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Did you know that Germany can get pretty chilly in the winter? The average temperature is around 2.9 degrees Celsius, so if you're used to warmer weather like me from Southeast Asia, you might need to bundle up!

Let’s get started!

Winter Clothes: 

It’s a good idea to have some warm clothes for winter. If you want to save some money on winter clothes, I suggest buying them during the summer season. You’ll be happy to know that most brands offer some great sales on their winter clothing at that time. To stay warm and cozy during the winter months, make sure to add a jacket, pants, gloves, and a winter hat to your wardrobe. Once you have all these items, you’ll be all set to enjoy the chilly weather in style!



Just wanted to share a little tip with you – did you know that socks are super popular in Germany, even when people are indoors during the cold weather? So why not keep a few comfy pairs around the house for yourself? Your feet will thank you!

Winter shoes:

It is not a wise decision to wear sneakers or summer shoes when the temperature is really low! Just a friendly reminder to buy some winter shoes before the cold weather hits! You definitely want a pair that’s comfy and can keep your feet warm. Oh, and don’t forget to check out some cool snow boots while you’re at it!


Drink :

To protect yourself from winter viruses, colds, flu, and fever, it’s important to drink plenty of fluids like green tea, herbal tea, or coffee.

Carrying thermobottles with coffee or tea during the cold months is a common practice in Germany that you could try too!

Go for a walk: 

The day light remain for a very short period of time during the winter in Germany from 8 AM to 4:30 PM!! It can be tough to leave the cozy warmth of your home when it’s freezing outside. However, I would like to suggest that you take a stroll during the early hours when the sun is shining. It may be a refreshing change of pace that lifts your spirits and invigorates your mind and body. If you stay in your house for a very long time, you can develop winter depression! It is really important to go outside and enjoy the sun shine.

A walk in the cold morning with favourite music !
A walk in the cold morning with favourite music !© Sifat

Heater or Heizung:

To save energy, it’s best not to keep your room heated all day on level 5 of your heater. Instead, you can warm your room by setting the heater to the highest level and then turning it off or down to level 2. Remember to close all windows and doors in the room to make sure the heater works efficiently. It’s important to be mindful of energy savings and to not waste energy by leaving the heater on all day.


Frisch Luft:

Wanna stay healthy? Try opening your window every hour for 5-10 minutes to get some fresh air. It’s a great source of oxygen and can help you avoid getting sick. 


Traditional foods:

If you’re a foodie, you should definitely try some traditional dishes like flammkuchen, Kartoffelpuffer (potato pancakes), and hearty vegetable soups. They’re not only delicious but can also boost your immune system. Some popular soups to try include ‚Erbsen Suppe‘ (pea soup) and ‚Linsen Suppe‘ (lentil soup).


If you’re coming to start your winter semester in Germany, you’re in for a treat! The country is brimming with festivals, including the famous Christmas markets and many other celebrations. You’ll have a blast experiencing all of the different events and soaking up the festive atmosphere. 

If you want to know more about the experience of surviving the cold weather, you can also have a look at the following blogpost where Thu writes about her .

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