Oct 29, 2023, 3:00 am
|Long Name:||Federal Republic of Germany|
Forward 1 hour
Mar 26, 2023 - Daylight Saving Time Started
When local standard time was about to reach
Sunday, March 26, 2023, 2:00:00 am clocks were turned forward 1 hour to
Sunday, March 26, 2023, 3:00:00 am local daylight time instead.
Sunrise and sunset were about 1 hour later on Mar 26, 2023 than the day before. There was more light in the evening.
Also called Spring Forward, Summer Time, and Daylight Savings Time.
DST Start in Europe 2023
Back 1 hour
Oct 29, 2023 - Daylight Saving Time Ends
When local daylight time is about to reach
Sunday, October 29, 2023, 3:00:00 am clocks are turned backward 1 hour to
Sunday, October 29, 2023, 2:00:00 am local standard time instead.
Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on Oct 29, 2023 than the day before. There will be more light in the morning.
Also called Fall Back and Winter Time.
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.
Central European Time (CET) is used as standard time, while Central European Summer Time (CEST) is observed when DST is in force.
Daylight Saving Time History in Germany
- Germany first observed Daylight Saving Time in 1916.
- Germany has observed DST for 57 years between 1916 and 2023.
- 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.
The measure was abolished after the war, only to be re-introduced during World War II. From 1940 to 1942, Germany observed year-round DST.
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.
DST was discontinued in 1950. In 1980, following an initiative by East Germany, the country re-introduced the measure. Though controversial, DST has been used in Germany ever since.
Since Switzerland did not introduce DST until 1981, the German exclave of Büsingen, which is situated within Swiss territory, did not observe DST together with the rest of Germany in 1980.