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South Africans in Germany

Season Summer
Time Central European Time (CET), Summertime – the same time as South Africa until the last Sunday of October, when Wintertime starts (30 October 2022).
Weather

The average day temperature is 22 degrees Celsius. The days become longer and there are more hours of sunshine.

In June we celebrate the start of summer.  The longest day of the year will be on 22 June, in Berlin the sun will rise at 04:43 and set at 21:33.
It is time to enjoy a beer after work in one of the many beer gardens or invite friends over for a braai.
You might also be invited to German Grillfest, be ready to see a lot of Sausages,  vegetables, and even cheese on the grill. 
To find out what rules are applicable when you have braai read more here. On this page, you will also find links on where to buy boeries and biltong.

It is also time to get your cozzies out as some public swimming facilities (Freibad) will be open. Other options are to swim at a beach, a baggersee or a lake.
Other outdoor activities that are very popular during summer are hiking and biking. There are many websites and apps available with easy-to-follow routes.

Unique weather conditions:

die Schafskälte – Between June 4th and June 20th (usually on the 11th of June), there is often a cold snap in Central Europe. The cool and humid air flowing in from the northwest causes the temperature to drop. When this happens, the weather changes significantly, which can lead to the first – severe – thunderstorms of the year and put a considerable damper a good summer lookout.

Folk saying (Bauernregel) Die Siebenschläferregel – “Ist Siebenschläfertag ein Regentag, regnet’s noch sieben Wochen danach”

According to this rule, the weather conditions that occur during the period around 27 June can significantly influence the weather for the rest of summer.

Holidays

HolidayDateInformationStates
Public Holidays
Pfingstsonntag2022-06-05PenPentecosttecostBrandenburg
Whit Monday / Pfingstmontag2022-06-06Whit MondayAll
Corpus Christi / Fronleichnam2022-06-16Corpus ChristiBW, BY, HE, NW, RP, SL
Observations
Metrological start of Summer2022-06-01All
Fathers Day (SA)2022-06-19All
Astrological start of Summer.
2022-06-22This will be the longest day in the year
St John’s Eve / Johannistag2022-06-24St John’s EveAll
Feast of Saints Peter and Paul / Peter und PaulFeast of Saints Peter and PaulAll
School Holidays and Terms
PfingstferienVariousShool Holidays 2022

Events

Food and drinks to try

  • It is still Asparagus (Spargel) season. See our Asparagus page for more information.
  • Berries like Strawberries (Erdbeeren), Red currant berries (Johannisbeeren), Blueberries (Blaubeeren) and Cherries (Kirschen) 
  • Rote Grütze – A red berry compote which is served with ice cream or vanilla sauce.
  • Ice cream – the best you will find at Italian Gelato shops. Do try Spaghetti Eis

Fruits and veggies in season

Vocabulary

German Barbecue das Grillfest
a state or feeling of warmth, friendliness, and good cheer. die Gemütlichkeit
Man made quarry filled with water der Baggersee
Lake der See
Ocean das Meer
Beach der Strand / der Badestrand

Sources

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