Do you already have travel plans for the new year? Maybe to Germany? Then you will find twelve suggestions here – one for each month.

Germany Beethoven House in Bonn (DW / MM Rahman)

January: Bonn

In 2020 Bonn celebrates the 250th birthday of its most famous son: Ludwig van Beethoven. The birthplace is freshly renovated and the concert calendar is already full at the beginning of the year: with the opera “Fidelio”, with the 5th symphony and lots of chamber music. Maybe January is the ideal month to visit Bonn – before the Beethoven hype really gets going.

Huge paper mache heads at the carnival in Mainz, Germany (picture-alliance / dpa / K. Lenz)

February: Mainz

Great days, crazy nights – in February the Republic sways! The Rose Monday procession on February 24th is the highlight of the carnival season. A peculiarity that can only be seen in Mainz: the huge “Schwellköpp”, which various characters from Mainz take on the shovel. No reason, we Germans have no sense of humor and couldn’t celebrate!

Germany, panoramic view of Freiburg im Breisgau (DW / D. Dedovic)

March: Freiburg

If you are looking for spring: head south! Freiburg is considered to be particularly warm and sunny and is also a pioneer in solar energy. A clever city, in addition, with a cozy old town and an impressive cathedral. In 2020 the people of Freiburg celebrate the 900th birthday of their city, just celebrate with us!

the painting The Sistine Madonna (picture-alliance / dpa / M. Rietschel)

April: Dresden

The Italian painter Raphael died on April 6, 1520, 500 years ago. Why should you therefore go to Dresden? Because one of his most beautiful works hangs here, the Sistine Madonna, with the two famous angels at the bottom of the picture. The renovation work of the Old Masters Picture Gallery in Dresden should also be finished just in time for the anniversary.

traditionally painted Bavarian houses in Oberammergau (picture-alliance / dpa / K. Wothe)

May: Oberammergau

Oberammergau, a Bavarian community like in a picture book! Everywhere you meet men with beards and long hair. That is part of their role in the Passion Play: every ten years, the city’s inhabitants bring the life and suffering of Christ to the stage. The last time, in 2009, over 500,000 visitors from all over the world came to the Passion Play in Oberammergau.

Heidelberg Castle Fireworks (DW / J. Carlos)

June: Heidelberg

The Heidelberg castle ruins will be staged in a particularly effective manner in June: on June 6, the first of a total of three summer firework nights will take place. And on June 14th, the Heidelberg Castle Festival begins: open-air theater and music performances in front of one of the most beautiful backdrops in the world!

Visitors to the MELT Festival in Ferropolis, bucket wheel excavators illuminated in the background (picture-alliance / NurPhoto / E. Contini)

July: Ferropolis

Summer time is festival time. And Ferropolis, the open-air industrial museum in eastern Germany, is the setting for two top-class events: the hip-hop festival SPLASH (July 9-11) and the rock and electro festival MELT (July 17-19). , Thousands of fans then dance between discarded open-cast excavators. Beats instead of brown coal, that also fits into the current climate discussion!

Sailing ships on the North Sea during Sail Bremberhaven 2015 (picture-alliance / dpa / I. Wagner)

August: Bremerhaven

The windjammers are considered “queens of the sea”. The world’s most beautiful tall ships only meet every five years for the Sail Bremerhaven. From August 19 to 23, more than 200 ships from 20 nations will be cruising on the North Sea. Ship visits, harbor tours and a huge folk festival are part of the supporting program.

Munich Oktoberfest 2019 girls in dirndls with beer glasses in hand (picture-alliance / dpa / M. Balk)

September: Oktoberfest

Why is it called Oktoberfest when it starts on September 19? Because the Oktoberfest used to take place in October, until it was brought forward a month because of the moody October weather. However, seat reservations start much earlier: for the Schottenhamel and Hofbräuz tents already in January, the other marquees follow suit in spring.

Germany, panoramic view of Potsdam city center (picture-alliance / dpa / B. Settnik)

October: Potsdam

On October 3, we Germans celebrate 30 years of reunification, and the central celebration takes place in Potsdam. Like many cities in the former GDR, Potsdam has blossomed in the past decades: the inner city was renovated, the city palace was rebuilt and the magnificent palace and garden landscape was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Wuppertal: suspension railway over the Wupper (picture-alliance / S. Ziese)

November: Wuppertal

What is the city in the Ruhr area known for? For the suspension railway and for Friedrich Engels. Karl Marx’s philosopher, communist and companion was born on November 28, 1820 in the Barmen district. His 200th birthday is a good opportunity not only to visit the Engels Museum, but also to take a ride on the suspension railway.

Germany Christmas mood on Kurfürstendamm in Berlin (picture-alliance / dpa / A. Gora)

December: Berlin

There are many reasons to travel to Berlin at the end of the year: the streets and boulevards are festively illuminated, the selection of Christmas markets is enormous and the New Year’s Eve at the Brandenburg Gate is a classic. And by the way, you can test whether BER Airport will actually start operating on October 31, as promised recently.


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