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CEST – Central European Summer Time (Daylight Saving Time)

Also known as: CEDT – Central European Daylight Time, ECST – European Central Summer Time

CEST is currently not used at all

Antarctica: CEST is not observed in any location this year. Locations that used to be on CEST for part or all of the year are now on GMT instead.

Europe: CEST is currently not observed because locations are on standard time and are observing CET.

Time zone map of CEST
No locations currently on CEST.
Observes CEST part of the year.
Areas with same time currently (UTC +2:00).
No locations are currently on CEST – Central European Summer Time.
Observes CEST – Central European Summer Time part of the year, but not currently.
Currently has same time zone offset as CEST (UTC +2:00) but different time zone name.

Central European Summer Time (CEST) is 2 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). This time zone is a DST (daylight saving time) time zone and is used in: Europe, Antarctica.

This time zone is often called Central European Summer Time.

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Winter Time & DST

This time zone is a daylight saving/summer time zone, in the winter some places will switch to the corresponding standard time zone: CET (Central European Time).

Email time zone indicator: +0200

An email sent from someone in the Central European Summer Time (CEST) time zone will have the time zone listed as "+0200" in the headers of the email. (However, "+0200" does not have to be in Central European Summer Time, as other time zones could have the same UTC offset).

Where and when is CEST observed?


European countries using CEST in the summer and CET in the winter

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark (mainland)
  • France
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Holy See/Vatican City
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Kosovo
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia, Republic of
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain - except Canary Islands, which are on WET/WEST
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland


Locations in Antarctica using CEST in the winter and GMT in the summer

  • Troll Station

Other time zones in UTC +2:00

Some time zones exist that have the same offset as CEST, but can be found under a different name:

No locations currently on CEST

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Other names

MESZ – Mitteleuropäische Sommerzeit (German)

Example cities

Belgium – Brussels (Summer)
Antarctica – Troll Station (Winter)

Related time zones

CET – Central European Time (Standard Time)

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