Runners-up 1. FC Nuremberg made its twelfth and last appearance in the national title game, having won the previous years championship.
The format used to determine the German champion was similar to the one used in the 1961 season. Nine clubs qualified for the tournament, with the runners-up of West and North having to play a qualification match. The remaining eight clubs then played a single round in two groups of four, with the two group winners entering the final. In previous years, a home-and-away round had been played in the group stages but because of the 1962 FIFA World Cup, where Germany participated in, the schedule was reduced, as had been the case in previous world cup years.
Tasmania 1900 Berlin - 1. FC Nuremberg 1:2
FC Schalke 04 - Borussia Neunkirchen 3:2
1. FC Nuremberg - Borussia Neunkirchen 3:2
Tasmania 1900 Berlin - FC Schalke 04 1:1
1. FC Nuremberg - FC Schalke 04 3:1
Borussia Neunkirchen - Tasmania 1900 Berlin 0:1