The Best Festivals in Germany

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Berlinale Palace
Berlinale Palace

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There's no better way to get to know a country than by taking parts in its festivals. Check out our yearly round-up of Germany’s best festivals and events that will give you a taste of German culture, tradition, and art at its best.

Carnival in Germany

Carnival is also called the “Fifth Season” in Germany; alongside with many colorful costume balls, the highlight of this festival is the Rose Monday Parade with marching bands, dancers, and decorated floats parading down the streets across Germany. Carnival is celebrated throughout the country, and some would say even more so in Cologne (Cologne vacation rentals | Cologne travel guide), Düsseldorf (Düsseldorf vacation rentals | Düsseldorf travel guide), Muenster, and Mainz (Mainz vacation rentals | Mainz travel guide).

International Film Festival in Berlin

Every February, Berlin (Berlin vacation rentals | Berlin travel guide) rolls out the red carpet to host the Berlin International Film Festival. What to expect? More than 400 films from all over the world, parties, and special events open to everyone who loves film. Besides Cannes and Venice, the Berlinale is the most important film festival in Europe.

Rhine In Flames Festival

Any list of the best festivals in Germany must include this unique festival that combines natural and manmade beauty. The Rhine in Flames Festival invites you to see the Rhine's natural beauty in a whole new light. Thousands of Bengal lights, stunning fireworks, and illuminated steam boats that glide down the Rhine, bathing the river banks, vineyards, and castles in a magical glow. The spectacle takes place on weekends throughout May and September.

Oberammergau Passion Play

When the plague hit the Bavarian village of Oberammergau (Oberammergau vacation rentals | Oberammergau travel guide) in the 17th century, its inhabitants vowed that they would perform the Passion Play every ten years, if the disease would spare them. It did, and the villagers kept their word: Once in a decade, Oberammergau produces the Passion Play. Over 2000 villagers take part in this extraordinary cultural event, which is set on an open-air stage with the German Alps as an impressive backdrop.

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