When to go to Dortmund: climate, best time and tips month by month

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Joel Fulleda

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Dortmund a city in northern Germany, in the Ruhr area. It is known above all for its industrial tradition, for the excellent beers produced by local breweries and for the football culture, with one of the strongest teams in the whole country. Due to its location, the weather is not always entirely favorable and could ruin your vacation. So here are some for you information on when to go to Dortmund, taking into account the climate, the best time and month-by-month tips.


  1. Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation
  2. When to go to Dortmund: the cheapest period
  3. Dortmund in the Spring
  4. Dortmund in the Summer
  5. Dortmund in Autumn
  6. Dortmund in Winter
  7. User questions and comments

Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation

  • Best time: the summer, even if it rains a lot, the temperatures are pleasant. Late spring (late April-early June) and early autumn (September-October) are also good
  • Period to avoid: from December to February it is very rainy and temperatures are close to freezing

The climate is sub-oceanic, humid and very rainy. It is characterized by mild summers, where the maximum temperatures, in the hottest months of July and August, are around 25 °, and cold winters, with lows of 2 ° in the months of December, January and February.

Rainfall is constant and distributed almost evenly throughout the year. The wettest month is December, with an average of 20 rainy days, the least rainy April, with 11 days. Whichever month of the year you visit the city, make sure you have an umbrella with you.

When to go to Dortmund: the cheapest period

It corresponds to the months of April and September: in addition to having fairly mild temperatures, these are the months that record less rainfall throughout the year. Moreover, these are low season periods, as the high season begins with the month of May until August and December, coinciding with the Christmas holidays. These are, of course, the months with the greatest tourist turnout, which therefore also cause prices to rise, especially for hotels and b & bs and for flights.

Dortmund in the Spring

During this season the city begins to wake up and temperatures start to rise after the cold of winter. Moreover, this is one of the best times to visit it: March and April are two of the months with the least rainy days on average, and in April the maximum temperatures reach 16 ° C, while in May 18 ° C. The minimum temperatures, on the other hand, are on average around 9/10 ° C, so it is advisable to always carry a sweatshirt or a jacket with you, and do not forget an umbrella in any case.
In addition, the MAYDAY Festival, one of the most important house, techno and electronic music events in Europe. Every year, this festival attracts fans from all over the world and makes use of the collaborations of national and international artists of great fame. Furthermore, in collaboration with the city of Cologne, theInternational Women's Film Festival.

Dortmund in the Summer

It is the best season to visit the city. Temperatures are mild, reaching 25 ° in the hottest months of July and August. The rain unfortunately does not allow a break even in this period, therefore remember to always bring an umbrella and a sweatshirt with you, in case temperatures drop suddenly due to rain.

This, moreover, is a season full of events throughout the city. Starting with the famous Street Food Music Festival Dortmund, a weekend in August where you can taste culinary specialties from all over the world, while in the evening the streets are transformed into real DJ sets. Moreover, with the Street Beach Festival Dortmund, in the month of July, the streets of the city are transformed into a real bathing establishment: sand, live music, Caribbean food, cocktails, absolutely nothing is missing.

Dortmund in Autumn

Temperatures drop again, but the rains are also decreasing. September and October are two of the best months to visit the city. The temperatures are still pleasant, with highs in September of 20 ° and in October of 15 °, while in November they drop to 10 °, and with a few days of rain taking into account the other times of the year. In fact, September and October are among the months with fewer days and millimeters of rainfall.
And autumn is the setting for another important festival: the Syndicate Festival, hardstyle music event, a genre that comes from hardcore techno music. It is held every October at Westfalenhallen and attracts fans of this musical genre from all over Europe. Also in this case, as for the MAYDAY Festival, internationally renowned artists participate, divided on 4 different stages.

Dortmund in Winter

With this season comes the cold and long rainy days: December and January are the wettest months of the year, as well as being the coldest, with temperatures ranging from 2 ° C to 5 ° C. This it is the most not recommended period to visit the city. However, if you decide to spend a weekend during this period, bring warm clothes with you and absolutely do not forget the umbrella, you will need it often.
But on the one hand, despite the cold, December is also one of the most beautiful months for the city, thanks to his people beautiful Christmas markets, among the largest in all of Germany. They are held from the end of November until December 23 and invade all the streets. With more than 300 stalls, you will find Christmas sweets, hot drinks to fight the cold, handicrafts and lots of Christmas decorations to take home, to always have a souvenir of the holiday. Also, here you will see the tallest Christmas tree in all of Germany: 45 meters high and more than 40.000 light bulbs to illuminate it.

How to dress: what to pack

  • In winter: characterized by very low temperatures, close to 0, and by many days of rain; Warm clothes and sweaters are recommended, a heavy jacket, a scarf and a cap to fight the wind, an umbrella for the rain
  • In summer: characterized by mild temperatures, but with numerous precipitations; recommended to dress in layers, therefore short-sleeved t-shirts, long pants, sweatshirt for the evening and light jacket, umbrella for the rain
  • In autumn and spring: characterized by temperatures around 10/15 °, rain always present; recommended to dress in layers, with short-sleeved shirts and a sweatshirt, jacket for when the temperatures drop, umbrella for the rain

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