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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Public Holidays in Berlin in 2013

Germany takes its public holidays seriously: they're "celebrated" on the day they fall on (no postponement to the following Monday etc.), and - with certain exceptions - all shops are closed. (Check our Out of hours shopping guide if you need to go shopping on public holidays).

Note that public holidays in Germany differ somewhat between federal states (Bundesländer), and some of the more Catholic states have extra holidays.

Overview of public holidays in Berlin (2013):

Date Name in German
January 1 (Tue.) New Years's Day Neujahr
March 29 (Fri.)
Good Friday Karfreitag
April 1 (Mon.)
Easter Monday Ostermontag
May 1 (Wed.) Mayday Maifeiertag / Tag der Arbeit
May 9 (Thu.) Ascension Day Christ Himmelfahrt
May 20 (Mon.) Whitsun / Pentecost Pfingstmontag
October 3 (Thu.) Unity Day Tag der Deutschen Einheit
December 25 (Wed.) Christmas Day 1. Weihnachtstag
December 26 (Thu.) Boxing Day 2. Weihnachtstag

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