Events in Germany
Renowned for its multicultural capital and famed for its traditional culture, cuisine and classical music, there’s an event to suit every interest in Germany.
From Berlin to Munich, and from Frankfurt to Cologne, there are over 10,000 events across Germany that celebrate everything from beer and sausages to film, music and Christmas. And no matter what time of year, you’re bound to find something interesting to celebrate.
Discovering all that Germany has to offer is easier than you might think. Sail to Holland or France on one of our car ferries and benefit from the convenience of taking your own vehicle on holiday.
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From Rock en Seine to Nuits Sonores, there are festivals of all types in France, with all genres represented and excellent camping facilities. What’s more, France is just a short hop across the Channel, so it’s quick and easy to travel to the festivals too!
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Berlin Film Festival
From its beginnings in post-war Berlin, the Berlin Film Festival has become one of the world’s most prestigious film events. With over 400 international films screened there each year, covering a wide range of genres, it’s an unmissable event for film buffs. If you’re more of a food buff, then a trip to the Culinary Cinema is well worth a visit. It combines film with fine dining and a 3-course dinner, inspired by a film, and is served by some of Germany's top chefs.
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Kinderzeche, or Children’s Party, is held in Dinkelsbühl each year and is an annual children’s folklore festival. The festival’s origins are based on a legend from the Thirty Years’ War when the Swedish took control of the city, intending to ransack it. The city’s children went to the colonel and persuaded him to spare the town by singing for him. Since then, the children in Dinkelsbühl have been thrown a yearly party and are all given a cone full of sweets in order to honour their predecessors' bravery. The festivities also include a pageant, a re-enactment of the Swedish surrender, a parade and sword dances.
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Germany's famous Christmas Markets take place throughout the country and most of them are made to look like Victorian towns, with stalls selling gingerbread cookies, glühwein, handmade children's toys, wreaths and miniature houses. Some of the larger Christmas Markets also have Ferris wheels, ice skating rinks and merry-go-rounds as well as fireworks and live music. Berlin alone has 50 markets, but the markets in Nuremberg, Cologne, Hamburg, Stuttgart and Worms are all worth a visit.
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