After a long winter, the country sheds its layers to welcome the beginning of the warmer season with cherry blossoms, German Easter celebrations, and many spring festivals. There are also less crowds and lower prices for accommodations. However, there is always a chance of rain in Germany.
German Weather in Spring
For spring in Germany, any weather goes - sometimes all in one day. Winter snows can continue into March, or a heat wave can sweep the nation in May, But as soon as those first rays come out (even if it’s still quite chilly), you will see many people in Germany's gardens, parks, biergartens, and outdoor cafes, soaking up the increasing daylight hours. 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, waterproof shoes, a scarf, and pack wet weather gear.
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.
What to Pack for German in Spring
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 yourself with options.
- 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 for the frequent rain showers. For those that wear heels, note that the country's many cobblestone streets make that shoewear a challenge.
- Rain jacket or umbrella
- Scarf - Men and women wear scarfs throughout the year. For spring this might be light and add a pop of color. .
- Sun glasses - After the grey of winter, you may need some eye protection for unexpected sunshine.
German Events in Spring
Spring in Germany is full of annual festivals and holidays, plus signs of a country re-awakening.
Easter is a national holiday and coincides with school holidays. Taking place in April in 2020, 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.
First, the spring fairs in cities like Stuttgart, Frankfurt, and Munich will remind visitors of Oktoberfest with rides, live music, and lots of beer drinking. In reality, Oktoberfest is just one of Germany's many festivals throughout the year.
The first of May is a major holiday with celebrations in the north and the south appearing quite different. Erster Mai in Berlin and Hamburg are all about labor rights and involve protest as well as partying. Berlin's events centers on the colorful neighborhood of Kreuzberg. What were once violent disruptions of clashes between citizens and police have mostly been tamed into a festival of food stalls and live music stages. In the south such as the region of Bavaria, visions of may poles (maibaum), dancing, and liters of beer are much more accurate.
There are few things more beautiful than the lanes of flowering cherry blossoms and Germany is full of them in spring. Practically every corner of the country is in blossom with many festivals heralding their arrival.
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.
Travel Tips for Germany 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, 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 can be a riotous time. While it is perfectly safe to visit, note there will be a heightened police presence and property crime, such as private cars set on fire, is known to happen.
For more information on visiting Germany in Spring, refer to our best times to visit Germany article.