Get to know Germany and its rich culture by visiting one of the country's popular cultural events. Here are five of Germany's best offerings:

Events in Germany

Gluhwein stand at Christmas market
Gluhwein stand at Christmas market

Christmas markets

Germany claims to have invented the Christmas Market, and if others disagree with that detail, it’s hard to argue with the current claim that today theirs are the best in the world. Dripping with fairy lights strung over wooden chalets and doused in cinnamon scented biscuits surrounded by candlelit choirs, if Germany’s Christmas Markets don’t warm your heart then your name is officially Scrooge.

Almost every city in Germany has its own Christmas Market. Here are some popular ones that are easy to reach by train:

  • Berlin

  • Munich

  • Dresden

  • Nuremberg

  • Cologne

Fireworks at Rhine in Flames festival Koblenz
Fireworks at Koblenz

Rhine in Flames

The Rhine in Flames sums up a summer-long firework festival that takes place both on the water of the Rhine and along the riverbanks for miles around. Watch illuminated boats glide along at night or take part in any one of the many wine tasting and dancing events taking place on dry land. 

Rhine in Flames takes place on different dates from May to September:

  • Bonn: first week of May

  • Rüdesheim – Bingen: first week of July

  • Spay – Koblenz: second week of August

  • Oberwesel: second week of September

  • St. Goar – St. Goarshausen: third week of September

For up to date event information and tickets visit the official website.

Festival crowd Rock am Ring
Festival crowd Rock am Ring

Rock am Ring Rock Festival

Rock am Ring is Germany’s leading festival event, taking place over a three day period in Nurburgring in the Eifel mountains. Held in June each year, the open air event features both mainstream and alternative rock in an explosion of sound that takes in over 80 international acts. It’s 70 km from Cologne and tickets sell out fast so keep your eyes peeled – and then get to it!

The festival takes place from June 2 until June 4, 2017. To get to Rock am Ring Festival you can take the train to Koblenz or Ahrbrück where you can catch a festival bus to the Nürburgring.  Visit the Rock am Ring website.

Melt festival
Melt festival

Melt Festival

Melt invites you to avoid melting in the heat of the summer sun by sleeping by day and partying by night. This outdoor festival, held each July in an industrial complex in Ferropolis serves up a cocktail of indie rock and house/techno with plenty of space to spare. The whole thing takes place surrounded by strapping steel mining machinery and this year's acts include Two Door Cinema Club, M83, Jamie xx, and Chrvches.

Melt Festival takes place from 14-16 July 2017. To get to Melt! Festival you can take the train to Gräfenhainichen, Dessau or Lutherstadt Wittenberg. From here you can a shuttle bus to the festival site. Visit the Melt website.

Oktoberfest, Munich
Oktoberfest, Munich


Known the world over for its exuberant celebration of the humble beer beverage, Oktoberfest takes place each (ahem) October amid gigantic beer tents the length and breadth of Munich. Most of the festival, however, takes place during the last two weeks of September (to celebrate October’s first weekend.) More than 6 million people say “cheers” as more than 7 million litres of beer get consumed.

Oktoberfest takes place from September 16 until October 3, 2017. Munich is easy to reach by train. The ICE train can take you from Frankfurt to Munich in 3.5 hours and from Berlin to Munich is a train ride of 6 hours. Visit the Oktoberfest website

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