As this is a busy time to travel to Germany, be aware that hotels and attractions will be at their most expensive and cities can be close to bursting. This might be a good time to explore smaller towns and outdoor attractions.
Find out what festivals take place in Germany in July from music and fashion to art and culture.
The month-long event opens with a choral concert at Michaelskirche. Another highlight is Opera for All where a performance is transmitted live to an outdoor audience at Max-Joseph-Platz.
When: Jun 27–July 31, 2019
Attention Fashionistas: International designers present their latest collections in Berlin during Berlin Fashion Week. Known in German as Berliner Modewoche, find out what’s "in" and experimental at the runway shows and watch professionals at the trade fairs, exhibitions, and parties.
When: July 1-6, 2019
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.
Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are required.
When: July 4-8, 2019
Cologne is home to one of the oldest and most vibrant gay communities in Germany. The annual celebration, Cologne Pride, is one of the largest gay and lesbian events in the country.
Highlights of the festivities include a colorful pride parade with more than 120 floats marching through the historic center of the city. Parties, panel discussions, and a street festival complete the weekend.
When: July 5-7, 2019
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 12-21, 2019
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. The park holds sunbathing nudes throughout the warmer months, but on this day you can find naked people on the floats, dancing in the parade, and in the crowd.
And it wouldn't be Berlin without countless debates and demonstrations.
When: July 27, 2019
It is the world's largest Wagner Festival and sells out every year since it opened in 1876. Wagner fans often get their tickets years in advance to enjoy some of the composer's best operas. Performances are in a specially designed opera house, the Festspielhaus, which was built under Wagner's supervision.
When: July 25 – August 28, 2019
Bring the whole family for classic carnival rides, thrilling roller coasters, and live concerts. Plan a visit on Friday night when fireworks light up the night.
When: July 26–August 25, 2019