Looking to celebrate some German holidays in 2022? Look no further! This year, there are a variety of celebrations to choose from, including Christmas, Easter, and Hannukah. Whether you’re looking to experience a traditional holiday or explore a new one, we’ve got you covered.
It’s important to note the dates of Germany’s public holidays and significant dates whether you’re residing in the country or just visiting. Since businesses and government agencies close or operate at reduced hours on specific dates, this is the case.
Our guide compiles a list of Germany’s public holidays, as well as key dates for your calendar, to ensure you don’t miss anything crucial.
Types of German Holidays
There are three categories of German Holidays, each describe below:
German Public Holidays
New Year’s Day, German Unity Day, and Christmas Day are only a few of the nine public holidays observed throughout Germany’s sixteen federal states.
German Regional Holidays
While the federal government has the authority to proclaim national holidays, individual states are in charge of determining public holidays. So, certain federal states celebrate days that are not recognized elsewhere. Bavaria, with 13 public holidays per year, is the state with the most public holidays. Between ten and twelve days per year are spent in federal states.
Other Holidays in Germany
There are various unofficial holidays, such as Saint Nicholas Day (Nikolaus) on December 5, Carnival Monday (Rosenmontag), and Christmas Eve, in addition to officially-recognized public holidays.
School Holidays in Germany
Easter, summer, and Christmas vacations, as well as breaks in the autumn and spring, are among the five to six vacation times that German schools enjoy each year. In Germany, the federal states have different school holidays.
Public Holidays in Germany Vary from State to State
Did you know that Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, and Saarland have the most public holidays per year, with twelve each? Germany does not observe public holidays on a national level; instead, each federal-state determines which German public holidays are official.
Since there are only ten German public holidays, this regulation leaves your holiday account in Hamburg and Bremen somewhat empty.
So, why do your foreign acquaintances in Berlin (state: Berlin) have eleven public holidays while you only have ten in Frankfurt am Main (state: Hessen)? This overview helps you understand the federal state of Germany’s holidays, depending on your location:
- Bavaria (12)
- Saarland (12)
- Baden-Wuerttemberg (12)
- Saxony (11)
- Saxony-Anhalt: (11)
- Rhineland-Palatinate (11)
- North Rhine-Westphalia (11)
- Thuringia (11)
- Berlin (11)
- Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (10)
- Hesse (10)
- Schleswig-Holstein (10)
- Brandenburg (10)
- Bremen (10)
- Hamburg (10)
Here is the list of German Holidays in Germany for the Year 2022 & 2023
German Holidays (Urlaub)
2022 Dates 2023 Dates Federal State
New Years’ Day
01-Jan - Sat 01-Jan - Sun All
(Heilige Drei Könige)
06-Jan - Thu 06-Jan - Fri Baden-Württemberg
06-Mar - Sun 06-Mar - Mon Berlin
15-Apr - Fri 07-Apr - Fri All
17-Apr - Sun 09-Apr - Sun Brandenburg
18-Apr - Mon 10-Apr - Mon All
(Tag der Arbeit)
01-May - Sun 01-May - Mon All
26-May - Thu 18-May - Thu All
05-Jun - Sun 28-May - Sun Brandenburg
06-Jun - Mon 29-May - Mon All
16-Jun - Thu 08-Jun - Thu Baden-Württemberg
Assumption Day 15-Aug - Mon 15-Aug - Tue Bavaria
World Children's Day
20-Sep - Tue 20-Sep - Wed Thuringia
German Unification Day
(Tag der Deutschen Einheit)
03-Oct - Mon 03-Oct - Tue All
31-Jan - Mon 31-Jan - Tue Brandenburg
All Saints’ Day
01-Nov - Tue 01-Nov - Wed Baden-Württemberg
Day of Repentance & Prayer
(Buß- und Bettag)
16-Nov - Wed 22-Nov - Wed Saxony
25-Dec - Sun 25-Dec - Mon All
26-Dec - Mon 26-Dec - Tue All
What is the most Important Holiday in Germany?
It’s tough to choose which German holiday is the most important. Religious festivals are highly important for Catholics, but Easter and Reformation Day are more significant for Protestants. Everywhere across Germany, the political and cultural significance of Unity Day is remembered. Yet, for almost everyone, the holidays in Germany are particularly memorable.