In 2023, a number of German public holidays will once again be in such a position that it's worth planning cleverly - we'll show you how. Here you can get public holidays for each month at a glance.
Most holidays are nationwide, but some apply only in certain federal states.
Holidays in March: International Women's Day (8 March)
This year, in addition to Berlin, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania can also enjoy a holiday for the first time on International Women's Day on March 8. Since the holiday falls on a Wednesday, if you come from one of these two Federal states, you can treat yourself to two days off on the day before or after and have five days of vacation time for a trip to springtime Berlin.
Holidays in April: Easter (7 - 10 April)
Spend the Easter days in Berlin: On April 7 is Good Friday and Easter Monday on April 10 - a whole four days to experience the capital blooming in spring. Our tip for all arithmetic foxes: you invest from April 1 to 16 in eight vacation days and can plan so a longer Berlin trip with equal sixteen days. Since it is worthwhile to dive deep into the Berlin lifestyle in the neighborhoods and discover Berlin with all the different facets.
Public Holidays in May: 1st May, Ascension Day (18 May) and Whitsun (29 May)
Probably the month richest in holidays is May. For May 1, dance in from Sunday to Monday - perfect for a nice long weekend in springtime Berlin.
On May 18, all German states celebrate Ascension Day. How about squeezing in a day off on Friday, May 19, and whisking the dads away to Berlin for a few glorious days on Father's Day?
There are a whole three days off in all the German states at Whitsun: Whit Monday on May 29 is a public holiday throughout Germany - why not take Tuesday off and plan a four-day city break in the capital?
Tip: Finally, the Carnival of Cultures will also be held again this year on Pentecost - a celebration of joie de vivre and tolerance.
Holidays in June: Corpus Christi (18 June)
June 8 is Corpus Christi, a holiday for Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland. If you take Friday off, nothing stands in the way of a long weekend in Berlin....
Take a look at what's going on this weekend. For example, the open-air cinemas have been open since May and offer exciting entertainment under the starry sky. The Citadel Music Festival is also taking place in the open air at the Zitadelle Spandau. And June 10 is also the Long Day of Urban Nature.
Holidays in August: Assumption Day (15 August)
Adventurous people in Bavaria and Saarland get their money's worth in August: Assumption Day on August 15 is a Monday. Another long weekend in Berlin is a good idea! Spend a romantic evening at the Potsdam Castle Night on August 18, for example. Or enjoy the beautiful weather at one of the many lakes in Berlin and Brandenburg.
Holidays in September: World Children's Day (20 September)
Now it gets interesting for those who live Thuringia, because only in this state the World Children's Day on September 20 is a public holiday. And this holiday also falls on a Wednesday, so you can again plan a five-day stay in Berlin before or after Wednesday with two vacation days and see what the city has to offer for children. For example, on September 22 begins the Herbstrummel, a folk festival for the whole family.
Holidays in October: German Unity Day (3 October) and Reformation Day (31 October)
In October, you can expect an extended glorious autumnal weekend right at the beginning of the month: German Unity Day is celebrated on October 3 - this year a Tuesday. Take Monday off, don't miss the festivities in the capital and immerse yourself in the exciting history of German division and reunification.
On Tuesday, October 31, Reformation Day is a holiday in many German states: Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia. With a day off it is called thus: Four days weekend in Berlin!
We have already compiled the highlights in October for you.
Holidays in November: All Saints' Day (1 November) and Day of Repentance and Prayer
All Saints' Day on Wednesday, November 1, is a public holiday in the other German states, namely Baden- Württemberg, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland. We recommend: Take two days off, and plan fivedays in Berlin: while the weather turns late autumnal, museums, exhibition and concert halls invite you to enjoy culture.
The Saxons can count themselves lucky, because their federal state is the only one to have the Day of Prayer and Repentance on November 22 as a public holiday. As it falls on a Wednesday this year, it is worth taking the day off either from October 18 to November 22 or alternatively from November 22 to November 26. This way, everyone from Saxony can enjoy a five-day vacation with only two vacation days and discover Berlin's cultural landscape.
Holidays in December: Christmas (25. – 26. December) and New Year's Eve (31 December)
Christmas Eve is this year on a Sunday, and thus Christmas is celebrated on Monday and Tuesday. Those who want to celebrate the holidays in Berlin, thus already have a long weekend with four days. And if you want to stay even longer, you can take three days off and then stay and continue celebrating until New Year's Eve on a ten-day vacation.
In December, the numerous Christmas markets spread a festive mood throughout the city. From traditional to original, from small and romantic to sprawling and with entertainment programs, each market offers a very special experience.