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Calendar of holidays and school vacations in Germany

The German law establishes official holidays free from work, but not every holiday is valid throughout Germany. Some holidays are valid only for certain federated states (lands), and one holiday is fixed only for one city. In each land of Germany school vacations also have their own schedule and duration and are usually different from holidays in other lands of the country. In addition, each school has the opportunity to independently set several days during the year as a flexible schedule vacation.


§ What holiday is it today in Germany

Today, on 3 February 2023 Germany has no official national holiday, which would be a day off from work.

Upcoming popular holidays:

* - public holiday (in which regions of Germany the holiday is a day free from work, see below on the calendar)

A comprehensive schedule of popular, folk, religious holidays in Germany

§ Calendar of public holidays and school vacations in Germany

In the calendar below you will find all public holidays in Germany, valid throughout the country or only in some of its lands. For more information about the red letter dates, click on them or hover the mouse over them. Besides, detailed information about the holiday will be provided by the following schedule of holidays in Germany for 2023.

To view the calendars of holidays and vacations in the federated state of Germany you need, go to the list of calendars by land(federated state) of Germany.


Calendar of public holidays in Germany



§ Non-working days in Germany in 2023

For information about holidays in Germany for other years, go to the German calendar and change the year.

Working hours in Germany are set from Monday to Saturday, so Sunday in Germany is an official non-working day. However, many people in Germany work 5 days a week, so Saturday is also a day off for them. In addition, public holidays established by law are non-working days in Germany. Some of these days fall on Saturday and Sunday, others - on weekdays. Besides, in a number of lands(federated states) or regions of Germany, the law establishes additional public holidays.

The following list shows the number of Saturdays and Sundays and official public holidays in the German calendar 2023.

The number of days off in Germany in 2023.

Days offNumber
The number of Saturdays per year52
Sundays per year53
The number of official all-German holidays, total11
The number of official all-German holidays, falling not on Sunday8
The number of official all-German holidays, falling neither on Saturday or Sunday8
Additional holidays, depending on land of Germany
see below in the holidays schedule
from 0 to 9

Thus, in 2023 Germany has 113 days off, including all Saturdays, Sundays and official German holidays that do not fall either on Saturdays or Sundays. Depending on the land of Germany, this number can be at most by 9 days more.

§ Schedule of public holidays in Germany

The following table shows the schedule of public holidays in Germany, indicating the regions in which this holiday is a day off.

To view all the popular and religious holidays in Germany, go to an individual page of our site.

Schedule of public holidays in Germany

Date The name of the holiday Lands, regions
1 January 2023
Sunday
52 KW
New Year's Day
 Neujahrstag
Nationwide holiday
6 January 2023
Friday
01 KW
Twelfth-day
 Heilige Drei Könige
Valid only in lands:
- Baden-Württemberg,
- Bavaria,
- Saxony-Anhalt
8 March 2023
Wednesday
10 KW
International Women's Day
 Internationaler Frauentag
Valid only in lands:
- Berlin,
- Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
7 April 2023
Friday
14 KW
Good Friday
 Karfreitag
Nationwide holiday
9 April 2023
Sunday
14 KW
Easter
 Ostern
Nationwide holiday
10 April 2023
Monday
15 KW
Easter Monday
 Ostermontag
Nationwide holiday
1 May 2023
Monday
18 KW
Labor Day, May 1
 1. Mai
Nationwide holiday
18 May 2023
Thursday
20 KW
Ascension of Christ
 Christi Himmelfahrt
Nationwide holiday
28 May 2023
Sunday
21 KW
Pentecost
 Pfingstsonntag
Nationwide holiday
29 May 2023
Monday
22 KW
Pentecost, 2nd day
 Pfingstmontag
Nationwide holiday
8 June 2023
Thursday
23 KW
Corpus Christi
 Fronleichnam
Valid only in lands:
- Baden-Württemberg,
- Bavaria,
- Hesse,
- North Rhine-Westphalia,
- Rhineland-Palatinate,
- Saarland,
- Saxony,
- Thuringia
(Saxony, Thuringia: only in some regions)
8 August 2023
Tuesday
32 KW
Augsburg Peace Festival
 Augsburger Friedensfest
Valid only in lands:
- Bavaria only in Augsburg
15 August 2023
Tuesday
33 KW
Assumption of the Virgin Mary
 Mariä Himmelfahrt
Valid only in lands:
- Bavaria,
- Saarland
(Bavaria: only in some regions)
20 September 2023
Wednesday
38 KW
Universal Children's Day
 Weltkindertag
Valid only in lands:
- Thuringia
3 October 2023
Tuesday
40 KW
German Unity Day
 Tag der Deutschen Einheit
Nationwide holiday
31 October 2023
Tuesday
44 KW
Reformation Day
 Reformationstag
Valid only in lands:
- Brandenburg,
- Bremen,
- Hamburg,
- Mecklenburg-Vorpommern,
- Lower Saxony,
- Saxony,
- Saxony-Anhalt,
- Schleswig-Holstein,
- Thuringia
1 November 2023
Wednesday
44 KW
All Saints' Day
 Allerheiligen
Valid only in lands:
- Baden-Württemberg,
- Bavaria,
- North Rhine-Westphalia,
- Rhineland-Palatinate,
- Saarland
22 November 2023
Wednesday
47 KW
Day of Prayer and Repentance
 Buß- und Bettag
Valid only in lands:
- Saxony
25 December 2023
Monday
52 KW
Christmas
 Weihnachten
Nationwide holiday
26 December 2023
Tuesday
52 KW
The 2nd day of Christmas
 2. Weihnachtstag
Nationwide holiday

View the whole table: all holidays in Germany.



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In the list below you will find the schedule of the upcoming school vacations in Germany. To view the schedule of all school vacations: autumn, spring, summer, winter, Christmas, as well as on holidays, go to the calendars of holidays and school vacations in the lands of Germany.


Information about school vacations is provided in accordance with the data of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Lands (Kultusministerkonferenz). Some scheduled school vacation dates could be changed. Most actual information can be obtained from the Lands School Boardd (corresponding links in the calendars by state/land).

Schedule of school vacations in Germany

Christmas holidays/ vacation (Weihnachtsferien)

Winter vacations (Winterferien)

Spring break (Osterferien/Frühjahrferien)

Ascension holidays (Himmelfahrt/Pfingstferien)

Summer vacations (Sommerferien)

Autumn vacations (Herbstferien)



§ Information about popular holidays in Germany

To view complete information on/ about the state/ public as well as unofficial popular and religious holidays in Germany, go to the table with the information about holidays in Germany. In the table you will find the dates, customs, origin of the holidays, as well as popular greetings and wishes for the holidays.

However, note that in Germany, besides popular and generally accepted holidays, there are also many local domestic holidays, for example, holidays of cities, large enterprises and organizations, even holidays of streets or city districts. In addition, there are traditional holidays held in connection with the harvest of cherries, pumpkins and other fruits or vegetables, annual fairs and so on. Such holidays are noisy and merry, but they do not have fixed dates and are set annually by the organizers of the holidays. Information on holding such celebrations can be found on the Internet on the sites of the cities, districts or companies that are of interest to you.


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