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

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

When to go to Ruhr, Germany

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

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

January

If you visit Ruhr during January, you are likely to find that it is pretty cool. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 30s F (single digits C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 80 and 90% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain or snow/sleet about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

In February, Ruhr is cold. Temperatures routinely are in the low 40s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the low 30s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Ruhr, with several of the days of the month having rain. In February, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

March in Ruhr is brisk. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 30s F (single digits C). But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 60% to 70% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

April in Ruhr can be chilly. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 40s F (single digits C), with a few days below 32 F (single digits C).

But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 50% to 60% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

May for Ruhr is relatively cool. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (high 10s C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

In June, Ruhr is mild. Temperatures routinely are in the high 60s F (low 20s C) and about a third of the time jump into the low 70s F (low 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 50s F (low 10s C).

This is also a rainy time for Ruhr, with several of the days of the month having rain. In June, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

July in Ruhr is mild. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

Traveling to Ruhr in August, you will notice that it is balmy. Expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

If you vacation in Ruhr during September, you are likely to find that it can be chilly. Temperatures tend to hover around the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (low 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

If you vacation in Ruhr during October, you are likely to find that it can be chilly. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 40s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

In November, Ruhr is pretty cool. Temperatures routinely are in the high 40s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the high 30s F (single digits C).

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

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

December in Ruhr is cold. Temperatures average in the low 40s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains or snows about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

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

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Ruhr, 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 Ruhr
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring 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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