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Best time of year to visit Germany

Late spring and early autumn seem to be the best time to visit Germany. Shoulder season brings fewer crowds, lower prices, and fantastic occasions like Carnival of Cultures or Berlin Festival of Lights. The weather from June through mid-September is warmest, but it's the time with most rainfall and tourists, so book accommodation in advance and pack well. Two weeks of rattling Oktoberfest in autumn might be your best or worst time in Germany depending on the perception; otherwise, autumn months see lower prices and fewer tourists. Winter brings skiing and Christmas markets that will warm you up with festive mood and mulled wine.

10 THINGS TO DO IN GERMANY (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 03)

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

September 21–October 06, 2019 • event

The most famous beer festival in the world welcomes everyone to enjoy Bavarian culture, rivers of beer, and great traditional cuisine

Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival

Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival

August 30–November 03, 2019 • event

Germans are totally into pumpkins. You can check it out at the largest pumpkin festival in the world

Castles and Nature

Castles and Nature

May–November • nature

Bavaria is a country of castles and you'll have the chance to discover all of them

Hiking

Hiking

April–October • activity

Discover and enjoy the beauty of nature and wildlife in this gorgeous Alpine region

Badeschiff Bathing Season

Badeschiff Bathing Season

May–September • activity

One of the best recreation areas during hot summers close to the center of Berlin

Lichtenstein Castle

Lichtenstein Castle

March–December • activity

The iconic fairytale Gothic castle has appeared in movies and books

Climbing

Climbing

May–October • activity

Enjoy classical and sport routes, via-ferratas, and some bouldering suitable for climbers of any experience level

BMW Berlin Marathon

BMW Berlin Marathon

September 29, 2019 • event

Berlin, the city of runners, hosts one of the most popular marathons in the world

Eltz Castle

Eltz Castle

March 31–November 02, 2019 • activity

This centuries-old medieval castle over Elzbach river is one of the most beautiful in the Rhineland-Palatinate region

Ulm Minster (Ulmer Münster)

Ulm Minster (Ulmer Münster)

April–September • activity

Enjoy the view from the world's tallest church

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Krampus Nacht and Krampus Run

Krampus Nacht and Krampus Run

December 09, 2018 • event

This scary demon can frighten even adults, so be sure you are ready to meet Krampus!

Viehscheid

Viehscheid

September 12–13, 2019 | September 21, 2019 • event

A unique event held annually in Bavaria. When cows come back home, the locals greet them and celebrate their return

Carnival of Cultures

Carnival of Cultures

June 07–10, 2019 • event

See the Berlin streets come to life while the colorful kaleidoscope swirls you in a bright wild dance!

Berlin Festival of Lights

Berlin Festival of Lights

October 11–20, 2019 • event

Witness one of the most spectacular events in Berlin and immerse yourself in the magnificent light art!

Fasching

Fasching

February 24–25, 2020 • event

Immerse yourself to a German version of Mardi Gras! Don't forget to wear a costume and a mask!

Rock am Ring and Rock im Park

Rock am Ring and Rock im Park

June 07–09, 2019 • event

Two huge rock events at the same time and almost in the same place? Yes, please!

Rhine in Flames (Rhein in Flammen)

Rhine in Flames (Rhein in Flammen)

May 04, 2019 | July 06, 2019 | August 10, 2019 | September 14, 2019 | September 21, 2019 • event

These amazing firework displays take place at several locations along the river Rhine

Fête de la Musique

Fête de la Musique

June 21 • event

The beginning of summer is a great time to be in Berlin, celebrated by Berliners with an open-air music festival, the Fête de la Musique. You can listen to countless live music performances in the streets of Berlin for free

Funkensonntag

Funkensonntag

March 10, 2019 • event

The reflection of bonfires set along the riverbank and the magical colours of the evening sky is something not to miss. Don't miss this authentic and unique tradition of driving away the spirits of winter in the Allgau region

Bayreuth Festival

Bayreuth Festival

July 25–August 28, 2019 • event

Feel the atmosphere of the most prestigious opera festival dedicated to a single composer–Richard Wagner

Almond Blossom Along the Wine Route

Almond Blossom Along the Wine Route

March–April • nature

The arrival of pink and white almond blossoms at the German Wine Route is a sure sign of spring

Berlin Biennale

Berlin Biennale

Summer 2020 (TBA) • event

Every other year numerous Berlin venues turn into contemporary art galleries

New Year's Ski Jumping (Neujahrsskispringen)

New Year's Ski Jumping (Neujahrsskispringen)

December 31 2018–January 01 2019 • event

Share the best ski jumping moment at the Olympic Ski Stadium in Garmisch-Partenkirchen with over 20,000 winter sports enthusiasts

Wave-Gotik-Treffen

Wave-Gotik-Treffen

May 07–10, 2019 • event

Watch Leipzig all dressed up in black at the world's largest goth festival

Kiel Week (Kieler Woche)

Kiel Week (Kieler Woche)

June 22–30, 2019 • event

Don't miss a chance to observe a long line of hundred-year-old sailing vessels

Frühlingsfest Stuttgart (Stuttgart Spring Festival)

Frühlingsfest Stuttgart (Stuttgart Spring Festival)

April 20–May 12, 2019 • event

Europe's largest spring festival

Maypole (Maibaum)

Maypole (Maibaum)

May 01 • event

Check out this significant occasion to celebrate with local folklore groups and all the villagers dressed in their most exquisite traditional costumes

St. Martin's Day

St. Martin's Day

November 10–November 11 • event

Get your portion of family warmth sitting by the Martinsfeuer

Floating Beer Garden (Isar Floßfahrt)

Floating Beer Garden (Isar Floßfahrt)

May–mid-September • activity

Enjoy a journey on a traditional raft with music, dancing, and lots of fun

New Year's Eve or Silvester

New Year's Eve or Silvester

December 31–January 01 • event

Berlin is one of the best destinations in Europe for celebrating New Year's Eve

Berlinale—Berlin International Film Festival

Berlinale—Berlin International Film Festival

February 07–17, 2019 • event

The Berlinale is the city's most glamorous film event. With more than 400 films shown, it attracts the film industry elite as well as one of the biggest audiences of the world film festivals

Gamescom

Gamescom

August 20–24, 2019 • event

All passionate gamers flock to the most remarkable video game fair in Europe!

Skiing at Zugspitze

Skiing at Zugspitze

November–April • activity

The highest mountain in Germany presents an unforgettable view

Landshut Wedding (Landshuter Hochzeit) 1475

Landshut Wedding (Landshuter Hochzeit) 1475

summer (TBA) 2021 • event

Immerse yourself in a medieval wedding celebration held in Landshut, Bavaria

Burg Frankenstein Halloween

Burg Frankenstein Halloween

November 04, 2018 • event

Imagine it's Halloween time, and bloodthirsty monsters are by your side!

Day of German Unity

Day of German Unity

October 03 • event

Berliners celebrate the national holiday with a festival around Brandenburg Gate

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

late November–late December • event

A famous German tradition that has spread all over the world

Ostermünde

Ostermünde

April 20–22, 2019 • event

Open spring season with Easter celebrations in Travemünde, a small German seaside town

Toad Migration

Toad Migration

March–April • nature

Have you ever noticed a traffic sign with a frog on it?

Asparagus Season

Asparagus Season

mid-April–June • food

Welcome the springtime with the first German spring vegetable

Pyronale Fireworks World Championship

Pyronale Fireworks World Championship

August 30–31, 2019 • event

Witness a great fireworks competition where international teams try to get recognition of the jury and support from the spectators with their breathtaking pyrotechnic displays

CSD Berlin or Berlin Pride

CSD Berlin or Berlin Pride

July 27, 2019 • event

Berlin Pride, referred to as “Christopher Street Day” (CSD in short) features two major events—the CSD Demo March and CSD Finale, a big final rally

Cologne Carnival (Kölner Karneval)

Cologne Carnival (Kölner Karneval)

February 28–March 05, 2019 • event

Over a million people gather to see this colourful spectacle

Hurricane Festival

Hurricane Festival

June 21–23, 2019 • event

One of the best festivals of rock, indie and electronic music in Germany

About You Pangea Festival

About You Pangea Festival

August 22–25, 2019 • event

A vivid mix of music, sports, arts, and playfulness

Wacken Open Air

Wacken Open Air

August 01–03, 2019 • event

Headbang till sunrise at one of Europe's best heavy metal festival