Best Time to Visit Germany

Germany has always held a special place for its history, culture, and its breathtaking natural beauty in every traveler’s mind. The country is abundant in forests and mountains, with historic cities which have no shortage of recreational activities and sightseeing. With so many things to do, read on to know more about the ideal time to visit this country so that you make the most of this trip.

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    Best Time to Visit Germany for Ideal Weather

    Germany sees its tourism at its peak during the summer, particularly from May through September. At this time, the weather is pleasantly warm and the temperatures are comfortably in the low 20s°C. The crowds pour in because this is the perfect time for sightseeing that doesn't dissipate until the Oktoberfest is over.

    Other than summers and late September's Oktoberfest, December and January are peak seasons because of the Christmas and New year festivities. You can expect higher airfare and hotels along with hordes of tourists pouring into the country.

    Take a look at the table below for an idea about Germany’s best seasons to visit:

    Season

    Months

    Temperature

    Spring

    March to May

    0°C to 19°C

    Summer

    June to September  

    11°C to 24°C

    Autumn

    October to November

    1°C to 19°C

    Winter

    December to February

    0°C  to 22°C

    If you want to avoid getting caught in the rain, then plan your trip during the drier months of July and September which have a lot of sunshine with temperatures ranging between 20°C and 27°C.

    Best Time to Visit Germany for Festivals

    Germans are known for their festivals; from international events with artists from all over the world or a simple summer fair, you will find no shortage of festivities here. If visiting Germany for its festivities, you're in for luck! Germany has some of its best festivals during its shoulder months.

    May to August sees most of these festivals. If you admire Bach, don't miss out on the Bach Fest, the week-long celebration that takes place in June in Leipzig.

    This period also means fewer tourists, cheaper accommodation, lower prices, and a lot of mesmerizing occasions. Some of these are Berlin Festivals of Lights and Carnival of Cultures.

    Autumn sees the famous Oktoberfest which may be a crowded time to visit this place, but this festival is bound to be worth it!

    Seven weeks before Easter (During January and February), Germany celebrates Fasching which is more popularly known as Karneval. There are numerous events and costumed parades with some of the best Karneval celebrations in Cologne, Mainz, and Munich.

    Where to Go Sightseeing in Germany?

    Germany boasts many historic cities and is brimming with old cathedrals and breathtaking palaces. If you are particularly visiting Germany for its sights, you won't need to head very far. You can easily experience its cultural sites in the metropolitan areas of Munich, Hamburg, or Frankfurt. If looking for some secluded recreation then you can visit the Black Forest, Rhine Valley, or the Bavarian Alps.

    The country has preserved its old monuments, small towns, and its centuries-old Christmas markets, fairs, and festivals. Take a look at some of the best places to go sightseeing in Germany:

    Cologne Cathedral

    This towering Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Mary is a Gothic architecture masterpiece. Situated on the banks of the river Rhine, it is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. The building was started in 1248 during the Middle Ages and covers an area of 6,166 square meters. The magnificent piece has many precious relics and objects which miraculously survived WW II.

    Miniatur Wunderland

    Situated in the iconic Port of Hamburg, make sure to visit the world's largest model railway. A favorite of both young and old, this detailed model has over 12,000 meters of track and incorporates 890 trains, over 300,000 lights, and more than 200,000 human figurines. While you're visiting this remarkably detailed place, don't forget to visit the Port of Hamburg which is spread over 100 square kilometers. It also is one of the world's largest cruise ship terminals and is popularly known as the Gateway to Germany.

    Zugspitze Massif

    If you don't mind the cold, this one is of the best places to visit in Germany during winters. Situated in the frontier between Austria and Germany, the Zugspitze is a part of the Wetterstein mountain range and can be best enjoyed through a Bayerische Zugspitzbahn (a cable car) or Tiroler Zugspitzbahn, the railway that runs to this station at a height of 2,805 meters. The journey also includes the famous 800-meter long walk through a tunnel which gives you a complete view at this height.

    Rothenburg ob der Tauber

    One of the most popular places in Germany, this imperial city is an old Franconian place which is beautifully placed on the banks of the River Tauber. It's notable for its towers and walls that have been completely preserved since the medieval ages. You can take in the town's charms through its walking tours from any of the tourism offices in the town.

    Make sure you visit the 13th century Rathaus (Town Hall), the St. Georgs-Brunnen fountain, and the Imperial City Museum.

    The Berlin Wall

    What remains of this historically significant wall is now one of the most modern attractions in Berlin. This wall was built during the Cold War in 1961. For over 25 years, it kept the East and West Berlins divided and resulted in more than 70 deaths of people trying to escape the East.  You can also visit the Berlin Wall Memorial and the Berlin Wall Exhibition to learn more about its turbulent history after the second world war. 

    Best Time to Visit Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany

    One of the most picturesque and famous castles of Europe, Neuschwanstein Castle is also the inspiration for Walt Disney's iconic Disneyland. This fantasy fortress was built by King Ludwig the second and has some of the most spectacular views to offer.

    This Bavarian beauty is at its peak during Autumn, with weather more consistent than German spring which is rather unpredictable with rain, hail, or sunshine. Visiting it during the shoulder months of May, June, and October is also a great time as the crowds are limited and you may get cheaper deals at resorts or hotels. The temperature is comfortable around 19°C before the winter sets in with its cold and snow.

    You can also visit this castle anytime between November and April, however, don't forget the Christmas crowds that will be visiting during the holiday season. You will also see the snow-capped castle during the winters, which is an experience of its own.

    Most Affordable Time to Visit Germany

    Germany sees a rather unpredictable spring between March and May. While it brings the first rays of sunshine, it is still very volatile with outbursts of rain, hail, and even snow while the sun shines. This makes it an avoided time by many tourists which means cheaper prices for those traveling under a budget.

    You can easily get significant discounts on your travel ticket as well as accommodation, given that you do it sometime in advance. Since these months are very cold, you will need to plan your tourist attractions accordingly.

    Visiting in Autumn is also recommended for cheaper prices as the summer tourists would have just left. But you need to plan it keeping in mind the Oktoberfest, which again brings thousands of international tourists.

    Worst Time to Visit Germany

    With winter temperatures ranging between -5°C and 6°C, you should avoid visiting Germany if you can't stand the cold. Many areas see temperatures as low as -20°C which needs a lot of layering up and preparation. This time is slow and there is a considerable fall in tourist numbers. However, winter sports lovers can visit during these months if they pack up well. Visiting during summers is also not recommended for those under a budget, as it is the peak time and you may not be able to make the most of your trip due to exorbitant pricing everywhere.

    Throughout the year, Germany is a wonderful place to explore. It’s natural beauty and fairytale castles continues to fascinate people from all over the world. If you do decide to visit during winters, don't forget to pack thick clothes along with your travel medical insurance to keep you safe and covered. Not only will it keep you safe, but also be covered in case of any urgency.