|Offset||Time Zone Abbreviation & Name||Example City||Current Time|
|UTC +2||CEST||Central European Summer Time||Berlin||Wed, 3:12:51 am|
|Offset||Time Zone Abbreviation & Name||Commences|
|UTC +1||CET||Central European Time||Oct 27, 2019|
The above time zone is used during other parts of the year. It will become active again after the next clock change as Daylight Saving Time begins or ends.
Germany standardized its civil time in 1893. Until then, solar time was used. In Berlin, this was 53 minutes and 28 seconds ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which was then the world's time standard.
By advancing clocks across the country by 6 minutes and 32 seconds in 1893, Germany entered the time zone it still uses today. It is 1 hour ahead of the modern-day time standard, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
Between 1949 and 1990, Germany was divided into East and West Germany. However, the political division was not reflected in terms of local time: both areas observed the same time zone.