Packing for your holiday in Germany this Summer?
Need to know what to wear in Germany in July? Below we have our summer packing list for Germany.
Your summer wardrobe will depend largely on the activities you have planned and type of holiday you are planning.
We plan a casual, relaxed holiday, staying in holiday lets, or in B & B’s and reasonable hotels. We self cater, occasionally dining out at a restaurant and do a lot of walking to take in as many attractions as we can.
During July we spent one week in Berlin and one week in Munich,exploring the local attractions, sampling the local food and beer and visiting some of the medieval towns.
If you are planning dinners in five star restaurants and visits to the opera, or an adventure holiday with lots of outdoor activities, your packing list will probably be much different to mine.
Weather in Germany
Even in the summer months, Germany can have cooler climate than Australia.
Berlin has an average July temperature of 14-23 C (57-73F), however we did experience some scorching 38C days. You will also experience the odd cooler day, where you will need a warm jacket. Munich and Freiburg can be a little warmer.
Berlin is a very casual city, so anything comfortable goes in terms of fashion. Munich is a little more formal, so you may want something smarter for dinner.
Multi functional wardrobe
You will need a multi-functional, interchangeable wardrobe – items that can take you from a day’s sightseeing to dinner at a restaurant or cafe. Ideally a few items you can “mix and match” to create a number of different outfits.
You will want lighter clothing, with a jacket for the cooler evenings, and a light jumper if you have a cooler day. If you are planning trips to churches and smaller villages, revealing dresses and singlet tops are not appropriate.
You will also want clothes that can be washed and dried quickly and easily and require little or no ironing. Irons are not normally available in European hotels and accommodation and in-house laundry is exhorbitantly expensive.
I love the “capsule wardrobe”, which simplifies your holiday packing. Basically it comprises of a number of pieces that you absolutely LOVE and will mix and match together.
Planning your wardrobe
Before I bring out the suitcases I start by laying what I think I am going to need out on the bed and cull from there. Then pick a colour theme – black, white, red and taupe was my theme last trip.
Start with black pants and skirts with white tops and shirts, as these can easily be dressed up or down with scarves, necklaces and accessories. I also tend to choose tops, pants, shorts and skirts over dresses for their versatility.
So, based on our experience last year, here is what to pack for two weeks in Germany this summer. You can download our free printable packing list here.
Lesley’s packing list:
- 5 sets of underwear – these can be washed out in the bathroom every couple of nights.
- Two summer night gowns
- Two pair black pants. These can be teamed with T-shirts by day for sightseeing or dressed up with a blouse and accessories at night for dinner.
- One pair of comfortable casual pants or jeans.
- Two pair of shorts (one which can double as swimming shorts if it really is warm enough to swim).
- Three short sleeve T shirts – white, red, taupe and black
- Two long sleeved T shirts – white, and black
- One lightweight jumper. -As well as saving space in your suitcase, a lightweight jumper can be layered over a long sleeved T-shirt when walking in the alps and won’t be a nuisance if you need to take it off and pop it in your day pack.
- One light cardigan – taupe
- 3 light – red, white and black. Can be dressed up with accessories over black pants or skirt for dinner.
- one iron free skirt – can be worn day or night
- Two iron free dresses.
- Two non-iron evening tops- can be worn with any pants
- Taupe leather jacket – can be worn over every outfit in wardrobe, my most used piece of clothing.
- black swimsuit
- white “foldable” sunhat
- sturdy walking shoes, black “ballet flats”, white sandals and one pair black evening sandals.
- necklaces, scarves and earrings to accessorise outfits.
- lightweight rain jacket which can easily be folded up in your daypack
Ian’s packing list
Ian’s packing list is devised along similar lines – his clothes are mostly grey, navy, green and taupe.
- five sets of socks and underwear
- two pairs of PJs
- Two pair of jeans
- Three pair of casual pants – can also be worn to dinner
- One “good” shirt and tie in case we go to a fancy restaurant.
- Three pair of shorts – one can double as swimmers
- Two T-shirts
- Three”polo shirts”
- three short sleeved shirts
- One lightweight jumper
- One light jacket
- two belts
- walking boots or joggers, casual shoes (will “pass” in a nice restaurant), sandals.
- Cap or hat which can be easily packed
- lightweight rain jacket
Unless you are planning serious hikes in the alps, hiking boots are not essential. You will need comfortable walking shoes such as joggers, which take up less room in your suitcase than hiking boots. Sandals may be cooler on hotter days in the villages and towns, but are not really kind to your feet on the cobblestoned streets. Don’t even think about high heels.
- tote bags -plastic shopping bags do not exist in Europe and you will need to bring your own shopping bag. Also useful for a day roaming around exploring.
- portable phone charger which will give you five full charges on your phone.
- lightweight backpack that can fit jumpers, rain jackets, tourist leaflets, water bottles and snacks
- A larger scarf or pashmina can live in your tote, and is great if you need to cover up to enter a church, or to ward off a slight chilly breeze
- A German Phrase Book – can be useful in smaller towns and when navigating public transport.
So there you have everything you will need for a two week trip. Remember, to leave some room in your suitcases to bring back your shopping.