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May 1st is "Tag der Arbeit", or Labor Day. It is a public holiday in Germany.
Many families use this day-off for a picnic in the park, while whole villages in Bavaria come together to raise a traditional maibaum (Maypole) with colorful ribbons and carved figures to celebrate the warm season.
When: May 1
Where: Everywhere in Germany
02 of 09
Spargelzeit (white asparagus season) is a serious obsession in Germany. The "King of Vegetables" appears on every menu, grocery store and German's palate. For true devotees, buying it in the stores is not enough. Spargel-lovers must go to the 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 region claims to grow the best Spargel, but the only way to know for sure is to tour them all. Popular routes allow visitors to buy straight from the farms and go to the many festivals devoted to the veggie.
When: April - June 24
Where: Baden-Württemberg, Lower Saxony and the city of Beelitz
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04 of 09
This 5-city festival stretches out from spring until fall and features the stunning landscape of the Rhine valley illuminated by fireworks. The Rhine river, charming villages, and medieval castles are bathed in color for all to see.
Thousands of visitors watch from the Rhine promenade in Bonn. To get the best view, book your spot aboard one of the illuminated Rhine ships that parade down the river.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
The Hamburg harbor, one of the biggest working harbors in the world, celebrates its anniversary with a massive three-day festival. Hamburg's Port Anniversary festivities includes a parade of historic ships, dragon boat races, and the tugboat ballet.
When: May 10 - 13, 2018
Where: Hamburg harbor (St. Pauli Landungsbruecken)
06 of 09
Its not just the beloved döner kabob that Germany's largest immigrant population has contributed to German culture. There are an estimated 4+ million Muslims in Germany and Ramadan is the largest festival of the year.
he ninth month of the Islamic calendar is a time of fasting, purification of the soul and prayer. Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, sexual intimacy and negative behaviors like swearing, lying or engaging in anger from Imsak (just before sunrise) until Maghrib (sunset).
When: May 15 - June 14, 2018
Where: Everywhere in Germany
07 of 09
Ascension Day (Christi Himmelfahrt) is held on a Thursday in May. It is a national holiday around the country and the Friday following is usually also a day off making it an ideal excuse to vacation or just enjoy the first warm days with family and friends.
For many of the country's men, however, the day is better known as Vatertag (Father's Day) or Männertag / Herrentag (Men's Day). It is a day for men to be boys, ride bikes, get out in nature and drink beer. Lots of it.
When: May 17, 2018
Where: everywhere in Germany
08 of 09
More than 1.5 million visitors flock to Kreuzberg once again to celebrate the multicultural spirit of Germany’s capital. A four-day open-air festival with exotic food and drinks, concerts, performances and parties culminates with a massive parade of cultural floats filled with the diverse communities that make up the city.
When: May 18 - 21, 2018
Where: Kreuzberg, BerlinContinue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Elegant Würzburg on the Romantic Road celebrates its wine on the last weekend in May. This is the first of many wine festivals to be held throughout the year. Wine has been grown here for 1,200 years and it has been perfected into an art.
The weindorf (wine village) is located in the middle of Würzburg's market square. Weinprinzessin (wine princesses) from all over Franconia preside over the festival and about 40 different area vineyards offer 100 different wines. Wine is available by the glass or by the bottle and pair perfectly with the culinary specialties of Franconia.
When: May 25 - June 3, 2018