Germany is one of the largest countries in Europe, so there is a number of great times to visit; therefore, it is best to do your research thoroughly before booking a flight. A couple of the most popular cities in Germany that you should not miss are Hamburg (a port city), Berlin (the capital city of Germany), Cologne, Munich (the capital city of Bavaria), and Frankfurt. Whilst summer is the most touristic and crowded period of time during the year throughout Germany, there are many other ideal occasions you should not miss to experience genuine German culture with locals. Mark on your 2016 travel calendars these festivals and celebrations in Germany.
Christmas throughout Germany
If you are a big fan of snow and Santa Claus, visit Germany during December. During the four weeks prior to Christmas Eve, all of Germany will be glowing with lights and decorations around the Christmas markets. The largest Christmas markets in Germany usually take place in Berlin, Munich, Cologne, Dresden, Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Bremen, Stuttgart, and Munich.
New Year’s Eve celebrations in Berlin
The largest New Year’s Eve celebrations in Germany take place in Berlin, Munich, and Frankfurt. The celebration at midnight at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin is a multicultural party with more than a million people at various open-air and indoor parties. In the Bavarian capital, some mandatory stops are the most famous beer gardens (Augustiner or Hofbräuhaus), and Marienplatz - the most important central square in Munich. In Frankfurt, Nightlife and party lovers celebrate in Sachsenhausen, or at Römerberg square where there is the 250-meter tall Main Tower.
Carnival in Köln/Cologne
Cologne Carnival, in the beginning of February, takes place over the whole week with numerous locals, immigrants, and tourists dressing up for masked balls in fancy, colourful costumes to gather and celebrate the crazy season. The most important dates of the Cologne carnival during February 2016 are the Women’s carnival Day on the 4th, Rose Monday on the 8th, and Ash Wednesday on the 10th. On these days, the streets are alive and overflowing with crazy parties.
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Oktoberfest in Munich
Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival and traveling funfair that is held every year. It draws over 6 million people from around the world to come together to celebrate in Munich (Bavaria, Germany). During the 16 days between mid or late September and the first Sunday of October, people put on their best Bavarian traditional outfits, drink beer by the litre, eat traditional Bavarian food, and listen to live bands playing traditional Bavarian music while singing and dancing all day and night.
Oktoberfest 2016 begins on the 17th of September with the arrival of the tent patrons in a parade of the tent owners and breweries throughout Munich. After the Munich mayor taps the first Oktoberfest beer barrel in the Schottenhamel Tent, the Oktoberfest celebration continues with a series of performances and concerts until the 2nd of October.
Oktoberfest is also celebrated throughout Germany (especially in Berlin and Hannover), and other countries around the world.
Summer with various festivals
The highest travel season in Germany falls between May and September. This time of the year is filled with festivals and concerts all around Germany. The most important parties during this time of the year are: the Meistertrunk show in Rothenburg (medieval costumes and Biergarten parties on May 13-16), the Carnival of Cultures in Berlin (May 22-25), and the Stadtteilfest Bunte Republik Neustadt (counter-cultural block party on June 17-19).
If you are a fan of theatre and concerts, come to Sommerwerft-Frankfurt (theatre and arts festival) in late July; Bardentreffen Nürnberg (world music festival) on July 29-31, or Klassik Open Air in Nürnberg (a series of free classical concerts and fireworks in Luitpoldhain park) in late July.
August and September is the time for German alcohol lovers with the International Beer Festival in Berlin on August 5-7, the Weindorf Beer Festival in Cochem on August 25-29, the Rheingau Wine Festival in Frankfurt on August 31-September 9, and Oktoberfest.
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