Do you want to know what to wear in Germany in Spring? Then you have come to the right place. No whether you are going to the cities like Berlin, Munich or Hamburg or heading to the countryside we will tell you exactly what you should pack for Germany in March, April and May.
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Weather in Germany in Spring (March, April and May)
Spring in Germany is classified as March, April and May. And as with much of Europe in Spring, the weather in Germany in Spring is very changeable. So what can you expect from German weather in Spring?
How cold is Germany in Spring?
The average temperature in Germany in Spring is around 7°C / 44.6°F. March is the coldest of the Spring months with an average temperature of 4°C / 39°F but rises up to 12°C/53°F in May.
However in the mountains the temperature will be cooler and there can even be some snowfall there. However in the cities snowfall should be behind you!
Therefore the key to any German Spring packing list is layers.
How rainy is in Germany in Spring?
No matter what season you are traveling to Germany in you can get rain, and Spring is no exception. Generally speaking rain will fall on 10 days a month in Spring, so you will definitely want to a waterproof jacket with you and a compact travel umbrella with you.
Does it snow in Germany in Spring?
Typically speaking Germany sees snow most commonly in Winter, however it is not impossible for snow to fall in Spring especially in March and early April on the high ground.
Note: For more specific guidance on what to wear in Germany in Spring check out our regional guides:
- What to wear in Berlin in Spring.
- What to wear in Frankfurt in Spring
- What to wear in Hamburg in Spring
- what to Wear in Munich in Spring
Note: we always recommend checking the forecast at your destination(s) 7 days out from travel to make sure there are no expected weather fronts i.e. heatwaves or cold snaps.
And if your trip takes in neighbouring countries be sure to check out our other European Spring guides:
- What to wear in France in Spring
- What to wear in Italy in Spring
- What to wear in the Netherlands in Spring
- What to wear to London in Spring
- What to wear in Portugal in Spring
- What to wear in Spain in May
How do local people dress in Germany in Spring?
But whatever the season local Germans tend to dress practically. So if you want to dress like locals in Germany you should prioritise dressing for the weather before concerning yourself with fashion.
What to Wear in Germany in Spring
When looking at what to pack for Germany in Spring, layers are going to be your best friend no matter whether you are traveling in March, April or May.
What to Wear in Germany in Spring for Women
Although, Winter has ended you will still want a top layer for Germany in Spring. In March, you will want a thicker coat with some waterproofing, however by May a lighter weight is appropriate. By end of May I will have reduced down to just a puffer jacket, trench or denim jacket depending on the weather.
I never travel to Germany without jeans especially in Spring as they are the perfect weight trouser and work for most places.
One of the things I like about Germany is that you will see all sorts of styles on the city streets, therefore you can wear the type of jeans you are most comfortable in. However black jeans are commonly worn by the locals.
Alongside jeans I would also pack of smarter trousers too. One of my favorite travel pants of the moment is the Athleta Brooklyn ankle pant for travel which is great for restaurants and for airplane outfits.
Skirts and Dresses
As the weather begins to warm up skirts and dresses are more appropriate for daytime sightseeing. In March and early April, you may still want a sweater dress or jumper dress with tights however in May a wrap dress is a great pick!
A loose blouse works for the evenings or days layered with a cardigan or sweater. As a personal style choice I like a floral blouse in pastel colors.
T Shirts are a great base for German cities in Spring. T Shirts that are plain or are lightly patterned are easier to make work as part of a capsule wardrobe. However graphic or slogan t shirts won’t be out of place on the streets of the major cities in Germany.
Although Winter is over you will still want lots of light layers as part of your packing list. We recommend lighter thinner layers as they are easier to pack and layer. Personally for Spring in Germany the layers I pack are:
- a hoodie – great for daytime sightseeing in places such as museums
- a merino wool sweater – great for restaurants, and
- a cardigan – that can be used as a layer both day and night.
It doesn’t matter where I am traveling to in Europe a pashmina is always on my packing list. A pashmina can be used as a scarf or lovely accessory but can double up as an added extra layer in Spring.
PJs, Underwear and Socks
What to pack for Germany in Spring for Men
The packing list for men is quite similar as the ladies packing list for Germany in Spring and we recommend packing:
The thickness will depend on whether you are traveling to Germany in Early or Late Spring.
T Shirts and Shirts
A mix of long and short sleeve t shirts is a good idea, as well as a button down shirt for fancier restaurants.
Jeans are great for sightseeing in Spring. You may want to add a smarter pair of chinos or smart wool trousers to the packing list too for nights out and fancier dinners.
A hoodie, jumper and sweater alongside the jacket are the perfect layers for 7 days in Germany.
Underwear, Socks and Pjs
Goes without saying.
Best Shoes for Germany in Spring
Sneakers are my number one shoe anywhere in Europe in Spring but especially Germany. You will find many cobbled stone streets in Germany and sneakers are the best shoe to cope with a variety of terrains.
My favorite sneaker brands for travel are Hoka and All birds. But I also love the versatility of a white sneaker especially in Spring when my wardrobe becomes more colourful and pastel. One of my favorite white sneaker is the Addidas Cloud Foam as I find them comfortable for walking long distances.
Ankle Boots or Sandals
Depending on whether you are traveling in Early in Late Spring will affect what is the best second type of shoe for Germany. For March I would normally pack an ankle boot while in May I will be packing a lighter shoe such as a sandal.,
April is very much a transitional month in Spring so which shoe I pack will very much depend on the weather during my week of travel.
Note: hiking boots are only really necessary if you plan on going on hikes outside of the city.
What to pack for Germany in Spring (Non Clothing)
- Crossbody Bag – unfortunately any tourist site attracts pickpockets and Germany is no different. Protect your belongings by having a crossbody bag with lots of zips. My favorite brand of travel bag is travelon.
- Backpack – for storing items on your day trips.
- Travel adaptor – Germany uses the traditional European plugs (though the UK has a different plug). So if you are coming from the UK or USA etc you will need an adapter to make your electronics work.
- Power Pack / battery packs
- Sun screen
- Compact Umbrella – Germany can be rainy in Spring. For this reason we always recommend traveling with a compact travel umbrella.
- Travel First Aid Kit
- Blister plasters
- Toiletries – for our essential toiletries packing list click here.
How to dress in Germany in Spring for Special Events
There is really only one event in Germany that may affect your packing list which is Frühlingsfest also known as Springfest. Frühlingsfest (Springfest) is usually held in Munich and is held at the halfway point between the two Oktoberfests. As with Oktoberfest you will see people wearing dirndls and traditional dress however it is not as popular a festival.
Have you been to Germany in Spring? What did you wear? We would love you to tell us in the comments below!