Traveling to Germany in February? From international film festivals to the city-wide parties that make up Carnival, February is a great month to travel in Germany.
Keep in mind that this is the low season so your travel dollar may go father, especially for hotels. It is also deep winter so pack appropriately for everything from snow, to freezing rain, to chill winds. If you are planning on hitting Germany's legendary ski slopes or ice rinks, add another layer.
Find out what annual events and festivals take place during your vacation in Germany.
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Berlin's Transmediale Festival is a 30-year-old festival for contemporary art and digital culture in Berlin. It hosts a large number of exhibitions, panel discussions, performances, and video screenings.
Fitting for the exhibitions inside, it takes place in the futuristic building of the House of World Cultures.
When: January 31 - February 4, 2018
Where: House of World Cultures (John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin)
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If you love motor sports, speed to one of the largest motorcycle fairs in Germany. Leipzig's Motorrad Messe draws motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the world to drool over the latest bikes, trikes, quads, and gear.
Of course it wouldn't be a show if there wasn't some action. Catch the live performances and watch the two-wheeled stars.
When: February 2 - 4, 2018
Where: Leipzig Exhibition Center (Seehausener Allee 1, 04356 Leipzig)
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The lavish Semper Opera in Dresden opens its doors to 2,500 guests every year for the most prestigious ball in Germany.
Guests arrive decked out in their finest ball gowns and tuxedos for an extraordinary night of music, live performances, and dancing. The opening act is the presentation of 100 debutantes from all over Germany.
This luxurious evening has its price, but you can also join thousands of locals and waltz under the stars at the free open-air ball. It takes place on the historic square right outside the Opera building with the events inside broadcast to the freeloading revelers.
When: February 1, 2019
Where: Semper Opera (Theaterplatz 2, 01067 Dresden)
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No matter whether you call it Karneval or Fasching, for most of the country this festival is a big deal. Join the colorful costumed celebrations, street parades, and costume balls that take place in Cologne, Aachen, Düsseldorf and many other German cities.
The last big party before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, everyone has the chance to dress up as a jecken (clown) and go a little wild. This is the time for excess, drinking kölsch and eating krapfen (doughnuts).
Carnival season actually starts with the planning that begins on November 11th (11/11) by the Council of Eleven, but the bulk of the partying takes place during Weiberfastnacht (Women's Carnival Day) with its ritualistic tie cutting, Rosenmontag (Rose Monday) which is parade day and Aschermittwoch (Ash Wednesday) when things finally settle down.
When: February 8 - 14, 2018
Where: Most German cities. The biggest festivities are in Cologne, Münster, Düsseldorf, Aachen, and MainzContinue to 5 of 6 below.
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Berlin's Berlinale is the city's largest cultural event and one of the most well-respected film festivals in the world.
For 10 days, the red carpet is rolled out at the cinema at Potsdamer Platz and neighboring theatres. World famous stars pause and pose before entering the theatre for international premieres. The public is also welcome to buy tickets and be some of the first in the world to see the movies everyone is going to be talking about for the next year.
This is also a chance to peek behind the curtain with director and cast often available for Q&As after the screening. And even after the credits roll there is more to do. The biggest screenings are followed by the hottest parties in the night life capital of Germany.
When: February 15 - 26, 2018
Where: Potsdamer Platz (Potsdamer Straße 5, 10785 Berlin)
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Enjoy the vibe of the Golden Twenties in Dessau, the birthplace of German composer Kurt Weill. Famed for his "Three Penny Opera", the festival celebrates with a week-long music festival. Dessau's Bauhaus buildings act as the ideal stage for Weill's compositions.
When: February 2 - March 23, 2018
Where: Anhaltisches Theater, Dessau