Germany is a very diverse country. The modern world is situated there along with the medieval, high technologies with beautiful nature and rich cultural traditions. And holidays in this country can also be very diverse: beach and ski resorts, historic cities, museums with masterpieces of painting, sculptures. We gathered for you interesting events that will take place in 2020 in Germany, and travel advice.
The Zugspitze is the highest mountain in the country and home to three glaciers and Germany’s highest ski resort. The 20 kilometers of pistes enjoy a deep covering of natural snow for skiing and boarding for six months of the year. The Zugspitze is also an attractive destination for non-skiers: Right at the top, an impressive 360° panorama opens up to reveal extensive views over 400 mountain peaks in four countries. The Zugspitze-Exhibition enhances visitors’ awareness of the historical developments of Germany’s most famous mountain.
February: Mainz Carnival
Starting February 20, you should visit the carnival in Mainz. Locals wear costumes and masks specially prepared for the carnival, and a special feature of the carnival in Mainz is the costumes with satirically exaggerated heads, which are called swollen heads (Schwellköpp). It is one of the largest carnival events in Germany and, along with the Cologne and Düsseldorfer carnivals, Mainz has an unusual emphasis on political and literary humor and commentary.
March: Beethoven Festival
The Beethoven Festival is a music festival of academic music that has been held in Bonn every year since 1999 and is dedicated to Ludwig van Beethoven. The festival’s main program includes about 70 events each year. Here performances by internationally acclaimed artists and ensembles give local, regional, nationwide and worldwide impetus to the preservation of his oeuvre. To the present day the festival has created dramatic interdisciplinary ties to Beethoven’s past, present and future.
April: The cherry-blossom in Bonn
Every year, the cherry blossom season in Bonn’s old town (Altstadt) attracts numerous tourists.It is a pink-colored spectacle, and one can hardly imagine Bonn without it. Every spring, many tourists flock from all over the world to Bonn’s old town. They come to see this incredible event when the cherry blossoms when the branches are covered with magnificent pink flowers.
The Oberammergau is a Bavarian community known for its commitment to Bavarian tradition and its theatre performance. The story of Christ’s life and death on stage begins with 1633. In the middle of the Thirty Years War, after months of suffering and dying of the plague, Oberammergau promised to perform the “Game of suffering, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ” every 10 years. The last time more than 500,000 spectators from all over the world came to see the Oberammergau performance.
June: Saxon Switzerland
It is especially beautiful in June in the Saxon Switzerland. Saxon Switzerland is a national park located near the city of Dresden in the Elbe Valley on the border of the Czech Republic and Germany. The Saxon Switzerland National Park has a total area of 93 square kilometers. Saxon Switzerland is considered one of the most beautiful parks of all Germany: the combination of mountains, forests, parks, clean air with natural and historical monuments make this park unique. Every year, a large number of tourists come here to see its beauty.
Visitors come to Lindau for history, tradition and art, combined with modern comfort and a variety of leisure opportunities. Romantic city streets facing the seafront, summer cafes with sun-drenched canopies, blooming flower and palm trees, ancient historical buildings – all this creates a unique atmosphere of the resort and medieval city. The holiday season in Lindau for its mild climate is quite long, but the majority of visitors are usually in summer, especially in July.
August: Richard Wagner Festival
The Bayreuth Festival or Richard Wagner Festival is a music theatre festival dedicated to the ten last operas of Richard Wagner. The festival has been held every year since 1876, and every year since 1951. The festival is held at the Green Mountain Festival Theatre in Bayreuth, which was specially created for this purpose by the composer together with architect Otto Brückwald. Unlike many opera houses, it has no fixed ensemble and performs annually from 25 July to 28 August as part of the Bayreuth Festival with Wagner operas or musical dramas in 30 performances. It is considered one of the world’s best opera houses with the best possible acoustics.
September: Munich Oktoberfest
The annual Oktoberfest is traditionally held on the Theresienwiese in central Munich. It has been held since 1810. It is organized by the Munich Municipal Administration (Labor and Economic Department). For Oktoberfest, some Munich breweries brew a special beer, which must be stronger than regular beer.
The unique Bavarian town of Passau is located on the border with Austria. Why is it unique? The city is also known as the Dreiflüssestadt (“City of Three Rivers”) because the Danube is joined there by the Inn from the south and the Ilz from the north. If you look at the whole area from a high point, you can see that all 3 rivers are connected directly to the city. By the way, each of the rivers has its own color but their waters do not mix. In addition, there are many interesting places in the city that are worthy of attention.
November: Cologne Carnival
At 11:11 a.m. in Cologne, the “fifth season” begins. – the carnival season opens one and a half months before the Easter celebrations. According to the legend, the number “eleven” (Elf) is important for the carnival, because it can be interpreted as the abbreviation ELF (Egalite, Liberte, Fraternite) – equality, freedom, brotherhood. The “crazy days” of Carnival are celebrated with parties on the streets, in public squares, and in pubs. Closing times for pubs and bars are suspended for the duration of the festival.
December: Christmas market in Munich
The sight and smells of Munich’s Christmas markets are truly wonderful, the smell of spicy hot sausages (Würstchen) and roasting chestnuts (Kastanien) pervade the air and make you feel hungry, even if you have just eaten and in addition to all that the bright lights of Christmas trees and the cheerful music from Christmas movies will give both adults and little guests fabulous emotions.