April Festivals and Events in Germany

What's on in Germany in April?

Traveling to Germany in April? Find out what annual events, festivals and holidays you can experience during your Germany travels in April. This month is traditionally filled with Easter celebrations, spring festivals and art fairs.

 

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    Weimar, Bauhaus-Museum
    ••• Andreas Praefcke/Wikimedia Commons

    The city of Weimar is the birthplace of the Bauhaus movement, which revolutionized architectural and aesthetic concepts in the 20th century. You can take part in guided art walks, following the footsteps of famous Bauhaus artists like Walter Gropius, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Lyonel Feininger.

    The project, originally created by students, is now led by prospective architects, civil engineers, cultural scholars and artists. No registration is required. The Bauhaus Walk is in German with English walks on request. The short 1.5 hour walk is 6 euro, with the long 2.5 hour walk 9 euro.

    When: April to October - Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 14:00; November to March - Friday and Saturday 14:00

    Where: Bauhaus Atelier in the courtyard of the main building of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 6a, 99423 Weimar - Meeting point for the Bauhaus Walk.

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    Photo of Semper Opera Dresden, inside
    ••• Sylvio Dittrich/www.dresden-tourist.de

    Opera found a home in Munich in 1653 and the love affair continues. Every spring, the Bavarian State Ballet puts up its "Ballet Weeks"; this extraordinary dance festival includes modern and classical dance, which are performed by the Bavarian State Ballet as well as international guest ensembles. 

    When: Written orders will be processed beginning January 3, 2017. Box office sales, telephone reservations and online bookings for the whole festival start February 3, 2017.
    Where: Bavarian State Opera, Munich

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    frankfurt-skyline.jpg
    ••• Erin Porter

    Frankfurt celebrates its annual spring "Dippemess", one of the largest folk festivals in the Rhine region. The fair dates back to the 14th century, when it was a medieval market for pottery, especially ceramic bowls and pots (called "Dibbes" in the Frankfurt dialect). Today, the spring fair is well-known for rides, roller coasters, and fireworks.

    Other Spring Festivals include Munich's Spring Festival and Stuttgart's Spring Festival.

    When: April 7 - May 1, 2017
    Where: Fairground on Ratsweg, Frankfurt

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    VW Factory in Wolfsburg
    ••• VW Factory in Wolfsburg. GNTB/Jochen Knobloch

    The "Autostadt" (car city) in Wolfsburg is not only the place where the Volkswagen is built, but also the location for an annual contemporary art festival. The Movimentos Art Weeks offer a interesting array of events, ranging from modern dance performances, and jazz concerts, to readings, and discussions.

    When: middle of April to beginning of May
    Where: Autostadt Wolfsburg

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    German Easter Eggs
    ••• GNTB/Hans R. Colorvision Utthof

    Easter is one of the most popular holidays in Germany. It is celebrated for a whole weekend and includes Good Friday and Easter Monday, which are public holidays. Read about German Easter traditions and find out how to spent this holiday weekend in Germany in our Easter Special.

    When: April 14 - 17, 2017
    Where: Everywhere in Germany

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    Cologne Cathedrals.jpg
    ••• Erin Porter

    The Art Cologne is Germany's leading art fair: 200 leading galleries from around the world exhibit modern and contemporary art, including paintings, sculpture, installation, video art, and photography.

    When: April 27 - 30, 2017
    Where: Exhibition Center Cologne and various Cologne museums

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    Spargeldorf Walbeck
    ••• http://www.walbeck.net

    Germans are so excited by Spargel (white asparagus) that people plan entire trips around it. Join the happy hordes of eaters to eat the King of spring vegetable at its source. 

    The states of Baden-Württemberg and Lower Saxony are two of the most important asparagus growing regions, with the city of Beelitz claiming the north-eastern title. Each placec claims to grow the best Spargel, but the only way to know for sure is to tour them all.

    When: April - June 24th
    Where: Everywhere in Germany

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    Walpurgis Night

    Walpurgisnacht in Berlin, Germany
    ••• Walpurgisnacht on my street in Berlin. Erin Porter

    The last night of April is known as "Hexennacht" – witches' night, or Walpurgis night. According to German folk tales, this is the night when the witches fly to Mount Brocken to hold a celebration and await the beginning of spring.

    Many people dress up as witches and flock to Mount Brocken, which is located in the Harz region of Germany. Bonfires are lit, and the "witches" dance around the flames.

    In cities like Berlin, this is another excuse to party and rebel with special club openings, night-time parades and demonstrations.

    When: April 30
    Where: Mount Brocken in the Harz region