What to wear in Germany

What to Wear in Germany

This is your ultimate guide showcasing What to Wear in Germany. Get all of your packing tips and styling advice here.

Top style tips for Germany

  • Germans love to dress stylishly.
  • Clothes in dark or neutral colors are always a great choice when packing for Germany.
  • Jeans are very popular, but they are always smart and clean, rather than distressed or ripped styles. Black/navy tailored jeans would be a good choice.
  • Very smart casual or smart business orientated clothes will carry you through for business, sightseeing, and for eating out.
  • If you are looking for a highly versatile travel jacket to bring along we highly recommend the SCOTTeVEST range. Their range of jackets has been specifically designed with traveling in mind and includes RFID security (to protect your passport information), 23 secure pockets, and personal connectivity integration.

What not to wear in Germany

  • Try to avoid garish, overly bright colors and prints. Germans like to keep their look understated and toned down. (Unless that's your style, in which case go wild!)
  • Avoid wearing sweatpants or activewear when visiting the main cities. Germans tend to avoid wearing activewear as everyday wear in public. Of course, you will need to bring active clothes if you plan to go hiking and exercising.

What not to wear in Germany


Shoes to pack for Germany

  • In many German towns there are cobbled streets, so wear comfortable shoes or sandals, depending on the season you travel.
  • Sneakers are fine for exploring the cobbled streets but opt for a smart-casual pair (over a workout pair). Hotter Shoes have some really comfortable sneaker options that also look great.
  • It's best to avoid stiletto heels when walking on cobbled streets. So, when packing your going-out shoes, opt for a pair with more comfortable and sturdy block heels.

Pack for the weather

  • It can rain at any time and our advice would be to pack a lightweight raincoat and small travel umbrella even in the summer.
  • Dressing in layers will help you with the temperature changes during the day, whatever time of year you visit.
  • In winter (November, December, January, February and March) wrap up warmly, with layers and a warm smart coat, warm hat, gloves, scarf and warm waterproof boots.
  • Keep in mind that, in winter the temperature in shops and centers is stiflingly hot. So, you are better off investing in a very good quality thick coat and wearing thinner merino wool sweaters underneath, rather than wearing chunky sweaters.
  • We love the Weather+ app – it gives an accurate 6 day forecast for day and night, which when you're planning from home is really helpful. You can keep all the places you've been to too – a nice way to remember your trip 🙂


Clothing tips for women

  • Most women wear pants or jeans rather than skirts or dresses.
  • pashmina is a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit.
  • Keep to low-key but quality jewelry.

Clothing tips for men

  • When deciding what to wear on your trip to Germany, make sure you pack a variety of comfortable and smart casual options.
  • Stick to clean denim styles, over ripped or distressed denim.
  • Make sure you pack a good quality travel jacket.

Community photos of Germany

Regions of Germany

  • If visiting Europa-Park (Germany's answer to Disneyland) note that there is no free drinking water available; restaurants do not serve tap water (even to children). Be prepared, or consider carrying a LifeStraw Filtration Water Bottle.

Other things to pack

  • Although many people speak English, most tourists are German-speaking so a phrase book is useful to understand signs and menus etc.
  • A lightweight day sack or shoulder bag will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.
  • If you tend to buy bottled water, consider carrying a LifeStraw Filtration Water Bottle – fill up from any source and get clean, safe drinking water without wasting plastic bottles.
  • To use electrical gadgets you may need a travel adapter plug, and also a step down voltage converter if your devices are not designed for European voltage (230V).
  • Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees – use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home!
  • Haribo Gummy Bears were invented in Germany, or look for Brothers Grimm books. Christmas ornaments are also popular, especially if you're visiting the festive markets.