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Spring Festivals & Tradition

Springtime is a great season to visit Germany and it is traditionally filled with vibrant spring festivals and celebrations of the arts. Diplomats Society is showing you how Germany celebrates the arrival of spring and where the biggest celebrations take place.

Walpurgis Night

Night of April 30 to May 1

Germans celebrate the arrival of spring in the end of April with the famous Walpurgisnacht. Walpurgis Night or Walpurgisnacht, is the eve of the Christian feast day of Saint Walpurga, and is celebrated on the night of April 30 through to May 1. Saint Walpurga was hailed by the Christians of Germany for battling "pest, rabies and whooping cough, as well as against witchcraft." In Germanic folklore, Hexennacht, literally "Witches' Night", was believed to be the night of a witches' meeting on the Brocken, the highest peak in the Harz Mountains, a range of wooded hills in central Germany between the rivers Weser and Elbe. Christians prayed to God through the intercession of Saint Walpurga in order to protect themselves from witchcraft. Many people continue to light bonfires on Saint Walpurga's Eve in order to ward off evil spirits and witches.

 

In Germany, Walpurgisnacht is the time for witches. According to German folk lore, this is the night when the witches fly to Mount Brocken in the Harz Mountains to hold a celebration awaiting the spring.  Today, many people light bonfires and dance to the light of the flames, and in the countryside it is still popular to play pranks on fellow villagers. In some german cities, this is another event to party and celebrate with special club openings or night-time parades.

Spring in Berlin

Springtime in the Capital City

People of all stripes come together to celebrate at the Berlin street and folk festivals. This has a long tradition. Funfairs or Rummel, such as the German-French folk festival or the German-American folk festival inspire the small and large children of the capital for decades.

 

The Spring Festival in Spandau is an early highlight of the Berlin springtime. Roller coaster, bumper cars and break dance: The "Frühlings-Spar-Volksfest" attracts with cheap attractions to the hustle and bustle of the underground station Zitadelle Spandau. The Spring Festival in Spandau, from March 13 to 31 at the festival area near the station Spandau (opposite of the Spandau Arcaden), offers highlights like the rollercoaster Nessi, bumper cars, baby flight, break dance, bungee, derby, football, children's carousel, children's loop Formula 3000, 7-D cinema, Treasure Island and other attractions. For fans of the skill games, there are the classic ball throwing, duck fishing, the grapple or the dart throw.

Another Berlin spring highlight is the Spring Festival at Kurt-Schumacher-Damm, from March 27 to April 19. Hilarious amusements rides, lots of entertainment and culinary delights are welcoming visitors at the funfair near Tegel Airport. Around 60 showmen offer unlimited funfair pleasure with rollercoasters, fun houses, a ghost train, ferris wheels and many more rides at the Zentraler Festplatz at Kurt-Schumacher-Damm in Reinickendorf. Starting the Berlin festival season, the spring funfair has a great choice of amusements for children too. For the culinary pleasures there are fresh grilled delicacies, half-meter bratwursts, crêpes, roasted almonds, candy floss and many more mouth-watering delights. A party tent offers a musical programme with shows by bands and solo artists. On two Saturdays during the festival the sky will light up at 22:00 with a grand display of fireworks.

Carnival of Cultures

Street Parade & Festival | Berlin | May 29 - June 1

Every year in spring, the Carnival of Cultures celebrates cultural diversity in Berlin. Costumes, dance, music, rituals - the carnival is a great opportunity for members of Berlin's ethnic groups to make their cultures visible and for everybody else to see and celebrate cultural diversity. Highlight of the Carnval of Cultures is the street parade on Pentecost Sunday in Kreuzberg where thousands of dancers, musicians and artists perform and about half a million people from all over the world line the streets. The parade starts at noon at Yorckstraße / Großbeerenstraße and moves east on Gneisenaustraße and Hasenheide towards Hermannplatz in Neukölln. For four days during the Carnival of Cultures a street festival takes place at Blücherplatz in the Kreuzberg district. On several stages, Berlin's World Music scene and international bands play concerts. Stiltwalkers, acrobats and magicians invite visitors to test their own abilities. About 300 market stalls attract visitors with culinary temptations, arts, crafts and much more.

Spring in Munich

Munich Spring Festival | April 26 - May 12

After the Oktoberfest is before the Spring Festival. From April 26 until May 12 the 55th Munich Spring Festival takes place on the Theresienwiese. The little sister of the Oktoberfest again offers some attractions, stalls and of course beer tents - like the Oktoberfest but rather manageable. The festival program with "Oldtimertreffen" (vintage car rally), big fireworks and giant flea market  provides more and more popularity.

 

The Munich Spring Festival is a folk festival, which takes place on the Munich Theresienwiese since 1965. It is also often referred to as the "kleine Wiesn", in addition to the Oktoberfest as the "große Wiesn." The festival lasts two weeks. At the beginning of the small Oktoberfest, the horse teams of the two delivery breweries, the show car of the showmen and two bands will arrive on the Theresienwiese on the first Friday. At 4 pm, the first beer keg will be tapped, officially opening the festival. More than 100 showmen, mainly from the Munich area, come every year to the Spring Festival as a season opener. The traditional rides include ferris wheel, chain carousel, ghost train, music express, several nostalgic children's carousels and the Munich Rutschn, the longest transportable slide in Europe. There is also the largest transportable go-kart track in Europe, a wild water course, and for the young audience a top spin, a break dancer, and bumper cars.

Since the 40th Spring Festival in 2004, the organizer of the festival, together with the two breweries, is bringing out a collector's jug, the so-called Keferloher, limited to 1000 pieces, with the respective spring festival theme.

 

Munich locals call it the “Little Oktoberfest” because it likewise celebrates a transition of seasons but is a lesser known affair. This is the chance for Bavarians to cast off the winter and celebrate the beauty of springtime in Germany. Drink beer, admire the dirndls, and relish the carnival atmosphere. But there is more. The opening Saturday of the festival serves as a Spring cleaning bazaar. The largest flea market in Southern Europe is a wonderful opportunity for Munich people to empty out their closets and sell their hidden gems. Search for treasures and souvenirs right outside the fest tents.

Spring in Nuremberg

Nuremberg Spring Festival | April 20 - May 12

The Nuremberg Folk Festival is a folk festival that takes place twice a year as the Nuremberg Spring Festival and Nuremberg Autumn Festival at the Dutzendteich in Nuremberg. When you want to experience Franconian culture, then you shouldn't miss the Nuremberg Fairs. Along with the Christkindlesmarkt, which is the most famous event in the city, the Nuremberg Spring and Autumn Fairs are the most important folkloric traditions in the cultural life of the city.  At the Nuremberg Spring Festival 2019, from April 20 to May 12, in pleasant atmosphere you can enjoy music, dance and culinary delights of the spring season in Nuremberg.

In addition to regional food and entertainment, each year guests from other countries are invited to present aspects of their culture. Games, roller coasters, food stands and a large concert stage in a festival tent invite you to enjoy folklore and many more. Most years, the fair takes place during Easter, which is then celebrated. Children can join an exciting Easter egg hunt and learn how to paint easter eggs. For two weeks, you can experience something different each day at the Fair: The ceremonial tapping of a beer keg, Nuremberg sausage, brass bands and parades. On opening day, the organizers parade through the fairgrounds. Each year, the big finale is the huge firework which lights up the whole southern part of town.  For parents and children there is a special family day: All rides on carousels and roller coasters and one item at each stand are available for half price. The Nuremberg Fairs are recognized at the cleanest and safest fairs in Germany and were awarded with the title "The Best City Fair" by the Stiftung Lebendige Stadt in 2013.

Spring in Stuttgart

Stuttgart Spring Festival | April 20 - May 12

In 2018, more than 1.6 million visitors celebrated Europe's largest spring festival. The Stuttgarter Frühlingsfest or Stuttgart Spring Festival is an annual celebration that takes place in Stuttgart, Germany, from mid-April through early May. The festival is located in the Cannstatter Wasen fairgrounds of Bad Cannstatt. Stuttgarter Frühlingsfest is famous for its carnival rides, including 47-m Ferris Wheel and a huge roller coaster. Every year, the festival attracts countless numbers of visitors. For the 80th anniversary of the Stuttgart Spring Festival, there was a lot of sun and good weather - much to the delight of showmen, market merchants and landlords. Visitors flocked to the fairgrounds especially on the weekends and so, after 23 days with million of visitors, there was a new visitor record. From April 20 to May 12, the 81st Stuttgart Spring Festival will be celebrated.

The Stuttgart Spring Festival is kicked off by the mayor of the city when he opens a beer barrel. The fairgrounds open at noon on weekdays and at 11 a.m. on weekends and holidays. Closing time is 11 p.m. on Sunday-Thursday and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. One of the highlights of the spring fair in Stuttgart is The Fruit Column, a tall wooden pole decorated with fruits, that carries a large can. A 26 m high structure that weighs 3.5 tons has been the landmark of the Cannstatter Wasen in Stuttgart since the first spring festival in 1818. The Spring Festival is also known for excellent food and beer choices so everyone who appreciates German cuisine won't be disappointed.

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German Springtime

Spring Festivals & Tradition

Springtime is a great season to visit Germany and it is traditionally filled with vibrant spring festivals and celebrations of the arts. Diplomats Society is showing you how Germany celebrates the arrival of spring and where the biggest celebrations take place.

Walpurgis Night

Night of April 30 to May 1

Germans celebrate the arrival of spring in the end of April with the famous Walpurgisnacht. Walpurgis Night or Walpurgisnacht, is the eve of the Christian feast day of Saint Walpurga, and is celebrated on the night of April 30 through to May 1.

Saint Walpurga was hailed by the Christians of Germany for battling "pest, rabies and whooping cough, as well as against witchcraft." In Germanic folklore, Hexennacht, literally "Witches' Night", was believed to be the night of a witches' meeting on the Brocken, the highest peak in the Harz Mountains, a range of wooded hills in central Germany between the rivers Weser and Elbe. Christians prayed to God through the intercession of Saint Walpurga in order to protect themselves from witchcraft. Many people continue to light bonfires on Saint Walpurga's Eve in order to ward off evil spirits and witches.

In Germany, Walpurgisnacht is the time for witches. According to German folk lore, this is the night when the witches fly to Mount Brocken in the Harz Mountains to hold a celebration awaiting the spring.  Today, many people light bonfires and dance to the light of the flames, and in the countryside it is still popular to play pranks on fellow villagers. In some german cities, this is another event to party and celebrate with special club openings or night-time parades.

Spring in Berlin

Springtime in the Capital City

People of all stripes come together to celebrate at the Berlin street and folk festivals. This has a long tradition. Funfairs or Rummel, such as the German-French folk festival or the German-American folk festival inspire the small and large children of the capital for decades.

The Spring Festival in Spandau is an early highlight of the Berlin springtime. Roller coaster, bumper cars and break dance: The "Frühlings-Spar-Volksfest" attracts with cheap attractions to the hustle and bustle of the underground station Zitadelle Spandau. The Spring Festival in Spandau, from March 13 to 31 at the festival area near the station Spandau (opposite of the Spandau Arcaden), offers highlights like the rollercoaster Nessi, bumper cars, baby flight, break dance, bungee, derby, football, children's carousel, children's loop Formula 3000, 7-D cinema, Treasure Island and other attractions. For fans of the skill games, there are the classic ball throwing, duck fishing, the grapple or the dart throw.

Another Berlin spring highlight is the Spring Festival at Kurt-Schumacher-Damm, from March 27 to April 19. Hilarious amusements rides, lots of entertainment and culinary delights are welcoming visitors at the funfair near Tegel Airport. Around 60 showmen offer unlimited funfair pleasure with rollercoasters, fun houses, a ghost train, ferris wheels and many more rides at the Zentraler Festplatz at Kurt-Schumacher-Damm in Berlin  Reinickendorf.

Starting the Berlin festival season, the spring funfair has a great choice of amusements for children too. For the culinary pleasures there are fresh grilled delicacies, half-meter bratwursts, crêpes, roasted almonds, candy floss and many more mouth-watering delights. A party tent offers a musical programme with shows by bands and solo artists. On two Saturdays during the festival the sky will light up at 22:00 with a grand display of fireworks.

Carnival

of Cultures

Street Parade & Festival

Berlin | May 29 - June 1

Every year in spring, the Carnival of Cultures celebrates cultural diversity in Berlin. Costumes, dance, music, rituals - the carnival is a great opportunity for members of Berlin's ethnic groups to make their cultures visible and for everybody else to see and celebrate cultural diversity. Highlight of the Carnval of Cultures is the street parade on Pentecost Sunday in Kreuzberg where thousands of dancers, musicians and artists perform and about half a million people from all over the world line the streets.

The parade starts at noon at Yorckstraße / Großbeerenstraße and moves east on Gneisenaustraße and Hasenheide towards Hermannplatz in Neukölln. For four days during the Carnival of Cultures a street festival takes place at Blücherplatz in the Kreuzberg district. On several stages, Berlin's World Music scene and international bands play concerts. Stiltwalkers, acrobats and magicians invite visitors to test their own abilities. About 300 market stalls attract visitors with culinary temptations, arts, crafts and much more.

Spring in Munich

Munich Spring Festival

April 26 - May 12

After the Oktoberfest is before the Spring Festival. From April 26 until May 12 the 55th Munich Spring Festival takes place on the Theresienwiese. The little sister of the Oktoberfest again offers some attractions, stalls and of course beer tents - like the Oktoberfest but rather manageable. The festival program with "Oldtimertreffen" (vintage car rally), big fireworks and giant flea market  provides more and more popularity.

 

The Munich Spring Festival is a folk festival, which takes place on the Munich Theresienwiese since 1965. It is also often referred to as the "kleine Wiesn", in addition to the Oktoberfest as the "große Wiesn." The festival lasts two weeks. At the beginning of the small Oktoberfest, the horse teams of the two delivery breweries, the show car of the showmen and two bands will arrive on the Theresienwiese on the first Friday. At 4 pm, the first beer keg will be tapped, officially opening the festival.

More than 100 showmen, mainly from the Munich area, come every year to the Spring Festival as a season opener. The traditional rides include ferris wheel, chain carousel, ghost train, music express, several nostalgic children's carousels and the Munich Rutschn, the longest transportable slide in Europe. There is also the largest transportable go-kart track in Europe, a wild water course, and for the young audience a top spin, a break dancer, and bumper cars.

Since the 40th Spring Festival in 2004, the organizer of the festival, together with the two breweries, is bringing out a collector's jug, the so-called Keferloher, limited to 1000 pieces, with the respective spring festival theme.

Munich locals call it the “Little Oktoberfest” because it likewise celebrates a transition of seasons but is a lesser known affair. This is the chance for Bavarians to cast off the winter and celebrate the beauty of springtime in Germany. Drink beer, admire the dirndls, and relish the carnival atmosphere. But there is more. The opening Saturday of the festival serves as a Spring cleaning bazaar. The largest flea market in Southern Europe is a wonderful opportunity for Munich people to empty out their closets and sell their hidden gems. Search for treasures and souvenirs right outside the fest tents.

Spring in Nuremberg

Nuremberg Spring Festival

April 20 - May 12

The Nuremberg Folk Festival is a folk festival that takes place twice a year as the Nuremberg Spring Festival and Nuremberg Autumn Festival at the Dutzendteich in Nuremberg. When you want to experience Franconian culture, then you shouldn't miss the Nuremberg Fairs. Along with the Christkindlesmarkt, which is the most famous event in the city, the Nuremberg Spring and Autumn Fairs are the most important folkloric traditions in the cultural life of the city.  At the Nuremberg Spring Festival 2019, from April 20 to May 12, in pleasant atmosphere you can enjoy music, dance and culinary delights of the spring season in Nuremberg.

In addition to regional food and entertainment, each year guests from other countries are invited to present aspects of their culture. Games, roller coasters, food stands and a large concert stage in a festival tent invite you to enjoy folklore and many more. Most years, the fair takes place during Easter, which is then celebrated. Children can join an exciting Easter egg hunt and learn how to paint easter eggs.

For two weeks, you can experience something different each day at the Fair: The ceremonial tapping of a beer keg, Nuremberg sausage, brass bands and parades. On opening day, the organizers parade through the fairgrounds. Each year, the big finale is the huge firework which lights up the whole southern part of town.  For parents and children there is a special family day: All rides on carousels and roller coasters and one item at each stand are available for half price. The Nuremberg Fairs are recognized at the cleanest and safest fairs in Germany and were awarded with the title "The Best City Fair" by the Stiftung Lebendige Stadt in 2013.

Spring in Stuttgart

Stuttgart Spring Festival

April 20 - May 12

In 2018, more than 1.6 million visitors celebrated Europe's largest spring festival. The Stuttgarter Frühlingsfest or Stuttgart Spring Festival is an annual celebration that takes place in Stuttgart, Germany, from mid-April through early May. The festival is located in the Cannstatter Wasen fairgrounds of Bad Cannstatt. Stuttgarter Frühlingsfest is famous for its carnival rides, including 47-m Ferris Wheel and a huge roller coaster.

Every year, the festival attracts countless numbers of visitors. For the 80th anniversary of the Stuttgart Spring Festival, there was a lot of sun and good weather - much to the delight of showmen, market merchants and landlords. Visitors flocked to the fairgrounds especially on the weekends and so, after 23 days with million of visitors, there was a new visitor record. From April 20 to May 12, the 81st Stuttgart Spring Festival will be celebrated.

The Stuttgart Spring Festival is kicked off by the mayor of the city when he opens a beer barrel. The fairgrounds open at noon on weekdays and at 11 a.m. on weekends and holidays. Closing time is 11 p.m. on Sunday-Thursday and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. One of the highlights of the spring fair in Stuttgart is The Fruit Column, a tall wooden pole decorated with fruits, that carries a large can. A 26 m high structure that weighs 3.5 tons has been the landmark of the Cannstatter Wasen in Stuttgart since the first spring festival in 1818. The Spring Festival is also known for excellent food and beer choices so everyone who appreciates German cuisine won't be disappointed.

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