Bavaria’s mountains and foothills turn white from December until February, on average, with snow sometimes hovering until April.
In January, they have wooden sledge or “Hornschlitten” races, with people dressing in traditional costume and generally having fun in the snow, in various towns and villages in Bavaria.
Fasching or Carnival happens around the Rhine, Black Forest and Bavaria regions around February, which is traditionally the fun before the fast of Lent.
March brings the almond blossoms out in the south, especially along the Wine Route, with the first wine festival happening as early as April.
May is a great month to enjoy the Mosel River in the Rhineland-Palatinate region, with the Happy Mosel event shutting down all the roads along the river to motorised traffic.
If you are hiking the Rennsteig, be aware that the iconic Rennsteiglauf, or marathon, takes place in May every year. So it won’t be as relaxed up on that ridge.
There are lots of seasonal foods, but asparagus lovers, head here in May and June for field to fork to feast. Or September for wild mushrooms thrown into everything.
July and August are peak seasons everywhere, of course, but particularly in all the holiday regions from Lake Constance to the North Sea islands. But in regions such as Brandenburg, the Harz Mountains, Teutoburger Forest or Mecklenburg lake district, you’ll always find cool, quieter spots in peak season.
For bird watching on Rügen or the East Fresian Islands, October is a great month for seeing spectacles such as the mass migration of cranes when up to 40,000 of the beauties pop in for snacks.
Christmas markets are a big feature throughout Germany, running from late November to December, as late as Christmas Eve.