Forward 1 hour
Mar 25, 2012 - Daylight Saving Time Started
When local standard time was about to reach
Sunday, March 25, 2012, 2:00:00 am clocks were turned forward 1 hour to
Sunday, March 25, 2012, 3:00:00 am local daylight time instead.
Sunrise and sunset were about 1 hour later on Mar 25, 2012 than the day before. There was more light in the evening.
Back 1 hour
Oct 28, 2012 - Daylight Saving Time Ended
When local daylight time was about to reach
Sunday, October 28, 2012, 3:00:00 am clocks were turned backward 1 hour to
Sunday, October 28, 2012, 2:00:00 am local standard time instead.
Sunrise and sunset were about 1 hour earlier on Oct 28, 2012 than the day before. There was more light in the morning.
When Does DST Start and End in Germany?
All of Germany uses Daylight Saving Time (DST) during part of the year. The DST period starts on the last Sunday of March and ends on the last Sunday of October, together with most other European countries.
Daylight Saving Time History in Germany
- Germany first observed Daylight Saving Time in 1916.
- Germany has observed DST for 51 years between 1916 and 2017.
- Previous time with no Daylight Saving Time was 1979.
- See Worldwide DST Statistics
First Country to Use DST
Although a small town in Canada had experimented with seasonal clock changes as early as 1908, Germany was the first country to use nationwide DST. On April 30, 1916, at the height of World War I, the German Empire turned its clocks forward for the 1st time. Many European countries followed suit just weeks later.
After World War II, parts of Germany controlled by the Soviet Union followed doppelte Sommerzeit, double DST, advancing their clocks by 2 hours instead of 1. The rationale was to synchronize German clocks with the local time in Moscow.