z

Highlights: "Proud to get this off the ground as a municipality": Königsdorf operates a stand at the Munich Christmas Market. How did the international guests from all over the world go? "Pretty good," says the CEO of the TSV König's Gesamtverein. "Thinking about Christmas in July was funny," says Jochen Kelzenberg, the chairman of TSV. "Fortunately, we are well connected," he says. "If something is really missing, you can also quickly drive to Königadorf and get it"



Status: 28.11.2023, 20:00 PM

By: Elena Royer

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The first layer of standing at the Munich Christmas market: The people of Königsdorf built the wooden hut themselves and set it up in the inner courtyard of the town hall. © Gesamtverein Königsdorf

The Königsdorfer Gesamtverein runs a stand at the Munich Christmas market because the Christmas tree comes from the municipality. The people of Königsdorf are looking forward to visitors from all over the world.

Königsdorf/Munich – At around 17 p.m., the eyes of all those who had gathered on Munich's Marienplatz on Monday turned skyward and thus to the magnificent tree in front of Munich's city hall. Three, two, one! With a joint countdown, Munich's Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter and Königsdorf's Town Hall boss Rainer Kopnicky light up the approximately 3000 LED lights on the Christmas tree, which had been growing at Lake Bibisee for about 50 years.

Königsdorf presents itself to the whole world with a stand at the Christmas market

But the municipality of Königsdorf not only supplies the tree for the famous Christmas market in the state capital, it also runs a stand in the courtyard of the town hall and presents itself to visitors from all over the world. All 21 clubs that belong to the Königsdorfer Gesamtverein sell there, in addition to red and white mulled wine, greaves lard breads, cinnamon rolls, cheese rolls, breads with vegan spread and Spitzbuben until Christmas Eve. From the small windows of the town hall, the helpers hand out steaming cups to the first guests. "Today, all the stand coordinators are on shifts," explains Jochen Kelzenberg, the chairman of TSV Königsdorf. For the next few days, there will always be someone from this first shift who knows how everything works.

Thinking about Christmas in July was funny.

Jochen Kelzenberg, CEO of TSV Königsdorf

"The biggest thing is the togetherness," says Kelzenberg. "We bring young and old together." A total of 230 women and men are active as helpers. "We are proud to get this off the ground as a municipality. We've been looking forward to it for a year now." The people in charge met every two weeks, says Kelzenberg. "Thinking about Christmas in July was funny," he says with a laugh.

The 3000 mulled wine cups specially made for the Christmas market are filled non-stop. © OY

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Photos of the dishes are well received by the international guests

The people of Königsdorf have been behind the counter since the morning. The old town hall walls are festively decorated with daxes, red balls and golden stars. Next to the passage to Marienplatz there is a wooden hut. It was made by the people of Königsdorf themselves and it also shines in festive splendour thanks to fairy lights. On Monday, the very first day of the Christmas market, everything went well "on the whole", according to Kelzenberg. "Fortunately, we are well connected," he says. And if something is really missing, you can also quickly drive to Königsdorf and get it.

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The hit on the first day was the white mulled wine.

Jochen Kelzenberg, CEO of TSV Königsdorf

Munich's Christmas market is particularly attractive to tourists. There have also been visitors from China and Spain at the Königsdorf stand. How did the linguistic communication with the international guests from all over the world go? "Pretty good," Kelzenberg replies. "Nowadays, everyone can speak English. But when it comes to Chinese, it's difficult. "We were able to communicate with hands and feet." In addition, the entire association has taken precautions. "We have posters with photos of our food and drinks," explains the TSV chairman. In this way, foreign guests can better imagine what the Königsdorfer has to offer. "That was well received by the Chinese visitors." A note shows the various breads with lard, bacon or cheese – and the sweet pastries. On another is a photo of the "Hot Angel Dream", with the English explanation underneath: "Hot plum brandy with whipped cream."

"Chapeau, King's Village! A wonderful tree!"

Whether the magnificent tree from Königsdorf, which makes Munich's Marienplatz shine in Christmas splendour, is now a fir or a Serbian spruce, even Munich's Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter could not answer this question at the "lighting" on Monday evening. "The Munich Christmas Market is the oldest, largest and best-known Christmas market in our city. So I am very pleased that this year we have again received a Christmas tree that has grown particularly beautifully and densely – even if a tree expert recently said that it was not a Serbian spruce at all, but a silver fir and thus a 'label fraud'," said Reiter with regard to an article published in our newspaper.

The head of Königsdorf's town hall Rainer Kopnicky (right) and Munich's Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter at the opening of the Christmas market on Monday on the balcony of Munich City Hall. © Marcus Schlaf

Reiter continues: "Our noble donors are sure that it is and will remain a Serbian spruce. I would be happy if this were the most pressing problem we have. But luckily it's not called Christmas fir or Christmas spruce, but Christmas tree! And we definitely have one! ", emphasized the head of the town hall. And so one can only agree with his words: "Chapeau, Königsdorf! A wonderful tree!" Oy

In the morning, everything is picked up at the butcher and bakery

The dishes offered by the people of Königsdorf all come from their homeland. "We drive through the village in the morning and pick up the things from the bakery or butcher," says Kelzenberg. Fully loaded with the delicacies, we then continue straight to the state capital. Thanks to a special permit, the people of Königsdorf can park their nine-man bus in the courtyard of the town hall. "The big hit on the first day was the white mulled wine. That actually went best. But the breads also sold well," the TSV boss sums up with satisfaction in an interview with our newspaper in the evening.

The entire proceeds will be distributed among the 21 clubs. "But our goal is not to make as much money as possible," Kelzenberg emphasizes. "It's the community that counts." Oy

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Source: merkur

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