German public holidays 2017 and 2018 - bank holidays in Germany

Public holidays in Germany can be divided into two groups: holidays celebrated throughout all of the country and holidays observed locally by only some of the sixteen German federal states, Länder.

Overview of public holidays (bank holidays) in all of Germany:


 Name / Local name


1 January (Sunday)

New Year’s Day / Neujahrstag

1 January (Monday)

14 April (Friday)

Good Friday / Karfreitag

30 March (Friday)

17 April (Monday)

Easter Monday / Ostermontag

2 April (Monday)

1 May (Monday)

Labour Day / Tag der Arbeit

1 May (Tuesday)

25 May (Thursday)

Ascension Day / Christi Himmelfahrt

10 May (Thursday)

5 June (Monday)

Whit Monday / Pfingstmontag

21 May (Monday)

3 October (Tuesday)

German Unity Day / Tag der Deutschen Einheit

3 October (Wednesday)

25 December (Monday)

Christmas Day / Weihnachtstag


25 December (Tuesday)

26 December (Tuesday)

St. Stephen’s Day (Second Day of Christmas or Boxing Day) / Zweiter Weihnachtsfeiertag

26 December (Wednesday)


Christmas in Germany - where you have both Weihnachtsmann (Santa Claus), arriving December 24 and St. Nicholas who visits children with gifts and sweets on December 6

Heilige drei Konige - Epiphany celebrations in Germany, always January 6th
Epiphany, on 6 January, is an ancient Christian feast celebrating the visit of the Three Wise Man to the baby Jesus. In Germany the Epiphany is observed as a public holiday in Baden-Wurttemberg, Saxony-Anhalt and Bavaria. Public offices and most private businesses (with the exception of tourist and transportation hub locations) are closed. Bockbier, a strong lager beer is traditionally brewed around the Epiphany day.

Fronleichnam - Corpus Christi observance in Germany in 2017 and 2018
Corpus Christi is a federal public holiday in the following German states: Baden-Wurttemberg, Bavaria, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Saxony and Thuringia.

Corpus Christi is celebrated through church services and processions. In Cologne, a special event - a procession of ships, known as Muelheimer Gottestracht – takes place on the Rhine River. In non-tourist areas businesses and public offices are closed. In 2017 Corpus Christi falls on 15 June and in 2018 on 31 May.

Maria Himmelfahrt - Assumption Day Germany, 15 August
In the Christian tradition, the Assumption Feast celebrates the ascent of Mary to Heaven. In German that day, always 15 of August is celebrated through church services and processions. Summer parties are held especially in the countryside where is is also a tradition to collect medicinal herbs.

Only Saarland and some parts of Bavaria observe Assumption Day as a public holiday, with the usual restriction to the functioning of public institutions and private businesses.

Reformationstag - Reformation Day Germany, 31 October
October 31st is an important date for Lutheran and reformed church communities who celebrate the division of Western Christianity, initiated by Martin Luther and John Calvin in the 16th. Reformation Day is observed as a public holiday (work-free day) in Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia.

Allerheiligen- All Saints’ Day Germany
In Germany, All Saints’ Day is a public holiday in the following federal states: Baden-Wurttemberg, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland.

Buß- und Bettag - Repentance and Prayer Day in Germany
Celebrated in November, Repentance Day is an important occasion for Protestant Church. It is observed as a public holiday in Saxony and, on a smaller scale in Bavaria, where it is a school free-day. In 2017 the Repentance Day falls on 22 November (Wednesday) and in 2018, on 16 November (Wednesday).

Friedensfest - Augsburg Peace Festival, August 8th
The Peace Festival is held in Augsburg, Bavaria, in remembrance of the end of the Thirty Years War which restored the Protestants’ religious freedom in the 17th century. Friedensfest, on 8 August is a statutory public holiday in the city of Augsburg.

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