The snow caused traffic chaos in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen area - a popular ski resort. Schools and kindergartens were closed, a police spokesman said on Friday, while authorities advised people to stay indoors.
Trees which have collapsed under the weight of the snow are also posing a danger for drivers and pedestrians. On one stretch of road out of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 15 trees blocked traffic.
But the early winter weather also brought happier scenes with the first snowmen being built. Snow has also fallen in the southern state of Baden-Württemberg.
The snow flurries are not expected to travel much further north with a cloudy weekend predicted for both Munich and Berlin.
In Berlin temperatures are set to range from six degrees C to 14 degrees C, while in Munich they will not get much above eight degrees C.
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