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Time change 2021 in Germany - summer time or winter time?

In Germany there is not only that Winter time (Normal time), but also the Summertime. The next Time change takes place on Sunday March 29th and on Sunday October 25th instead, the time is advanced or set back by one hour. For people in Germany, but also for vacationers, it is important to find out about the current time in order not to miss appointments and or to reach trains or planes on time.

The history of the time change

The time was changed for the first time in 1916. The legal regulation for this time change did not last long, but has been discontinued again and again in the meantime. In 1947 there was even a “midsummer period”, which however did not last forever. The changeover between the times known today was only introduced in 1980. The basis is the law on the time change of the Federal Republic of Germany, which was last amended in 2001. Accordingly, summer time will be from 2002 indefinitely introduced. The changeover to summer time takes place on the last Sunday in March, with the time here being changed from two o'clock to three o'clock. According to the time law, winter time begins on the last Sunday in October, the time change takes place here at three o'clock. The clock is put back one hour to two o'clock. In general, winter time is the standard time, in Germany the Central European Summer Time (CET) then applies. Summer time has a special status.

Reasons for the time change

The most important reason for the time change is the view that with this Energy saved can be. Since the days stay bright longer in summer, it is not necessary to switch on the lights in the living rooms in the evening. This consideration is based on experiences from the times of the oil crisis, when there was not enough energy available and therefore had to be saved. It is not for nothing that the time in summer is also known as "Daylight Saving Time" in English-speaking countries. The sense and nonsense of the change has been discussed for decades. Many experts want them even abolish it. Above all, the energy saving is viewed critically, because although you save light energy during the summer months, this is required as heating energy in the colder months of March, April and October. The sometimes negative health consequences of the time change, which are particularly complained of by older people, give rise to discussions.

Advantages and disadvantages of the time change:

- Better use of daylight
- More time for activities in summer
- More heating energy is required in the cold months
- Ev. health impairment ("mini jetlag")

Not all states participate

Since the time change is viewed critically again and again, not all countries worldwide take part. While numerous European countries such as Germany, Spain or Denmark are changing their watches, China, Russia and many African countries are doing without. You stay with the standard time all year round, which has advantages for the residents. In the USA you don't have to commute back and forth between different times and can rely on one time. In the countries that take part in the time change, people have to reorient themselves again and again, with newspapers and television now providing comprehensive information. When traveling abroad, however, it is advisable to find out about the current times and, if necessary, to use the world clock, which shows the respective times in the various countries.

The abolition of the time change

The EU Parliament has presented a large survey in which a large majority of EU citizens voted for the end of the time change. According to the current status of the plans, the last change will come in 2021 at the earliest.

Memories for the time change 2020

It is generally the case that the clocks are set forward by one hour in summer so that it stays light longer. In winter, the clock is set back an hour to make better use of the daylight in the morning. Although the time change has been in place since 1980, many people still do not know what to do and think over and over again every year where the clocks should be turned. For this reason, various mottos have established themselves in practice, which even the youngest can recite:

In summer the garden furniture is placed in front of the house, in winter it is brought BACK into the house.

The thermometer shows PLUS in summer and MINUS in winter

The time taken in spring has to be given back in autumn.

In spring you have to get up RATHER.

If you are unsure, you can memorize one of these sayings to find out more about the time change. Alternatively, there is also the atomic clock, which indicates the current time on the basis of the coordinated world time. It is also used to display summer and winter time in different parts of the world.

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