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Barthelmarkt

Barthelmarkt

Don the dirndl or pop on the leather shorts and make your way to Manching near Ingolstadt for four days of beer-based fun. Though first ...
Europe Germany Manching Beer Festivals Traditional Festivals August
Berlin Carnival of Cultures

Berlin Carnival of Cultures

In Germany it's known as the fifth season, it's a time to shake off the winter blues, don some elaborate threads and take to the ...
Europe Germany Berlin Carnival and Mardi Gras Street Parties May
Berlin Christmas Markets

Berlin Christmas Markets

Berlin lights up in the lead up to Christmas as sixty Christmas markets set up shop to usher in the festive season. From early November ...
Europe Germany Berlin Christmas Markets Christmas December
Berlin Design Week

Berlin Design Week

Anyone who's planted their foot on the accelerator of a finely-tuned Porsche or clicked the shutter button on a Leica camera, know that our German ...
Europe Germany Berlin Design Festivals May
Berlin Festival

Berlin Festival

This is Templehof Tower, you have clearance to party. Join Berlin's beautiful people at the runways and hangars of the iconic, Flughafen Tempelhof for the ...
Europe Germany Berlin Indie Rock Festivals Rock Festivals September
Berlin Light Festival

Berlin Light Festival

For ten days during October, as the autumn months make way for another dark European winter, a vivid change comes over the landmarks, monuments, buildings ...
Europe Germany Berlin Light Festivals Art Festivals October
Berlinale

Berlinale

With in excess of 500,000 admissions to its 400 films, Berlinale is the largest publicly attended film festival in the world. Films on the Berlinale ...
Europe Germany Berlin Film Festivals February
Bremen Maritime Festival

Bremen Maritime Festival

Get nautical with the sea-loving folk of Bremen at their annual Maritime Festival. Join 60,000 revellers as they head to the harbour and maritime mile ...
Europe Germany Bremen Nautical Events Rock Festivals August
Cannstatter Volksfest

Cannstatter Volksfest

You gotta hand it to our German cousins, they sure know how to host a beer festival! Though if you ask a local, the Cannstatter ...
Europe Germany Stuttgart Beer Festivals Fairs September
Christopher Street Day

Christopher Street Day

Paying tribute to trailblazers of the LGBT cause, Berlin's Christopher Street Day is named (and held in memory of) the first substantial uprising of homosexuals ...
Europe Germany Berlin Pride Festivals Street Parades July
Cologne Carnival

Cologne Carnival

Get into the German spirit by downing a stein of some local K├Âlsch beer at a rowdy beer hall, before hitting the streets of the ...
Europe Germany Cologne Carnival and Mardi Gras Street Parades February
DOK Leipzig

DOK Leipzig

Starting out life in 1955, as the All-German Leipzig Festival of Cultural and Documentary Films, Dok Leipzig (today's snappier title) was the first independent film ...
Europe Germany Leipzig Film Festivals October
Dusseldorf Christmas Markets

Dusseldorf Christmas Markets

Downtown Dusseldorf turns on the festive cheer each year from mid-November, during the annual Dusseldorf Christmas Markets. Make your way to Marktplatz, Dusseldorf's Christmas market ...
Europe Germany Dusseldorf Christmas Markets Christmas December
Dusseldorf Festival

Dusseldorf Festival

The Dusseldorf Festival will once again be serving up its exciting blend of dance, theatre, classical and world music, circus and performance art this September. ...
Europe Germany Dusseldorf Performing Arts Festivals September
Frankfurt Apple Wine Festival

Frankfurt Apple Wine Festival

In Frankfurt, apple wine is the local tipple of choice. Each August the city celebrates its love of the fermented fruit with the annual Apple ...
Europe Germany Frankfurt Wine Festivals August
Frankfurt Autumn Dippemess

Frankfurt Autumn Dippemess

Frankfurt's autumn Dippemess (there's also a Spring Dippemess in April) is the largest folk festival in the Rhine-Main region, with roots dating back to the ...
Europe Germany Frankfurt Fairs Family Festivals September
Frankfurt Book Fair

Frankfurt Book Fair

Frankfurt's history with the published word is well documented. Just down the road in Mainz, Johannes Gutenberg invented the movable-type printing press way back in ...
Europe Germany Frankfurt Book Fairs October
Frankfurt Christmas Markets

Frankfurt Christmas Markets

Join more than three million annual visitors as they take in the history and splendour of Frankfurt's age old Christmas market — believed to have ...
Europe Germany Frankfurt Christmas Christmas Markets December
Hamburg Christmas Markets

Hamburg Christmas Markets

Hanseatic Hamburg turns on the Christmas charm each and every December with a wide range of Christmas markets and a packed festive programme. The most ...
Europe Germany Hamburg Christmas Markets Christmas December
Hamburger Dom

Hamburger Dom

The Hamburger Dom is the largest public festival held in Northern Germany with a history that can be loosely traced back to 1329. If you ...
Europe Germany Hamburg Fairs Family Festivals Varies
Heidelberg Spring

Heidelberg Spring

Since its first outing in 1997, Heidelberg Spring has established itself as one of Germany's most exciting and innovative classical music festivals, offering top-class performances ...
Europe Germany Heidelberg Classical Music and Opera Festivals March
Hurricane Festival

Hurricane Festival

With a history as turbulent as its name, Hurricane first graced the stage as Es rockt in der Heide in 1973. In 1977 as the ...
Europe Germany Bremen Rock Festivals Indie Rock Festivals June
Jazz on the Third

Jazz on the Third

For those in the know, Frankfurt is the epicentre of Germany's jazz scene. On the third of October annually they back up that rep' with ...
Europe Germany Frankfurt Jazz Festivals October
Kulmbach Beer Week

Kulmbach Beer Week

For a little over a week every July another Bavarian town celebrates it's love of the amber fizz. The Kulmbach Beer Week on the edge ...
Europe Germany Kulmbach Beer Festivals July
Maschsee Lake Festival

Maschsee Lake Festival

The Maschsee Lake Festival attracts millions to the shores of Hannover's Maschsee Lake for a grandiose lineup of concerts and performances each summer. Boat cruises, ...
Europe Germany Hannover Summer Festivals Family Festivals August
Nordic Film Days Lubeck

Nordic Film Days Lubeck

The Nordic Film Festival Lubeck lights up the dark early days of the Northern European winter with a selection of feature films, documentaries and short ...
Europe Germany Lubeck Film Festivals Short Film Festivals Documentary Film Festivals November
Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest, the world's largest and most celebrated beer festival. Never been? Close your eyes and picture part Disneyland, part Bud Brewery. Oktoberfest is to the ...
Europe Germany Munich Beer Festivals Traditional Festivals September
Opera Square Festival

Opera Square Festival

Frankfurt's magnificent Opera House provides the stunning backdrop for the annual Opera Square Festival, a celebration of the culinary delights of the region. A diverse ...
Europe Germany Frankfurt Food Festivals Classical Music and Opera Festivals Jazz Festivals June
Reeperbahn Festival

Reeperbahn Festival

Hamburg's most infamous strip, The Reeperbahn, plays host to Germany's largest club festival each September. The Reeperbahn Festival attracts more than 30,000 revellers to the ...
Europe Germany Hamburg Electronic Dance Music Festivals Indie Rock Festivals September
Rhine in Flames

Rhine in Flames

Rhine in flames — almost an oxymoron! On five separate summer evenings along the fetching River Rhine in the vicinity of the historic city of ...
Europe Germany Bonn Family Festivals May
Saxonia International Balloon Fiesta

Saxonia International Balloon Fiesta

Picturesque Liepzig is the venue for Europe's third largest balloon festival, the Saxonia International Balloon Fiesta. For four days at the shank of July each ...
Europe Germany Leipzig Ballooning Festivals Family Festivals July
Stuttgart Christmas Markets

Stuttgart Christmas Markets

From late November right up until Christmas Eve, more than 250 traditional wooden stalls, decorated with fir branches and baubles, take over Stuttgart's inner city ...
Europe Germany Stuttgart Christmas Markets Christmas December
Stuttgart Wine Festival

Stuttgart Wine Festival

According to questionable sources, there have been times in Stuttgart's history when the townsfolk have had more wine available for consumption than water. To help ...
Europe Germany Stuttgart Wine Festivals August
Summerjam

Summerjam

Join a mass of Rastafarians and like-minded souls as they share their love for the reggae at Cologne's annual, Summerjam. For three days in July ...
Europe Germany Cologne Reggae Festivals July
Tübingen Duck Race

Tübingen Duck Race

Ladies and gentlemen, start your ducks! Up to 7,000 ducks make a break for it each October in the annual Tubingen Duck Race. Not ducks ...
Europe Germany Tübingen Bizarre Festivals October
Transmediale

Transmediale

Berlin's Transmediale at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, features a diverse programme of media art and digital culture. For five days each January, Transmediale ...
Europe Germany Berlin New Media Festivals Art Festivals January
Wacken Open Air

Wacken Open Air

The village of Wacken may be but a dot on the map of the Northern German region of Schleswig-Holstein but ask any metal-head from Reykjavik ...
Europe Germany Wacken Heavy Metal Festivals Punk Festivals Rock Festivals August

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