The best time of year to visit Germany weather-wise is from the middle of April to the middle of October (mid-spring to mid-autumn). This is the time when the weather is pleasant and enjoyable.
If you are looking for an easy and enjoyable sightseeing experience, then the best time to come to Germany is from April to June and from September to October.
Read the comprehensive guide below to find out more about what is the best time to visit Germany depending on the circumstances.
- About Germany
- Climate in Germany
- Seasons in Germany
- Best time to visit Germany weather-wise
- Best time to visit Germany for sightseeing
- Best time to visit Germany for Oktoberfest
Germany is an 83 million people country in Western Europe. It is bordered by nine other countries: Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
Germany is one of the most industrialized countries in the world and ranks among the top 10 countries with the highest GDP per capita. It has a rich cultural heritage and many famous cities like Berlin (the capital), Hamburg, and Munich.
Germany has amazing architecture, scenic landscapes, and delicious food. It’s a land of diverse landscapes, from the North Sea to the Alps, making it an amazing tourist destination for people who enjoy the outdoors.
Climate in Germany
Germany has a Temperate Climate. It’s characterized by cool summers and relatively mild winters.
There’s a lack of both hot and cold extremes. The temperature in Germany is not prone to sudden changes.
The average temperature in Germany ranges from -2°C (28.4°F) in the coldest months of January and February to 25°C (77°F) in the warmest month of July.
Number of monthly rainy days
In the chart below, you can see that the average number of monthly rainy days in Germany, is the highest in November, January, and February.
This is when the weather tends to be the most unpleasant and gloomy. It can rain for the entire days.
The lowest number of rainy days is in the summer months of June, July and August. Rain in the summer falls in form of intensive but short showers.
Number of monthly sun hours
In Germany, the months with the highest number of sun hours are May, June, July, and August.
The months with the shortest days are November, December, January, and February.
Seasons in Germany
Germany has four seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter.
Spring (March to May)
Spring in Germany lasts from March to May. It’s a very beautiful period when nature bounds back to life after the period of hibernation.
If you are planning your visit to Germany in spring, try coming either in April or May. These two months are usually very pleasant, with mild temperatures and more sunshine.
Avoid coming in March, because it’s the first month after winter, when the weather tends to be still cold, wet, and generally unpleasant.
|Max temperature||9°C / 48°F||15°C / 59°F||20°C / 68°F|
|Min temperature||0°C / 32°F||3°C / 37°F||8°C / 46°F|
|Monthly sun hours||122 hours||192 hours||230 hours|
|Monthly rainy days||9 days||8 days||9 days|
Summer (June to August)
Summer in Germany lasts from June to August. It’s the time of year when the weather is the warmest and the sunniest.
Summer in Germany is perfect for outdoor activities such as cycling, hiking, or swimming.
|Max temperature||23°C / 73°F||25°C / 77°F||24°C / 75°F|
|Min temperature||11°C / 52°F||12°C / 54°F||12°C / 54°F|
|Monthly sun hours||231 hours||232 hours||210 hours|
|Monthly rainy days||7 days||7 days||7 days|
Autumn (September to November)
Autumn in Germany lasts from September to November. It’s typically cooler, wetter, and windier than the other seasons. The weather can be unpredictable at this time of year, with rain possible on any given day.
Autumn in Germany, especially September and October, can be a beautiful and picturesque season, and it’s a perfect time to enjoy the natural beauty of the country.
The weather starts to be cold, gloomy, and unpleasant in November. We recommend avoiding coming to Germany at that time.
|Max temperature||20°C / 68°F||15°C / 59°F||9°C / 48°F|
|Min temperature||9°C / 48°F||5°C / 41°F||2°C / 36°F|
|Monthly sun hours||162 hours||111 hours||52 hours|
|Monthly rainy days||8 days||8 days||10 days|
Winter (December to February)
Winter in Germany lasts from December to February. It’s the coldest season in Germany.
Snowfall is not uncommon, but it does not happen every year. Especially in recent years, there has been less and less snow in Germany due to global warming.
|Max temperature||5°C / 41°F||3°C / 37°F||5°C / 41°F|
|Min temperature||-1°C / 30°F||-2°C / 28°F||-2°C / 28°F|
|Monthly sun hours||47 hours||57 hours||72 hours|
|Monthly rainy days||11 days||10 days||8 days|
Best time to visit Germany weather-wise
The best time to visit Germany weather-wise is from the middle of spring (mid-April) throughout summer (June – August), until the middle of autumn (mid-October).
In the middle of April, the weather starts to be noticeably warmer and sunnier after winter.
Summer is characterized by the warmest temperatures and the longest days. This is the best time for outdoor activities, like cycling, hiking, or swimming.
From September till mid-October the temperatures are a bit lower, there might be more rainy days and the days are shorter, but the weather is still pleasant and tolerable.
The second half of October marks the time when the ambient starts to become colder, wetter gloomier, and generally unpleasant.
Best time to visit Germany for sightseeing
The best time to visit Germany for sightseeing is from April to June and from September to October.
During these times the weather is pleasant and it’s not as overcrowded with tourists as it is in summer.
During these times you will be able to see tourist places without the masses of other people.
Best time to visit Germany for Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival and it takes place in Munich (the capital of Bavaria).
Every year, Oktoberfest starts on the second last Saturday of September and ends on the first Sunday of October.
In 2023, Oktoberfest will start on Saturday, September 16th, and end on Tuesday, October 3rd.
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