Winter is long and cold throughout Germany, so locals are ready to shed their heavy winter coats once the first warm days of spring arrive. As the lingering snow finally melts, the days get longer, and the cherry blossoms start to bloom, Germans celebrate by gathering with friends in outdoor biergartens and with all kinds of seasonal festivals.
Spring is also shoulder season before the hoards of tourists arrive in the summer, so it's a perfect time to enjoy great weather, smaller crowds, and travel deals. As the temperature rises, you'll probably see the prices of hotels slowly rising with it throughout spring, but you'll still save money visiting in May compared to June once schools get out.
Germany Weather in Spring
You can experience all types of weather in Germany in the spring—sometimes all in one day. In general, however, the temperatures steadily rise throughout the season. End-of-winter snowstorms can continue into March, while an early heatwave can send people to the beach in May. You have to be prepared for almost anything during a spring visit to Germany.
|Berlin||47 F / 34 F||57 F / 41 F||66 F / 49 F|
|Munich||47 F / 32 F||55 F / 38 F||64 F / 46 F|
|Hamburg||46 F / 34 F||55 F / 39 F||63 F / 46 F|
|Frankfurt||50 F / 36 F||58 F / 41 F||66 F / 48 F|
|Dusseldorf||50 F / 37 F||58 F / 42 F||66 F / 49 F|
The climate across Germany is relatively uniform and temperatures don't vary drastically between cities. However, cities closer to the coast—like Hamburg—are often wetter and more humid, making it feel colder on a cold day—or hotter on a hot day—than it actually is.
Rain is fairly consistent throughout the year in Germany, although spring sees less precipitation compared to the other seasons. Even though it's the "dry season," showers are still pretty common, so be prepared for the occasional rainfall or even hail storm.
What to Pack
A trip to Germany in spring will surely include lots of walking and swiftly changing weather conditions. Essentials to pack include:
- Layers: The weather in Germany can change very quickly so always dress with options that are easy to remove and add on.
- Waterproof walking shoes: While that seems to translate to sneakers for most Americans, note that most Europeans prefer proper shoes and boots. Ideally, choose something that can withstand some water in case of rain showers. For those that wear heels, note that the country's many cobblestone streets make that shoewear a challenge.
- Rain jacket or umbrella: Some rain is likely, so carry something that's water-resistant just in case.
- Scarf: Men and women in Germany wear scarves throughout the year. For spring, this might be a light fabric and add a pop of color instead of being a heavy wool scarf.
- Sunglasses: After the grey of winter, you may need some eye protection for unexpected sunshine.
Germany Events in Spring
Spring in Germany is full of annual festivals and holidays, plus signs of a country re-awakening after a long winter.
- Easter is a national holiday and coincides with spring break for German students. It falls on April 4, 2021, and visitors can enjoy the many traditions associated with Easter in Germany. However, be aware that this is a busy travel period and will result in more crowds and spikes in travel prices.
- Several German cities host their own versions of a Spring Festival. In Munich, it's Frühlingsfest. In Frankfurt, they host Dippemess. The Stuttgarter Frühlingsfest takes place in Stuttgart. While each city puts its own twist on their event, common themes between them all include carnival rides, food stalls, and lots of German beer.
- An asparagus festival may not sound exciting to everyone, but Germans love Spargelzeit. Across the country, white asparagus season begins in mid-April and continues through June. Local towns celebrate by preparing different asparagus dishes, and you can likely find a Spargelzeit event nearby regardless of where you visit in spring.
- About 30 minutes outside of Berlin in the town of Werder, Baumblütenfest is the largest fruit wine festival in Germany. Typically held at the beginning of May, visitors come from all over to try wine in flavors like apple, peach, currant, rhubarb, and more. The Baumblütenfest is canceled in 2021.
- May 1 is Labor Day across Europe, and celebrations take place across the country. In northern cities like Berlin and Hamburg, it often involves labor rights demonstrations and protests. In the southern region of Bavaria it's more celebratory as people dance around maypoles and drink beer.
Spring Travel Tips
- 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, flights and hotel deals can still be found, but come late April prices (and crowds) are building 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 are more crowded, so make your reservations early and be prepared for peak prices.
- May Day in Hamburg and Berlin's Kreuzberg neighborhood has turned riotous in the past. While it is perfectly safe to visit, note there will be a heightened police presence.
- Don't forget to change your clock on the last Sunday in March when daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. and you have to spring forward an hour.
For more information on visiting Germany throughout the year, read about the best times to visit Germany.