Planning to travel to Germany in spring? Spring, or Frühling, is a wonderful time to visit Germany. After a long winter, the country sheds its layers to welcome the beginning of the warm season with traditional German Easter celebrations and many spring festivals.
German Weather in Spring
As soon as those first rays of sun come out (even if it’s still chilly), you will see many people in Germany's gardens, parks, and outdoor cafes, soaking up the sun and enjoying the eagerly anticipated beginnings 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 and pack some 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.
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 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 places like Berlin and Hamburg are all about labor rights and involve protest as well as partying. Berlin's Erster Mai 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 appropriate.
There are few things more beautiful than the lanes of flowering cherry blossoms and Germany is full of them in spring. Enjoy the fruits of their labor with a large fruit wine festival outside of Berlin.
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. There will also be more people traveling than usual as school holidays are at this time. The dates for Easter in 2019 are:
- April 19 - Good Friday
- April 21 - Easter Sunday
- April 22 - Easter Monday
The 2020 Easter holiday will center on April 12.
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, flights and hotel deals can still be found, but come April prices (and crowds) are on 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 might be crowded, so make your reservations early.