Public holidays in Germany

If you are planning a short break, a longer holiday or maybe you just need to contact someone in Germany for work, it goes without saying that it would be helpful to know when businesses or shops might be closed.

In North Rhine-Westphalia, Hessia and Rhineland-Palatinate, Carnival Monday is one example of when you might find things closed for business. In fact, the partying normally starts on the Thursday before as workers begin to celebrate carnival time. So, do check my list of German public holidays before planning your trip as there is nothing more disappointing than arriving at your destination only to find that everything’s closed! Unlike the UK, it’s important to bear in mind that shops are closed on Sunday’s (with just some shops being allowed to open on certain Sunday’s). However, there is a debate going on at the moment about the possibility of shops opening on Sunday’s but, as yet, nothing’s been confirmed.

List of public holidays and other important dates in Germany 2017

DayDateHolidayComments
SundayJanuary 01New Years Day
FridayJanuary 06Three King's DayBaden-Wurttemberg, Bavaria, Saxony-Anhalt
MondayFebruary 27Carnival/FaschingNot a Public Holiday, but in certain regions offices etc. are closed
FridayApril 14Good FridayFriday before Easter Sunday
Monday April 17Easter MondayMonday after Easter Sunday
MondayMay 01Labour Day
SundayMay 14Mother's Day2nd Sunday in May, but not a Public Holiday
ThursdayMay 25Ascension Day40 days after Easter
ThurdayMay 25Father's DayCelebrated on Ascension Day
MondayJune 05Whitmonday7th Monday after Easter
ThursdayJune 15Corpus ChristiBaden-Wurttemberg, Bavaria, Hessia, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland
TuesdayAugust 15Assumption DayBavaria, Saarland
Saturday September 23Start of OktoberfestNot a Public Holiday
TuesdayOctober 03German Unity Day
TuesdayOctober 31Day of ReformationNationwide Holiday in 2017 to celebrate the 500th anniversary.
WednesdayNovember 01All Saints DayBaden-Wurttemberg, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland
WednesdayNovember 22Repentance DaySaxony, Wednesday before November 23
Sunday December 24Heiliger AbendMost important day of Christmas celebration. Offices/shops etc. close earlier
MondayDecember 25Christmas Day Usually everything is closed. Some gastronomy places are open
TuesdayDecember 26St Stephens Day