Some good news for you, the British traveller, is that Berlin is not that rainy and foggy as London. Even though it’s not one of the warmest destinations in the world, the German capital benefits from anoceanic-continental climate with hot summers and quite cold winters. If you’re trying to escape from London’s rain, then you should avoid going to Berlin in June, because this is the wettest month. Also, you could avoid January and February, as they can feature freezing temperatures.
The best months to visit the beautiful Berlin are May, July and August. Around this time of the year, the weather is warm and pleasant and you will also benefit from 10 – 11 hours of sunshine. Also, a lot of events and festivals take place in the summer in Berlin. Some of the most notable are Fete de la Musique (21 June), Classic Open Air Gendarmenmarkt (July), Karneval der Kulturen (May; similar to Notting Hill Carnival in London) and Berliner Bierfestival (August). However, precisely because of these numerous festivals, Berlin can get quite crowded in the warm season.
The average temperatures for a summer in Berlin are between 16°C and 25°C, making it the perfect weather for strolling around the city streets, relaxing in the parks, eating ice creams at the numerous ice cream stores and enjoying the capital’s top attractions. Even though June is the wettest month, it is also the sunniest, with an average of 222 hours of sunshine.
Some of the things you should not miss if you choose to visit Berlin the summer are the famous beach bars located along the Spree. They’re decorated with beach chairs, swimming pools and palm trees and will make you feel like you’re at the seaside. Also, don’t miss the chance of renting a boat and enjoying the beautiful bridges and canals of Berlin, which are five times as many as in the famous Venice.
Winter is a chilly season in Berlin and if you don’t like cold weather, you should probably avoid visiting the city around this time of the year. Still, December remains a magical month in Germany’s capital thanks to the numerous Christmas markets organised in the city. It’s one of the top destinations for holidays and the best place to meet Santa Claus and ask him for those presents you’re waiting for. It is, however a peak season, so the hotels, shops and the entire city can get extremely crowded.
The average temperatures for December are between 2°C and -3°C, so bring your coat and hat and expect plenty of snowfall and icy roads. The coldest winter month is January, with the average temperatures below 0°C. It is also the month with the least sunshine hours (only 46 hours). A good thing to know about Berlin in winter is that the city doesn’t stay covered in snow for too long.
Spring and autumn are probably the best seasons for visiting Berlin for those who don’t like crowded streets and traffic jams. Also, these seasons are neither too hot, nor too cold and will allow you to completely relax and enjoy the vibe and beauty of the city. Spring in Berlin starts in March and ends in June and offers the capital a specific charm that you won’t find in any other season. The average temperatures are somewhere around 13°C and 15°C during the afternoon. In the evening, they can decrease as low as 4°C, so bringing a jacket with you might seem like a sensible decision. There will be heavy showers in spring, but they won’t usually last for long and will go away as quickly as they came. Overall, Berlin is a stunning city in spring.
The early months of autumn, September and October, are wonderful in Berlin, as they cover the city in colourful fallen leaves. The weather gets chillier, but still temperate. The average high temperature for October is 14°C and for September is 18°C. A jacket, a scarf and an umbrella are the only accessories you need around this time of the year.November is not as friendly as the other autumn months, with the average high temperature of only 8°C during the day and 4°C during the night. So, the weather gets quite cold for the tourists. On rare occasions, snowfall has been seen in November, but this is not a usual thing for this time of the year.
Besides the above-mentioned reasons, by going for an off-season holiday in Berlin you can also save money on plane tickets and hotel reservations. You will make your holiday a lot cheaper, but you’ll still be able to explore the best of Berlin.