When you come to Munich by car you’ll need to know about the parking situation, especially when you’re from a region where there is always a spot to park your car. You’ll surprised about Munich parking…
Munich isn’t a huge city, compared to other cities in the world like London, Paris or New York. But as you might know, Germans love cars and in and around Munich statistically every second citizen owns a car, motorbike or lorry.
Therefore, there’s a lack of parking space. Especially in the inner city it can sometimes be packed and you won’t get a space to park your car. You then have two possibilities. Either you park your car in one of the public inner city garages or you park in a – not so central – district where you can easily find a place to park and then use the public transport.
There are two disadvantages when you park your car in the inner city. First it’s really a pain to look out for a free spot to park while driving around the same streets over and over again. Second, parking is quite expensive in Munich and sometimes limited to a specifc amount of time. And one hour isn’t enough for sightseeing ;-).
Of course you can park in a public car park, but there it’s also really expensive and they charge up to 20 € and more for a day. Here we have a list of a few public car parks near the city center and the prices:
Often, public transport is cheaper and less stressing than going by car. But there is more to know about parking in Munich. Sometimes it’s quite hard to determine wheter you’re allowed to park or not. There are unfortunately different parking systems and signs in Munich that even sometimes confuse the citizens.
Bewohnerparken (resident only parking)
Here you’re not allowed to park, unless you have a specific permission, which is usually given to the residents of the quarter (for a yearly fee). Unfortunately, the “Bewohnerparken” sign is usually only shown at the beginning and end of a street (see picture to the right). It reads “No Parking Zone, workdays 9-23h, residents with permission Schleißheimer street allowed”.
Where the “Bewohnerparken” is used, there are different quarters. Residents of another quarter are not allowed to park here, because they don’t have a permission for this quarter.
So as a tourist, better check twice if you’re allowed to park, especially when there is no sign – you’re maybe in a “Beweohnerparken” zone.
The permission is a green badge or card shown through the front window of the car.
Blaue Zone Altstadt (Blue Zone Old City)
In the “Old City”, the most inner part of Munich there you’ll find signs reading “Blaue Zone”. Also on the ground you’ll find blue lines indicating parking possibilities. Inside the blue lines, you’re allowed to park for a fee (pay and display ticket). When there is no line, you’re not allowed to park (but to stop and load and unload). But there are also red lines. Better not park here. These red parking spots are reserved for delivery services (loading zone).
“Normal parking” (signs show restrictions)
You’ll find such signs quite often. This shows you are allowed to park here, maybe for a limited time, day or under other limitations. These signs can be sometimes very long and you have to read twice to get the whole information. Welcome to Germany ;-). Let’s have a look at such a sign (right):
Parking [starting from here to the right]
on workdays 9-18h
with pay and display ticket
or parking permission [resident only parking]
on workdays 18-23h
parking permission [resident only parking]
The sign below indicates where the ticket machine is.
You see, you could park here from 9-18h with a ticket (usually the maximum time costs 6 €). After 18h/6pm, only residents are allowed to park here. The ticket machine then won’t give you a ticket ;-).