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Weather, average temperature, shopping and where to go in Germany in January?

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In January in Germany is not the most pleasant travel weather: freezing night turn into day ice, sleet and low values of the thermometer makes the weather chilly and damp.

Weather in Germany in January is not suitable for extensive excursions and walks in the fresh air, however, to visit the ski resorts in the country the best time not to find.

What is the weather like in January in Germany?

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On the territory of Germany are different climate zones, and this should be considered when choosing a vacation spot.

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The average temperature of air and water

In the South of the country, in cities such as Munich and Nuremberg, prevails continental climate, so here is colder than in the North. The daytime temperature is about +1 degree, night – to -5.

In the North, for example in Bremen and Hamburg at night is warmer, ice is formed. The average day temperature is ‒ 4 degrees Celsius, 0 degrees.

The average daily temperature in the capital city of Berlin about 2 degrees with the sign "plus", night - -1 degree Celsius.

In the West, for example in Cologne and düsseldorf, January is somewhat softer. The temperature rises to 5-6 degrees at night rarely below zero.

Ski resorts Alpine country will delight lovers of active holidays easy Christmas: the average daily temperature is about -2 degrees Celsius.

North sea in January is not very welcome and is rarely warmer than 4 degrees.

The climatic conditions

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In Germany, January is the most rainy and windy month of the year. For the entire month in the country dominated by cloudy weather.

  • In the South of Germany precipitation in the form of rain averages about 65 mm. Often the sleet and rain, which causes slush. The wind was blowing at a speed of 3-4 m/s.
  • In the North rainfall is slightly less than in the South, up to 49 mm for the month. The wind speed is 5-6 m/s.
  • The water temperature is about 4 degrees, the storm and high waves in the waters of the North sea – a usual thing.

  • The amount of precipitation in the Eastern part of the country ‒ 40 mm with an average wind speed of 4 m/s.
  • In the West the figures are 64 mm long and 4-5 m/s, respectively.

In January, the abundant snowfalls descend on the wane, giving the laurels of the championship fine drizzling rain and a wet rump. The humidity is high and reaches to 86-88 mm Hg.

Winter vacation

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Despite the fact that the weather in this month is not configured friendly, this does not mean that January is not suitable for release in the North country.

Where to go?

One of the most popular destinations in January remain ski resorts, which at the foot of the Alps in abundance. Most popular: Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Berchtesgaden and Oberstdorf region.

Special charm in the winter months acquire ancient German castlessuch as Neuschwanstein, Hohenzollern and Wartburg, and small villages similar to settlements fairy elves.

Germany is famous for its unique Museum collections, the richest of which are located on the famous "Museum island" of Berlin, so a vacation in the capital will not be in vain.

How to dress?

In the journey you need to take warm clothes: waterproof jacket, raincoat, sweaters and comfortable jeans. Shoes should be warmand water-resistant.

Be sure to take care as the umbrella that will withstand strong gusts of wind.

What to do in the country?

Rich historical and cultural heritage of this hospitable country will not get bored Intourist in any season, whether hot August or raw frosty January.

Excursions and entertainment

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Most popular January pastime remains skiing. Ski resorts in Reith im Winkl and Oberstdorf are willing to accept as ski guru, and very green beginners.

In January open to all the sights and natural monuments, but lovers of long walks better to choose to travel another month or spending time under a roof, for example, in museums:

  1. Hamburg railway station, Tegel Palace, Kulturforum in Berlin;
  2. The state Museum of Lower Saxony, Sprengel Museum, Museum August Kestner in Hannover;
  3. Gallery Kunsthalle, Gallery of contemporary art, Museum of arts and crafts in Hamburg;
  4. Bottcherstrasse museums, the Museum "Universum" Museum Weserburg in Bremen;
  5. Alte Pinakothek, Glyptothek, Museum of BMW in Munich;
  6. Museum Ludwig, chocolate Museum, the Ethnological Museum-Joest - -Jost in Cologne.

Also January is a great time for exploring the local cuisine. In the many restaurants and cafes it is customary to try traditional food, beer and mulled wine.


For shoppers, January is a good month, because at this time begin grandiose sales. This Mecca of shopping remain in Berlin, and the Bavarian capital Munich. In düsseldorf is the famous Konigsallee, where you can buy clothes of famous brands. Don't forget that on Sundays, the malls in Germany are always closed.

Holidays and festivals

1 January in Germany celebrating New Year is fun and noisy, with dancing, singing and fireworks.

Be sure to visit local restaurants and try traditional Christmas dishes fried carp.

January 6 – Three Kings Day. On this day, the Germans attend a solemn mass, and in the evening dinner with the family, the last time the Christmas lights are lit.

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