Germans are pioneers in many fields and how to stage an epic celebration is surely one of them. Over 10,000 festivals validate the German mantra of "Work hard, party harder". From the legendary all-night parties in Berlin to their cozy beer gardens, Germans know how to have a good time. Here are six must-visit festivals for anyone from a beer drinker to a book lover.
1. Berlin International Film Festival (February)
Movie buffs can relish a long lineup of motion pictures spanning across all genres at the world's second largest film festival. The 'Berlinale' hosts 19000 film professionals from all over the world. International films, art house films, experimental films or German productions - you can have your pick.
2. Karneval (Mid-February)
The festival of Karneval takes place in the period leading up to the Christian season of Lent. An air of festivity engulfs the country during the festival, with parades, costume parties and masquerade balls. There is a strong sense of togetherness as all Germans unite to partake in this festival of fun, food and color.
3. Rhine in Flammen (May-September)
'Rhine in Flames' is a succession of eye-catching firework displays that light up the imperious castles and lush landscapes along the river Rhine. Scheduled once a month along the stretch of Bonn to Rudeshe, you can watch this spectacular sight from upon a boat floating down the Rhine. Concerts and enclosures along the banks serve beer and food while you enjoy the cheerful vibes.
<h3">4. Long Night of the Museums (August)
Berlin boasts of over 150 museums! And the best way to enjoy them is by participating in this festival. Tailor your experience with several museum packages to choose from based on your interests. Discover the rich heritage of Germany in one night at their museums.
5. Oktoberfest (September to early October)
Germany's most famous festival, Oktoberfest lures people of all age groups. Groups of students, beer aficionados and tourists flock to Germany to guzzle down lip smacking pints of Bavarian beer served by friendly barmaids. Teetotalers can relish traditional German fare featuring their variety of pork sausages.
6. Weihnachtsmarkts (December)
As the winter cold creeps in, these dainty Christmas markets are erected in all cities of Germany. Ride on a Ferris wheel or browse through many handicrafts to gift your loved ones. Drink some warm wine to battle the cold as you walk through the market making new discoveries.
Germany is rich in heritage and culture. The people here are friendly; you can strike up a conversation with a stranger over a pint of beer. Pick your favorite festival and book your tickets!
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