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Best Time to Visit Germany (Flights, Weather & Event-Wise)

Mitchell Wnek

Mitchell Wnek, Updated October 17, 2022

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Germany has something for everyone, from 19th century castles and the Romantic Road to the Island Einstein frequented for vacation. Your interests may determine which time is best to visit. The summer is ideal for hiking, mountain biking, or enjoying the clear waters of Walchensee. The Bavarian Alps is a huge skiing destination in the winter and the fall brings the biggest beer festival in the world.

Between September and November is the best time to visit Germany. This is due to the consistent cool weather (55℉). Fall boasts fewer crowds and up to 25% lower-cost for accommodations. It’s the ideal time for festivals and events such as Oktoberfest and and the Hamburg Film Fest. For warmer weather, visit Germany between June and August for 72℉ days. 

Choosing the right time to explore Germany can be tricky. Your answer may vary if you’re looking to save money, enjoy the boating scene, or push across the country in a train. We’ll take a look at the weather, attractions, and events happening throughout the year and figure out what time works best for you. 

When Not to Visit Germany

Unless snow sports are your thing, January through March may be a time to stay away. Some attractions, hotels, and restaurants will close across the country. Book plans in advance to ensure everything is open when you arrive. 

January through March is not the best time to visit when you’re looking to save money. Summer is the peak season across the country making prices the highest of the year. The spring and fall months are the shoulder-seasons and provide great deals on airfare, hotels, and transportation.

Cheapest Time to Visit Germany

Mid-January to Mid-February is the cheapest time to visit Deutschland. The crowds clear out for the cold, wet, and snowy German winter. Savings-hungry travelers can take advantage of some great lodging deals. If you can stand the precipitation and highs around 42℉, the winter months may be a viable option. 

Be careful in your winter travels since some hotels, restaurants, and attractions close in the winter months. If you are planning to visit cities like Cologne or Hamburg, make sure to book in advance and don’t forget to pack some long johns.  

What Time of the Year is the Best Weather in Germany?

With highs in the mid-70s and lows in the mid-50s, the summer months are the best time for enjoying the famous lakes and trails Germany offers. June through August

January through March will be the best weather for winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, and sledding. The Bavarian Alps put smiles on millions of faces, particularly in Zugspitze. Zugspitze is the highest (3000m) and most popular ski resort in Germany, just south of Munich.   

January: Best Time to Save Money

The average high across Germany in January is 39℉ and the average low is 28℉. Overcast skies with consistent rain and snow is a common sight in the German winters. January takes first prize for the Germany’s coldest month of the year. 

The winters are great for the ski slopes as crowds rush to the Bavarian Alps. Cities like Berlin, Frankfurt, and Cologne, reduce their rates for travel and hotels to their lowest prices of the year. Markedly, The winter months provide a great opportunity to see what the local culture feels like in the off-season. 

For being the off-season, Germany still has some great events and attractions. Epiphany, on January 6th, volunteers dressed as the Three Kings go door-to-door caroling for charity. For music lovers, the CTM festival brings in thousands for electronic music and art.

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February: Best Time For Spas and Hot Springs

The average high for February is 41℉ and the average low is 30℉. You should expect snow and rain in most towns around the country, however February is the best month to find a deal on some fun and relaxation

Ice skating rinks in Berlin are a blast for the entire family or if you’re looking for a couple’s getaway, Baden Baden is open for business. The vibrant city is a centuries-old Roman settlement filled with spas, museums, and astonishing architecture.

Cologne, the largest city in the North Rhine, holds one of the largest carnivals in the country. There are celebrations and parades in the streets for days on end.  

On February 20th, people crowd the streets for the Rosenmontag Parade full of dancing, drinking, and dressing up. Soon after, the Berlin International Film Festival takes place over the course of a week at the end of the month.

March: Best Time to Explore Castles

The average high in Germany is 48℉ and the average low is 35℉. You can still expect some snow and rainfall as the winter comes to a close. March is your last chance to hit the slopes in the Bavarian Alps before the snow melts in the spring. 

March is a beautiful time of year to see the snow covered mountains from The Bavarian Zugspitze Railway. Instead, in western Germany, head to Neuschwanstein Castle and see the amazing fairy tale palaces inspired by the Brothers Grimm. 

For history buffs, Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria is an alpine ski town that hosted the 1936 Winter Olympics. You can still get some skiing and snowboarding in here before the temperatures rise in April.

April: Best Time For Witches

The average high across Germany in April is 56℉ and the average low is 39℉. Keep in mind temperatures may vary depending on the area and elevation. Spring has sprung and the rain is still pretty light.

Late April is a great time to find some start looking for deals on hotels, airfare, and vacation packages. Hotel prices are about 10% less in April than in the peak season of summer. 

Bavarian trails are drying up and getting busier with hikers and mountain bikers. Botanical gardens across the country are blooming and green leaves return to the trees as the temperatures rise.

Much of the tourism destinations in Germany are awaking from their winter hibernation and gearing up for a huge Easter celebration. Festivals in Munich and Stuttgart are happening all mid to late April. Locals also love to celebrate Walpurgisnacht (Witch’s Night) based on German folklore.  

May: Best Time to Drive Romantic Road

The average high in the month of May is 65℉ and the average low is 47℉. The temperatures have warmed up  significantly in a couple of months. Chances of rain begin increasing throughout the month but the average rainfall is still only 1.5 inches. 

The month of May is a great shoulder-season time. The weather is perfect for exploring the culture-rich cities of Berlin, Cologne, and Hamburg. Hamburg is actually known as the “gateway to the world” as it is Germany’s largest port city.

If you want to feel like you’ve been transported into another time, Romantic Road is 220 miles of rich culture and breath-taking views. Walking some of the traditional villages along Romantic Road will make you feel as if you’re in a different time.

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June: Best Time to Hike the Black Forest

The average high is 70℉ and the average low is 51℉. June is the first month of peak tourism season in Germany. Just keep in mind that peak seasons bring peak prices!

Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany’s oldest wine region has over 100 wineries to choose from! Then take advantage of the weather and hike the beautiful Black Forest, which became the inspiration for many Brothers Grimm fairy tales.

June is a great month for music lovers. Nürburgring hosts the Rock am Ring Music Festival with over 150,000 people. Leipzig is the home to a 100 year-old festival paying tribute to Joann Sebastian Bach. 

July: Best Time to Explore Rothenberg

The average high in Germany’s peak season is 74℉ and the average low is 56℉. The higher temperatures and longer days bring in the highest number of tourists all year. The cost of lodging and transportation increases correspondingly with the influx of visitors. 

Munich makes a great summer base for exploring the museums of Stuttgart and the Castles of Nuremberg. Temperatures may be perfect for taking a stroll around Rothenberg, a preserved city with towers and walls untouched since 1618. 

Germany has tons of events happening in July. Kӧlner Lichter is a celebration in Cologne loaded with music and fireworks on July 9th. At the of the month from July 29th to the 31st is Bardentreffen Nürnberg (World Music Festival). 

August: The Best Time for Boating

The average high in Germany’s warmest month of the year is 74℉ and the average low is 55℉. The humidity is also at its highest, making it a great time of the year for water sports lovers. August is the last month of the peak season as summer comes to a close. 

Enjoy warm and humid days in the water. lakes like Walchesnee in Bavaria and Titisee in the southern Black Forest have great times to offer. For a well-deserved relaxation trip, check out the river cruises in Berlin, Brandenburg, Müritz, and Mecklenburg. Then you can rent a boat and coast your family through the city’s gorgeous waterways. 

Berlin hosts The International Berlin Beer Festival if you wanted to avoid the huge Oktoberfest crowds. Volksfest from August 3rd to August 13th in North Rhine-Westphalia is a 580+ year old festival with music and games.

September: Best Time for a Road Trip

The average high in the month of September is 65℉ and the average low is 50℉. The summer is officially over and the temperatures are creeping downward. Rainfall is also winding down. The average rainfall around the country is about 2 inches for the month.

Now that the summer is over, the shoulder season slightly relaxes traveling and lodging costs – but not for too long. Crowds will start filling up Munich again mid-September to get ready for Oktoberfest.

The cooler weather is great for renting a car and heading down Germany’s Wine Road. Keep in mind some businesses in tourism areas may be getting ready to close for the off-season therefore plans should be made well in advance.

Tis the season for celebrating wine and beer. September 2nd through 11th marks Berlin’s Beer week. Bad Dürkheim in Wurstmarkt is the world’s largest wine festival. 

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October: Oktoberfest

The average high in October is 57℉ and the average low is 43℉. The German Fall brings cool air and rainfall averages remain at a reasonable 2 inches for the month.

Roughly 6 million visitors travel to Germany for the celebration of culture, music, and beer of course. Oktoberfest isn’t the only thing to experience, though, in a German autumn.

Enjoy a calming ride down the canals of Hamburg or find another beer festival with a little more breathing room. Stuttgart and other cities put on their own festivals throughout October that are a fun and culture-rich way to experience Oktoberfest without the crowds.

October 3rd marks German Unity Day where the holiday could affect business hours around the country. But later, between October 19th and 23rd is the Franfurter Buchmesse, a huge book fair that attracts international attention.

November: Best Time for Christmas Markets

The average high for Germany in November is 47℉ and the average low is 36℉. Precipitation is pretty low in November, averaging about 1.6 inches. Cooler weather brings out the beautiful colors in the trees as fall hits its peak. 

Christmas markets are opening up all over the country! Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg is the most popular Christmas festival with over 2 million visitors per year! In most parts of Germany, crowds will be very reasonable. Make sure to book lodging at least a few months ahead of time. 

All Saints’ Day is observed across Germany and may cause closures. Luckily the Berlin Botanical Gardens begins their Christmas Garden light show in mid-November. Christmas Garden Berlin runs all the way until mid-January.

December: Best Time to Catch a Train

The average high for the holiday season in Germany is 40℉ and the average low is 32℉. You can certainly expect some snowfall in December, especially as Christmas and New Year’s approaches.

The Harz Narrow Gauge Railway is a steam engine chugging through some of the most interesting towns Germany. Within the mountains, Alexisbad and Norhausen will leave you speechless with their cityscapes and trails. 

December 6th is Nikolaustag (St. Nicholas Day) where locals will be celebrating with feasts. Christmas is widely celebrated in Germany and attracts all kids of international visitors. Book at least three months ahead if you will be in Germany for the holidays.

Best Time to Visit Germany to Avoid Crowds

The colder months of January and February are the best times to avoid crowds. Less mountainous cities like Berlin and Hamburg don’t get many visitors. Fortunately this also provides the best opportunity for saving money. 

Please keep in mind that as the Holiday crowds go home, businesses in high-tourism areas may close for the winter while they prepare for the next season. Make plans well ahead of time to ensure you have a place to go. 

Germany is filled with small towns like Mittenwald and Rügen where most tourists don’t often experience. You can find great attractions in smaller towns and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Best Time to Visit Germany with Family

The best time for your family to visit Germany highly depends on your family’s preferred activities. The peak season of Sommer provides great weather for hiking in Saxon-Switzerland National Park and attracts the most tourists each year. 

The time between January and March is the best time to hit the slopes near Munich and the Austrian border. You can ski Zugspitze Mountain (over 9,800 ft.), the tallest peak in the area.  

Shoulder season months like April through September are great for families looking for a nice balance between crowds and prices. You should be able to save 10-15% on airfare and lodging throughout these months. 

If you’re looking for a fun and interactive family activity, Berlin’s Museum of Natural History has some exhibits that will blow your kids’ minds. The museum covers a million years of history. There are even giant reconstructed dinosaur skeletons. 

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What is the Rainiest Month in Germany?

June is usually the clear winner for the most rain in one month. The average rainfall in June is 2.73 inches. May and August are in second place averaging roughly 2.32 inches.

German cities like Berlin, Hamburg, and Cologne all see similar amounts of rainfall. The only exception seems to be Munich which receives about 4.5 inches of rain. Expect Munich to have a chance of rain for about half of the month.

In other areas of Germany, north of Munich, you can expect seven or eight days of rain chances in June. Cologne may have about 10 days in June with a chance of rain.

How Many Days Do You Need in Germany?

Three to five days is a good amount of time to explore some of Germany’s greatest attractions. In the winter, five days is plenty of time to descend the slopes in the Bavarian Alps. In the summer months, you can pick a city and immerse yourself in its culture.

Seven to ten days is better for traveling to different regions of Germany. You have plenty of time to soak in Berlin’s museums, then travel south to hike in the Black Forest. Perhaps you may also fit in a train ride through the Harz Mountains.

Two weeks in Germany gives the best opportunity to absorb everything the country can offer. The most efficient public transportation in the world is capable of getting you everywhere you’d like to go.

Best Places to Visit in Germany

Berlin is the most popular destination in Germany, especially for shorter trips. The huge city gives plenty of variety from bar-hopping to Museum Island. See some of the world’s most historic landmarks like the Brandenburg Gate.

Munich, the capital of Bavaria, is also an extremely popular city on the outskirts of the Bavarian Alps. Munich is a hub for arts and trade and is filled with breath-taking churches. The lively city makes a great basecamp for hiking and mountain biking.

Medieval Rothenberg is a two-hour drive from Frankfurt and there isn’t anything else quite like it. This centuries-old city is filled with medieval buildings that survived conflicts past. Check out Town Hall, which has been standing since the 13th century!

For a truly unique experience, Mittenwald in Bavaria is a picturesque town at the foothills of the Alps. It is known as the capital of violin makers and has narrow streets filled with gorgeous and old Alpine homes.

Best Time to Visit Germany for Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest actually begins mid-September in Berlin and goes into the first week of October. The best time to experience Oktoberfest is over the first weekend. The morning crowds are still light and the opening ceremony is quite an experience.

The opening ceremony starts at 8:00am but is definitely worth setting your alarm. Where else would you see the mayor of a city tap a keg, kicking off the flow of beer for the rest of the event.

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