From the moment you arrive at the main train station or at the airport gate to the day you leave Munich, for every stage of your journey there are measures in place to make your stay in the city as safe and as enjoyable as possible.
Before you board your flight to Munich, you should check-in online or use the self-service check-in kiosks at your home airport. Just as you do on the plane, you must wear a face mask in all areas of Munich Airport from the moment you arrive. For additional protection, clear acrylic screens have been installed in areas where passengers and employees are in direct contact, such as check-in and service desks. A large number of shops and restaurants in the airport have reopened. Please check the Munich Airport website to also see which lounges are now open again.
If you are travelling by rail, you must wear a cloth face mask while on the train, on the platform and in all areas of the train station. Passengers should make use of all doors when boarding and disembarking. For your safety, clear acrylic panels have been installed at all DB travel centre counters and information desks, and also at the tourist information points in the Hauptbahnhof train station and on Marienplatz. Ticket inspections on all trains are conducted visually and without contact. DB has increased its cleaning staff to ensure the highest possible standards of hygiene. Staff clean the trains at each stop and also clean the toilets, handrails, door handles and door buttons while the trains are travelling, as well as the ticket and snack machines at the various stations. In addition, they regularly refill the soap and disinfectant dispensers on trains, in service centres and in bathrooms.
Dining cars on ICE and IC trains have now reopened. All guests using these facilities must provide their contact details. These details include each guest’s name and telephone number so that they can be contacted if a confirmed case is later discovered to have been in the vicinity. Guests are asked only to remove their face masks while eating and drinking, and to spend no more than 45 minutes at the table. Drinks and meals are also available to take away. Deutsche Bahn has suspended all table service in its First Class carriages for the time being.
The DB lounge in Munich train station has reopened. Guests in the DB lounge must also provide their contact details, and access is only permitted if there are seats free. The number of seats in the lounge has been reduced to accommodate social distancing. Travellers are asked to sanitise their hands when entering the DB lounge and to wear a face mask throughout their visit.
The regulations in place on Deutsche Bahn trains also apply to public transport as a whole. Additionally, windows should remain open as much as possible, especially on the U-Bahn. Please use the rear doors when getting on and off buses, as the doors beside the driver will not open.
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When travelling by taxi you should of course wear a cloth mask, as well as washing your hands thoroughly before and after your journey and sitting as far as possible from the driver. Drivers will regularly ventilate their vehicles and sanitise all contact areas for added safety.
High hygiene standards are naturally also in place across Munich’s hotel industry, with hotels implementing exemplary hygiene practices. Clear acrylic panels have been installed in reception areas, and sanitiser is available for guest use at numerous points throughout the buildings. Rooms are disinfected and hand towels, glasses and kettles, for example, are replaced before and after each guest’s arrival. Hotels have also ensured that there is sufficient space between tables in their dining areas, and buffets will not be on offer for the foreseeable future. Breakfast is also ordered a la carte and served at the table. Guests are urged to wear face masks when moving through the building, and are also requested to observe an appropriate distance from other guests who are not members of the same household.
When dining outdoors in a restaurant or beer garden, you must provide your contact details. It is advisable to reserve indoor tables in advance, since restaurants have had to reduce the number of tables due to social distancing regulations. Please wear a mask when visiting pubs and beer gardens; you will generally be allocated a seat when attending these venues. You may remove your mask while sitting at your table. Please put it back on when going to the bathroom, walking around the pub and when leaving. Tables and menus are sanitised after every guest. Up to ten people from different households may sit at one table without distancing.
All of Munich’s museums are now open to visitors again. If a museum does not offer online tickets, you should purchase your ticket by cashless means where possible. It is possible for smaller groups of up to seven people to visit certain museums, such as the Pinakothek buildings. We recommend that you check the websites of the individual museums in advance to familiarise yourself with the specific provisions in place at each one.
Cinemas and theatres have also implemented measures to ensure that Asocial distancing can be observed without spoiling guests’ enjoyment of the film or performance. Sanitiser is provided in the foyers for visitor use, and masks may only be removed once you have reached your seat. Tickets can usually be purchased online. Similarly to restaurants, cinemas and theatres must also ensure that guests fill out contact forms with their names and phone numbers. For all other events in Munich, whether indoors or outdoors, organisers must ensure that they implement detailed hygiene policies that are approved by the authorities.
Staff in restaurants and beer gardens, museums, theatres and cinemas may refuse entry to any person showing symptoms of Covid-19.
Whether you’re going for a walk, a cycle or a shopping trip in the pedestrian zone, it’s up to you to decide whether and when you will wear a mask while outdoors. In Germany, and as such also in Munich, there is currently no obligation to wear a mask while outside. Nevertheless, hygiene and social distancing regulations do apply even in green areas, parks and along the Isar river. Police are patrolling to ensure compliance with these regulations, and they may impose fines if the regulations are infringed.
By upholding these “AHA rules”, you actively contribute towards slowing the spread of coronavirus throughout your entire trip. A-H-A stands for maintaining an Adequate distance of at least 1.5 metres from other people, Hygiene (regular, thorough hand washing, sneezing and coughing into your elbow or into a paper tissue) and Appropriate wearing of face masks. Following this guidance, we can work together all over Munich to ensure that we enjoy the best possible protection along with as much normality as possible.
Coronavirus testing stations for travellers have been set up at Munich Airport and Munich Hauptbahnhof train station (until the end of September). You must present your train or plane ticket and identity card or document when being tested.
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