Seasons in German + Pronunciation, Poem and Quiz

Seasons in German


What do you call the 4 seasons in German?

From the lifeless branches in winter to the resplendent fields in summer, the seasons bring with them a rhythm that we are all part of, and in each season, we are reminded of how interconnected we are with nature.

In this article I will tell you what these seasons are called in German so that you get more interconnected with others who speak a different language and expand your knowledge base at the same time.

Let’s go.


die Jahreszeiten = the seasons 
der Frühling = the spring
der Sommer = the summer 
der Herbst = the fall 
der Winter = the winter

Poem about the 4 seasons in German

Here is a little poem for you to help you remember the 4 seasons in German.


Es war eine Mutter, die hatte vier Kinder, den Frühling, den Sommer, den Herbst und den Winter.

Der Frühling bringt Blumen, der Sommer den Klee, der Herbst, der bringt Trauben, der Winter den Schnee.

It was a mother who had four children, spring, summer, fall and winter.

Spring brings flowers, summer the clover, fall brings grapes, winter the snow.

Winter in German = Winter


Winter in German

Just as in English, the spelling is the same for the coldest season.

The pronunciation is however different, because in German the letter w is pronounced like the v in English.

You can learn the pronunciation of the German alphabet letters here.

It may seem ironic, but even though some countries experience winter in December, this is the month that the earth is closest to the sun.

Spring in German = Frühling


Spring in German

The buds explode with soft leaves and the birds start singing again, as the earth finally shakes off its thick white blanket and slowly stirs to life…

It is springtime, and in German we call it Frühling, which comes from the word früh, meaning early.

A word that can help you understand it more is Frühstuck, which means breakfast, or literally, early meal.

In both of these examples the word früh is used as a German prefix, but there are also instances when it can be used alone.

For example:

Der frühe Vogel fängt den Wurm.
(The early bird catches the worm)

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Summer in German = Sommer


Summer in German

Summer is here, and all roads lead to the beach!

This is an awesome time not only in Germany but in many other places, and some countries even have up to 6 months of good ol’ sun!

For most countries, summer is around July, but ironically some countries have July as the coldest month.

And just like the seasons, the names of most months in German are spelt similarly to their English counterparts, even though they are pronounced differently.

Fall in German = Herbst


Fall in German

We now come full circle as the earth rolls up its colors once again and makes way for the deep sleep.

Soon there will be little to see but white landscapes and grey trees, and the hearth will become the most popular spot in the house.

But it’s still not winter, so let’s make the most of what we still have.

And yes, making the most of what we have is what we live for…

Are you ready for a little quiz about the seasons?


If you don’t see the questions after clicking the button, then you’ll need to scroll up a bit.

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