Cologne, Germany: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Cologne, Germany? If you're planning to go to Cologne, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Cologne, Germany

Based on the climate and weather in Cologne, the best time to go is August. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Cologne, Germany by month

January

If you are traveling to Cologne in January, you will notice that it can be very chilly and very rainy. Expect it to rain about two thirds of the time and snow regularly.

Daytime temperatures are in the low 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof boots
  • Jacket or coat
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Fleeces
  • Umbrella
  • Socks
  • Waterproof coat

February

February here can be brisk and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the low 40s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains about half of the time and snows regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Jacket or coat
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof coat
  • Waterproof boots

March

If you visit Cologne during March, you are likely to find that it is brisk and very rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 50s F (single digits C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 30s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about two thirds of the time and snow occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof boots
  • Socks
  • Jacket or coat
  • Umbrella
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces

April

If you visit Cologne during April, you are likely to find that it is relatively cool and very rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the 50s F (low 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 30s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • Jacket or coat
  • Fleeces
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light gloves or mittens

May

May in Cologne is cool and very rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 40s F (single digits C).

It tends to rain about two thirds of the time. With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 50% to 60% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Dresses
  • Long skirts
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Socks
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella

June

If you vacation in Cologne during June, you are likely to find that it is balmy and very rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (low 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Pants or jeans
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long skirts

July

In July, Cologne is balmy and very rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 70s F (low 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the 50s F (low 10s C).

This is also a rainy time for Cologne, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In July, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Light footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Long and short sleeve shirts

August

August here is mild and very rainy. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light footwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage

September

September in Cologne is balmy and very rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Socks
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Long skirts

October

October for Cologne is chilly and very rainy. Temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day. It rains about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Dresses
  • Standard footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Rain coat
  • Long skirts
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses

November

In November, Cologne is cold and very rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the 40s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the 30s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Cologne, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In November, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Umbrella
  • Socks
  • Fleeces
  • Jacket or coat
  • Rain coat
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Standard footwear

December

December for Cologne is brisk and very rainy. Temperatures average in the low 40s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains most days and snows regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof boots
  • Standard footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof coat
  • Fleeces
  • Jacket or coat
  • Umbrella
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Socks

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Cologne, Germany

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Cologne, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C and F
  • A SIM card that works in Cologne
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • If you plan to visit a synagogue, take appropriate clothing
  • Pickpocketing is an issue, so wear a money belt or neck pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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