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Favorite thing: In order to make trip planning easier for you, I will list public holidays here. Keep in mind that shops are closed on these days and traffic jams, over-bookings and higher prices for accommodation are most probable then.
The following public holidays are held German-wide:
January 1 (New Year's Day),
Good Friday, Easter Monday,
May 1 (Labour Day),
Ascension Day (Thursday, Easter Sunday + 39 days),
Pentecost Monday (Easter Sunday + 50 days),
October 3 (German Union Day),
December 25 and 26 (Christmas).
Most companies do close on Fridays after Ascension Day and Corpus Christi. Consequently, a lot of Germans do use these days for long weekends.
In addition, several holidays are only held in some of our states:
January 6 (Epiphany): only in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg;
Corpus Christi (Easter Sunday + 60 days): (see photos) only in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, North Rhine Westphalia, Rhineland Palatine and Saarland;
August 15 (Assumption): only in catholic communities of Bavaria and in Saarland;
October 31 (Reformation Day): only in Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxonia, Sachsen-Anhalt, and Thuringia;
November 1 (All Saints): only in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, North Rhine Westphalia, Rhineland Palatine and Saarland;
Wednesday before November 23 (Penance Day): Bavaria and Saxony.
Special regional days:
Shrovetide, Mardi Gras is most public along the Rhine, so be prepared for festivities and closed shops on the Monday (and increased prices and shortage in accommodation might happen). This is 40 days before Easter.
December 24, Christmas Eve, is already celebrated as beginning of Christmas. This means that shops and public services are open only until noon. In Germany, on the evening of December 24 gifts are exchanged and the holiday is celebrated among the close family.
New Year's Eve is also celebrated; shops and public services close down at noon.
Fondest memory: For the actual dates of public holidays in Germany, see here: => Holiday Info, Germany, 2015
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