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Festivals in Germany

Christmas Markets

Christmas markets are my absolute favorite event of the year. As much as I love the sun, nothing beats getting dressed up warm in multiple layers and walking around the lit up stalls, smelling the amazing food and sipping on my finger-warming mulled wine. The whole experience is an assault on the senses. Although I’ve only been to German markets in the UK, the place to go for the full German atmosphere is the Hannover Christmas Markets. One of the world’s most famous Christmas markets, Hannover should be on your route to experience the best authentic bratwurst, roasted chestnuts, the aroma of Christmas trees, amazing quality craft work and of course red-nosed and smiling families all wrapped up enjoying the experience with you.

Other festivals to look out for in Germany:

  • Kolner Karneval and Düsseldorf Karneval – The first carnival being Germany’s equivalent to Mardi Gras, local festivities celebrate the “crazy days.” The latter carnival is another explosive and psychedelic occasion with the Rose Monday Parade requiring the wackiest dress possible! (When: 11 minutes past 11 on the 11th of the 11th month November)
  • Oktoberfest – In Munich thousands will down vast quantities of beer and bratwurst and will sing till their hearts are content. Rules of the event? You have to love beer, love sausage, love off-key singing and love drunk Germans! I think I qualify on every level! (When: Mid September to early October)
  • Starkbierzeit – This 300-year old traditional strong beer festival, again involves beer drinking and guttural singing for 2 to 4 weeks depending on the venues. Are you sensing a theme here?