When is the time change 2023 to daylight saving time in March? Are the clocks going forward or backward? Here you can find information about the clock change in Germany.
The time changeover to daylight saving time will still be in place in 2023 – an abolition is not in sight. How does the clock change in March work? Are the hands advanced or set back? And does the cell phone switch automatically? Here you will find all the important information.
When is the daylight saving time change 2023 in March in Germany?
The date for the changeover to summer time 2023 in Germany is Sunday, March 26th. At 2 a.m. on this date, the clocks go forward one hour to 3 a.m. The result: An hour of sleep is stolen from us, we have to get up earlier.
However, the time change in spring also has an advantage: after work it stays light an hour longer, so you actually get a little more out of the day.
Time change to summer time 2023: set the clock forward or backward?
Change the clock: How was that again? Many cannot remember when the clock is put forward and when it is put back. So here are the details again. When do the clocks change?
- In March, the clock goes forward one hour. 1:59 a.m. follows 3:00 a.m.
- In October, the clock goes back one hour. 2:59 a.m. is followed by 2:00 a.m. at night.
Clock change: What about the abolition of the time change?
Actually, the changeover from winter time to summer time and back again should be abolished. At the beginning of July 2018, EU citizens were able to say what they think of the time change in an online vote – and voted in favor of abolishing it with a large majority of 84 percent.
The EU Commission was actually planning to abolish it for 2021. But that failed because the states could not agree on whether summer time or winter time should apply permanently. The Corona crisis has pushed the topic further into the background, so that abolition is not in sight.
Changing the clock: Since when and why is there a time change in Germany?
Change clock when and why? During the First and Second World Wars there was already a changeover from winter to summer time in Germany, but this did not follow a clear pattern. The renewed – and permanent – introduction of a change between summer and winter time was decided in the Federal Republic of Germany in 1978 but only came into force in 1980. One reason was the desire to adapt to the western neighboring countries, which had already introduced daylight saving time in 1977 for reasons of energy policy. Another reason was the fact that the FRG and GDR had to agree on the introduction of summertime so that Germany and Berlin in particular were not also divided in terms of time.
In 1996, the clock changeover was standardized throughout the EU. Since then, people in all EU countries have put their clocks forward one hour on the last Sunday in March and back one hour on the last Sunday in October. And what is all this for? The daylight should be used better by the time change and thus energy should be saved. However, the actual benefit is disputed.
Does the cell phone automatically switch to daylight saving time?
The signal for the time change is sent by the atomic clock of the in Braunschweig. Radio-controlled clocks, computers change over automatically. With some smartphones, however, the function may be deactivated and must first be activated again via the settings.