Surfing in Germany
Germany offers a vast amount of cultural activities; with an eventful history and a very much-diversified nature there is something for everyone. For example the idyllic harbour towns, the rugged coastlines or the interesting historic cities with their many sights. So it all adds up to the chance to take a much diversified holiday.
As Germany is one of the biggest countries in Europe the character of its local population depends on the region that you are in and people are friendly and open-minded wherever you go.
Surf wise many coastal regions in Germany are still un-crowded as cold water and inconsistent surf doesn’t attract lots of surfers. The North Sea is only suitable for surfing on certain days and at certain times of the year.
Germany is located in a moderate climate zone, however due to its size; the climate in the country is very diversified and varied. It is, amongst other influences, strongly affected by the Gulf Stream, which affects the climate for this latitude and makes it uncommonly mild.
With an average of 15 days of rain per month December, January and February are the rainiest month of the year. During this period the average temperatures are only about -2 to 3 degrees.
In the summer months of June, July and August you can count on the longest hours of sunshine and the highest temperatures. The temperatures at this time rise up too 14-24 degrees.
The northern German regions have less sunshine than the southern regions throughout the year and accordingly temperatures in the north are also below temperatures in the south.
Surfing became popular on the North Sea coast in the beginning of the 70’s. Even though the water is chilly all year long, more and more surfers can be found in the line-ups. This is due to the fact that Germany has suitable waves for every level of expertise.
Fall, winter and spring are known as the best seasons, but due to its chilly water only suitable for the hard core surfers. In the summer however you can find quite comfortable temperatures. Booties and gloves can be left at home at this time of the year.
Best season for beginners: May – September
Best season for advanced surfers: September – May
Crowd factor: Higher in the summer months
Scheduled flights fly from all major European airports to Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Cologne and Düsseldorf. Also within Germany the air network is very well developed.
Offers from Charter airlines and low budget airlines vary depending on the season. Germany is very accessible also via car; bus or train and the railway and road network are known as being one of the best in Europe.