Our family of 4, (2 adults, and 2 boys, 12 and 10) is flying into Munich from Dec 26th thru Jan 4th, 2015. We'd like to get a taste of German Christmas or at least a flavor of a very European Winter Wonderland... I understand that we will be late for Christmas, but we'd like to obtain the "ambience" of Xmas and not necessarily go into a town where nothing is going on. We are NOT going shopping either, but would welcome Xmas markets because of the ambience, with restaurants open, etc.
I'd like to ask for suggestions of places to visit nearby, we are thinking either spending the full time in Germany (visiting areas surrounding Munich) or do a combination of Germany/Switzerland... We are NOT skiers, but would like to be surrounded with mountains, enjoying the landscape, with the occasional hike in nature. We are not bringing any major winter gear, except some very good hiking boots, like the Columbia type, not 100% water proof but offering good water protection.
We've already been to both Germany and Switzerland before, although never in Winter. Also, although I don't want to rent a car during the time, it's seems the most appropriate way to get around with side trips rather than buying a country pass or train tickets... I'm a bit concerned too about parking in major cities, should we decide say, spend a day in Salzburg or some other small towns nearby.
Any help is well appreciated! Thank you in advance for your responses!