A guide to German Festivals in 2011

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From the Berlinale to Oktoberfest, check out Expatica's exclusive listings of German festivals that are worth planning your holiday around.

With over 10,000 festivals, including some of the world’s biggest and strangest, Germany is certainly a place sagacious souls can appreciate.

From the raucous parties of Karnival to the acclaimed Berlinale film festival to the famously merry Christmas markets, there’s something in Germany’s festival calendar to suit everyone’s tastes.


January and February, 2011
Various places throughout Germany

The 40-day period before Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins, is also Karnival season in Germany: a time when the typically orderly Germans let loose and party. Parades, costume balls, and other such festivities take place throughout the country, often varying widely according to local traditions. Cologne, for instance, is well known for its Rosenmontag celebration, when elaborately decorated floats, tractors, bands and marchers cohere to parade down a 6-kilometer route through the city centre. Munich, Düsseldorf and Mainz also have notable celebrations.


Berlinale International Film Festival
February 10-20, 2011

The world's second largest film festival after Cannes, the Berlinale draws together more than 19,000 film professionals from 120 countries. The festival showcases a wide variety of films, including big international movies, independent and art house productions, movies aimed at younger audiences, German productions and more experimental films.



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