How is the Weather in Germany?

Temperatures, What to Wear, and What to Do every Month in Germany

Town of Beilstein with Ruins of Metternich Castle on Moselle River, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
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What will the weather be like in Germany during your visit? Germany's weather is unpredictable and it is always a good idea to wear layers. Discover if you should pack an umbrella (Regenschirm) or a bathing suit (Badeanzug) or both.

This overview of the weather in Germany covers all four seasons with information on average temperatures, what to wear, and what to do every month. 

German Weather in Spring

Bonn Cherry Blossom Avenue
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As soon as those first rays of sun come out (even if it’s still chilly), you'll see many Germans laying out in parks, sitting at the many outdoor cafes and biergartens, and beginning to enjoy the eagerly anticipated summer season.

Events in Germany for Spring

Spring kicks off with the arrival of whimsical cherry blossoms across the country. Most notable in Bonn and Berlin, these pink-topped tress are celebrated everywhere.

Formally welcoming the spring are a spate of spring festivals. One of the largest Spring Festivals is in Stuttgart, but almost every city has a festival with rides, bier, and live music. Karneval der Kulturen highlights the multiculti (multicultural) nature of the city with a massive parade and food from around the world.

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 is unreliable. Spring often arrives hesitantly with late flurries of snow blowing in til April. And April is infamous for weather that changes from sun to rain to hail within hours. A common saying is,

April, April, der weiß nicht was er 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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German Weather in Summer

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Everyone in Germany eagerly looks forward to summer. Vacations are planned, bikes are rolling, beers are drunk and everyone is at least half on feierabend (end of work day).

Events in Germany for Summer

Germany comes alive in summer. There are festivals galore from the non-stop dancing of Fusion Festival, CSD (aka Pride) events, to the multi-day fireworks of the Rhine in Flames. German summer is full of epic festivals

Average Temperatures in Germany for Summer

In summer, you can enjoy long, sunny days, with temperatures often hovering in the 65 to 75° F. Temperatures occasionally spike to low 100s and you should be prepared that few homes or even businesses have air conditioning. 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 so exotic fruits like figs, lemons, and kiwis grow.

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

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 fickle. While it is frequently sunny, humid and occasionally downright hot, rain also storms in 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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Weather in Fall

Neuschwanstein castle from the air
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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) and revel in the last rays of light.

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.

The Day of German Unity on October 3rd is a national holiday. While Halloween still isn't much of a thing, pumpkins have their own festival and November 11's St. Martin's Day has children in torchlight parades after dark. 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 that scarf back on. The wind picks up and leaves began their spectacular change.

German weather turns cold and rainy. In November, the days are getting noticeably shorter, cold, and gray, and early snow is not unheard of.

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Weather in Winter

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Bundle up! Temperatures in German winter often dropping below zero. In turn, there are great winter sports in Germany, especially in places like the Bavarian Alps. Christmas markets are also in full swing, bringing the holiday spirit.

Events in Germany for Winter

Christmas markets are the highlight of the season. Social events center on them and everyone stops in for at least one glühwein. This is also a time for family and many Christmas traditions.

Note that January and February are a bit quiet and people tend to hibernate outside of several notable events like Berlinale and Berlin Fashion Week.

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.

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