How is the Weather in Germany?

Climate and Weather in Germany

Town of Beilstein with Ruins of Metternich Castle on Moselle River, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
••• Beilstein, Germany. Hans-Peter Merten/Getty Images

What will the weather be like in Germany during your visit? Get an overview of the weather in Germany for all four seasons and find out whether you should bring a rain jacket  and umbrella (Regenschirm) or a bathing suit (Badeanzug) or both.

While this article should inform you of what to expect from Germany's weather, visitors should be aware that the weather in Germany can be unpredictable and it is always a good idea to bring layers.

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    Alley of flowering cherry trees, Romberg park, Dortmund, North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany
    ••• Flowering cherry trees bring in spring in Dortmund. Heinz Wohner/Getty Images

    As soon as those first rays of sun come out (even if it’s still chilly), you'll see many Germans in parks, outdoor cafes and biergartens, soaking up the sun and enjoying the eagerly anticipated warm summer season.

    Events in Germany for Spring

    The events of Karneval warm people up with some of the biggest parties of the year, fueled by barrels of booze. A quieter celebration of spring takes place as throngs of Germans welcome the whimsical cherry blossoms that line many streets around the country.

    Average Temperatures in Germany for 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

    What to Wear in Spring in Germany

    As any time of year, the weather in Germany can be unpredictable, and 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. A common saying is,

    April, April, der weiß nicht was er...MORE will

    (April, April, you don't know what you want)

    So bring those layers and always pack some wet weather gear. Luckily, restaurants are prepared for these conditions and heat lamps and blankets are readily available for outside seating.

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    Germany, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Tuebingen, Row of houses
    ••• Colorful row houses in Baden-Wuerttemberg. Westend61/Getty Images

    Everyone in Germany eagerly looks forward to summer. Vacations are planned, time off is taken, beers are drunk and everyone is enjoying Feierabend.

    Events in Germany for Summer

    German comes completely alive in summer. There are festivals galore from the non-stop dancing of Fusion Festival, to the parade of cultures in Berlin to the multi-city, to Germany's CSD (aka Pride) events, to the multi-day fireworks of the Rhine in Flames.

    Find more of Germany's top summer festivals here.

    Average Temperatures in Germany for Summer

    In summer, you can enjoy long, sunny days, with temperatures often ranging between 70° and 80° F. But the summer months are also the time when precipitation in Germany is high, so don't forget your umbrella.

    It is usually warmest in the south of Germany. The Palatinate wine region in the southwest is even blessed with a Mediterranean climate with exotic fruits like figs, lemons, and kiwis.

    June: Average low 51° F, average high 72° F
    July: Average low 54° F, average...MORE high 76° F
    August: Average low 55° F, average high 76° F

    What to Wear in Summer in Germany

    Finally! The summer months mean you can whip off that scarf and put on your swimsuit.

    Not so fast - Germany's weather is never that predictable. While it is frequently sunny, humid and occasionally downright hot, rain also storms on through and thunderstorms are a frequent occurrence at the beginning of the season. So wear your swimsuit, but never quite pack the rain gear away.

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    Town of Beilstein with Ruins of Metternich Castle on Moselle River, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
    ••• Beilstein, Germany, with ruins of the Metternich Castle. Hans-Peter Merten/Getty Images

    In September and October, the weather in Germany is still pleasant with golden days ablaze in colorful fall foliage. Germans call these last warm days of the year Altweibersommer (Indian summer).

    Events in Germany for Fall

    Oktoberfest - the biggest folk festival in Germany - opens in late September to October for 16 glorious days. Along with this festival, many towns have smaller harvest festivals with equally herculean feats of drinking.

    Embrace the cool with the opening of Christmas markets in late November.

    Average Temperatures in Germany for Fall

    September: Average low 49° F, average high 67° F
    October: Average low 40° F, average high 58°F
    November: Average low 34° F, average high 47° F

    What to Wear in Fall in Germany

    Put on your scarf again. The wind picks up and leaves began their spectacular change.

    As always, German weather is unpredictable, so be prepared for cold and rainy spells. In November, the days are getting noticeably shorter, cold, and gray, and it sometimes can snow.

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    Berlin winter skyline with snow on the roofs
    ••• The Berlin skyline in winter. spreephoto.de/Getty Images

    Bundle up! German winters are cold, with temperatures often dropping below zero. In turn, there are great winter sport areas in Germany, especially in higher German regions such as the Bavarian Alps. Other parts of Germany are often blessed with a white Christmas as well, but there is no guarantee for snow.

    Events in Germany for Winter

    Christmas markets are the highlight of the season. Social events center on them and every stops in for at least a Glühwein .

    Average Temperatures in Germany for Winter

    December: Average low 27° F, average high 41° F
    January: Average low 23° F, average high 40° F
    February: Average low 25° F, average high 41° F

    What to Wear in Winter in Germany

    It gets COLD out there in winter. Wear proper winter wear of heavy snow-proof jackets, long johns or tights beneath pants, slip-proof boots and woolen hats and scarves. 

    That said, German winters are unpredictable and you should always be prepared for rain. Sad face.

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