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When is the best time to visit Germany?

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The best time to visit Germany is May or June. The spring weather is warm during the day and slightly cool at night as the cherry trees bloom and Berlin’s festival scene bursts to life. However, you can visit anytime to enjoy some of the country’s seasonal pleasures, as the country boasts a year-round mild climate with comfortable summers and cold (but not frigid) winters.

In late September and early October, Munich celebrates Oktoberfest. The festival’s popularity means that Bavaria is particularly crowded, so we suggest avoiding this region unless you’re visiting to go to the festival.

There’s also a special wintry charm to the country during December. You can visit any of the festive Christmas markets in the cities or enjoy the fairy-tale sight of snow-capped castles and mountains in the countryside.

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Germany Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Berlin 36°F 2" 37°F 1" 46°F 1" 55°F 2" 66°F 2" 72°F 3" 75°F 2" 73°F 2" 66°F 2" 55°F 1" 45°F 2" 37°F 2"
Cologne 39°F 2" 43°F 2" 50°F 2" 57°F 2" 66°F 3" 72°F 3" 73°F 3" 73°F 3" 68°F 3" 59°F 2" 48°F 3" 41°F 3"
Frankfurt 36°F 2" 41°F 1" 48°F 2" 57°F 2" 66°F 2" 72°F 3" 75°F 3" 73°F 3" 68°F 2" 57°F 2" 46°F 2" 37°F 2"
Hamburg 37°F 2" 39°F 2" 45°F 2" 54°F 2" 63°F 2" 68°F 3" 70°F 3" 72°F 3" 64°F 3" 55°F 2" 46°F 3" 39°F 3"
Heidelberg 37°F 2" 43°F 2" 50°F 2" 59°F 2" 68°F 2" 73°F 3" 77°F 3" 77°F 3" 70°F 2" 59°F 2" 46°F 2" 39°F 2"
Munich 36°F 2" 39°F 2" 46°F 2" 55°F 2" 64°F 4" 70°F 5" 73°F 4" 72°F 4" 66°F 3" 57°F 2" 45°F 2" 37°F 2"

Month-by-month guide for traveling in Germany

The Black Forest in winter

Visiting Germany in January - February

Snow is fairly common, and temperatures drop. The cities are cold but not unbearably so, though Arctic air from the north can bring brief bouts of frigid temperatures. In the mountains, it’s a good time for winter sports and playing in the snow.

Events & Festivals

  • One of the Big Three international film festivals, the Berlin Film Festival features films from around the world.
  • Cologne’s Carnival celebration is a two-week festival with costumes, street parties and concerts, culminating with the Rose Monday parade on Shrove Monday.
Purple crocuses blooming

Visiting Germany in March - April

Temperatures can still be cold in March and even into April. The weather is unpredictable, and this is the height of the rainy season. However, you’ll find fewer crowds and good value at hotels. Germany’s two-week Easter school break can make spots like the Black Forest, Cologne and Bavaria crowded.

Events & Festivals

  • Cologne’s Carnival celebration is a two-week festival with costumes, street parties and concerts, culminating with the Rose Monday parade on Shrove Monday.
  • Saint Walpurga’s feast day is celebrated with bonfires and revelry across the country. The festivities in Heidelberg are particularly enthusiastic.
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Visiting Germany in May - June

Days are comfortable and nights are slightly cool, the cherry blossoms are in full flower and Berlin’s festivals kick off, making this the best time to visit.

Events & Festivals

  • Hafengeburtstag is Hamburg’s weekend-long festival which dates back more than 350 years.
Sands of Sylt

Visiting Germany in July - August

The weather is warm and sunny, and this is a great time to visit if you want to hike, despite occasional rain. However, schools are on break, increasing crowds. Also, river cruise ships stop in ports along the Rhine and Danube, making them very busy.

Vineyard at harvest, Rhine Valley

Visiting Germany in September - October

Temperatures range from comfortably cool to slightly chilly during the fall, with highs hovering around 67°F in September and around 47°F in October. Oktoberfest, which happens in late September and early October, draws huge crowds to Munich — book early if you want to attend. If you’re not intending to attend the festival, we suggest avoiding the area for this period.

Events & Festivals

  • Dürkheim Wurstmarkt, the world’s biggest wine festival, overtakes the Rhine Valley.
  • Munich draws vast crowds for its annual beer festival — Oktoberfest.
  • Unity Day is on October 3 and sees Berlin and other cities around the country commemorate the reunification of Germany with a festival and fireworks.
Christmas market, Frankfurt

Visiting Germany in November - December

Many hotels shut down in November for renovations between the busy fall season and the beginning of the Christmas market season, making availability much more limited. Winter brings cold but not frigid temperatures, as well as snow and sometimes rain. The cities and towns swing into the Christmas spirit with Christkindlmarkts, considered some of the best in all of Europe. Because of the markets, December can be a very busy time so plan ahead.

Events & Festivals

  • Festive booths selling drinks, food and gifts pop up in cities and towns across the country.

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