The onset of winter hit the Munich area in full force. On Saturday, from Unterschleißheim via Ottobrunn to the Isar and Würm valleys, there was virtually nothing left on the roads and rails. Indoor swimming pools remained closed because the masses of snow pushed the statics of the roofs to their limits, and sporting events were canceled. Emergency services speak of sometimes chaotic conditions; they expect significant disruption to public life until Sunday; Local passenger transport – especially the Munich S-Bahn on the outer branches – is still massively restricted.
Already on Saturday morning, the community of Pullach warned its citizens of an “exceptional winter situation”. The Christmas market took place despite the massive snowfall of up to half a meter. The cemetery in the community was closed because the paths were partly slippery, and the leisure pool could not open because the snow load on the flat roof was too serious.
In Ottobrunn, almost 50 volunteers from the volunteer fire department had been on duty since 7 a.m., including shoveling the roof of the Phönixbad. It also remains closed on Sundays. Fire brigade commander Eduard Klas, who was on constant duty himself, reported significant restrictions on traffic in the community. “All streets, including the main streets, are covered in snow. Vehicles keep breaking down on side streets,” said the top civil protection officer in the Munich district. He appealed to all citizens in the Munich district to only undertake absolutely necessary journeys.
The fire brigades were also constantly busy removing fallen trees from the streets and gardens and sawing off “trees that were already cracked,” as Klas says, in order to prevent anything worse from happening. Operations in the ice rink in Ottobrunn had to be stopped.
The Munich S-Bahn had already completely stopped operations on all external branches on Saturday morning. Anyone who wanted to take public transport to the state capital or from the city of Munich to the district had to resort to buses, which, however, only ran sporadically and were sometimes completely overcrowded. The U 6 was already interrupted between Alte Heide and Garching on Saturday morning, and the tram to Grünwald is also not running.
In Unterschleißheim, the service employees were in constant use from 4 a.m. to clear snow from the main traffic routes through the city; Only then were the sidewalks and side streets cleared. There was a lot of praise and recognition on social networks for the service company’s work. “Many thanks to all the snow clearers who have been trying to conquer the never-ending masses of snow since yesterday afternoon,” wrote a woman from Unterschleißheim on Facebook. There were also reports of neighborly cooperation to clear snow from their surroundings.
In Ottobrunn, despite the severe onset of winter, the market took place in the center of the town. There, too, the few stand operators and visitors pitched in themselves and cleared the market. Mayor Thomas Loderer (CSU) thanked the emergency services, saying they were doing a great job.
Numerous football games have been canceled
The fate of FC Bayern, who had to cancel their Bundesliga game against Union Berlin in the Fröttmaninger Arena, was also shared by all footballers from the Munich district. There were already a hail of game cancellations on Friday evening, so the TSV Grünwald kickers stayed at home this Saturday; they were actually supposed to play in the state league at TSV Kastl.
Ottobrunn’s fire brigade commander Eduard Klas still cannot give the all-clear. “It’s supposed to be very cold on Saturday evening and continue to snow. Stay at home!” he said in the afternoon and expressed his respect to his comrades from the fire and rescue services. “Some of them have been in constant use since Friday evening and that will continue. But a situation like this shows what potential we have.”