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Daylight Savings Time in Germany - what you need to know

March • 27th, 2021
by the Expat in the City Team

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What you need to know about Daylight Savings Time in Germany 


Daylight savings time (the changing of time or clocks) does not happen in every country and can be a bit confusing. Is the clock going forward or backward and when again does it take place? Even though it happens every year at roughly the same time it can still easily be forgotten. Luckily most of our devices now change time automatically, making the chances of completely forgetting it and showing up late for work or school pretty slim. Here is some useful information about the Daylight Savings Time in Germany.

When is Daylight Savings Time in Germany?


Daylight Savings Time starts on the last Sunday in March and ends on the last Sunday of October. To be precise:


- in the last weekend in March on Sunday at 02:00 am the clock goes one hour FORWARD to 03:00 am. Meaning you will have one hour less sleep. It is also called Spring or Summer Time. 


- in the last weekend in October on Sunday 03:00 am the clock goes one hour BACKWARD to 02:00 am. Meaning you will have one more hour of sleep. It is also called Winter Time. 


What are the Daylight Savings Dates in 2020/2021?


Sunday 29 March 2020 - clock changes from 02:00 t0 03:00

Sunday 25 October 2020 - clock changes from 03:00 to 02:00


Sunday 28 March 2021- clock changes from 02:00 t0 03:00

Sunday 31 October 2021 - clock changes from 03:00 t0 02:00


Why Daylight Saving Time?


The idea behind it is to have more daylight (or sun) in the afternoons in March and more daylight in the mornings in October. Changing the clock one hour would allow for making better use of the daylight. If you would like to read more about the history of Daylight Savings check out this wikipedia site. 


Will Daylight Savings Time (DTS) changes be removed in the EU? 


For a while now there has been debate about removing DTS in the EU. In fact in 2019 the European Parliament voted in favor of permanently removing DTS. This means that each state will have to decide if they stay in Summer time or go to Winter time. The law proposes that the last time it will take place will be in 2021. However, due to the corona crisis and priority given to other matters it is not likely that it will happen that soon. Negotiations by the the European Council have not started yet. 


Don't forget to reset your alarms and keep in mind the extra hour less or more when calling your family and friends in your home country! 



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