Weather in Germany should not be a determining factor when planning a visit, as it can be unpredictable. Throughout the year, weather in Germany can be gray and overcast, with a few weeks of clear, sunny days during the summer and temperatures vary by region. During the winter, some areas are simply damp and cold (north), while other regions see heavy snow fall (south).
Temperatures also vary greatly according to season, with January and February generally seeing the coldest days of the year, averaging around 27°F. The warmest month is July, when temperatures can reach 75°F. However, the summer months are also when Germany sees most of its rain. Fall can be wonderful, with colors decorating the forests and temperatures ranging from 45 to 65°F. However, from October onwards, days start getting shorter and generally darker. Having an umbrella handy most of the time is a good idea in Germany.
Best Time to Visit Germany
Different seasons bring different attractions in Germany. The spring months are popular for visiting vineyards, trips along the Rhine River, hikes up the Zugspitze, and enjoying white asparagus. The summer months see locals sunbathing in parks and relaxing on the lake as soon as the sun peaks out. The fall months bring the Fasching season (carnival) as well as the famous Oktorberfest. The winter months come with snow in the southern regions and many Christmas markets (Weihnachtsmarkt). Generally, the peak tourist season in Germany is between May and September.
However, for those heading to the German slopes for skiing, December to February is the high ski season. Many Germans head to the Black Forest area and Bavaria for skiing so hotels need to be booked well in advance. In fact, many upscale hotels only allow guests to book stays that cover both Christmas and New Year’s Day, which is considered to be the most expensive season for hotel rates.