A commonly asked question is when to visit Berlin. Obviously, there are a few factors to consider, such as when you have vacation time and whether there are any special events or festivals that you are planning to go to. That said, it’s worth thinking about the weather in Berlin before you plan your vacation. Berlin summers are pleasant, while winters are biting cold. You can go to Berlin in any season, but you should prepare yourself beforehand and not let the weather surprise you.
Berlin in the sun! Image Jonathan Adami via Flickr
Depending on where you are coming from, summer in Berlin is either mildly warm or pleasantly hot. Average highs in July and August are 23 degrees, and the days are sunny and comfortable. However, don’t be complacent: rainy days are common even in the summer months, and the evenings are frequently chilly. You should pack a raincoat and warm clothes just in case, even if you’re coming in the height of summer.
Winter in Berlin is another matter altogether. Highest daily temperatures are just three or four degrees in January and February, and snow and rain are common. The city frequently ices over during the winter months. This isn’t a reason to rule out travel to Berlin during the winter, it just means you have to plan accordingly. The U-Bahn underground rail network can get you to pretty much anywhere in the city, and many of Berlin’s attractions are indoors, in heated buildings.
Berlin in the snow. Image Anke L via Flickr
It’s hard to predict the weather in spring and autumn. There’ll be a mix of sunny days and rain, highs of around 16 degrees, and you might have to have a ‘Plan B’ on your itinerary. May and June, though, are beautiful months and the city’s parks and gardens are great places to see some nature. Autumn is a nice time to trek out into the Barnim Nature Park or visit the Tiergarten.
Finally, as well as the weather, think about other seasonal events in Berlin. The winter has a bunch of festivals, including the International Film Festival, the Grüne Woche food fest, and Christmas and New Year celebrations, of course, and the weather doesn’t stop anyone from having fun. The summer makes use of the sunny days and the city holds a number of parades, including the Christopher Street Day Parade, and the longstanding Bierfest and Musikfest.