Last updated: 04.12.2023, 05:08 a.m.
By: Elisa Buhrke, Marcus Giebel
Snow, snow and much more snow. Due to the severe winter weather, life in Munich and the surrounding area is largely at a standstill.
- The full closure at Munich Central Station has been lifted. Currently, there are only a few express trains to and from Nuremberg and Stuttgart.
- The Munich S-Bahn is still paralyzed on Sunday. Only one shuttle train on the main line runs every 20 minutes. The BRB's entire network is also expected to be out of service for the entire Sunday – with one exception.
- In Munich, the subway and buses run, although there may be irregularities. Tram service is suspended.
Update, 16:50 p.m.: According to Deutsche Bahn, severe restrictions in train traffic must also be expected on Monday. The situation will only improve in the "coming days", especially in regional transport, according to DB. Especially south of Munich, most of the trains will be cancelled on Monday - for example between Munich, Weilheim and the Garmisch area (Werdenfelsbahn).
Trains will also not be able to run between Munich and Salzburg/Innsbruck and between Munich and Lindau/Oberstdorf. There will also be no train services on the Ulm diesel network, on the Danube-Isar Express (RE3) as well as between Freising and Landshut (RB33) and on the Buchloe suburban service (RB74). Unfortunately, due to the large number of affected routes, it is not possible to provide a reliable bus replacement service.
Severely restricted train traffic also on Monday - S-Bahn traffic continues with "major impairments"
The situation in S-Bahn traffic in Munich will also not have improved significantly on Monday: "There will also continue to be major disruptions to S-Bahn traffic on the Munich S-Bahn on Monday. In the meantime, a first stretch in the outdoor area is passable again. This means that the S8 between Westkreuz and the airport can run regularly again. S-Bahn trains have been running again on the main line since Saturday, where there is currently a shuttle service every 20 minutes. The aim is to be able to reopen further sections of the route by Monday morning," DB said in its official statement.
Update, 16:37 p.m.: Today, Sunday, no rail service can be resumed in any of the BRB networks. According to DB Netz AG, which is responsible for the infrastructure, the Chiemgau-Inntal network is not expected to start operations until Tuesday at the earliest.
Update, 16:28 p.m.: Rail operations in southern Bavaria are gradually resuming. In the afternoon, GoAhead Bavaria announced: "For the railway company Go-Ahead Bavaria, train operations south of the Danube are slowly becoming possible again. Some sections of the route are still blocked by fallen trees, some of the overhead lines have come down; several of the electric multiple units are blocked on sidings due to defective overhead lines, without electricity and snowed in.
Closure at Munich Central Station lifted: Traffic slowly resumes
They only have to be put back into operation after the systems have been repaired by DB Netz. As soon as circumstances permit, Go-Ahead will gradually resume train services and provide information via the electronic timetable media."
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Update, 11:30 a.m.: The greater Munich area is still only accessible to a very limited extent by train, DB informs on its website. However, the complete closure at the main station has now been lifted - currently "few long-distance trains are running to and from Munich". Only on the routes to and from Nuremberg and Stuttgart there are currently isolated connections again.
The situation is different on southbound routes: According to DB, no long-distance traffic is expected to run between the following destinations until Monday:
- Munich - Salzburg
- Munich - Innsbruck
- Munich - Lindau/Zurich
- Stuttgart - Singen/Zurich
Furthermore, train traffic to and from Munich Central Station is very limited. © IMAGO/Frank Hoermann / SVEN SIMON
BRB and Munich S-Bahn continue to be paralyzed
It is also expected that no train will be able to run on the BRB networks on Sunday. "Snow clearing and damage repair work is ongoing," the company informed in the morning. Only in the Chiemgau-Inntal network could operations possibly be resumed in the late afternoon. However, the BRB has not yet been able to make a binding statement on this.
The Munich S-Bahn also reports that train traffic on all lines in the outdoor area is completely cancelled. Only on the main line between Leuchtenbergring and Westkreuz does a shuttle train run every 20 minutes. There will be no rail replacement service.
Deutsche Bahn advises passengers to postpone their journey to Munich
Deutsche Bahn advises long-distance passengers to and from Munich to postpone their journey to Tuesday, December 5, or to a later day at the earliest. Due to "the weather-related restrictions", it is likely that only "a very limited train service will be possible". The few trains that are running are again very busy.
If you have a ticket for the period from 2 to 4 December inclusive, you can postpone your trip to a later day free of charge. The train connection has been lifted.
No train service possible: Munich Central Station closed
Update, December 3, 08:15 a.m.: Munich's main train station is still paralyzed due to the strong onset of winter. As a DB spokeswoman told the German Press Agency, the closure will last at least until 10 a.m. on Sunday. Operations should resume as soon as possible. But before that, helicopters would have to be used to carry out control flights along the routes. Daylight is required for this. Trees that had collapsed under the weight of snow had blocked railway lines on Saturday night. Until Monday, there will be massive restrictions in rail traffic, according to the spokeswoman.
Munich S-Bahn is paralyzed: Shuttle train on main line – buses run, tram not
The Munich S-Bahn is also hit hard by the winter weather: According to its website, train traffic on all lines in the outdoor area is still completely suspended. Only on the main line between Munich Leuchtenbergring and Munich Westkreuz there is an S-Bahn shuttle service every 20 minutes on Sundays. There is also no rail replacement service "due to the weather conditions".
Long-distance and regional services at Munich Central Station continue to be paralyzed. © IMAGO / Sven Simon
Meanwhile, at least buses are running again in Munich. According to MVG, however, there are major irregularities due to snow and ice. The tram is still out of service, the metro is running according to schedule.
Since Saturday night, heavy snowfall and icy conditions have led to outages, especially in large parts of southern Germany. Munich Airport had also capitulated, and operations have been running again since Sunday morning at 6 a.m. Here, too, however, passengers must continue to expect restrictions. Meanwhile, the situation in road traffic eased on Sunday morning. According to the DWD forecast, there is expected to be largely no fresh snow on Sunday.
Chaos at Munich's main train station continues until Monday
Update from 2 December, 11.15 a.m.: The chaos at the railway will continue into the new week. As a spokeswoman for the company told the German Press Agency (dpa), severe disruptions to rail traffic in southern Germany are to be expected until Monday. Munich's main train station will not be accessible all Saturday long. In addition, overhead lines are iced over.
Meanwhile, Munich Airport will remain closed until at least 6 a.m. on Sunday. Passengers who plan to fly on Sunday should check the status of their flight. According to a Lufthansa spokesman, the closure is also affecting other airports, including significant restrictions in Frankfurt.
Winter in autumn: Munich's main train station is cut off - public transport is paralyzed
First reported on 2 December: Munich – Winter is here. Enormously early. And on top of that, with snowfalls that haven't been seen for many years. The consequences for many people are devastating. Also in Munich. The main train station in the Bavarian capital cannot be approached for the time being. Public transport is also paralyzed, and after buses and trams, the S-Bahn trains are also getting an unexpected breather.
The onset of winter in Munich: Rail passengers spend the night on the train
Deutsche Bahn does not expect a quick improvement. On the contrary, the restrictions are expected to last the whole of Saturday – at least. Since it has been snowing continuously since Thursday morning, the company recommends "postponing travel to and from Munich".
According to a reporter from the German Press Agency (dpa), a train coming from Stuttgart had to be converted into overnight accommodation at Ulm station in the early hours of the morning. A train was also provided at Munich Central Station for this purpose.
According to a spokeswoman for the company, it is not possible to keep track of how many trains had to abandon their journeys due to the extremely adverse weather conditions. Between Munich-Pasing and Fürstenfeldbruck, between Tutzing in the district of Starnberg and Weilheim in Upper Bavaria as well as between Neukirchen and Vilseck (both in the district of Amberg-Sulzbach), trains had to stop in the station due to fallen trees. Rail replacement services were not offered due to road conditions.
Operation in the snow: The emergency services are currently in high demand in and around Munich. © IMAGO / Thomas Vonier
Snowfall in Munich: Airport suspends operations – hundreds of flights cancelled
At Munich Airport, too, nothing works for the time being. However, it was initially hoped that operations could be resumed from 12 noon. By morning, 320 of the 760 flights scheduled for the day had already been canceled. Passengers should check the status of their flight before travelling to the airport.
The German Weather Service issues a level 3 severe weather warning for the south and southeast of Bavaria. For the region "south of a line from the Upper Palatinate to Lake Constance", "significant snowfall in some areas" is to be expected. The intensity is expected to subside by the evening, but another one to five centimeters of fresh snow is to be expected, "south of Munich extending to the Allgäu and Berchtesgadener Land" even five to ten centimeters, "locally in traffic jams" up to 15 centimeters.
Scenes from the main train station: The train breaks down and the passengers are stranded in Munich. © fkn
Heavy snowfall in Munich: Police warn motorists – trees block roads
It also warns that roads may be "impassable in places". In addition, there is a risk that "trees will collapse under the weight of the snow". Car journeys should be avoided. There were numerous accidents in southern Bavaria, but in most cases there was no damage to property.
The police of Upper Bavaria South asked citizens to stay at home, rescue and clearance services were in continuous operation. Many smaller roads outside of built-up areas are heavily snowed or blocked by fallen trees.
The Munich police ask you to refrain from "unnecessary trips" until the streets are cleared by the clearing services. Before starting the journey, the car should be completely cleared of snow, including the roof. (mg, with dpa)