Munich Weather Guide
Munich has a continental climate that’s influenced by its proximity to the Bavarian Alps. Summers are warm with occasional showers, while winters are cold with snow in the mountains. Munich also experiences a warm downwind from the Alps called the Föhn that can raise temps even in winter.
Season and Clothing
Summer: June to August
June to August is peak tourist season in Munich with warm, pleasant weather and plenty of summertime festivals. While daytime temps are usually around the mid-20s, the mercury can sometimes climb over 35 degrees Celsius in summer with July the hottest month. Festivals to check out include the City Foundation Festival in mid-June, the Munich Film Festival of international flicks in June and July, and the multicultural Tollwood Summer Festival in July with music, theatre and food.
Average temperatures: 10 – 23 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: T-shirts, shorts, pants and dresses.
Don’t forget: A jumper for cool nights.
Autumn: September to November
Late September to early October is the annual Oktoberfest – the world’s largest public festival - so expect massive crowds in dirndls and lederhosen brandishing steins. Leaf changes and sunny warm days (known as altweibersommer) continue through to October, but November brings a dramatic change with cold, rain and fog. The Munich Marathon also runs through town in mid-October. September and October is a great time to see the changing countryside and go for a hike.
Average temperatures: 0 – 20 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Clothes for layering like pants, tops and jumpers.
Don’t forget: A coat and walking boots.
Winter: December to February
Despite the cold, December and January is a popular time to visit Munich when the snowfall makes the holiday season that more festive. February is low tourist season and much quieter with less crowds. January is usually the coldest month when temps have been known to drop to -20 degrees Celsius. Winter in Munich is a great time to hit the ski slopes or visit the magical Christmas Markets (Christkindlmarkt). Don’t miss Fasching – Munich’s carnival season with 6 weeks of festivities.
Average temperatures: -6 – 2 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Coat, jeans, pants, long-sleeve tops and knits.
Don’t forget: Scarves, gloves and beanies.
Spring: March to May
This is a great time to visit Munich after the winter thaw when the warmer weather and spring blooms make for ideal conditions to enjoy the Bavarian outdoors. Head here in late spring to take advantage of fewer crowds and agreeable weather to check out the beer gardens and alfresco cafes. There’s also a mini-Oktoberfest called the Munich Spring Festival in April with beer tents and funfair rides, plus May’s Lange Nacht der Musik with music concerts across 100 stages for one night only.
Average temperatures: -2 – 18 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Clothes for layering like t-shirts, pants, jeans and hoodies.
Don’t forget: Good walking shoes.