When to Go in Munich

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With pleasant summers and chilly winters, Munich is a city of distinct seasons but few really dramatic temperature extremes. The summer months of June, July and August are typically warm and sunny, but things rarely get hotter than the high 20s. Rainfall is always a possibility in Munich even at the height of summer, so do leave space in your luggage for your brolly. Spring and autumn tend to be pleasant times to visit the city, with plenty of crisp, clear days and weather that is rarely too hot or too cold for sightseeing on foot. The city has a host of festivals and cultural events throughout the year, and there´s never really a ´wrong´ time to come here - each season has its own appeal.

Winter Wonderland

Snow is common in Munich during the winter months of December, January and February, and the snowfall lends a fairytale quality to the turreted buildings that are typical of the city and its surrounds. Skiers often head to Munich en-route to the mountain terrain that can be found within two hours´drive of the city, and it´s well worth spending a few days here to see the best of the city before heading out to the slopes. December is a wonderful time to visit Munich, when the city´s public squares hold lively Christmas markets selling everything from handicrafts to delicious local food such as cheeses, sausages, cakes and biscuits. A warming mug of spicy gluhwein (mulled wine), is just the thing to keep the chill out as you browse the stalls. This being Germany, there are also plenty of stalls and tents selling beer, and the proceedings tend to get very lively as the night draws in. Tourists flock to Munich during December for the markets, so do book your accommodation in advance.

Summer Fun

From June to the end of August, Munich sees plenty of warm, sunny days, with temperatures in the high 20s not uncommon. The German summer is another peak tourist season, so do be aware that you´ll have less elbow room than at other times of the year. Budget travelers looking for cheap hostel accommodation in Munich should book well in advance, as the best deals are snapped up quickly. The summer film festival, which runs for 24 days, is a key reason for tourists to come to Munich du during the summer, with plenty of free screenings and events.

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest - that riotous, beer-sodden festival that takes place throughout Germany in, unsurprisingly, October, is a major event in Munich, with much revelry in the streets and public squares of the city. Expect much music, dancing, eating and - of course - drinking. Lightweights be warned, Germans really do like their beer, and lots of it. Happily, German beers are among the best in the world, so seize the opportunity to sample as many as you can.

 

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