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What should be the case for "the upcoming summer" as in the following sentences?

Der kommende Sommer werde ich wahrscheinlich nach Deutschland gehen.

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Den kommenden Sommer werde ich wahrscheinlich nach Deutschland gehen.

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Accusative as in your second sentence is correct:

Den kommenden Sommer werde ich wahrscheinlich nach Deutschland gehen.

The direct article can be left without change of meaning:

Kommenden Sommer werde ich wahrscheinlich nach Deutschland gehen.

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Time complements without preposition stay in acusative. For instance, what Toscho stated in his answer. But also

  • Nächste Woche werde ich nicht arbeten, weil ich noch sehr krank bin.
  • Nächstes Jahr reise ich nach Schweden.
  • Nur einen Tag war ich in Österreich.
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