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Daylight in Europe

I was reading thru the book (very nice btw) for Germany and Czech Republic by DK Publishing and it shows charts that show that on average much of the areas we will be visiting only have "4-6" hours of sunlight a day?

How can this be? lol. I looked it over several times thinking I was seeing things but nope. It shows that in fact in the month of January much of Bavaria (I believe) has 1.5 hours of daylight and the most sunlight is during the summer months and that's only six hours. I found this too be incredibly unbelieveable.

I would think if the sunlight was that limited, Rick (Steves) would've mentioned something in his books. For instance here in the US average what ... like 12 hours of sunlight?

Help! Input would be appreciated as I just can't believe this is right or is it.


Posted by
223 posts

Hogwash! Bavaria is on the same latitude as Vancouver Island, B.C. (48th parallel), just north of Seattle (47th parallel). In January, it gets more than 1.5 hours of daylight (that's more like Fairbanks, AK). In the summer months, it's getting light before 5:30 a.m. and dark around 9:30-10:00 p.m.

You'll have MORE than enough light to love your trip!

Posted by
1353 posts

My guess is that it is not sunlight but sunshine. It is probably more overcast in January than in summer.

Posted by
2779 posts

Let me try to put it this way: In January you can switch off your lights at home at around 8.45am and you need to switch them back on around 4pm. Right now, just a week before June 21st (longest day of the year, midsummer) you can switch them off at 4.00am and won't need to witch them back on until 10.30pm

Posted by
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Jill is right - the book is talking about sunshine, not sunlight. Use to find out the time for sunrise/set at any point in the world at any time of the year.