As this is a popular time to travel, be aware that hotel and attractions will be at their most expensive and cities will be close to bursting.
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Where: Various locations in central Munich
When: June 24th – July 28th, 2018
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Enjoy classic music al fresco at Gendarmenmarkt, one of the most beautiful historic squares in all of Berlin.
In this festival series, the concerts feature operetta, German and Italian opera, and classical and contemporary music. Check the program for special features and extras like concerts that end with a light show or fireworks.
All concerts begin at 19:30. Tickets are required.
Where: Gendarmenmarkt, Berlin
When: July 5 - 9th, 2018
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Highlights of the festivities include a colorful gay pride parade with more than 120 floats parading through the historic center of Cologne. Parties, panel discussions, and a street festival complete the weekend.
Where: Center of Cologne
When: July 8th, 2018Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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During the 30 Years War as many small towns were ravaged, Dinkelsbühl was saved by its children. They pleaded before a Swedish colonel and effectively saved the historic town from destruction.
The festival retells the town's story and traditionally dressed children are given bright bags of sweets during a joyful procession. Adults also put on traditional dress and carry flowers to celebrate their beautiful town.
When: July 13th - 22nd, 2018
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Every summer, Berliners raise their rainbow flags to celebrate Christopher Street Day (CSD) with a spectacular Gay Pride Parade.
The festivities take place in the heart of Berlin and ends by looping around the Siegessäule (Victory Column or "Golden Else") in the Tiergarten - a city landmark that has become a symbol for gay Berlin. Home to sunbathing nudes throughout the year, the nudes are on floats, in genital revealing costumes, and dancing down the street during the CSD Parade.
And it wouldn't be Berlin without countless debates and demonstrations that precede Sunday's parade. There is also a more alternative parade, X*CSD, in Kruezberg since the main parade is deemed too commercial by some.
When: July 28th, 2018
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Also known as the Richard Wagner Festival, this annual event in the Bavarian town of Bayreuth pays tribute to the 19th-century German composer.
It is the world's largest Wagner Festival and sells out every year since it opened in 1876. Wagner fans get their tickets years in advance to enjoy some of the composer's best operas from The Ring Cycle to Parsifal. (complete program found here). They are performed in a specially designed opera house, the Festspielhaus, which was built under Wagner's supervision.
For Wagner fans, the performances are worth the wait of five to ten years for tickets.
Where: Festspielhaus, Bayreuth
When: July 25th – August 29th, 2018
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Bring the whole family for classic Ferris Wheels and carousels, thrilling roller coasters and live concerts. Schedule a visit for every Friday night when fireworks light up the night around 10:30. Best of all, visiting the DOM is free.
Where: Heiligengeistfeld, in the city center of Hamburg
When: July 27th ─ August 28th, 2018