In Focus: Karneval, Fairs and Festivals across Germany

Rosenmontag in Düsseldorf

In Focus: Karneval, Fairs and Festivals across Germany

Throughout the year, countless "Volksfeste" take place across Germany. These public fairs and festivals which are held in every town, village and city are important dates in local calendars. In our latest "In Focus", we look at the wide range of fairs on offer in all corners of Germany as well as Karneval, Germany's "silly season", when mischief reigns supreme and rules go out of the window!

Rosenmontag in Düsseldorf

Karneval: silliness, parades and costumes

When Karneval sweeps across German towns in the days prior to Lent, it leaves confetti, sweets and destroyed ties in its wake. Also known as the ‘fifth season’, Karneval is when young and old dress up and take to the streets to cause mischief and take in one of the renowned and colourful Rose Monday parades.

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Northern Germany: beaches and regattas

The beaches and towns and cities in the northern part of Germany play host to numerous festivals throughout the year. They range from bonfires on the beach, to regattas with hundreds of sailing boats and the oldest folk festival in Germany dating back to 1035. Here is a selection of just some of them.

Museumsuferfest in Frankfurt

Western Germany: Apfelwein, riverbank festivals and the 'silly season'

Western Germany offers a wealth of public festivals throughout the year, from traditional and modern street fairs to well established cultural highlights. In particular Frankfurt am Main, the buzzing ‘Main Metropolis’ as it is known to residents of Hesse, plays host to a wide variety of events for both young and old.

Weimar market place

Eastern and Central Germany: seasonal festivals

There are many different festivals and fairs in Eastern and Central Germany although not as many nationally or internationally popular as in other parts of Germany. As in other regions of the country, most of the festivities are either related to a special season of the year, to the season’s harvest or to very old traditions like solstice celebrations. In the following, you will be introduced to some festivals of this region.

Cannstatter Volksfest in in Stuttgart

Southern Germany: village fairs, tradition and beer

With six of the fifteen biggest fairs in Germany held in Baden-Wuerttemberg and Bavaria, among them the world famous Oktoberfest in Munich and the Nuremberg Volksfest, it goes without saying that southern Germans love a celebration! But there is much more to the south than the well-publicised beer tents of the Wisen!

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