MUNICH, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Heavy snow in Bavaria canceled flights and long-distance trains from Munich throughout the day, closed Christmas markets, put some ski lifts out of service and suspended soccer matches. with icy conditions.
According to a statement on its website, flights were not scheduled to depart or arrive at Munich airport until 6 a.m. (0500 GMT) on Sunday.
“Everything is closed. Online doesn’t work. Well, you have to be patient… there’s nothing you can do,” said stranded passenger Magda Shogoza at Munich airport.
“The buses weren’t running so we had to dig into the car park with shovels and take a taxi,” said Brigitte Schlossel, another passenger.
Deutsche Bahn said on its website that trains did not arrive at Munich’s central station. The shutdown was expected to last throughout the day, with significant delays expected into Monday.
Local media reported numerous traffic accidents and traffic jams on icy roads, with the German weather service estimating 30-40cm of snow by Saturday evening.
The Bundesliga match between Bayern Munich and Union Berlin was also postponed due to heavy snow.
However, some Munich residents were happy about the wintry atmosphere created by the snowfall, with parents pulling their children on sleds.
“Finally it’s snowing again. I think it’s good because it’s a bit quieter. Overall it’s a pleasant atmosphere,” said Friedrich Zeller as he walked through the snowy streets.
(Reporting by Luisa Off, Anja Kuder in Munich, Tanya Wood, Victoria Waltersee, LK Ahlsweed in Berlin; Editing by Alison Williams and Toby Chopra
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