Best time to visit Munich

Ensure your time in Munich is everything you want by choosing the best time to visit for your itinerary.

Honestly, there's no black and white answer to the question of the best time to visit Munich. The top months depends on what you’ve come to the city to do.

Here’s all you need to know about visiting, from weather to events.

Best time to visit Munich

March to May, unless you’re visiting for Oktoberfest.

Why?

The end of March to the end of May is spring in Munich. At this time of year the city starts to warm up and the thermometer inches above freezing to daily highs of 9°C, then 13°C, then 18°C.

Visit Munich in spring and you’ll miss the crowds that summer brings. You’ll miss out on potential heatwaves if you visit at this time of year, too.

Although average daily highs in Munich in summer sit around 23°C, it’s not unknown for the city to experience temperatures in the 30s.


Overview

Munich experiences four seasons. Summer runs from June to August and sees temperatures of around 23°C envelop the city. Autumn lasts from September to November and the mercury starts to fall to anywhere between 19° and 5°C. Winters between December and February get cold and bring snow and minus temperatures.

Spring lasts from March to May and brings warmer weather of 9° to 18°C with it.


Weather and prices

Best time to visit Munich weatherwise: April to June.

Cheapest time to visit Munich: January to March.


Best time to visit Munich for...

  • Sightseeing. Spring is the optimal time for sightseeing in Munich. Attraction queues are shorter than in summer and the weather is warm enough to make exploring the parks and city squares enjoyable.
  • Christmas markets. Munich’s festive markets spring up on Marienplatz around 27 November every year and last until Christmas Eve. They’re busy from the start to the finish, so there’s not really any better time to visit to avoid the crowds.
  • Festivals. Despite its name, Munich’s massive beer festival Oktoberfest kicks off at the end of September and runs for 16 to 18 days. The first day of the festival and the Saturday nights are the busiest times. If you want to avoid the biggest crowds it’s best to visit mid-week. No matter when you plan to visit, you’ll need to book accommodation and beer tent seats in advance as it fills up fast.

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