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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Public Holidays in Berlin in 2011

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.

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 (2011):

Date Name in German
January 1 (Sat.) New Years's Day Neujahr
April 22 (Fri.)
Good Friday Karfreitag
April 25 (Mon.)
Easter Monday Ostermontag
May 1 (Sun.) Mayday Maifeiertag
June 2 (Thu.) Ascension Day Christ Himmelfahrt
June 13 (Mon.) Whitsun / Pentecost Pfingstmontag
October 3 (Mon.) Unity Day Tag der Deutschen Einheit
December 25 (Sun.) Christmas Day 1. Weihnachtstag
December 26 (Mon.) Boxing Day 2. Weihnachtstag

Public holidays in 2012 in Berlin

Posted at 4:52 AM in

I have a question about Epiphany (01/01/2011), is this day public holiday day in berlin or not?
Posted by: monika wlodarczyk | 2011-01-03 13:24
Hi Monika, I think you mean January 6th? It's definitely not a public holiday in Berlin, though there are some traditions associated with it.
Posted by: ThePenguin | 2011-01-03 15:17
I notice boxing day (december 26) is a bank holiday. Will the bars and clubs still be open to accomodate a stag do or is another city more suitable? Thanks
Posted by: Adam | 2011-04-07 18:18
The 24th (Christmas Eve) is is totally dead, but by the 26th people are gearing up for New Year's Eve, so most places will probably be open. It might be worth calling the places you want go, just in case.
Posted by: ThePenguin | 2011-04-09 06:19