Severe snowfall disrupted travel plans for thousands of people in Munich on Saturday, leading to the cancellation of approximately 760 flights at Munich Airport, according to an airport spokesperson who spoke with CNN.
The wintry weather also wreaked havoc on ground transportation, with buses, trams, and certain train services suspended across the city, as reported by Munich’s public transport company. The central train station in Munich was closed for arrivals, and long-distance train services were entirely suspended, according to Germany’s national railway company, Deutsche Bahn.
Deutsche Bahn issued a warning, stating that rail traffic would be “impacted severely” until Monday, further exacerbating the travel woes for commuters and travelers alike. Süddeutsche Zeitung, a regional newspaper, reported that Munich’s main station witnessed a surge of stranded passengers, with some expressing their frustration about the lack of information regarding their travel options.
“I’ve been sitting here in this place since one o’clock in the morning,” lamented one passenger, while another said, “We just want to know if there’s still a chance of getting out of here.”
As the snowfall intensified, Munich police urged residents not to use their cars unless absolutely necessary. Some areas in southern Bavaria were even advised against leaving their homes entirely due to the treacherous conditions, a spokesperson for Munich police told CNN.
The adverse weather conditions also led to the postponement of a highly anticipated football match between Bayern Munich and Union Berlin. In a statement, Bayern Munich cited “safety risks and the traffic situation” as unavoidable reasons for the cancellation.
The challenge posed by the snowstorm was underscored by Bavarian public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk, which reported that Munich experienced a record-breaking 44 centimeters of snow—the most ever recorded in December since records began in 1933.
With the snowfall expected to continue impacting the region until at least Monday, authorities and transportation officials are urging residents and travelers to exercise caution and stay updated on the latest information regarding travel disruptions and safety advisories.