Traditions

Kölner Karneval Enlarge image (© dpa)

Germany is full of customs and traditions. The most important holidays are Christmas and Easter. But also the "Fifth Season" another term for carnival is very popular. 

Rosenmontagsumzug in Köln: Gruppe mit Clown-Marionetten

Carnival – from Rosenmontag (Rose Monday) to Ash Wednesday

When kilometre-long processions wind their way through Cologne, Mainz and Düsseldorf, huge gaily costumed crowds dance and sing their hearts out and people sporting strange headgear shout “Alaaf” and “Helau” in a hail of sweets and confetti, Germany’s Carnival season has reached its peak. It’s Rosenmontag (Rose Monday)!

Easter eggs

Easter Traditions in Germany: Painted Eggs and Tail-Coated Horsemen

Christ’s resurrection has given us one of the most important festivals in the calendar. Easter is deeply rooted in German culture: it is a time for celebrations across the country – and the observance of a wide range of customs.

This year's Wiesn-Bierkrug design

Oktoberfest

The “Münchner Oktoberfest”, or as the local Bavarians refer to it, “Die Wiesn” is the single biggest and most prestigious fair in the world. However, it is also one the most traditional fairs in the world and gives the visitor a good insight on the mixture between 21st century modern Germany and ancient Bavarian culture and customs.

Traditions

Oktoberfest München

Visit one of the numerous Christmas Markets all over Germany

Weihnachtsmarkt in Wismar

Christmas Markets in Germany