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Winter is here: How beautiful Munich is in the snow

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,Munich is one of the most beautiful cities in Germany, but in winter it becomes even more enchanting. When the first snowflakes fall and cover the city in a white dress, Munich turns into a winter wonderland.

Whether you take a walk through the English Garden, enjoy the festive atmosphere on Marienplatz or admire the snow-covered Alps in the background, Munich offers you many opportunities to experience the beauty of nature in winter.

How much snow is there in Munich? According to the German Weather Service (DWD), the snow depth in Munich on December 3, 2023 was 28 centimeters. This is a new record for the Bavarian state capital, which has only measured more than 20 centimeters of snow once before, in 1981. The heavy snowfall, which began on December 1, caused numerous operations and accidents, but also a lot of joy for snow lovers. The snow line fell to 800 meters above sea level in the night to Saturday and even lower in the night hours. The snow cover is expected to last until December 6, according to the DWD forecast, after which it will become milder.

How can you enjoy Munich in the snow?

If you visit Munich in the snow, you have many possibilities to enjoy the winter atmosphere. Here are some tips on how to make the most of your stay: Take a walk through the English Garden, which is especially romantic in the snow. Admire the frozen waterfalls, the icy lakes and the snow-covered trees. You might even see some brave surfers riding the Eisbach wave. Visit Marienplatz, the heart of the city, where you can find the famous Christmas market. Stroll through the stalls, which are decorated with lights, fir branches and Christmas ornaments, and try the typical delicacies such as mulled wine, gingerbread and bratwurst. Don’t miss the carillon of the town hall, which sounds every day at 11, 12 and 17 o’clock. Take the subway or the suburban train to the Olympic Park, where you can use the Olympic Mountain Railway to get to the Olympic Mountain. From there you have a fantastic view over the city and the Alps. If you feel like some action, you can also try a toboggan run or an ice skating rink. Take a day trip to the mountains, which are only a short drive from Munich. Whether you want to ski, snowboard, cross-country ski or snowshoe, the Bavarian Alps offer you many opportunities for winter sports. Some of the most popular ski resorts are Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberstdorf, Spitzingsee and Zugspitze.

How can you prepare for the snow?

If you want to visit Munich in the snow, you should be well prepared for the winter conditions. Here are some tips on how to keep warm and safe: Pack warm clothes, such as a thick jacket, a scarf, a hat, gloves and waterproof shoes. Layer your clothes to adjust to the temperature. Don’t forget to take sunglasses and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun rays that are reflected by the snow. Check the current weather and traffic situation before you leave. The snow can cause delays and disruptions in the train, subway, tram and bus services. Therefore, plan enough time for your trip and use public transportation if possible. Avoid driving by car if you are not used to driving on snow and ice. Be careful when walking, as the sidewalks and streets can be slippery. Watch out for fallen trees, falling branches and roof avalanches that can be caused by the snow. Stay away from rivers and lakes that may be frozen, but not safely load-bearing.


Munich is a beautiful destination in the snow, which has a lot to offer you. Whether you want to explore the city, enjoy the Christmas atmosphere or visit the mountains, you will surely have an unforgettable time. Prepare well for the snow, keep warm and safe, and let yourself be enchanted by the magic of winter.

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