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9 events you won’t want to miss across Germany this August

There's still time to enjoy what remains of summer in Germany. Here's a list of what's worth seeing in August.

9 events you won't want to miss across Germany this August
Cranger Kirmes is one of the largest folk festivals in Germany. Photo: DPA

1. Long Night of the Museums, Berlin, August 19th


Visitors stand in line in front of the Bode Museum in Berlin. Photo: DPA.

More than 100 Berlin museums are opening their doors to visitors from 6pm until 2am the next morning during the long night of the museums.

In the 37th edition of the event, concerts, readings and plays will take place in the vicinity of many of the museums. Wandering through the wonders of the Berlin's cultural centres in the deep of the night is an experience not to be missed.

2. The International Berlin Beer Festival, August 4th – 6th


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Berlin hates to see Munich do anything better than it. And the International Beer Festival is certainly giving Oktoberfest a run for its money. Karl-Marx-Allee will be closed off from Strausberger Platz all the way to Frankfurter Tor, where a 2.2-kilometre stretch will be opened up for 340 brewers from 87 different countries.

Some 800,000 guests are expected for the three-day booze-athon.

3. Tanz im August, Berlin, August 11th – September 2nd

At this dance festival, visitors can discover dance styles from across the world. You can also attend conversations with the artists as well as film showings and parties. On the line-up this year are La Ribot, Serge Aimé Coulibaly, Cie Zora and other famed movers and shakers from around the globe.

SEE ALSO: The six coolest Berlin attractions you've never heard of 

4. Sommer in Altona, Hamburg, July 30th – August 30th

 

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In the park at Nobistor in Altona, a circus tent will be erected for music, dancing and jokes all on offer, the city says. If the opening days are anything to go by, the festival looks set to offer some truly great music, with Nashville band Lambchop playing on August 1st.

Also on the lineup are Berlin electro-pop duo Me and My Drummer.

5. Boulder World Cup, Munich, August 18th – 19th

 

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Some of the most athletic climbers in the world will descend on Munich for this epic display of muscle and flexibility. The athletes will be climbing without ropes on artificial boulders up to four metres high in the Olympic Stadium.

6. Fünf Seen (Five Lakes) Film Festival, Upper Bavaria, July 27th – August 5th

The district of Starnberg on the shores of a lake outside Munich is hosting the eleventh edition of this film festival. Special guest this year are Eva Mattes, best known as a muse to Werner Herzog and Oscar-winning Hungarian director István Szabó, proving yet again that the region can punch well above its weight when it comes to pulling in big names.

Screenings are held around the area, and even on the steamers which chug up and down the famous lake.

7. Cranger Kirmes, Herne (NRW), August 3rd – 13th


Cranger Kirmes is one of the largest folk festivals in Germany. Photo: DPA

If you want to head to a festival with history, make sure you find your way to North Rhine-Westphalia’s biggest Volksfest, which is turning 582 years old.

At the Cranger Kirmes, you will be provided with more Ferris wheels, roller coasters and bumper cars than you can shake a candy floss stick at. There is also set to be plenty of beer on offer, and you might well need more than a few swigs of it to make the Schlager music a bit more palatable.

8. Pyro Games, Cleebronn (Baden-Württemberg), August 5th

 

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Marvel at the dark night sky bursting into brilliant colour when talented firework-makers battle it out to be crowned champion of the Pyro Games. The firework contest, otherwise known as the “duel of the pyrotechnicians”, involves teams that compete to showcase the most innovative and creative fireworks.

If you can't make it down south to Cleebronn, don't fret. Pyro Games will also take place this month in Zinnowitz on August 12th, in Soltau on August 19th, and in Rostock on August 26th.

9. Apple Wine Festival, Frankfurt, August 11th – 20th


Glasses of apple wine and a Bembel on a table outdoors in Frankfurt. Photo: DPA

In Frankfurt, apple wine is so popular the city has even created a festival that pays tribute to the revered drink.

But drinks involving apple wine aren't the only things on offer at this festival. There will also be live music and performances as well as utensils for sale such as the tradition Bembel earthenware jugs in which apple wine is typically served.

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Five of Germany’s most magical Christmas Markets to visit in 2021

Despite rising infection numbers, most of Germany’s Christmas markets will be open to fill our hearts with festive cheer this year. We give you a rundown of five of the country’s most magical Christmas markets.

Five of Germany's most magical Christmas Markets to visit in 2021
The entrance to the Stuttgart Christmas market in 2019. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Tom Weller

In 2020, many Christmas markets in Germany had to close or were scaled back massively because of the pandemic. This year – at least at the time or reporting – lots of markets are set to open in the coming weeks. 

Here are five we love at The Local Germany. If you have any suggestions for magical Christmas markets in Germany, please leave a comment below. 

Maritime Christmas Market on the Koberg, Lübeck

Lübeck, the so-called “Christmas city of the North”, will be welcoming the festive season this year by lighting up its old town with over 500,000 Christmas lights.

The northwest of the old town island is where you’ll find the maritime-themed Christmas market which has been going since 2011.

Centred around the gothic, middle-aged church of St. Jacob, this Christmas market celebrates the city’s historical sea-faring residents by creating a cosy harbour atmosphere with old wooden barrels, nets and a stranded shipwreck as well as a Ferris wheel with an unforgettable view of Lübeck’s old town and harbour.

Culinary stands offer visitors sweet and savoury dishes, and beverages such as hot lilac punch, mulled wine and, of course, rum.

Extra info: The current rules for events and hospitality in Schleswig Holstein is that 3G applies (entry for the vaccinated, people who’ve recovered from Covid or people who show a negative test)  but from Monday, November 15th, indoor areas will be enforcing the 2G rule (excluding the unvaccinated).

The Christkindlesmarkt in Augsburg Photo: picture alliance / dpa | Karl-Josef Hildenbrand

Christkindlesmarkt, Augsburg

With its origins in the 15th century, the Christkindlesmarkt in Augsburg is one of the oldest in Germany, and the Renaissance town hall provides a particularly beautiful backdrop to this winter wonderland.

As well as a wide variety of stands selling handcrafted nick-nacks and tasty treats, the Augsburg market also has some especially magical features, including the “Heavenly Post Office,” and “Fairytale Lane”: an animated fairytale depicted in ten scenes in decorated shop windows around the market place.

Extra info: In order to keep dense crowds to a minimum, the Angel performance will not take place this year. The market will also be spread out over more locations in the historic centre and there will be fewer mulled wine stands than in previous years. The stalls will be distributed over the Hauptmarkt, Lorenzer Platz, Schütt Island and Jakobsplatz.

Meanwhile, masks will have to be worn due to the high Covid numbers in Bavaria – and there will be 2G rules around the mulled wine stands, meaning unvaccinated people will not be served alcohol.

READ ALSO: State by state – Germany’s Covid rules for Christmas markets

Medieval Market and Christmas Market, Esslingen

The Medieval Market and Christmas Market in Esslingen, with its backdrop of medieval half-timbered houses, offers visitors a trip back in time, with traders and artisans showing off their goods from times gone by.

The stands show off the wares of pewterers, stonemasons, blacksmiths, broom makers and glass blowers, as well as some old-fashioned merchants selling fun themed goods like drinking horns and “potions” in bottles.

Extra info: This year the number of stands will be reduced from more than 200 to around 120 and the stage shows, torch parade and interactive activities will not be taking place.

View from above the historic Streizelmarkt in Dresden. Photo: picture alliance/dpa/dpa-Zentralbild | Robert Michael

Streizelmarkt, Dresden

No Christmas Market list would be complete without the Streizelmarkt – Germany’s oldest Christmas market in the “Florence on the Elbe”.

This market, which you will find in Dresden’s city centre, first took place in 1434, and since then it has acquired quite a reputation.

The ancient market is home to the tallest Christmas pyramid in the world, as well as the world’s largest nutcracker.

Amongst the dozens of traditional stands, visitors to this market must also try the Dresdner Christstollen: the famous fruit loaf that is baked according to a traditional recipe with chopped dried and candied fruits, nuts and spices and dusted with powdered sugar.

Visitors can also take a ride on the historic Ferris wheel and gaze down upon the lovingly decorated huts of the Striezelmarkt.

Extra info: This year there will be no stage program and the mountain parade has been cancelled.

Old Rixdorf Christmas Market, Berlin

Although not as well-known as some of Berlin’s other Christmas Markets, the Old Rixdorf Christmas market is a romantic and magical spot which is well worth a visit. In the south of city in Richardplatz, Neukölln the old village of Rixdorf was founded in1360.

This charming setting is home to historic buildings such as the Trinkhalle and the Alte Dorfschmiede, and is illuminated every year with kerosene lamps and fairy lights. The stalls and booths are run by charitable organizations and associations. There are homemade trifles and handicrafts, but also culinary delights such as fire meat, waffles, pea soup, and numerous varieties of mulled wine and punch.

Extra info: The Old Rixdorf Christmas Market will be following the 2G model, meaning that all visitors over the age of 12 will be required to be fully vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19.

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