Here’s when school summer holidays start across Germany’s 16 states

Here's when school summer holidays start across Germany's 16 states
Archive photo shows a teacher in Dortmund wishing pupils a good summer holiday. Photo: DPA
Children in the northern state of Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania went off on summer holidays on Friday. Here's a look at when the break starts in other states.

The coronavirus pandemic has hugely interrupted the school year across Germany and much of the world.

All schools and daycare centres (Kitas) for youngsters were closed in March for around one to two months.

Since the end of April, pupils have been getting back in the classroom, mostly on a part-time basis and with a mix of online distance learning.

When a coronavirus infection is detected, schools have closed in a bid to control any localised outbreaks.

However, now the summer break, which usually lasts about lasts about five to six weeks in the Bundesrepublik, is approaching. 

Similar to the school system, holidays vary in Germany depending on the individual states. They operate on a staggered schedule so that the travel infrastructure is not overloaded.

After Friday, school is out for summer for youngsters in Mecklenburg- Western Pomerania – the first of Germany's 16 federal starts to begin the summer break (Sommerferien).

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'Back to normal'

After the summer holidays end, the German governments says schools will get back to regular operation as far as possible (as long as the coronavirus situation remains stable) in a bid to restore normality to students' lives.

“Everyone agrees that we need regular schooling again,” said North Rhine-Westphalia's state premier Armin Laschet following a meeting between state leaders and Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday June 17th.

It will be up to the schools themselves to decide on distancing rules, the president of the Conference of Education Ministers and Rhineland-Palatinate education minister Stefanie Hubig said. 

In many schools across various federal states, teaching is already taking place again in class without distancing rules.

Here's a look at when school holidays begin and end this year, as well as 2021, to get them in your diary.

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Baden-Württemberg

2020: 30.07. – 12.09.

2021: 29.07. – 11.09.

Bavaria

2020: 27.07. – 07.09.

2021: 30.07. – 13.09.

Berlin

2020: 25.06. – 07.08.

2021: 24.06. – 06.08.

Brandenburg

2020: 25.06. – 08.08.

2021: 24.06. – 07.08.

Bremen

2020: 16.07. – 26.08.

2021: 22.07. – 01.09.

Hamburg

2020: 25.06. – 05.08.

2021: 24.06. – 04.08.

Hesse

2020: 06.07. – 14.08.

2021: 19.07. – 27.08.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

2020: 22.06. – 01.08.

2021: 21.06. – 31.07.

Lower Saxony

2020: 16.07. – 26.08.

2021: 22.07. – 01.09.

North Rhine-Westphalia

2020: 29.06. – 11.08.

2021: 05.07. – 17.08.

Rhineland-Palatinate

2020: 06.07. – 14.08.

2021: 19.07. – 27.08.

Saarland

2020: 06.07. – 14.08.

2021: 19.07. – 27.08.

Saxony

2020: 20.07. – 28.08.

2021: 26.07. – 03.09.

Saxony-Anhalt

2020: 16.07. – 26.08.

2021: 22.07. – 01.09.

Schleswig-Holstein

2020: 29.06. – 08.08.

2021: 21.06. – 31.07.

Thuringia

2020: 20.07. – 29.08.

2021: 26.07. – 04.09.


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