Planning to travel to Germany in spring? Spring is a wonderful time to visit Germany, one of the best. After a long winter, the country sheds its layers (both the land and its people) and welcomes the beginning of the warm season with traditional German Easter celebrations and many spring festivals.
Here’s what to expect from the spring season (March-May) in Germany from weather and airfares to festivals and events in Germany.
German Weather in Spring
As soon as those first rays of sun come out (even if it’s still chilly), you'll see many people in Germany's gardens, parks, and outdoor cafes, soaking up the sun and enjoying the eagerly anticipated beginning of the warm season. Don't be surprised to see everyone with an ice cream cone and scarf if the sun is shining.
However, as any time of year, the weather in Germany can be unpredictable. Sometimes spring seems to arrive hesitantly. It can still snow in March, and the weather in April may change from sun to rain or hail showers in a couple of hours. So bring those layers, pack some wet weather gear and consult our packing list for Germany.
Average Temperatures for Germany in Spring
- March: Average low 33° F, average high 47° F
- April: Average low 39° F, average high 58° F
- May: Average low 47° F, average high 67° F
Don't forget to spring forward on the last Sunday in March. When daylight saving time begins at 2:00, move your clock one hour forward.
Events and Festivals in Germany in Spring
Spring in Germany is full of annual festivals and holidays, plus signs of a country re-awakening.
First, the spring fairs in cities like Stuttgart and Munich will remind visitors of Oktoberfest with singing, dancing, and much beer drinking, but in reality, Oktoberfest is just one of Germany's many festivals throughout the year. Find out how the locals do it as they welcome in the spring.
The first of May is a major holiday with celebrations in the north and the south appearing quite different. Erster Mai in places like Berlin and Hamburg are all about labor and involve protest as well as partying. In the south, visions of may poles are much more appropriate.
This is also the time of year when Germans favorite vegetable, Spargel (white asparagus), begins to make an appearance. "The "King of Vegetables" can be found by late March with many festivals heralding its arrival.
Easter in Germany
Of course, the biggest celebration will be dedicated to Easter in Germany. Easter is one of the most popular holidays in Germany, marking the long-awaited spring of spring. Visitors may be surprised that many Easter traditions such as colorful eggs, chocolate Easter bunnies, spring fairs, and, of course, the Easter egg hunt originated in Germany. Don't forget to buy one of the signature treats (oddly forbidden in the USA), a Kinder Surprise or Kinder Überraschung.
For the reason behind the holiday, pay your respects at one of Germany's historic cathedrals with an Easter Church Service. It is a national holiday so expect schools, government offices, businesses and shops to be closed. Also, as mentioned below, there may be more people traveling than usual. The dates for Easter in 2017 are:
- April 14 - Good Friday
- April 16 - Easter Sunday
- April 17 - Easter Monday
For a complete list of events, consult our calendar:
as well as our region specific guides:
German Airfare and Hotel Rates in Spring
With rising spring temperatures, you’ll also see prices for airfares and hotels climb, even if they are still lower than in the peak time of summer. In March, you can get great deals on flights and hotels, but come April, prices (and crowds) are on the up.
During Easter, German schools are closed for spring break (usually two weeks around Easter weekend), and many Germans like to travel during these days. Hotels, museums, and trains might be crowded, so make your reservations early.