The Best time to visit Munich – February?

The best time to visit Munich - February?

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 February in Munich.

february in Munich

Surprisingly, this is the month where it gets really icey in Munich. Late January until mid February is in my opinion the worst season to visit Munich. The sky is usually cloudy or overcast and often temperatures do not rise over 0°C (32°F). You can sometimes encounter significant amounts of snow. This time of the year is the „real winter“ in Munich.
The only thing that brings people out is Fasching (carnival) where usually some parties with people dressed in carnival costumes take place. February is also the ultra high season for catching a cold or even the flu. In February there is also the Munich Fashion Week, which additionally brings some tourists to Munich.

My recommendation: February is the month to avoid for a Munich trip. It’s cold outside and the chance to catch a cold is high. Sightseeing is limited to museums and indoor things as long as you don’t want to bring your extra thick clothes, heated boots and skiing gloves.

National Holidays during February in Munich

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

Fasching (carnival) is celebrated in entire Germany. Munich also celebrates carnival, especially during the three days "Rosenmontag" (Rose Monday), Faschingsdienstag (Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday) and "Aschermittwoch" (Ash Wednesday). When locals refer to "Fasching" they actually mean these three days or at least Fat Tuesday. Fasching is a moveable feast based on the cycles of the moon. So the dates vary from year to year. The dates of Fasching can be between early February and early March.

Rose Monday, Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday are regular workdays, but smaller shops close either the whole day or around midday.

The best known carnival tradition in Munich is the so called "Tanz der Marktweiber" (Dance of the good women of the market) at Viktualienmarkt.

Weather in Munich - February

February is a very cold month to visit Munich. Also the chance is high to see significant amounts of snow. Only a few days can be sunny, but expect percipitation and very cold temperatures around 0°C / 32° F. Even on sunny days always wear a warm jacket, a hat and use gloves and a scarf. Also don’t forget your warm boots when visiting Munich during February.

Average sunshine hours:
1 hour
Daylight maximum (hours):
9,5 - 11,0
Temperature:
very cold
Outdoor activities (walking, hiking, cycling, beergardening, etc.):
not good
Tourist Density (tourists in the city):
low
Stress factor:
low
Hotel prices:
low

Would I recommend travelling to Munich in February?

The prices for hotel rooms are still low as in January (except Fasching/carnival). Usually there is a lot of percipitation during February and the chance to catch a cold or even the flu climaxes.  It is possible to go skiing in the Alps. The Alps are just 1-2 hours away by train or car. But expect hordes of ski fanatics from all over Europe, especially around Fasching. In Munich, you can visit Museums, Art Galleries and enjoy Bavarian cuisine in the traditional restaurants. Outdoor activities are really limited due to the cold temperatures and weather conditions. Overall I would not recommend to visit Munich during February, unless you want to see the carnival festivities.