Fall is a great time to visit Germany: The summer crowds are back home, local wine festivals (and the essential young fall wine) are in full swing, and as temperatures drop, so do airfares and hotel rates. Here’s what to expect from fall (September, October, and November) in Germany, from weather, to airfares, to festivals, and events in Germany.
Airfares and Hotel Rates
With cooler temperatures, airfares and hotel rates are starting to drop at the end of September.
If you wait one or two more months more and travel to Germany in October or November, prices will be even lower.
The only exception: If you visit Oktoberfest in Munich (middle of September until the beginning of October), be prepared for higher prices: Germany’s most popular beer festival draws millions of visitors from all over the world, so make your Oktoberfest travel arrangements as early as possible.
In September and October, the weather in Germany can still be pleasant, with golden days ablaze with colorful fall foliage. Germans call these last warm days of the year “Altweibersommer” (Indian summer). As always, German weather is unpredictable, so be prepared for cold and rainy spells and observe the colorful leaves while they are still there.
In November, the days are getting noticeably shorter, cold, and grey, and it sometimes can snow – the German winter and holiday season is well underway.
- in September: Average low 49° F, average high 67° F
- in October: Average low 40° F, average high 58°F
- in November: Average low 34° F, average high 47° F
Events and Festivals
Fall is the season of German wine and harvest festivals, especially along the German Wine Road in the southwest of the country.
Check out some of the best wine festivals here.
In September and October, the world-famous Oktoberfest opens its gates in Munich, and November marks the beginning of the holiday season, with traditional Christmas markets celebrated all over Germany.
The highlight of the German festival calendar is Oktoberfest in Bavaria. Every fall, over 6 million visitors from all over the world come to Munich to drink beer, eat sausage, and join together in song. The festival is a colorful celebration of Bavarian culture and cuisine, and a unique way to experience the best in German tradition.
Germany's Wine Road in Fall
Fall is the best time to take a drive along the German Wine Road, a scenic route in Germany's second largest wine growing region. The drive leads you past colorful vineyards, quaint villages, and old-world wine shops. Make sure to stop in the town of Bad Dürkheim, which hosts the Wurstmarkt, the world's largest wine festival