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The 10 most important events in Germany 2020

Every year there are some recurring events in Germany and some that are more of a one-off opportunity. As one of the largest countries in Europe, Germany is rich in events. It is sometimes difficult to identify the most important and exciting among so many events. We will show you which concerts, parties, trade fairs and other events you can visit with a clear conscience and when they will take place.

1st Cologne Carnival, Cologne

💵 Entrance fee: free 🕓 opening hours: –
📆 Period: 03.03.2020 – 08.03.2020

Although several regions of Germany celebrate Carnival, there is definitely none more well-known than the Cologne Carnival. In Germany the Cologne Carnival is one of the most important cultural events and worldwide it is one of the famous carnival. Cologne has been celebrating its carnival since the 16th century and the number of visitors is increasing every year. Anyone of you who thought that the Cologne Carnival only takes place on Shrove Monday is wrong. In fact, the next year's Cologne carnival will begin on November 11th, well before Rose Monday in the coming year. Parties take place every day, starting on Thursday, on Weiberfastnacht, and ending on Ash Wednesday. Of course it is The highlight of the carnival in Cologne is Rose Monday. Visitors to the carnival can look forward to the flashiest and most dazzling carnival costumes, only brings the best drinkability and a Kölle Alaaf With!

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2. ITB, Berlin

💵 Entrance fee: Tickets from € 12
🕓 opening hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
📆 Period: 03.03.2020 – 08.03.2020

The International tourism market, called ITB for short, took place in Berlin. Initially the ITB was only for business people, but now it also attracts tourists and end consumers. With the steadily increasing number of visitors, the ITB is now clearly one of the more important events in Germany. Have you always wanted to enjoy a certain travel destination before visiting it? Then the ITB is ideal for you. Almost every country from Afghanistan to Cyprus is represented as an exhibitor! Just go to a booth and get advice from the travel experts in the respective country. Another one Highlight of the ITBMany of the exhibitors are waiting with exclusive offers, shows and delicacies from the country. So grab a caipirinha from Brazil, try Japanese sushi and watch dance from Tanzania.

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3. Cherry blossom in Germany

💵 Entrance fee: free
🕓 opening hours: –
📆 Period: 04.2020 – 05.2020

This year, many eyes are turned to Japan for the Olympic Games and the country is expecting an enormous amount of tourism. Especially in the spring months, many international tourists fly to the Land of the Rising Sun to be there on time for the cherry blossom season. However, if you have no time or a tight travel budget, you can experience the cherry blossom in Germany. Germany and Japan have one historically long friendship. The Japanese government in particular shows this by frequently giving away cherry trees to Germany. There are many cities in Germany so-called hanami spots. Hanami is looking at blossoms and specifically describes the natural spectacle of cherry blossoms. Well-known spots include the Altona town hall in Hamburg, the Bösebrücke in Berlin and Heerstraße in Bonn.

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4th Japan Day, Düsseldorf

💵 Entrance fee: free
🕓 opening hours: –
📆 Period: 16.05.2020

In 1983 and 1993, the Japan Week was held twice in Düsseldorf, from which the successor, the Japan Day, emerged. The first Japan Day was held in 2002 and since then it has been held annually in May or June on the banks of the Rhine in Düsseldorf. Unlike the cherry blossom, this is one Meeting festival between Germany and Japan. The aim of Japan Day is to get to know Japanese culture. Traditional Japanese kabuki theater and sword fighting performances are offered, as well as modern elements of culture. The tourist association reported a sharp increase in cosplay enthusiasts since 2014. Japan Day has now become a regular meeting point for many cosplay fans. Already in 2007 the event cracked the Million visitors brand. For this reason, Japan Day has long been one of the most important local events in North Rhine-Westphalia.

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5th Africa Festival, Würzburg

💵 Entrance fee: from 8 €
🕓 opening hours: 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
📆 Period: 29.05.2020 – 01.06.2020

The Africa Festival has been held in Würzburg since 1989 and counts as that largest event for African music in Europe. With over 7,500 artists from African countries and the Caribbean. Have you never heard of this event? In Germany there are numerous festivals that are dedicated to African music and even have names that are similar to the original in some cases. However, the Africa Festival near Würzburg is the oldest and by far the most popular event. Come on average over 2.5 million visitors every year to the event. Of course, African music plays the main role of the festival, but besides this there are numerous other activities to experience. There would be, for example, cultural discussions, fashion shows, film screenings and a number of opportunities to taste different African cuisines.

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6th Kiel Week, Kiel

💵 Entrance fee: from 8 €
🕓 opening hours: 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
📆 Period: 29.05.2020 – 01.06.2020

Have you had enough of wet and happy parties in closed buildings and would you like to go to the sea? Then the Kiel Week is just the thing for you. Have you heard anything from her? The Kieler Woche has been taking place since the 19th century and has long been one of the most recognized events and important events in Germany. Originally it is a sailing regatta at the Bay of Kiel and initially the Kiel Week was just this one. In the last decade, however, the Kiel Week has become an international folk festival. In 2012 only 10 nations took part, now well over 50 different countries are represented. The Kiel Week always takes place in the last full week of June and is now attended by around 3 million guests.

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7th European Football Championship 2020, Munich

💵 Entrance fee: Tickets from 50 €
🕓 opening hours: –
📆 Period: 16.06.2020 – 03.07.2020

In 2020 it will be that time again, in addition to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, the European Football Championship will take place again. This time it's not just one or two host countries, it's a fairly new concept. You are celebrating the EM 60th anniversary and therefore the soccer games are played in 12 different cities. There are 11 European cities and one Asian city. Munich is one of the venues, which is why we are definitely adding the EM 2020 to the list of important events in Germany. You even have the opportunity four different soccer games to follow in the local Allianz arena, three group matches and a football match in the quarter-finals. The German team competes against Portugal and France and against the winner from the playoffs.

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8th Oktoberfest, Munich

💵 Entrance fee: free
🕓 opening hours: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
📆 Period: 19.09.2020 – 04.10.2020

By far the highest level of awareness Oktoberfest is one of the most important events in Germany. If you ask tourists about an event that is associated with Germany, Oktoberfest is the answer more often. Don't be fooled by the name, however, the Oktoberfest starts in mid-September and mostly takes place in September as well. Although there are also Oktoberfest in other cities at the same time, such as Stuttgart, the original event is from Bavaria. The Oktoberfest has been taking place in Munich since 1810, more precisely on the Theresienwiese. In 2020 we can the 187th edition welcome. If you are wondering whether you are required to dance in a dirndl or lederhosen, be relieved that it does not exist. Nevertheless, it is of course more authentic to enjoy a cool drink in traditional Bavarian costumes.

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9th Festival of Lights, Berlin

💵 Entrance fee: free
🕓 opening hours: 6:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
📆 Period: 12.10.2020 – 21.10.2020

What Berlin lacks in heavy industries it definitely makes up for in events. The Festival of Lights is an event like no other in Germany, which is why it should not be missing on this list! In October, Berlin shines in a sea of ​​plays of light. For the Festival of Lights, various artists and companies create unusual videos and picture shows that are projected onto buildings. Well-known monuments and landmarks of Berlin are often used for this and serve as canvases for whole days. The highlights include the Light installations at the Brandenburg Gate and at the television tower. Especially with the videos, which consist of 3D animations and are adapted to the buildings, the effect of the lights is breathtaking. The best thing to do is grab your camera or cell phone, because every light show is unique and will not be repeated.

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10th Beethoven's 250th birthday, Bonn

💵 Entrance fee: free
🕓 opening hours: 6:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
📆 Period: all year, December 17th, 2020

Ludwig van Beethoven joins the ranks of the most important and well-known composers in the world. Ludwig van Beethoven's 250th birthday is celebrated at the end of the year, on December 17th to be precise in the Bonn Opera. You don't experience such an anniversary every day, so fans of classical music should not miss this important event in 2020. If you can't wait until December or don't want to commit to a day, there are other options open to you. Concerts in honor of van Beethoven take place in Bonn and the surrounding area throughout the year. In addition to the orchestras, there is also a multimedia exhibition in Bonn that tells different sections of the composer's life. Among the best-known of his works are the sixth symphony and the classic Für Elise.

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Note: The article is a simple list and not a qualitative ranking. The information is valid from the moment the article is published.