Germany weather in January

Many people wonder what kind of weather they can expect in January in Germany. Is this month a good time to go to Germany? To answer that question we created this page with all the information you need.

What is the weather like in Germany in January?

The weather conditions in Germany in January are generally poor. It is a winter month.

During January in Germany, the average maximum temperature ranges from very low in Zugspitze with -7°C (19°F) to low in Cologne with 6°C (43°F). Minimum nighttime temperatures generally drop to 0°C (32°F) in Cologne and -13°C (9°F) in Zugspitze. On average, it is the month with the lowest temperature of the year in Germany. So be prepared and make sure to dress up warm.

Precipitation in January ranges from low in Erfurt with an average of 23mm (0.9inch) snow/rainfall to heavy in Zugspitze with 170mm (6.7inch). It is also generally a dark period with an average of 57 hours of sunshine in Berlin during the entire month.

We invite you to have a look at the map below to find out more about the different weather conditions per location in Germany.

Where to go in Germany in January

Find the average weather conditions in January for the most popular destinations in Germany on the map below. Click on a destination dot for more detailed information.

Legend perfect weather pleasant tolerable unpleasant poor
Perfect weather is subjective. On this map perfect weather has been defined with temperatures between 20-29ºC / 68-84ºF and not too much precipitation (less than 90mm / 3.5inch a month).

Popular destinations in Germany

What is the weather like in January for the 5 most popular destinations in Germany?

Average weather in Berlin

In January Berlin generally has low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 3°C (37°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around -2°C (28°F) and moderate monthly snow/rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Berlin
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly snow/rainfall Snow/rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
5°C / 41°F 
-1°C / 30°F 
47 hours 
55mm / 2.2inch 
11 days 
poor 
3°C / 37°F 
-2°C / 28°F 
57 hours 
43mm / 1.7inch 
10 days 
poor 
5°C / 41°F 
-2°C / 28°F 
72 hours 
37mm / 1.5inch 
8 days 
poor 
Climate in Berlin

Average weather in Cologne

In January Cologne generally has low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 6°C (43°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 0°C (32°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Cologne
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Weather conditions Weather
7°C / 44°F 
1°C / 34°F 
45 hours 
71mm / 2.8inch 
poor 
6°C / 43°F 
0°C / 32°F 
55 hours 
63mm / 2.5inch 
poor 
7°C / 45°F 
0°C / 32°F 
80 hours 
52mm / 2inch 
poor 
Climate in Cologne

Average weather in Binz

In January Binz generally has low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 2°C (36°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around -3°C (27°F) and moderate monthly snow/rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Binz
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly snow/rainfall Snow/rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
4°C / 38°F 
-1°C / 30°F 
55mm / 2.2inch 
11 days 
poor 
2°C / 36°F 
-3°C / 27°F 
46mm / 1.8inch 
11 days 
poor 
3°C / 37°F 
-2°C / 28°F 
33mm / 1.3inch 
8 days 
poor 
Climate in Binz

Average weather in Munich

In January Munich generally has low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 4°C (38°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around -2°C (28°F) and moderate monthly snow/rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Munich
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly snow/rainfall Snow/rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
5°C / 40°F 
-1°C / 30°F 
60 hours 
66mm / 2.6inch 
11 days 
poor 
4°C / 38°F 
-2°C / 28°F 
80 hours 
48mm / 1.9inch 
10 days 
poor 
5°C / 41°F 
-2°C / 29°F 
100 hours 
46mm / 1.8inch 
9 days 
poor 
Climate in Munich

Average weather in Hamburg

In January Hamburg generally has low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 4°C (38°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around -1°C (30°F) and moderate monthly snow/rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Hamburg
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly snow/rainfall Snow/rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
5°C / 40°F 
0°C / 32°F 
38 hours 
72mm / 2.8inch 
12 days 
poor 
4°C / 38°F 
-1°C / 30°F 
45 hours 
66mm / 2.6inch 
12 days 
poor 
5°C / 40°F 
-1°C / 30°F 
67 hours 
48mm / 1.9inch 
9 days 
poor 
Climate in Hamburg

Is your destination not in the list? Have a look at other destinations in Germany.

Is January the best time to go to Germany?

In our opinion January is not the best time to visit Germany with commonly poor weather in Berlin.

On average the best time to visit Germany is in May, June, July, August and September with generally perfect weather in Berlin. The worst months are January, February, March, November and December that can have poor weather conditions.

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