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May 28th, 2010, 01:38 PM
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Do we need air conditioning in June in Germany hotels?

We will spent seven nights in Germany the last week of June. 2 nights in Rothenburg o. d. Tauber, 3 nights in Heidelberg and 2 nights in Bacharach. The Hotel Prinzhotel Rothenburg and Pension im Malerwinkel in Bacharach do not have A/C. How is the weather at that time in these area? Will that be uncomfortable without A/C at the end of June?
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May 28th, 2010, 01:57 PM
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highly unusual to need air conditioning if your level of heat is normal - and that is why many German hotels and German houses do not have air conditioning - not just in June but anytime in summer IME -
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May 28th, 2010, 02:10 PM
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I have the heating switched on. It's awfully cold and wet. There will be no summer this year, so cold!

Just a few warmer days this year, pleeeeaaase.
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May 28th, 2010, 03:41 PM
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It really can go either way. It can be cool and rainy, or hot and muggy. We had very hot and humid days in Munich in June a couple years ago.

I never look for air as I am too cheap and do not like air in any case. I have learned to ask for quiet rooms (in the back or whatever) so I can keep the windows open without being kept up all hours of the night.

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May 28th, 2010, 05:24 PM
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I have never needed AC in Germany in May of June, since it tends to be more coolish - even if warm during the day it cools down at night. But, with the weather being as odd as it is - anything is possible for short periods.

But - I think you will find very few hotels with AC - and those generally only American chain hotels.
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May 28th, 2010, 05:42 PM
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Logos, Next week I leave for Europe and I'm seeing highs in the upper 60s. It's in the upper 90s here in New Orleans, and I was looking forward to cooler weather, but from your post I am now concerned that I should rethink my packing (myself and three kids - we aren't even close to being acclimated to the cold, so if you are cold, I am worried). Would really appreciate it if you could offer suggestion on just how you'd dress to spend the day outdoors, bike riding and seeing sites around Salzburg and Munich.
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May 28th, 2010, 06:41 PM
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jw - You didn't ask, but I think 3 nights in Heidelberg is 2 nights too many. Not really much to do there. I'd spend those extra 2 nights in Fussen seeing Mad Ludwig's castles. Or perhaps Munich. Just a thought. (I'm rarely too warm, so lack of AC wouldn't be a problem for me. It's true that few hotels have it, other than the large chains - where I'd never stay.)
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May 28th, 2010, 06:56 PM
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Demanding A/C in Germany will definitely limit your hotel options. A/C is practically unheard of in German homes, and if you want to stay in historic hotels you are unlikely to get A/C unless they are very high-end. While it can certainly get hot in the summer, let's just say you are unlikely to experience sweltering heat in June. I lived in Stuttgart for 2.5 years and only experienced about 2 weeks of weather that would have been made more pleasant with A/C. (I've lived in ME, VA, CA, and MI and certainly appreciate A/C on a hot, muggy day.) You just open your windows, hope for a breeze, and live with it for a few days.

allib123 - one word: layers! Comfortable mid-weight cotton pants, T-shirts, light sweaters/sweatshirts, a lightweight waterproof jacket. On a cool day you can wear a T-shirt, sweater, and jacket and be just fine; on a hot day you wear just a T-shirt.
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May 28th, 2010, 07:05 PM
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allib, so far this spring conisted of one warmer day and lots of rain. It cools down fast after sunset with the lowest temps being at about 5am. During the day, you don't need to turn on the heating but lows have been in the upper 40s just today, right now, its a little warmer at 54F.

You need something against the rain and layers to keep you warm, just in case. t-shirt, polo-shirt, sweater and coat. Depending on the weater you use all or some of them.

Maybe it will warm up, but this could be one of those "lots of rain and no summer at all" years.
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May 28th, 2010, 07:23 PM
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On warmer days, rain can be short but intense and this more than just once a day. People will be hiding inside buildings or stores until it's over. If you find yourself in the open, you better look for shelter before it starts. Well I guess it will be just like at home. .

This map shows the current rain / storm advisories. Usually moving from west to east. I'd check that every morning before starting a bike tour, just to stay dry .

http://www.unwetterzentrale.de/uwz/
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May 28th, 2010, 08:23 PM
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Thanks for all the advice. That makes sense. I guess I'll carry a backpack so we can shed layers when needed. Down in the (oil-plagued) south, the cold is a challenge. Another silly silly question.....Last summer I was very surprised to see ladies in boots in Paris in June - it gets warm here by April....are boots still seen in Germany in Austria through June?
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May 28th, 2010, 10:32 PM
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Thank you for the replies. We live in Houston, usually we have AC from April to November and even a few days in the winter months when the weather get crazy and reach the 80s.Three weeks ago our temperature already reach the 90s. I am looking forward to some cool weather. I post the question because we spent three weeks in July 2003 in Europe and I remember some of the nights are quite hot. May be that year was unusually hot.

althom, thank you for your advise. We had already visited Munich, Salzburg and surrounding area in 2003. Although we stay 3 nights in Hiedelberg, we actually only have 2 days. We will spent one day in Hiedelberg and one day in Baden Baden. We are using our hotel points to redeem free stay in Crown Plaza Hiedelberg. Try to save some money!
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May 29th, 2010, 11:33 AM
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"Eruope" does't have weather. There are several completely different zones of weather - based on both location and altitude - and you need to figure them out for exactly where you will be. In June in southern Spain it will be high 90s - in middle Italy probably high 80's but north of the alps is generally cooler (and up in the alps cooler still). The cities on the central european plain (Vienna, Prague etc) can be very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter - just like great plains cities in the US. Scandinavia, Ireland and Scotland VERY rarely have any more than mildly warm - although southern England can be uncomfortable warm - but usualy isn;t even in midsummer.

Saying you had certain weather "in Europe" is like saying you had the same weather in the US - was it Death Valley or International Falls? (Or more realistically Phoenix or Maine?)
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May 29th, 2010, 03:07 PM
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You are right, say "Europe" is really not specific enough. I check back our trip in 2003, we actually started the trip earlier than this year. We traveled from June 6th to July 2nd. We visited Paris, Interlaken, Pisa, Rome, Munich, Salzburg and Amsterdam. The hotels in Paris, Interlaken and Munich do not have AC. The hotel in Interlaken has windows on both side of the room so the air circulation is very good. The hotels in Paris and Munich do not have any air circulation even with the windows open and the noise from the street are very disturbing. I hope Rothenburg and Bacharach will have cooler weather.
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May 30th, 2010, 07:02 PM
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8C (46F) and raining cats and dogs for the next few days, uninterrupted. Stay afloat and away from the rivers for the next few days... Sigh.
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Jun 2nd, 2010, 10:49 AM
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I'm giving up and going to Spain for a week to dry out...hopefully I won't bring the rain with me
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Jun 2nd, 2010, 11:19 AM
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Still raining at 11C, BUT summer is announced for Saturday and Sunday, so it will be two days of up to 25C and SUNNY. Oh rejoice!!
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Jun 2nd, 2010, 11:44 AM
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I'm flying to Munich next week. I'm afraid I've missed the spargel this year. Any chance that the cold wet spring has lengthen the spargel season and there'll be some left.
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Jun 2nd, 2010, 01:56 PM
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Don't worry there's still some Spargel available next week, but not for very much longer.
Strawberries have just started, but for an outrageous 2.50€ to 3.50€ per pound. The cheap imported stuff tastes like ...., so it's worth buying local anyway.
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Jun 2nd, 2010, 02:01 PM
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No... I am from Malta, and worked all last summer in Germany. I see that German government stats show that 0.11% homes have aircon (about one in every 1000), but I see they have some very good programmes to eliminate it completely by 2015. I assume they are trying to ban it from hotels earlier, so have no worries. You really can travel freely through Germany without having to endure air conditioning.
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