April Festivals in Germany

What's on in Germany in April?

Traveling to Germany in April? This month is traditionally filled with Easter celebrations, spring festivals and celebrations of the arts.

As to the weather, the Germans have a saying

April, April, du weißt nicht was der will (April, April it doesn't know what it wants)

Visitors can expect rain, sunshine, or hail - sometimes all within an hour. Pack for every scenario.

That said, April is a great time to visit. The weather is getting warmer, there are plenty of festivals, and spring is finally here after a long winter. Find out what annual events, festivals and holidays you can experience during your Germany travels in April.

  • 01 of 09
    Frankfurt Spring Fair
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    Frankfurt's annual spring festival, or Dippemess, is 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 and reasonable for the name. Today, the spring fair is well-known for rides, roller coasters, and fireworks.

    If you miss it during this season, it comes around again in fall. Other Spring Festivals take place in Munich, Stuttgart, Nuremberg, and many other southern cities.

    When: March 23 - April 15, 2018
    Where: Fairground on Ratsweg, Frankfurt

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    Easter fountain, Pottenstein, Upper Franconia, Bavaria
    ••• Easter fountain in Pottenstein. Getty Images / Andreas Strauss

    Easter is one of the most popular holidays in Germany. It is celebrated for a long weekend which includes Good Friday and Easter Monday, which are public holidays. 

    In almost any town you will see spring flowers on display and traditional ostereierbaum (Easter trees) appear. Eggs are still hand-blown and delicately decorated. And chocolates are everywhere, including the Italian-born and German-adored Kinder Surprise (Kinder Überraschung).

    When: March 29 - April 2nd, 2018
    Where: Everywhere in Germany

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    Spargel Beelitz
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    Germans are obsessed with spargel (white asparagus). It is on every menu, every grocery store, and devotees plan trips to the farms where it is grown. Join the happy hordes to eat the "king of vegetables" 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 place claims to grow the best Spargel, but the only way to know for sure is to tour them all.

    When: April - June 24th
    Where: Spargel is found everywhere in Germany with farms open for visits in Baden-Württemberg, Lower Saxony, and Beelitz

  • 04 of 09
    Bonn Cherry Blossom Avenue
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    Bonn's cheery trees have earned it a place on the list of "Top 10 Most Beautiful Tree Tunnels In The World". Heerstrasse in the Nordstadt neighborhood is also known as "Cherry Blossom Avenue". The long limbs of the trees are weighed down with blooms, creating a tunnel-like canopy.

    Submit your best pic in the Cherry Blossom Photo Contest and attend the city's Kirschblütenfest. This festival celebrates the blossoms among the trees with fruit wine, local cuisine, and live performances.

    When: April 1 - 22, 2018
    Where: Bonn

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  • 05 of 09
    Weimar, Bauhaus-Museum
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    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
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    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: April 14 – 22, 2018 
    Where: Bavarian State Opera, Munich

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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: April 4 - May 6 2018
    Where: Various venues in Wolfsburg

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    Art Cologne
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    The world's oldest art fair began in 1967 Cologne and is still going strong.

    Art Cologne features 200 leading galleries from around the world, exhibiting modern and contemporary art in every medium from paintings to sculpture to installation to photography. About 60,000 visitors attend each year.

    When: April 19 - 22, 2018
    Where: Exhibition Center Cologne and various Cologne museums

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  • 09 of 09
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    Walpurgisnacht is the time for witches. According to German folk lore, this is the night when the witches fly to Mount Brocken in the Harz Mountains to hold a celebration awaiting the spring. You don't need to be a witch to celebrate, however.

    Today many people light bonfires and dance to the light of 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: Most places in Germany