Summer is Cologne’s busy season, with daytime highs averaging in the low to mid-70s. August in particular is a prime time, when highs reach into the 70s and the city sees minimal rainfall. Late spring (May) and early fall (September and October) also offer pleasant conditions.
The people of Cologne appreciate a party, which means the city’s festivals are plentiful—and exuberant. Spring and summer are jam-packed with events, including Art Cologne and Summerjam, Europe’s largest reggae festival.
Aficionados of hoppy brew will delight in Cologne’s annual Oktoberfest, which serves up a wild celebration for two weeks, from late September through early October. Expect lots of lederhosen and frauleins dressed in traditional Bavarian dirndl dresses, pumping oompah bands, chilled brews delivered icy cold in steins, plus doughy pretzels, sausages, apple strudel, and pork knuckles.
One of Germany’s warmest cities, Cologne delivers relatively mild winters (with temps ranging from 41 to 44). And the festivals continue with the months-long Cologne Carnival, one of Europe’s biggest street festivals, officially commencing on November 11th at 11 minutes past 11 a.m.