• Oktoberfest, Munich
    Oktoberfest, Munich ©Frank Bauer
  • Highlights of the Rhineland Carnival, Düsseldorf
    Highlights of the Rhineland Carnival, Düsseldorf © Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus GmbH
  • Tree Blossom Festival, Werder
    Tree Blossom Festival, Werder ©www.werder-havel.de
  • Port Anniversary, Hamburg
    Port Anniversary, Hamburg ©www.mediaserver.hamburg.de (Christian Spahrbier)
  • Carnival of Cultures 2012, Berlin
    Carnival of Cultures 2012, Berlin ©Daniela Incoronato
  • Festival of Lights, Leipzig
    Festival of Lights, Leipzig ©LTM/Punctum
  • Cannstatter Wasen Festival, Stuttgart
    Cannstatter Wasen Festival, Stuttgart ©Thomas Niedermüller
  • Stuttgart Wine Festival, Stuttgart / Hamburg
    Stuttgart Wine Festival, Stuttgart / Hamburg ©Stuttgart-Marketing GmbH
  • Luther's Wedding – The Wittenberg Festival
    Luther's Wedding – The Wittenberg Festival ©WittenbergKultur e.V.
  • Wismar Sweden Festival
    Wismar Sweden Festival ©Presse Hansestadt Wismar
  • Onion Fair, Weimar
    Onion Fair, Weimar ©Weimar GmbH
  • Mainz Carnival
    Mainz Carnival ©Landeshauptstadt Mainz – Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
  • New Year's Eve in Berlin
    New Year's Eve in Berlin ©Scholvien
  • DOM funfair, Hamburg
    DOM funfair, Hamburg ©Frank Scymanska
  • Japan Day, Düsseldorf
    Japan Day, Düsseldorf © Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus GmbH
  • Hamburg Cruise Days
    Hamburg Cruise Days ©Christian Spahrbier
  • Cologne Carnival
    Cologne Carnival © Foto Oliver Franke/Tourismus NRW e.V.
  • Biggest Funfair on the Rhine, Düsseldorf
    Biggest Funfair on the Rhine, Düsseldorf ©Düsseldorf Marketing und Tourismus GmbH (U. Otte)
  • Hanse Sail regatta, Rostock
    Hanse Sail regatta, Rostock ©Archiv Hanse Sail Rostock
  • Freimarkt, Bremen
    Freimarkt, Bremen ©BTZ Bremer Touristik-Zentrale

Festivals, funfairs and the traditional German volksfest

Celebrations in Germany are as abundant as they are varied – from the carnival on the Rhine to wine festivals, from smaller events in the towns and countryside to the two biggest volksfest celebrations held anywhere in the world. Many have a long tradition and show how history can be brought vividly to life.

Boasting Germany's biggest wine procession, the German Grape Harvest Festival in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse is the highpoint of the German wine festival season. As well as marvelling at the parade, you can witness the election and coronation of the Palatinate and German wine queens, sample offerings from Germany's thirteen wine growing regions at the German Wine and Sekt Fair, and enjoy wine and delicious Palatinate food in the Haiselscher, the festival's own wine village. There's also a wonderful funfair with lots of fairground rides.

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Every year on 21 February, bonfires are lit all along Schleswig-Holstein's North Sea coast . – on the mainland, the islands and the Hallig islets – to drive away the winter in accordance with an ancient Frisian custom. There's much singing, dancing and drinking, then once the fires have died down, everyone heads to the inns and taverns to celebrate with a meal of curly kale, which may not be an ancient custom – but is definitely warming and delicious!

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