ermany is a country in central Europe and so it has a temperate climate. The weather in Germany varies throughout the year, with very distinct seasons and a range of temperatures.
Here is the walk-through for anyone who considers visiting or even moving to Germany. To make it short: You never know what you’ll get.
In the summer months, which usually run from June to August, Germany experiences warm temperatures with occasional heatwaves. On average, temperatures range from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius (68 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit). However, some regions, like the south of Germany, can see temperatures rise to over 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit). The past years, summers were quite hot – which might be related to climate change. On a side note: Air conditioning is not a thing in Germany, at least not in private houses. Therefore, it can be quite hot in your apartment, especially in older (less insulated) buildings.
Fall in Germany, which runs from September to November, can be relatively mild with average temperatures ranging from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius (50 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit). The leaves on trees turn red and gold, and there is a crispness to the air which can make for pleasant strolls through the many parks and forest areas in Germany. Foggy mornings make it especially interesting to take atmospheric photos and it might be a wonderful experience to go on a walk – water repellant clothes make it even nicer.
People from all over Germany travel to Bavaria in the wintertime, just to be able to ski for a few days.
Winter in Germany, which runs from December to February, can be quite harsh with temperatures dropping below freezing, especially in the north and east. The south can be slightly milder with temperatures ranging from just below 0 to 5 degrees Celsius (32 to 41 degrees Fahrenheit), however it is not uncommon that temperatures can drop to minus 20 degrees Celsius either. Do not get mistaken: The south is the area in Germany with the most snow and it is almost a must to know how to ski. The mountains are being prepared for this season, there are booths with hot drinks everywhere and the after ski parties are a big part of the experience. Of course, Germany is famous for its traditional Christmas markets which attract many tourists. During this time, Germany experiences the phenomenon of the “Christkindlmarkt,” or Christmas market, where visitors can enjoy hot mulled wine, gingerbread, and other festive treats. However, more and more Christmas markets are being renamed to “Winter Market”, to make sure that the growing population from other countries with other religions feel included, too. But the fact remains: Markets in Germany are an important part of the winter and you should definitely go and experience them.
Spring in Germany, which runs from March to May, offers some relief from the cold winter, with average temperatures ranging from 10 to 20 degrees Celsius (50 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit). The first blooms of flowers and trees come during spring, making for beautiful scenes in parks and gardens throughout the country. Birds come back from the south and you can watch them build their nests in trees, under the rain gutter on houses, and every other possible place.
Germans are always looking forward to this time of the year, and the beer gardens open up again, the beaches fill up with people enjoying the warmer weather.
Overall, the weather in Germany can be varied and unpredictable. It is always a good idea to check the forecast before traveling and to pack for all eventualities. But an advice from someone who grew up here: Never expect the forecast to be correct. Be prepared for everything and make sure you can layer your clothes. It may be really sunny and warm this morning, but temperatures can drop significantly within a few hours and a thunderstorm might come up – especially in the coastal areas. However, no matter the weather, there is always something to see, do, and enjoy in Germany.