Summer is the peak travel season for Germany. The only other time it gets this busy is during the country's Christmas market season from late November to the end of the year.
In summer, enjoy warm temperatures, long and sunny days, colorful open-air festivals, biergartens galore, and many outdoor activities. Here’s what to expect from summer (June, July, and August) in Germany, from weather and airfares to festivals and events in Germany.
Airfares and Hotel Rates in Summer
Summer is not only the height of Germany's travel season, it is also one of the most expensive times to visit. Between June and August, prices for airfares and hotels are high and won’t go down until September.
Book your flight as about three months in advance to find the best prices and your accommodation as soon as possible after your flight is booked to find the most reasonable rates and the best selection. (Although we do have a post on last-minute Oktoberfest accommodations if you want to make a run at the beginning of fall).
If you want some examples of great transport deals within Germany (and/or Europe), read more about discount train travel. If you are looking for a unique place to lie your head, read all about castle hotels or find the absolute coolest hotels in Germany.
Germany Weather in Summer
In summer, you can enjoy long, sunny days, the light lasting well into the early nighttime hours.
Temperatures range between 71° and 80° F. Occasional spikes in temperature and the whole country's commitment to forgoing air conditioning may leave you sweating it out for a few deliriously hot days in summer. But these months are also the time when precipitation in Germany is high, so bring your rain jacket.
It is usually warmest in the south of Germany, and the Palatinate wine region in the Southwest is even blessed with a Mediterranean climate. Exotic fruits like figs, lemons, and kiwis are cultivated here—a rarity for Germany.
And Berlin is possibly at its best in summer. Lazy days are filled with beers by the Spree, cycling through hazy streets (or even airport runways), and parties have no beginning or end. It is the reason many people bear the long cold, winter. There are few places as glorious as Berlin in summer.
- June: Average low 51° F, Average high 72° F
- July: Average low 54° F, Average high 76° F
- August: Average low 55° F, Average high 76° F
Events and Festivals in Germany during Summer
Germany’s festival season is in full swing for summer. With many festivities held outdoors, you can fully enjoy Germany's (occasional) warm summer temperatures.
Between July and August, almost every German city organizes a city festival (Stadtfest). Locals of all ages enjoy open-air concerts, fun rides, fireworks, and lots of food and drink in the heart of their city. It is a great experience for travelers to take part in these (free) festivities and to soak up some local flavor.
Harbor cities usually have a version called a Hafenfest centering on events on the water.
In 2017, Ramadan also falls in summer, everything from the immensely popular Rock am Ring to opera festivals happens, fashion week makes front page news, and Berlin explodes in color for Karneval der Kulturen and CSD.
What to Eat and Drink in Germany in Summer
While German food may seem oppressive and heavy for the warmer months, you may be surprised at a number of salads, vegetables, and fruits that are pulled out when it gets hot.
Spargel season/mania lingers into June as the grills fire up for the first time. Grill parties are a legitimate thing with different parties contributing a multitude of dishes as people huddle around portable grills in the parks.
Ice cream is a summer essential. It doesn't even need to be that warm for the Germans to bust out the cones. You will see Germans of all ages—children, parents, and grandparents—slurping up the delicious treat while they still have heavy jackets and scarves on.
And what better to go with a German meal in summer than a German beer. Hefeweizens, Berliner Weisse or a Radler (sparkling lemonade and beer mix) all offer a light, refreshing taste perfect for sunny days. If you prefer to cool down without the booze, I offer 8 non-alcoholic summer drinks in Germany.