Snow in December?

Question:

On 26 October, 2012 Karen asked:

Your information is always so very helpful. So for the clothes and boots we are set. Does is rain a lot in December?
Have a few questions if you have time to answer :-
1. Are there are guided tours to Neuschwanstein Castle where you can get into the castle? In their website it says that you have to be part of a tour to be allowed in.
2. Is there a tour to visit BMW museum and Allianz Arena cause that is my husband's wish?
3. We would like to see the snow - do you think we can find any villages that have a christmas market where there is snow during December (some of them in pictures do)?

SO once again I would like to thank you for your time and suggestions. Take care,

Answer:

Hi Karen,

It’s more likely to snow than rain in December, and if it does rain it’ll probably be just a light, cold drizzle. Some years Munich is blanketed in a beautiful coat of snow, other years it will just snow a little and the snow won’t stay on the ground.

According to www.weatherspark.com, on an average December day there is a: 40 per cent chance of moderate snow, 13 per cent chance of light snow, 29 per cent chance of moderate rain and a 10 per cent chance of light rain.
Altogether, there’s about a 72 per cent chance of some kind of precipitation in Munich in December, hence the need for good waterproof boots!

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Selling Christmas trees on a snow-covered Odeonsplatz, Munich in December.


As to your other questions:
1. Yes, you can’t just wander around Neuschwanstein Castle by yourself, you have to buy a ticket at the ticket office near the castle. Then you go up to the castle itself and you might have to wait for a bit before you can go in with a group and a guide will show you through the rooms.
For more details practical details on Neuschwanstein, see my page here: Neuschwanstein Castle Info. You can even book a tour of Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace (King Ludwig II’s other creation) by bus from Munich. See here for more details


2. You can of course do a tour of the BMW Museum and the Allianz Arena. For more details on the BMW Museum, see my page here: BMW Welt and the official website here www.bmw-welt.com
For Allianz Arena, see the Destination Munich page here: Allianz Arena and the official website here: allianz-arena.de

3. If there isn’t much snow around Munich but you’d like to see a white-coated Christmas Market my advice is: head south! There’s a greater chance of seeing snow the closer you get to the Alps.
Some lovely sub-Alpine towns with Christmas markets include: Füssen (just near Neuschwanstein Castle, Oberammergau, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Rosenheim. So once again good luck! I hope this information will prove helpful.

Greetings from Munich!

Stuart


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