How is the weather in Berlin in May?

The month of May in Berlin can be very pleasant with generally mild spring-like weather prevailing. You can expect to enjoy your outdoor time although there are plenty of great things to do indoors as well in Berlin. 

During early May morning temperatures will tend to be in the mid-40s F (6-8C) with afternoon highs in the mid-60s F (18-20C).  A couple of the cooler mornings can dip down to near 40F (3-5C).  By the end of May morning temperatures will more likely be in the low to mid 50s F (11-13C) while afternoon highs will usually reach into the lower 70s F (21-23C) with a few days possibly reaching up into the lower 80s F (26-28C).

Daylight becomes noticeably longer this month increasing from about 15 hours around May 1st to nearly 16.5 hours by the 31st which offers more time for sightseeing.  You can usually expect about 8-9 days with clear or at least partly sunny skies while about 14-15 days will see some rain. Thunderstorms can also occur this month with about 3 days, on average, reporting them.

What to wear outside in Berlin during May

During early May a light jacket, windbreaker or sweater will be needed for most days. By month’s end, however, a windbreaker or sweater may only be needed  during the morning or evening hours.  You might want to bring an umbrella in case of rain and as always… never forget good walking shoes!

Things to do in May

All times of the year, Berlin has so much to do from visiting its many museums on Museum Island, going to historic sites such as the the Reichstag, the Holocaust Memorial, remnants of the Berlin Wall and Berlin’s famous street art.

In May 2017, you can experience International Museum Day  on May 21st.  Many museums open their doors for special tours and activities in order to raise awareness of museums’ contributions to society and culture. 

For a general list of Berlin museums, see our post Gundula’s 5 Favorite Museums in Berlin!

While you are in Berlin, check out our Pay-What-You-Wish Walking Tours and really get to know this city with one of our very knowledgeable tour guides.


Fred Pickhardt
Ocean Weather Services