Sara and John say...
In the heart of Europe and stretching from the Baltic to the Alps, Germany’s climate is varied, but rarely extreme. It’s a year-round destination.
The peak visiting period for the country as a whole is between April and September. During these warmer months, temperatures typically sit between the high teens and low 20s Celsius - perfect for outdoor leisure and sightseeing.
But anyone who knows western Europe will be aware of how much the weather can vary from day to day! So temperatures do fluctuate. Some summer days can be chillier; but by the same token, heatwaves can lift summer temperatures into the 30s Celsius, especially when winds come across the Alps from the Mediterranean.
Overall, the summer months see more rainfall than winter, but be aware that these downpours are often short and sharp, meaning that much of the day remains dry.
The autumn months cool down erratically, with mild weather often persisting until the end of the year. However this is inevitably the greyer, chillier and more blustery time of year. A typical winter’s day sees daytime temperatures sitting between 0 and 10 Celsius, with slight overnight frosts. But again, depending on weather patterns, we can expect big variations on that theme.
Severe cold spells happen occasionally, when heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures become the norm for a few days. However prolonged freezing weather is rare.
The exception to this is the Alps, where reliable snow and sub-zero temperatures make the region a winter-sports playground. However, with the melting of the Alpine valleys through spring, the stunning green beauty of the region opens up a far greater range of activities beneath the snow-capped peaks.