My favorite time of the year is late March. You know, this in-between season. Winter is still here, and on some days the weather still can hit you hard. But on the other side you catch the first sunrays of spring, and the snow is melting. That’s my time of the year. And where? Sitting outside in a street café in Haidhausen.
Usually cold. There can be sunshine, there can be rain, there can be snow, there can be a mix of all three. Anything is possible, so if you pack for lows around freezing temperature, you won’t do anything wrong.
On most winter days, you may want to wear winter clothes and a woolen hat, scarf and gloves. Put on a coat, warm pants and boots. Generally, we suggest you wear layers that can be taken off when we go inside for food and drinks.
Please wear comfortable shoes. As we will be walking most of the time, and since some street surfaces in Munich’s historic center are made of cobblestone, you may want to put on your flats. Streets can be covered in snow, so consider bringing heavier boots in wintertime.
Spring is initially cold, with high chances of some last snowfalls in March. In April, it gradually becomes milder, but there can still be late snowfalls and frosts. The day temperatures will vary from around 10 °C (50 °F) to almost summer-like degrees. But even after a very warm spring day, the night will usually remain rather cold. Typically, in May the temperatures become higher with some pleasantly warm days around 25 °C (77 °F).
Anything really, as long as it is good for cold, moderate and warm weather at the same time. Munich locals prefer to choose something we call the “onion look”, meaning we wear layers that we can either add on to when it’s cold or take off as the sun warms up the air.
We suggest your wear comfortable shoes. As we will be walking most of the time and parts of Munich’s historic center are covered in cobblestone, your flats are always the best option. Maybe decent sneakers or light boots, depending on the outside temperature.
Summers in Munich are nice and warm, sometimes even hot – over 30°C (in the upper 80’s °F). Be ready for occasional thunderstorms, bringing heavy rains and a sudden drop in temperature. But thankfully, these events never last long. We’d like to mention another phenomenon that is typical for Munich: Föhn, a warm and dry wind that descends from the Bavarian Alps in the south. On those days, you get exceptional views from Munich up to the mountains as the air becomes very clear.
Summer in the city can be really hot, so light summer clothing should be fine, maybe with a light jacket to cover you as it gets cooler in the evenings. But even in the heat of the summer, an umbrella can come in handy in case of sudden downpours. A hat to protect you from the sun is always a good idea in summertime.
In general, clothes that cover knees and shoulders (long pants/skirts and middle- to long-sleeved shirts, maybe a shawl to cover bare shoulders) are the appropriate choice for visiting religious sites, e.g. the catholic churches in the center of Munich.
Maybe open shoes for hot and dry summer days or light flat shoes, maybe rainproof, for cool and wet days. At any rate, please wear comfortable shoes as we will be walking most of the time and parts of Munich’s historic center are covered in cobblestone.
Autumn is initially pleasant, especially in September, before it gradually becomes colder and rainier. October is often “golden”, as we enjoy colored leaves on the trees and sunny blue skies. Prepare for night frosts in November, often following misty overcast days with low temperatures. Föhn – mountain winds – can cause mild and clear days.
Usually spring/autumn clothes, worn in layers, with a warm jacket and sweater for the evening and for colder days.
We suggest your wear comfortable shoes since we will be walking most of the time. As parts of Munich’s historic center are covered in cobblestone, you might not opt for high heels. How about decent flats, sneakers or light boots, depending on the outside temperature? On rainy days, make sure your shoes are not likely to get soaked too easily.