Germany's weather can be unpredictable, but the climate is generally best from May through September. Summer, along with the winter holidays, is the most popular time to visit.
January through April can be quite cold, but are less expensive months and have fewer crowds than summer.
- high season: June to September, December
- low season: January to March
- shoulder season: April to May, October to November
Winds from the North Sea in the west and air masses from Russia in the northeast dictate Germany's climate. In general, winters are very cold, with rain in the northern region. Summers are temperate, though there is more precipitation than during the winter, especially in the Alps.
The Christmas markets during the winter holidays attract large numbers of visitors from all over the world. Summer is busy as well. The fewest tourists visit between January and April.
Accommodations remain open year-round, but stores close on Sundays.
When to Save
Prices tend to be higher during the summer and in December, and lower from January through April. Hotel rates can increase when trade shows are in town.
Information provided by the German National Tourist Board.