Munich, Germany: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Munich, Germany? Munich is a huge city rich with culture and history. It's a great city to go to if you love beer and great food.

Not to mention so many different and diverse events are held all year long. If you're planning to go to Munich, this article contains some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.

When to go to Munich, Germany

Based on the climate and weather in Munich, the best time to go is August. December is also a great time to go, so you can experience the Christmas markets. See below for details.

Important essentials for Munich, Germany

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Munich, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • N95 masks for crowded airports

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What to wear/what to pack for Munich, Germany by month

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January

In January, Munich is freezing. Temperatures routinely are in the 30s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the 20s F (single digits below 0 C). This is also a rainy time for Munich, with several of the days of the month having rain. In January, humidity reaches as high as 80%. Additionally, it is breezy.

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One of the cool events that you can do in January is attend the popular 'Holiday on Ice' event. Here you can get to see many of the world's best skaters as they perform impressive formations and tricks on the ice.

Another event that is happening in January is the Circus Krone. It's set in a 3000 seat venue and is a spectacle that is good for all ages. It is Europe's biggest circus and it's sure not to disappoint.

Lastly, in January you can could attend a Food Tasting Tour. Here you can taste a lot of great food from the city including beverages too.

February

February in Munich is cold. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 20s F (single digits below 0 C), with a few days below 5 F (10+ below zero C). But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 70% to 80% range on average.

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What to do in Munich in February:

During February you can go to the annual f.r.e.e trade fair event. This is a four-day event where you can go the largest "travel and leisure fair in Bavaria". In this event you will see and do lots of things that involves outdoor activities. You can climb steep rocks faces or even practice to paddle.

For an exciting excursion, take a 'Neuschwanstein Castle Tour. It is here you can see the castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof built by King Ludwig II back in the 19th century. There's a lot to see here for history buffs.

Since February is the last month of winter in Munich, you can take the chance to visit Sudelfeld Bayrischzell which is the country's "largest continuous ski resort". This is a fun place to be if you like skiing and/or snowboarding.

March

March in Munich can be brisk. The rain/snow can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 40s F (single digits C) to high 40s F (single digits C).

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What to do in Munich in March:

In March, one activity to try is a Segway Tour that takes you around Munich. It's a fun and educational way to learn about the city. This should be appropriate for all ages.

If you are an adult and love beer, then you should attend the legendary Starkbierfest which is a beer festival. As the name suggests, you can attend this event to taste a lot of beer from all around the world. This event lasts for three weeks starting in March.

For any international film buffs out there, March also hosts the 'Turkish Film Days' event. At the Projektor cinema, you can get to watch many award-winning films, short films and documentaries.

April

In April, Munich is pretty cool. Temperatures routinely are in the low 50s F (low 10s C) and occasionally jump into the 60s F (high 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the 30s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Munich, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In April, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

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Spring is here in April and one thing you can do this month is attend the fun Frühlingsfest (spring festival). This is a fun event that the whole family can enjoy. The kids can do the huge rides and shooting galleries. For the parents and adults, they can have beer and the beer tents and grab some food too.

For people that like to go shopping, Munich hosts the annual 'Flea market on the Theresienwiese'. You can buy lots of different things since many sellers are there. This is great for visitors and Munich citizens alike.

Lastly, consider a Nymphenburg Palace Tour. This is a tour where you can explore the legendary and historic Nymphenburg palace. Outside of the palace you can look at the lovely park gardens too.

May

May in Munich can be chilly. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 60s F (high 10s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

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In May people like to dress up for the annual 'Auer Dult - Maidult' event. Around 100,000 guests attend in traditional costumes for this fun Spring event. There are carousels, play houses, and candy floss for kids. Beer and food is also provided for parents and adults.

For an adult activity, why not treat yourself and book a Beer and Food tour. This is for adults where you can see beer halls, beer gardens and see the city's culture and cuisine.

May also hosts the annual 'Long Night of Music' event. This event is held in many different venues across the city. Many musicians and bands from many genres are available to listen and see here.

June

If you visit Munich during June, you might find that it is balmy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

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What to do in Munich in June:

With the start of Summer, June is a great month to go to the Tollwood festival at Olympiapark. This is a month long festival featuring music, theatre productions, acrobatic performances and much more. Beer and organic international food is also available.

Another activity that couples can do is try a guided Road Trip. This is a tour where you can see the likes of Harburg Castle and other historical sites. You also have some free time to shop and explore on your own at each stop.

For those of you that like shopping, June also hosts the Midnightbazar. This is basically a Night Flea Market that is held inside the Olympic Stadium. Aside from things to buy, live music and street food is also available for attendees. Over 500 exhibitors attend this fun event.

July

July in this region is mild. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

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What to do in Munich in July:

In July one thing you might want to attend is the Open Air Sommernachtstraum. This is a great night event to see some diverse and colorful fireworks. Some bands and artists also perform to entertain attendees.

If you want to explore more of the city, you can book the Munich by Rail tour. You start riding the train from Munich and then it takes you to the city of Salzburg in Austria. Some free time for site seeing and exploring is also offered.

Classical music lovers might want to attend the Classic at Odeonsplatz. This is an open air concert that features some of the best orchestras from around the world. Famous and talented musicians won't disappoint you.

August

If you vacation in Munich during August, you will probably see that it is balmy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 50s F (low 10s C). Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

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What to do in Munich in August:

In August, if you like to drink, try a Beer and Food Tour in Munich. In this fun tour can you experience Bavarian beer halls, beer culture and bar snacks. You also get to see Beer Gardens and visit the Beer and Oktoberfest Museum too.

August is also a month you can attend the 'Open-air cinema at the Olympic lake'. The evening air is perfect at this time of year to see cinemas outside. Drinks and snacks are also available for cinema goers. Indie films and blockbusters are provided.

Lastly, you can go to the Summer festival "impark" in August. This is a carnival festival that is held inside the famous Olympic Park. Lots of rides are here including a huge Ferris Wheel. Music and fireworks brighten up the atmosphere in this fun three week event.

September

September in this region is mild. Temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

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What to do in Munich in September:

Probably the most famous event to attend in Munich is the annual Oktoberfest. The event usually runs from mid September until early October. This event loads of beer tents and also some rides. Definitely a great event to attend if you are a responsible adult.

Another fun thing you can do in September is watch the 'Traditional Costume and Hunter's Parade'. This parade has been going on since 1950 and it includes marching bands, costume club members and musicians just to name a few.

This is a great time to see the city via a Hop-on Hop-off bus tour. This is a great bus tour to see the likes of Marienplatz, Hofbrauhaus, Viktualienmarkt and more. Very fun for those that want to explore more of Munich.

October

October in Munich can be brisk. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 40s F (single digits C), with a few days below 32 F (single digits C). But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 70% to 80% range on average.

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What to do in Munich in October:

You can still be outside in October, so you might want to book a Bike Tour. This is a trip where you can learn more about the city's culture and history. You will also see famous landmarks like English Garden, Odeonsplatz, and more. Food and drinks are available when you stop at the Chinese Tower beer garden.

If you are fit and healthy, you might want to try out the Munich Marathon. There's the full 42.2 km or you can do the 10km or 21km races. Races are also available for young people 14 years and under. The marathon ends at Olympic Park and you are treated to Bavarian breakfast after the run.

Another event that you might want to go to is the Auer Dult Kirchweihdult. This hosts the largest tableware market in Europe. Lots of household accessories and clothing is available for you to buy. Snacks and beer stalls are here as well as rides for the kids.

November

In November, Munich is brisk. Temperatures routinely are in the 40s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the low 30s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Munich, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In November, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

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November means we are closer to the Holiday season, and this marks the start of the Christmas Village at Residence event. This is a literal Christmas village that has a small chapel and nativity scene. Wine and rubbing cake is available to buy. You will also hear tons of Christmas carols while you are there.

Another flea market type event that you can go to is the MS Winter Bazaar. There are lots of bargains to be scored in this event that takes place at the MVG Museum. Proceeds to the event go to people suffering from multiple sclerosis.

If you want to see more of the city with your own guide, book a guided tour, where you can learn more about the city and culture of Munich.

December

In December, Munich is cold. Temperatures routinely are in the high 30s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C). This is also a rainy time for Munich, with several of the days of the month having rain. In December, humidity reaches as high as 90%.

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What to do in Munich in December:

With Christmas just around the corner, you might want to visit the Christmas market at Marienplatz. This event happens throughout the whole month until Christmas Eve, and it's a fun place to be. There is Christmas music, handicrafts, and lots of stalls. Not to mention you can see a huge Christmas tree.

Another great event that happens in December is the Tollwood Winter Festival. This is an awesome Christmas market that features street theatre, artwork, concerts and food. It's also great since most events here are offered for free.

For a more relaxing activity, book a Walking Tour, and walk around and see the sights of the city with an excellent guide. You will also hear more about the city's rich history and see famous landmarks.

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