When to go to the Rhine Valley: climate, best time and tips month by month

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The Rhine Valley is one of the most fascinating areas of Germany. In fact, called the most romantic Germany.v Villages, castles, fortresses and the countless historical monuments that follow one another in the Valle de Reno, have earned it the title of site Unesco World Heritage from 2002.
But it's not just the history that makes this region so interesting. The protagonist of the real show here is nature!

Each bend of the river offers breathtaking landscapes and glimpses of a wonderful nature.
Along this journey you will encounter only spectacular vineyards, ancient castles perched, small and elegant villages lying along the banks of the Rhine.

The best way to explore the valley is to take the Rheingauer Riesling Route, a spectacular stretch of road dotted with small villages and wineries.
The charm of this trip can be discovered both in auto in that boat and, for true sports lovers of hiking, also in bike.

You can take a circular route, starting and ending in Koblenz or Mainz, or touch, little by little, the various points of the river on the characteristic boats that go back and forth from one pier to another.


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

Climate, Average Temperatures and Precipitation

  • Best time: from mid-May to September, when temperatures are pleasant even if not very sunny. Cool and rainy days can occur (maximum around 15 °); In the month of September, the days begin to shorten
  • Period to avoid: winter is not really to be avoided but, certainly, the least suitable. Being influenced by the ocean it is the mildest area in Germany, but it is also humid and sometimes windy

Like almost all of Germany, the Rhine Valley presents a unstable climate and not very sunny. Therefore, the elements to consider when choosing the best time in which to leave are the temperature and the length of the days and goes from mid-May to September. Being on the border with Holland and Belgium, the climate is influenced by the ocean.

In winter there is a fairly mild climate with highs around 10-12 ° C, but also humid and often windy, snow is a rare phenomenon.
In summer there is no shortage of very hot days, with highs up to 30 ° C.
In autumn fewer thunderstorms occur and autumn colors give their best, but unfortunately the days are starting to get shorter ...
In spring temperatures start to rise but very slowly: in March they reach 11 ° C and in April 15 ° C and in May the temperatures resemble those of April in Italy, with highs around 18/20 ° C, but they also occur thunderstorms in the afternoon.

When to go to the Rhine Valley: the cheapest period

Prices are cheaper in winter when there is much less demand but, of course, it is also the least suitable time to embark on this journey as most of its charm lapses.

Rhine Valley in Spring

In spring, temperatures begin to rise but very slowly; in March it reaches 11 ° C and in April the maximum is around 15 ° C. In May, temperatures rise even more and resemble those of April in Italy (maximum 18/20 ° C). Season characterized by a mild climate, tending to cool, especially in the evening, but thunderstorms in the afternoon are frequent.
Spring is the ideal time to visit the Rhine Valley.
In addition to the beauty of the landscapes, the summer is welcomed with parties, events, shows and demonstrations.

It's a season full of events, in Stuttgart, from mid-April to early May, the renowned spring Festival, considered the Spring Oktoberfest. Musical performances, food stands, markets of typical products and above all numerous beer tents that offer everyone a mug.
The first week of May on the banks of the Rhine takes place Rhine in Flames,one of the pyrotechnic festivals most important in Germany. Over 60 boats cross a stretch of the river, coloring its banks red and enhancing the beauty of the surrounding landscape.

Rhine Valley in Summer

This season is definitely pleasant, with temperatures between 14/25 ° C. Cool and rainy days can happen (max 15 ° C), but short heat waves cannot be ruled out, with highs up to 30 ° C, which still last a couple of days.
From June onwards, it is Rhine cruise recommended which starts from Strasbourg and touches the wonderful Koblenz and Mannheim dominated, the first by the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, and the second by the castle, a masterpiece of Baroque architecture.

The pyrotechnic festival Rhine in Flames, at the beginning of July, it touches the stretch of the Rhine between Rüdesheim and Bingen, and then illuminates the skies of Spay on the night of August 13, making the area of ​​the Middle Rhine Valley even more magical and evocative.
At the beginning of September it is the turn of Oberwesel, while in mid-September the festival ends in St. Goar and St. Goarshausen.
Between the end of August and the beginning of September, the largest and most important wine festival in the country is held in Stuttgart and attracts thousands of wine lovers every year. In characteristic wooden kiosks, goblets filled with the best wines produced in the regions of Baden and Württemberg are offered, all accompanied by local gastronomic specialties.

Rhine Valley in Autumn

The climate is certainly cool (min 8/11 ° C max 15/20 ° C), on the other hand, thunderstorms decrease. This is the best season to admire landscapes from warm shades to the explosion of the colors of the foliage. The only flaw: the days begin to get shorter ...

Late summer and autumn are the ideal times to visit the German wine regions where cities organize colorful and engaging festivals for the grape harvest, new wine and themed markets.

In the Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Riesling grapes grow luxuriantly. The historic center of Boppard, the Nice of the Rhine, is a real jewel among whose historic courtyards are hidden inviting Strausswirtschaften, inns and old cellars for aging in barrels. In this characteristic location, between the end of September and the beginning of October, a great wine festival takes place. In mid-October, along the romantic Rhine, the Goldener Weinherbst, the golden autumn of wine, and the Schwimmendes Federweißenfest, floating festival of Federweisser, the new wine of the region.

Rhine Valley in Winter

Winter has continental characteristics but the average temperatures are between 0 ° C and 5 ° C, this is because the area of ​​the Rhine valley is affected by the influence of the ocean. Compared to the rest of Germany, in winter this is the mildest area, but also humid and often windy. When the western currents rage, they reach maximums around 10-12 ° C.
Winter is the perfect season to visit the monuments of large cities.

You can start by visiting Heidelberg, the oldest German university city and its castle perched between mountains and the Neckar river, and then continue to Trier, the largest Roman city on the other side of the Alps which has reached the present day. The tour continues towards
Aachen and, on the way, stop at the castle of Erz, located on a cliff of 70 meters. The itinerary continues towards Koblenz e Meinz, famous for the Romanesque-style cathedral and the printing museum Stuttgart.

How to dress: what to pack

  • In winter: warm clothes, sweater, down jacket, scarf, gloves, hat. Raincoat or umbrella
  • In summer: light clothes, some mid-season items such as a jacket, sweater or sweatshirt. Raincoat or umbrella
  • In autumn and spring: spring / autumn clothes and some heavier items such as a jacket, sweater or sweatshirt. Raincoat or umbrella

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