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Berlin Cathedral in winter with snow
Snowy Berlin Cathedral in winter © visumate

Time zone, travel time & weather

So where is Berlin exactly?

Bright sunshine, snowy roads or moderate temperatures – when is the best time to travel to Berlin? This depends, of course, on how much time you are planning to spend in museums or strolling through the city’s streets. Berlin has a continental climate, which means temperatures differ quite widely over the course of the year. Temperatures in summer can exceed 30 degrees Celsius

Usually, though, temperatures from May through September range pleasantly between 15 and 25 degrees. In winter, temperatures can drop to 10 below freezing or even lower, but on average the temperature revolves around zero Celsius. Longer periods of frost with snow and ice, in which the Spree freezes over, are possible especially in January and February. Precipitation frequency remains pretty much the same throughout the year.

The best time for a visit of Berlin

Spring, summer, autumn, winter – Berlin is always worth seeing! Take a stroll through the capital city’s verdant parks and gardens in spring. In summer, Berlin bursts into vibrant life with open-air events, festivals and long nights. In autumn, the city turns colourful – not just the leaves on its many trees, but also the Berlin Art Week and the Festival of Lights which paint the city. Last but not least, winter sees the Berlin Christmas Markets invite a festive mood, while the museums promise journeys of discovery through their ancient secrets.

Berlin time zone

Berlin takes central European time, one hour later than Greenwich Mean Time. Daylight saving time, when the clocks are moved forward one hour, applies from the last Sunday in March until the last Sunday in October.