Last updated: 02.12.2023, 06:14 a.m.
By: Lukas Schierlinger
A turbulent weather situation has Bavaria under control. Train services to and from Munich were initially suspended. The most important news at a glance.
Munich – Snow and ice have caused chaos on the roads and railways in southern Bavaria. Numerous railway lines around the state capital Munich had to be closed on Saturday night (2 December), as Deutsche Bahn (DB) announced.
Weather chaos in Bavaria: People have to spend the night on trains
Train services to and from Munich's main station were initially suspended. In Ulm and Munich, passengers had to spend the night on trains. Subways, buses and trams also stopped running in the Bavarian capital for the time being.
There were numerous accidents on the roads in Bavaria – most of which resulted in property damage. According to the German Weather Service, the wintry weather will remain for the time being. In the south, heavy snowfall is expected to continue until the afternoon. Between Munich-Pasing and Fürstenfeldbruck, between Tutzing (Starnberg district) and Weilheim in Upper Bavaria as well as between Neukirchen and Vilseck (both in the Amberg-Sulzbach district), trains had to stop at the stations due to fallen trees. Rail replacement services could not be offered due to the weather-related situation on the roads, it was said.
Train services to and from Munich suspended
Delays and train cancellations must be expected. As a dpa reporter reported, in the early morning hours a train coming from Stuttgart had to be converted into a hotel train at Ulm main station. DB also provided a train for stranded passengers at Munich Central Station. According to a DB spokeswoman, it was initially unclear how many trains had to cancel their journeys for the time being.
In large parts of Bavaria it snowed heavily in the night to Saturday. © Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/dpa
The police in the Free State reported numerous minor accidents on the roads. In Upper Bavaria, Lower Bavaria, Middle Franconia and Swabia, however, it was mainly sheet metal damage and minor injuries. Especially in Swabia, smaller roads had to be closed due to fallen trees.
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Request to people in Bavaria: "If you don't have to leave home, you should stay there"
On Saturday morning, the Police Headquarters Upper Bavaria South addressed Bavaria's citizens with an explicit request: "Police, rescue service, fire brigade and clearance services are in continuous operation for YOU. The removal of traffic obstacles will continue at least until late morning. Avoid side roads and wooded areas. If you don't have to leave your home, you should stay there in the morning. If you have an accident or breakdown, there will be delays in getting help."