The best time to visit Munich – December?

THE BEST TIME TO VISIT MUNICH - DECEMBER?

When is the best time to visit Munich? Whenever you go to a destination abroad where you’ve never been before, you will ask yourself: When should I go there? Are there “good” or “bad” months? Of course every city looks far better on a nice sunny day than in heavy rain. There are only a few places in the world where it doesn’t matter when to go, as the weather conditions are always perfect. Unfortunately, Munich is not such a place. Also hotel prices vary throughout the seasons. Here I will tell you about the best months of the year when you should visit Munich, and of course when you should avoid visiting Munich. This time I will tell you about the things you can expect throughout December in Munich.

Munich during December

December in Munich can be a magical month. The whole city is decorated for Christmas and the city’s Christmas markets open for visitors. The weather in December can get a bit fall-like again. Snow will usually be missed and also a true cold weather will not arrive until the year’ s end. The whole city is getting ready for Christmas. Christmas is celebrated on December 24 according to the Catholic faith, which leads to the fact that the whole city will focus on this date.
If you like the Christmas spirit, I can really recommend December. But don’t expect a winter wonderland with snow and ice. Rather, be prepared for cool temperatures, rain, or even a blast of warmth that feels more like October than December. The Christmas markets and the proximity to the Alps as well as to other famous Christmas market locations (Salzburg, Nuremberg) make Munich the ideal base for your trip. However, it gets quite crowded, because in addition to the tourists who come for the Christmas feeling, of course a huge amount of locals want to buy their gifts and also have a mulled wine and a bratwurst at the Christmas market.

Average sunshine hours:
2 hours
Hours of daylight:
ca. 8 hours
Temperature:
rather cold
Outdoor activities (walking, hiking, cycling, beergardening, etc.):
limited possibility
Tourist Density (tourists in the city):
rather high
Stress factor:
medium-high
Hotel prices:
medium-high

National Holidays and festivities during December in Munich

Learn about the National Holidays during this month as well as other festivities you will encounter when travelling to Munich in December.

Advent is the contemplative time in the Christian religion during the four weeks before Christmas. It is a time of expectant waiting and preparation. The four sundays before Christmas are called "Adventsonntage" in Germany (Advent-Sundays). It is common tradition for people to make an Advent wreath. The Advent wreath is usually an evergreen wreath with four candles representing one week of Advent. Every Advent-Sunday a new candle is lit. It is quite common to see Advent wreaths in public, for example in shop windows, or as motives.

The feast of St. Barbara is a religious feast to honor Saint Barbara, the patron of those who face the danger of violent death at work, such as miners and geoscientists as well as gunsmiths, artillerymen, etc..

As it is a religuous feast it means Barbaratag is a regular workingday (except it is a sunday).

There is a tradition, especially in Bavaria called "Barbarazweig" (Barbara-sprig). Families take a sprig of a (fruit) tree (e.g. Apple, Cherry, Hazelnut, Birch, Elderflower) and put it into a vase filled with water. The sprig is kept indoor and it should bloom by Christmas because of the indoor warmth.

If the sprig blooms by Christmas, it is considered as a sign of luck for the next year.

Saint Nicholas is pretty much the same figure as Santa Claus. But in contrast to other parts in the world, Saint Nicholas is not the one who brings Christmas gifts to the children. In Central Europe this is done by the "Christkind" (Jesus Child) on Christmas Eve. Saint Nicholas has his own day where he brings small gifts and usually candy to the (good) children. In Munich and Bavaria this happens on Dec. 6th.. In more traditional catholic regions, St. Nicholas is dressed very much like a catholic bishop (white and gold), while in more urban regions he is more dressed like the well known Santa Claus (red/white). In Bavaria, Saint Nicholas is often accompanied by a helper called "Krampus". Krampus is a frightening demonic creature. He will punish naughty children by putting them into his sack and carry them away.

When you're in Munich on Dec. 6th, usually St. Nicholas visits the Christmas Markets in and around Munich and hands out presents (traditionally walnuts, oranges, apples and gingerbread).

Christmas Eve is the biggest festivity in Christianity. In Germany and especially Bavaria, Christmas Eve is the day of celebration. This means, families and friends meet for lunch and dinner and wait for the "Chrtistkind" (Jesus Child) to bring presents. Traditionally, this happens after dark in the early evening. Then, Munich gets very quiet as everyone is at home. Christmas Eve is usually celebrated within the family. It is not that common to go out. Of course restaurants and bars are open and often serve a special menu. Be aware that supermarkets, shops and pharmacies close at 2pm!

On Christmas Day, which is a public holiday, most people rest and digest the previous day's generous meal or prepare to visit grandparents, friends, siblings or other family members. This day is also usually a family day and there is quite a lot of traffic, because people visit relatives and acquaintances and bring them gifts. And, of course, there are again copious culinary delights.

Christmas Day is a holiday, so supermarkets, shops and pharmacies are closed. Restaurants and bars are open as well as take-away services.

On the second Christmay Day actually pretty much the same happens as on Christmas Day.

The Second Christmas Day is also a holiday, so supermarkets, shops and pharmacies are closed. Restaurants and bars are open as well as take-away services.

The last day of the year is called "Silvester" in Germany. This comes from the Christian beliefs, because it is the Nameday of St. Silvester.
As in many parts of the Western world, lavish parties are held on New Year's Eve, culminating in fireworks at midnight.

New Year's Eve is not a public holiday (unless it is a Sunday). Accordingly, stores are open. However, they may decide for themselves when to close. Often the stores and supermarkets close at 2pm or at 4pm. Only a few stores are actually open until 8pm.

Would I recommend  travelling to Munich in December?

The Christmas markets and the resulting increase in the number of tourists from all over the world naturally cause prices for hotels and accommodation to rise, although not as much as, for example, during the Oktoberfest. Those who would like to save money should consider not staying too centrally in the city center and thus near the main Christmas markets. Those who are not afraid to travel a bit by subway bus and streetcar can find a bargain in December.

December is also often used by locals to take a short trip to the Alps before Christmas to relax in a wellness hotel.
December and especially the so-called Advent Saturdays are used by locals to shop and prepare gifts for Christmas. Especially on these days or weekends it can get really crowded in the city center. If you want it a little more quiet, you should rather visit the city center and the Christmas markets during the week as a tourist.

Nevertheless, I recommend everyone to enjoy the pre-Christmas period in Munich. There is so much to discover. There are Christmas markets, decorated churches, good food, Christmas delicacies and a great spirit.

Also the weather seems not too bad as Munich usually gets a boost of warm air around Christmas.

Bavarian State Chancellery Munich in winter

Detailed weather during December in Munich

When I travel to new destinations, I always check the weather conditions and I also look for the best time to travel to that specific destination. And often I find statistics saying this or that month will be quite good or rather rainy. But I always wanted a more detailed view, because a month is actually a quite long period of time. The conditions in the beginning of a month can be completely different to the last week of the same month. Therefore I researched the weather data for Munich for the last 10 years. So you can have a more detailed look at the different days. Of course you have to know this is a statistic, which means you don’t have a guarantee the weather will be exactly like this in the upcoming year. But it will give you a better feel how weather conditions are in Munich throughout the year. You can then use this knowledge to plan your trip accordingly.

How warm or cold will December in Munich be?

You can see here that Munich is not a winter wonderland during December. Usually the month starts with rather cold temperatures but gets warmer with a boost of warm air around Christmas. temperatures can then go up to 15°C (59°F). After Christmas it is likely to have a temperature drop.

Will there be rain in Munich in December?

Also December is quite a dry month in Munich. It’s possible to have some rain around Christmas, but there is no significant pattern. Sometimes there will be days with lot’s of rain (above 10 litres per square meter), but only one or two days in the whole month. Numbers from 0 – 5 are usually short rainshowers or a light drizzle.

Will the sun come out during December in Munich?

Here you can see that December in Munich is not that grey and rainy as you might think. After Christmas temperatures drop, but often the skies clear up and you can enjoy a bit of sun. The week before Christmas is statistically very grey and the sun can’t be seen too often. But at least it’s not too rainy (see table above).

Will there be snow in Munich in December?

I’m sorry to burst your dream bubble of a winter wonderland where light snwow falls on your head while enjoying a mulled wine on a Christmas Market in Munich. Actually Munich is quite warm during December and therefore snowfall is rare. But sometimes you can expect slushy rain. Since 2015, Munich had more or less no snow during December. 2010 was an exception where we had a massive snowfall on St. Nicholas Day (Dec. 6th). This snow lasted for two weeks. But don’t expect a white Christmas in Munich. As you can see here, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are usually dry and without snow.

Things to do during December in Munich

What to pack for  Munich in December

As a tourist you will often ask yourself “Sould I pack warm clothes? a scarf? or is it ok to just take a softshell jacket with me?”. Here is my ultimate packing list for things you should not forget on your trip to Munich during December:

Where to stay in Munich in December

Munich has lots of hotel options to stay. Especially the inner city can get quite full during December as many people go shopping for Christmas presents or head for venues like the Eiszauber ice-skating rink. And of course there are many Christmas Markets throughout the city. Hotel prices may be above average. Here you can find my handpicked recommendations for all hotel types and budgets.

Enjoy a cosy hotel room in Munich

No go areas in Munich?

NO-GO AREAS IN MUNICH?

Are there areas or certain districts in Munich to avoid as a tourist from abroad? Munich is very popular with tourists. All the more it is understandable that many of them ask questions like: Are there any no-go areas or districts in Munich I should avoid as a tourist? Especially during the Soccer World Championship in 2006 this issue spread in the entire USA in particular and is again an issue due to the media.

What is a no-go area?

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This term comes from the military vocabulary meaning a restricted, unsafe zone. In tourism language „no go areas“ are zones that shouldn’t be visited by tourists because of a lack of knowledge about the location and the bad social situation or crime rates there.

Are there no-go areas in Munich?

Like every bigger city, Munich has some districts with more or less critical social issues. It would be an exaggeration to say that there are no-go areas in Munich! As a tourist, you can walk everywhere in the city without having to fear getting into trouble. Even in districts which are not considered „the better ones“ you can walk around without any problems. But this depends on your personal definition of a “threatening” or “dangerous” place. If you feel uncomfortable passing by an angry-looking bouncer in front of a table-dance-bar or seeing a beggar in the street, you will have another feeling about “secure places” as somebody who doesn’t care about that.

Like in every bigger city in the world you can become a victim of theft and lose your travel money. Places, where masses of people or tourists are, may also attract pickpockets. So you should take some basic precautions and not leave your backpack, handbags, camera, mobile phone, wallet, etc. open and unattended. Especially where many people are or at festivals like Oktoberfest or the Christmas markets you should pay more attention to your belongings.

To make things short: In Munich, there are no “no-go areas”! As a tourist take the basic precautions like everywhere, especially where masses of people meet such as tourist places or festivals (Oktoberfest, Christmas market).

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But are there areas in Munich with higher crime rates or more social problems?

Sure there are such districts also in Munich. When you ask locals which district or quarter to avoid, they will come up with districts like „Hasenbergl“, „Neuperlach“ or „Am Hart“. Some of these quarters had social problems and a high unemployment rate, especially in the late 1980s and early 1990s but things have changed.

Today these districts or quarters still show statistically lower income, higher crime rates, and some social problems, but you can’t compare Munich to other cities in the world concerning „bad districts“. Even the considered „worst district“ in Munich would still be an average district in some US-Cities. Everything depends on the definition of „bad district“. When you grow up in a city where there are quarters where even the police avoid showing up at night, you will definitely agree this quarter is a bad one. But coming to Munich with this mindset, you will never find a bad neighborhood and even the district with the lowest income and highest social issues will look like a fine place to stay.

But what to expect in districts considered as „bad“ in Munich?

Actually not much. As a tourist, you will hardly find your way to such districts as these districts do not have any tourist attractions. Most of them are residential areas or a mix of residential and industrial areas. Sometimes you will find hotels there, but as mentioned above, you can still walk in the streets at night in such districts.

Neighbourhood-o-meter map of Munich

A trip to US cities like Miami and New York gave me the inspiration to create a map for you showing the good and the less good areas of Munich. As a traveler finding such maps online for the cities I visited, I found it very useful as I already had an idea where to go and where my hotel should be located. I then could look up the neighboring area and decide where to be extra careful when walking around. For Munich, such a thing doesn’t exist – until now. I’m working on it and the map will be released here soon. The map will have the following features:

  • Map layer with easy to recognize colors (from green = very good neighborhood to red = least good neighborhood)
  • Markers showing hotspots where to be attentive (because also in a very good area there can be a corner where you should keep an eye on your belongings)
  • Markers of hotels, where tourists from abroad often check-in

The best time to visit Munich – March?

THE BEST TIME TO VISIT MUNICH - MARCH?

When is the best time to visit Munich? Whenever you go to a destination abroad where you’ve never been before, you will ask yourself: When should I go there? Are there “good” or “bad” months? Of course every city looks far better on a nice sunny day than in heavy rain. There are only a few places in the world where it doesn’t matter when to go, as the weather conditions are always perfect. Unfortunately, Munich is not such a place. Also hotel prices vary throughout the seasons. Here I will tell you about the best months of the year when you should visit Munich, and of course when you should avoid visiting Munich. This time I will tell you about the things you can expect throughout March in Munich.

Munich during March

During March, every citizen of Munich awaits spring. But often winter won’t go and it still stays cold, especially during the night. Snow can still fall in the first weeks of March, but it won’t stay long. After Fasching (carnival) the Starkbierzeit (strong beer season) begins in Munich. This brings the first boost to tourism in Munich, as the different brewery festivals, known as “Starkbierfest” get more and more popular with tourists from abroad. But March can also be the first month of spring, depending on the weather conditions. When there is a dry period or days with a warm wind from the south (called „Föhn“), you may have luck to enjoy a drink in a beer garden. The temperatures then may rise up to 15°C/59°F.

My recommendation: March can be an ideal month for a trip to Munich, but only if the weather conditions are good. Keep an eye on the weather forecast, especially the daily temperature and be quite spontaneus booking a flight and a hotel in Munich.

Average sunshine hours:
3 hours
Hours of daylight:
11.1 - 12.8 hours
Temperature:
quite cold
Outdoor activities (walking, hiking, cycling, beergardening, etc.):
possible
Tourist Density (tourists in the city):
quite low
Stress factor:
quite low
Hotel prices:
quite low

National Holidays and festivities during March in Munich

Learn about the National Holidays during this month as well as other festivities you will encounter when travelling to Munich in March.

Between carnival and Easter is Lent. Many Bavarians fast during this time or at least try to reduce their consumption of sugar, meat and other luxury foods. In order to make Lent more pleasant, however, Bavarians have brewed a stronger beer with a higher alcohol content, sometimes considerably more than 7%. This tradition dates back to the 15th century.
Lent is therefore also called the strong beer season in Munich.

Some breweries in Munich celebrate this season with in-house-festivites. So Starkbierfest is not a big festival like Oktoberfest. Brewery-Restaurants like Nockherberg, Augustinerkeller or Löwenbräukeller open their gates daily and especially during the weekends, celebrating Starkbierfest with live-bands. It is usually necessary to buy tickets beforehand in order to take part.

Would I recommend  travelling to Munich in March?

The prices for hotel rooms are still quite low, but the Starkbierzeit (strong beer season) more and more brings tourists to the city. As Starkbierfest is (or was) usually a local thing in contrast to Oktoberfest, the last years show that it becomes more and more popular with foreign tourists. It is still an insider’s tip as you will meet way more locals than tourists.

It is still possible to go skiing in the Alps. The Alps are just 1-2 hours away by train or car. In Munich, you can visit Museums, Art Galleries and enjoy Bavarian cuisine in the traditional restaurants. Outdoor activities are still limited due to the quite cold temperatures and weather conditions, but if you catch a period with sunny days and quite warm temperatures, you can enjoy a beer garden or sitting outside in the sun of a Café.

I would definitely recommend visiting Munich during March, but keep a close eye on the weather. Don’t come if the weather forecast shows rain and cold temperatures. So March can be a good choice to come, but you have to be quite spontaneus.

Munich Town Hall and City Center

Detailed weather during March in Munich

When I travel to new destinations, I always check the weather conditions and I also look for the best time to travel to that specific destination. And often I find statistics saying this or that month will be quite good or rather rainy. But I always wanted a more detailed view, because a month is actually a quite long period of time. The conditions in the beginning of a month can be completely different to the last week of the same month. Therefore I researched the weather data for Munich for the last 10 years. So you can have a more detailed look at the different days. Of course you have to know this is a statistic, which means you don’t have a guarantee the weather will be exactly like this in the upcoming year. But it will give you a better feel how weather conditions are in Munich throughout the year. You can then use this knowledge to plan your trip accordingly.

As you can see here, the temperatures in Munich during March are changing from the beginning of the month to the end. While it is rather cold the first ten days of March, the last ten days and especially the last five days of March are quite warm and can bring the first early summer feeling with temperatures raching 20° C (68° F).

Night before check-in Munich Airport

NIGHT BEFORE CHECK-IN MUNICH AIRPORT

Sometimes it’s just much more convenient not to stand in a long queue one or even two hours before departure to check in your bags. If you are flexible and like to have it a little more relaxed on the day of departure, you can use the pre-evening check-in at Munich Airport for many airlines. This allows you to be much more relaxed on the day of departure by directly passing through security and maybe visiting a lounge.

What is a night before check-in?

With a night-before check-in (also called day-before check-in, evening-before check-in, late-night check-in, or evening-before check-in), you can check in all your baggage the day or evening before departure and then only have to go through the security check on the day of departure. This makes the day of departure much more relaxed, especially if you are traveling with your family and with smaller children. Also, if you have a very early flight, you save a little time by not having to wait in line at the baggage check-in.

Which airlines offer night-before check-in?

Depending on the airline, an evening-before check-in is offered at Munich Airport. Please be aware that not every airline offers this service at all airports. Also, the hours and regulations can vary from airline to airline. Below you will find the most important airlines that offer an evening check-in, and where and when you can drop off your baggage at Munich Airport.

Air Canada (AC)

No night before check-in available.

No night-before check-in is available in Munich Airport.

Air France (AF)

No night before check-in available.

No night-before check-in is available in Munich Airport.

British Airways (BA)

No night before check-in available.

No night-before check-in is available in Munich Airport.

Condor (DE)

offers night-before check-in

  • for all flights of the following day.
  • from 6:00 pm am until 8:00 pm the day before.
  • Location: Terminal 1 Module D (D 137)

Emirates (EK)

No night before check-in available.

No night-before check-in is available in Munich Airport.

Etihad (EY)

No night before check-in available.

No night-before check-in is available in Munich Airport.

Icelandair (FI)

No night before check-in available.

No night-before check-in is available in Munich Airport.

KLM (KL)

No night before check-in available.

No night-before check-in is available in Munich Airport.

Lufthansa (LH)

offers night-before check-in

  • not more than 23 hours before the flight.
  • from 04:15 am until 9:00 pm the day before.
  • Location: Terminal 2 Level 04 at Lufthansa Check-In

Qatar Airways (QR)

No night before check-in available.

No night-before check-in is available in Munich Airport.

Singapore Airlines (SQ)

No night before check-in available.

No night-before check-in is available in Munich Airport.

SWISS (LX)

offers night-before check-in

  • not more than 23 hours before the flight.
  • from 04:15 am until 9:00 pm the day before.
  • Location: Terminal 2 Level 04 at Lufthansa Check-In

TAP Air Portugal (TP)

offers night-before check-in

  • not more than 23 hours before the flight.
  • from 04:15 am until 9:00 pm the day before.
  • Location: Terminal 2 Level 04 at Lufthansa Check-In

United Airlines (UA)

No night before check-in available.

No night-before check-in is available in Munich Airport.

Please note that tickets can be purchased at one carrier, but the operating airline is different. These so-called “code-share” flights may allow night-before check-in if the operating airline offers it. For example, for a flight from Munich to New York where you bought the ticket from United Airlines the flight itself may be operated by Lufthansa. This means you can do a night before check-in. So always check your ticket which airline actually operates the flight.

Is night-before check-in free of charge?

Whether the evening before check-in is free of charge often depends on the particular airline. Most major airlines do not charge an additional fee. Budget carriers, in particular, can charge a fee for the evening before check-in.

  • Lufthansa (and SWISS, TAP) : Free of charge
  • Condor (per person): 25 EUR (Economy Light), 5 EUR (Economy), all others: Free of charge

Who has to do the evening before check-in?

Again, this depends on the airline. It is often possible for only one person to drop off the bags at the eve check-in. Especially for families, not all family members must necessarily appear at the airport the day before the trip. Nevertheless, there may be restrictions by the different airlines.

Waiting lines for baggage drop off at an airport in Europe

Good to know

Especially for flights from Munich, operated by Lufthansa you can do a night-before check-in. But the most common question is where to find the specific check-in counter?

Munich Airport and Lufthansa say on their websites, the baggage drop-off, and evening-before check-in is in Terminal 2 Level 04.

But how to get there?

When arriving by public transport (S-Bahn, urban rail) you have to go up an escalator and you will find yourself in Terminal 1. There, follow the signs for Terminal 2. After you arrived in Terminal 2 (right after you crossed a huge roofed square called “MAC” or “MAC-Forum”) go up the escalator following the “departures” signs. You are now on Level 04 of Terminal 2. To the left, you can find the Lufthansa Check-In counters.

When arriving by car, it depends where you parked your car. Follow the signs for Terminal 2. When in Terminal 2 follow the “Departure” signs. After you went up one level with an escalator, you’re on Level 04 of Terminal 2. To the left, you will find the Lufthansa check-in counters.

Where to find ATMs in Munich?

WHERE TO FIND ATMs IN MUNICH?

The supply of cash is extremely important, especially when traveling. If you are traveling to a country you have never been to before and you do not know the situation regarding the supply of cash, it is better to think about it and get some information.

ATMs are the quickest way

The easiest way for a tourist to get money abroad is to simply go to an ATM and get the desired amount. But here, the simplicity already ends, as suddenly, many questions appear as for example: “Can I also get money with a credit card?”, “Do I have to pay operator fees?”, “Do I have to pay exchange or bank fees?”. Should I go to an ATM in the street or inside of a bank?” or “Are ATM-scams common in Munich or Germany?”. But the most frequently asked question is: “Where can I find an ATM in Munich?”.

Which ATM providers are there in Munich?

In Munich, there are either bank-operated ATMs or privately operated ATMs, although the private companies also need an official license in Germany. So you can be sure that there are no fraudulent ATMs.
The largest operators of cash dispensers in Munich are:

  • Sparkassen (savings banks)
  • Private Banks (e.g. Commerzbank, Deutsche Bank, Hypobank, Postbank, Reisebank, Targo Bank, Unicredit)
  • Volks- und Raiffeisenbanken (cooperative banks)
  • Private Companies (e.g. Euronet, IC Cash Services, Cardpoint)

Which ATM should I choose?

Now you will surely ask yourself: “Does it make a difference for me as a tourist at which cash machine I withdraw my money? The answer to that is “yes and no”.
Basically, it does not matter whether you use a bank ATM or a privately owned ATM. As a foreign tourist, you will usually pay fees at every ATM. But the amount of these fees and of exchange rates vary from operator to operator. Private ATM operators usually have much higher transaction fees than banks.
My tip here is (if your own bank or credit card company does not reimburse the fees) that you always try to use a bank ATM.

If you like to read more about ATM fees in Munich and Germany, read my post “ATM fees in Munich and Germany” (coming soon).

Are ATMs easy to find in Munich?

Depending on where you come from, you may find it either easy or difficult to find an ATM in Munich. Especially tourists from the USA will find the search for an ATM rather uncomfortable. In the USA you can find ATMs (especially in big cities) in almost every shop, supermarket, or restaurant. Not so in Germany or Munich.
Not long ago you had to go to banks almost without exception to get to an ATM. Often these banks also had mini-branches not only in subway stations, at large train stations, or shopping malls but also throughout the city. But then, more and more banks focused on reducing their expenses and closed many branches. The emerging gap was filled by a few private ATM companies. Today, in addition to the banks and their branches, there are more and more often private-owned ATMs, which can be found in streets or shops, especially in touristy areas.

The most common places where you can find ATM’s in Munich are:

  • Banks (inside or outside of the Bank building)
  • Big train stations (Munich Main Station, Munich East Station, Pasing Station)
  • Big S-Bahn (urban rail) stations (e.g. Marienplatz, Main Station, Stachus (Karlsplatz), Hackerbrücke/ZOB)
  • Many subway stations (e.g. Moosach, Feldmoching, Rotkreuzplatz, Münchner Freiheit, Goetheplatz, Schwanthalerhöhe)
  • Touristy areas (e.g. Stachus (Karlsplatz), Viktualienmarkt)
  • Inside of touristy restaurants
ATM (IC Cash Company) near a subway entrance in Munich

Good to know

Summary and additional short tips and info about ATM’s in Munich:

  • There are lots of ATMs throughout Munich, but maybe not in a density you might be used to.
  • There are bank-owned and private-owned ATMs.
  • The best Chance to find ATMs outside of bank buildings are touristy areas (Viktualienmarket, Marienplatz, Karlsplatz, etc.) urban rail stations and subway stations, and sometimes inside of very touristy restaurants of the Old Town.
  • Private-owned ATMs charge a much higher withdrawal fee than bank ATMs.
  • Private-owned ATMs can be confused with bank-owned ATMs as some use the same color.
  • Even many people speak and understand English, the term “ATM” is not very common. So when asking for the direction to the next ATM, better use the German word “Bankomat” (colloquial but common) or “Geldautomat” (official term).

Christmas Shopping in Munich – Cheap flights from Portland, OR in Dec. 2021

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING IN MUNICH
CHEAP FLIGHTS FROM DENVER, CO

Did you ever want to visit Munich before Christmas and soak up the vibe while enjoying a traditional Glühwein (mulled wine) and a Bratwurst? Munich is also great for Christmas shopping. Find warm winter clothes, cool shops and traditional souvenirs like candles, Krippenfiguren (nativity figurines), baubles, or typical Bavarian beer steins.

Now you can shop your way trough Munich and with a cheap flight you can spend even more for christmas presents ;-).

Deal details

December 2021:

Examples:
Dec. 3rd – 12th: ~450 $
Dec. 3rd – 16th: ~450 $
Dec. 8th – 16th: ~450 $
best cheap fares can be found in the first two weeks of December, but only on specific dates.

Munich Hotels: The Eurostars Grand Central 4*

The Super 8 Munich West (by Wyndham)

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Adress: Landsberger Str. 270, 80687 Munich, Germany
Telephone: +49 (0) 89 558 983 70

Nearby Airports:

  • Munich International (MUC) – 40 km / 25 mi (ca. 30-45 min by car, 45-55 min by public transport)
  • Memmingen Airport (FMM) (aka Munich West) – 108 km / 67 mi (ca. 1 hour by car, 2 hrs. by public transport)

The Super 8 Munich West (by Wyndham) is one of two Super 8 hotels in Munich. The hotel is not located in the inner city, but has  a very good connection to the city centre as well as to Munich International airport, as the urban rail station is around the corner. The hotel has double rooms, a rather small lounge with a coffeshop and a quite huge breakfast room. The Super 8 is located in Munich’s west, a mostly residential district. It’s clear this hotel is made for business travellers and travellers on a budget.

There are only double rooms available, which can be also used for single occupancy. The hotel is mid sized compared to the number of rooms. All rooms feature en suite baths with a shower, a hairdryer, and bath amenities (bulk).

The Super 8 Munich West Hotel doesn’t feature a full restaurant, but there is a small coffeeshop in the lobby, where you can order a beverage and a snack. Ideal for business travellers to meet after a day full of work and have a drink before going to bed.

 

The Super 8 Munich West is a well rated business/mid-range hotel. It gets good ratings in the different portals:

  • Trivago: 8.3 out of 10.0 (Very Good)
  • Tripadvisor: 4.0 out of 5.0 (Very Good)
  • Hotelscombined: 7.8 out of 10.0 (Good)

What people like:

  • The close proximity to the urban rail station Laim (good connections to the city centre and Munich International Airport)
  • The breakfast
  • The cleanliness of the rooms and the good work of the housekeeping staff

What people dislike:

  • the loud and sometimes crowded breakfast room
  • visitors sometimes indicate that the reception staff is not always 100% polite and courteous
  • The lack of parking possibilities (on-street metered parking; too few parking spots available)

What to know:

  • The Super 8 Munich West doesn’t have a full restaurant. But you can order drinks and snacks at the lobby coffeeshop/bar.
  • The district around the hotel is a residential district so there are not as many possibilities to go out dining around the hotel as you would get at a more centrally located hotel.
  • Bar/coffeeshop
  • Restaurant
  • 24/7 reception
  • Free WiFi in rooms and lobby
  • Breakfast available (ca. 9 EUR / 10 USD per person and day)
  • Bath amenities
  • Iron/Board
  • In-room safe
  • Free coffee/tea
  • Air conditioning & heating
  • Cable/Satellite TV

Laim district:

Laim is located in the western part of the city and mainly a residential district. Additionally there are some industrial/commercial areas (mainly car garages, car dealers) along Landsberger Street. This street (also named Bundesstraße 2 – Federal Road No. 2) is a major road for commuters. So expect lot’s of rush hour traffic during weekdays.

Dining out:

restaurants and bars are available but limited. Most of the restaurants and bars can be found in Fürstenrieder Street.

The best options for dining out in walking distance to the Super 8 Munich West are a steakhouse (Asado), an Italian restaurant (Il Cortile), a Greek restaurant (Tou Bakali), and a Chinese restaurant (Hakeyo House).
Fast food options are also avilable. Within walking distance you will find Mc Donalds, Döner Kebab (Beste Döner) and a bit further a Subway.
Coffeshops: There is a coffeeshop (San Francisco Coffee Company – SFCC) ca. 350 metres / 380 yards from the hotel.

Supermarkets:

There are supermarkets within walking distance. You will find a REWE (normal supermarket) and an ALDI (discount supermarket) ca. 700 metres / 770 yards from the hotel near the commuter station.

Is the area safe?

Yes, the area and quarter around the Super 8 Munich West is generally a safe area. Yet its is not a prosperous quarter with wealthy inhabitants. Further uptown Landsberger Street (approx. 700 metres / 770 yards) there is a brothel and a nightclub/table dance club. This area might not be suitable for children and families during the nighttime.

The Super 8 Munich West (by Wyndham) is a good business/mid-range hotel. As it is located in Munich’s Laim district you can expect lower prices than for hotels in the inner city of Munich. Prices per double room start at ca. 55 USD per night in the low season and can reach approx. 150 USD in the high season. Of course there are some dates thoughout the year where Munich hotels are nearly fully booked (e.g. trade fairs). Prices can then rise to ca. 220 USD per room and night for the Super 8, too.

You can book directly via the official website:

Getting to the Super 8 Munich West is really easy. You can get there

  • By public transport
    The urban rail (S-Bahn) station “Laim” is literally just around the corner. From there you have direct connections to the Main Station and City Centre (Lines S1, S2, S4, S6, S7 and S8) and Munich International Airport (Lines S1 and S8)
  • By taxi/limousine service
    Choose your favourite transport service and the driver will bring you to the hotel.
  • By (rental) car
    The hotel is quite easy to reach. Be aware that the parking situation is quite bad. Only on-street-parking (metered), but often you won’t find any free space.

I had the opportunity to fully test a standard double room with breakfast. To see if I would recommend this hotel read my full review about the Super 8 Munich West (by Wyndham).

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The Super 8 Munich West (by Wyndham)

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Adress: Landsberger Str. 270, 80687 Munich, Germany
Telephone: +49 (0) 89 558 983 70

Nearby Airports:

  • Munich International (MUC) – 40 km / 25 mi (ca. 30-45 min by car, 45-55 min by public transport)
  • Memmingen Airport (FMM) (aka Munich West) – 108 km / 67 mi (ca. 1 hour by car, 2 hrs. by public transport)

The Super 8 Munich West (by Wyndham) is one of two Super 8 hotels in Munich. The hotel is not located in the inner city, but has  a very good connection to the city centre as well as to Munich International airport, as the urban rail station is around the corner. The hotel has double rooms, a rather small lounge with a coffeshop and a quite huge breakfast room. The Super 8 is located in Munich’s west, a mostly residential district. It’s clear this hotel is made for business travellers and travellers on a budget.

There are only double rooms available, which can be also used for single occupancy. The hotel is mid sized compared to the number of rooms. All rooms feature en suite baths with a shower, a hairdryer, and bath amenities (bulk).

The Super 8 Munich West Hotel doesn’t feature a full restaurant, but there is a small coffeeshop in the lobby, where you can order a beverage and a snack. Ideal for business travellers to meet after a day full of work and have a drink before going to bed.

 

The Super 8 Munich West is a well rated business/mid-range hotel. It gets good ratings in the different portals:

  • Trivago: 8.3 out of 10.0 (Very Good)
  • Tripadvisor: 4.0 out of 5.0 (Very Good)
  • Hotelscombined: 7.8 out of 10.0 (Good)

What people like:

  • The close proximity to the urban rail station Laim (good connections to the city centre and Munich International Airport)
  • The breakfast
  • The cleanliness of the rooms and the good work of the housekeeping staff

What people dislike:

  • the loud and sometimes crowded breakfast room
  • visitors sometimes indicate that the reception staff is not always 100% polite and courteous
  • The lack of parking possibilities (on-street metered parking; too few parking spots available)

What to know:

  • The Super 8 Munich West doesn’t have a full restaurant. But you can order drinks and snacks at the lobby coffeeshop/bar.
  • The district around the hotel is a residential district so there are not as many possibilities to go out dining around the hotel as you would get at a more centrally located hotel.
  • Bar/coffeeshop
  • Restaurant
  • 24/7 reception
  • Free WiFi in rooms and lobby
  • Breakfast available (ca. 9 EUR / 10 USD per person and day)
  • Bath amenities
  • Iron/Board
  • In-room safe
  • Free coffee/tea
  • Air conditioning & heating
  • Cable/Satellite TV

Laim district:

Laim is located in the western part of the city and mainly a residential district. Additionally there are some industrial/commercial areas (mainly car garages, car dealers) along Landsberger Street. This street (also named Bundesstraße 2 – Federal Road No. 2) is a major road for commuters. So expect lot’s of rush hour traffic during weekdays.

Dining out:

restaurants and bars are available but limited. Most of the restaurants and bars can be found in Fürstenrieder Street.

The best options for dining out in walking distance to the Super 8 Munich West are a steakhouse (Asado), an Italian restaurant (Il Cortile), a Greek restaurant (Tou Bakali), and a Chinese restaurant (Hakeyo House).
Fast food options are also avilable. Within walking distance you will find Mc Donalds, Döner Kebab (Beste Döner) and a bit further a Subway.
Coffeshops: There is a coffeeshop (San Francisco Coffee Company – SFCC) ca. 350 metres / 380 yards from the hotel.

Supermarkets:

There are supermarkets within walking distance. You will find a REWE (normal supermarket) and an ALDI (discount supermarket) ca. 700 metres / 770 yards from the hotel near the commuter station.

Is the area safe?

Yes, the area and quarter around the Super 8 Munich West is generally a safe area. Yet its is not a prosperous quarter with wealthy inhabitants. Further uptown Landsberger Street (approx. 700 metres / 770 yards) there is a brothel and a nightclub/table dance club. This area might not be suitable for children and families during the nighttime.

The Super 8 Munich West (by Wyndham) is a good business/mid-range hotel. As it is located in Munich’s Laim district you can expect lower prices than for hotels in the inner city of Munich. Prices per double room start at ca. 55 USD per night in the low season and can reach approx. 150 USD in the high season. Of course there are some dates thoughout the year where Munich hotels are nearly fully booked (e.g. trade fairs). Prices can then rise to ca. 220 USD per room and night for the Super 8, too.

You can book directly via the official website:

Getting to the Super 8 Munich West is really easy. You can get there

  • By public transport
    The urban rail (S-Bahn) station “Laim” is literally just around the corner. From there you have direct connections to the Main Station and City Centre (Lines S1, S2, S4, S6, S7 and S8) and Munich International Airport (Lines S1 and S8)
  • By taxi/limousine service
    Choose your favourite transport service and the driver will bring you to the hotel.
  • By (rental) car
    The hotel is quite easy to reach. Be aware that the parking situation is quite bad. Only on-street-parking (metered), but often you won’t find any free space.

I had the opportunity to fully test a standard double room with breakfast. To see if I would recommend this hotel read my full review about the Super 8 Munich West (by Wyndham).

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When is the best time to visit Munich? Whenever you go to a destination abroad where you’ve never been before, you will ask yourself: When should I go there? Are there “good” or “bad” months? Of course every city looks far better on a nice sunny day than in heavy rain. There are only a few places in the world where it doesn’t matter when to go, as the weather conditions are always perfect. Unfortunately, Munich is not such a place. Also hotel prices vary throughout the seasons. Here I will tell you about the best months of the year when you should visit Munich, and of course when you should avoid visiting Munich. This time I will tell you about the things you can expect throughout March in Munich.

March in Munich

During March, every citizen of Munich awaits spring. But often winter won’t go and it still stays cold, especially during the night. Snow can still fall in the first weeks of March, but it won’t stay long. After Fasching (carnival) the Starkbierzeit (strong beer season) begins in Munich. This brings the first boost to tourism in Munich, as the different brewery festivals, known as “Starkbierfest” get more and more popular with tourists from abroad. But March can also be the first month of spring, depending on the weather conditions. When there is a dry period or days with a warm wind from the south (called „Föhn“), you may have luck to enjoy a drink in a beer garden. The temperatures then may rise up to 15°C/59°F.

My recommendation: March can be an ideal month for a trip to Munich, but only if the weather conditions are good. Keep an eye on the weather forecast, especially the daily temperature and be quite spontaneus booking a flight and a hotel in Munich.

National Holidays and festivities during March in Munich

Learn about the National Holidays during this month as well as other festivities you will encounter when travelling to Munich in March.

Between carnival and Easter is Lent. Many Bavarians fast during this time or at least try to reduce their consumption of sugar, meat and other luxury foods. In order to make Lent more pleasant, however, Bavarians have brewed a stronger beer with a higher alcohol content, sometimes considerably more than 7%. This tradition dates back to the 15th century.
Lent is therefore also called the strong beer season in Munich.

Some breweries in Munich celebrate this season with in-house-festivites. So Starkbierfest is not a big festival like Oktoberfest. Brewery-Restaurants like Nockherberg, Augustinerkeller or Löwenbräukeller open their gates daily and especially during the weekends, celebrating Starkbierfest with live-bands. It is usually necessary to buy tickets beforehand in order to take part.

Weather in Munich - March

March is is still a cold month in Munich. You can still have snow in the first weeks. But there are more and more sunny days and, nature slowly (really slowly) beginns to spring. but expect percipitation and very cold temperatures around 5°C / 41° F. But there also can be warm days with temperatures up to 15°C / 59° F. This is usually the case when specific weather conditions like the “Föhn” appear. Föhn is a warm downslope wind, similar to the “Chinook” in the USA. If you’re lucky enough to catch such a weather period, you can enjoy your first beer garden visit in Munich.

Average sunshine hours:
3 hours
Daylight maximum (hours):
11,1 - 12,8
Temperature:
quite cold
Outdoor activities (walking, hiking, cycling, beergardening, etc.):
possible
Tourist Density (tourists in the city):
quite low
Stress factor:
quite low
Hotel prices:
quite low

Would I recommend travelling to Munich in March?

The prices for hotel rooms are still quite low, but the Starkbierzeit (strong beer season) more and more brings tourists to the city. As Starkbierfest is (or was) usually a local thing in contrast to Oktoberfest, the last years show that it becomes more and more popular with foreign tourists. It is still an insider’s tip as you will meet way more locals than tourists. It is still possible to go skiing in the Alps. The Alps are just 1-2 hours away by train or car. In Munich, you can visit Museums, Art Galleries and enjoy Bavarian cuisine in the traditional restaurants. Outdoor activities are still limited due to the quite cold temperatures and weather conditions, but if you catch a period with sunny days and quite warm temperatures, you can enjoy a beer garden or sitting outside in the sun of a Café. I would definitely recommend visiting Munich during March, but keep a close eye on the weather. Don’t come if the weather forecast shows rain and cold temperatures. So March can be a good choice to come, but you have to be quite spontaneus.

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The best time to visit Munich - March?

When is the best time to visit Munich? Whenever you go to a destination abroad where you’ve never been before, you will ask yourself: When should I go there? Are there “good” or “bad” months? Of course every city looks far better on a nice sunny day than in heavy rain. There are only a few places in the world where it doesn’t matter when to go, as the weather conditions are always perfect. Unfortunately, Munich is not such a place. Also hotel prices vary throughout the seasons. Here I will tell you about the best months of the year when you should visit Munich, and of course when you should avoid visiting Munich. This time I will tell you about the things you can expect throughout March in Munich.

March in Munich

During March, every citizen of Munich awaits spring. But often winter won’t go and it still stays cold, especially during the night. Snow can still fall in the first weeks of March, but it won’t stay long. After Fasching (carnival) the Starkbierzeit (strong beer season) begins in Munich. This brings the first boost to tourism in Munich, as the different brewery festivals, known as “Starkbierfest” get more and more popular with tourists from abroad. But March can also be the first month of spring, depending on the weather conditions. When there is a dry period or days with a warm wind from the south (called „Föhn“), you may have luck to enjoy a drink in a beer garden. The temperatures then may rise up to 15°C/59°F.

My recommendation: March can be an ideal month for a trip to Munich, but only if the weather conditions are good. Keep an eye on the weather forecast, especially the daily temperature and be quite spontaneus booking a flight and a hotel in Munich.

National Holidays and festivities during March in Munich

Learn about the National Holidays during this month as well as other festivities you will encounter when travelling to Munich in March.

Between carnival and Easter is Lent. Many Bavarians fast during this time or at least try to reduce their consumption of sugar, meat and other luxury foods. In order to make Lent more pleasant, however, Bavarians have brewed a stronger beer with a higher alcohol content, sometimes considerably more than 7%. This tradition dates back to the 15th century.
Lent is therefore also called the strong beer season in Munich.

Some breweries in Munich celebrate this season with in-house-festivites. So Starkbierfest is not a big festival like Oktoberfest. Brewery-Restaurants like Nockherberg, Augustinerkeller or Löwenbräukeller open their gates daily and especially during the weekends, celebrating Starkbierfest with live-bands. It is usually necessary to buy tickets beforehand in order to take part.

Weather in Munich - March

March is is still a cold month in Munich. You can still have snow in the first weeks. But there are more and more sunny days and, nature slowly (really slowly) beginns to spring. but expect percipitation and very cold temperatures around 5°C / 41° F. But there also can be warm days with temperatures up to 15°C / 59° F. This is usually the case when specific weather conditions like the “Föhn” appear. Föhn is a warm downslope wind, similar to the “Chinook” in the USA. If you’re lucky enough to catch such a weather period, you can enjoy your first beer garden visit in Munich.

Average sunshine hours:
3 hours
Daylight maximum (hours):
11,1 - 12,8
Temperature:
quite cold
Outdoor activities (walking, hiking, cycling, beergardening, etc.):
possible
Tourist Density (tourists in the city):
quite low
Stress factor:
quite low
Hotel prices:
quite low

Would I recommend travelling to Munich in March?

The prices for hotel rooms are still quite low, but the Starkbierzeit (strong beer season) more and more brings tourists to the city. As Starkbierfest is (or was) usually a local thing in contrast to Oktoberfest, the last years show that it becomes more and more popular with foreign tourists. It is still an insider’s tip as you will meet way more locals than tourists. It is still possible to go skiing in the Alps. The Alps are just 1-2 hours away by train or car. In Munich, you can visit Museums, Art Galleries and enjoy Bavarian cuisine in the traditional restaurants. Outdoor activities are still limited due to the quite cold temperatures and weather conditions, but if you catch a period with sunny days and quite warm temperatures, you can enjoy a beer garden or sitting outside in the sun of a Café. I would definitely recommend visiting Munich during March, but keep a close eye on the weather. Don’t come if the weather forecast shows rain and cold temperatures. So March can be a good choice to come, but you have to be quite spontaneus.