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School holiday dates in Germany

School holiday dates in Germany

School holiday dates in Germany

Wondering how the school holiday system in Germany works, or just when your next holiday is?

Term dates in Germany

In Germany, schoolchildren receive 75 days of holiday per year (including 12 Saturdays). These 75 days are divided into six school holiday periods that break up the separate school terms. While the autumn, Christmas and Easter holidays are usually fixed breaks of around two weeks, the winter and Whitsun holidays may be lengthened, shortened or even scrapped in a particular year, depending on how early or late the summer holiday starts in that federal state.

Types of school holidays in Germany

The six types of school breaks in Germany are: 

  • Autumn holiday (Herbstferien) - two weeks
  • Christmas holiday (Weihnachtsferien) - usually two weeks
  • Winter holiday (Winterferien) - between a few days and two weeks
  • Easter holiday (Osterferien) - two to three weeks
  • Whitsun holiday (Pfingstferien) - between a few days and two weeks
  • Summer holiday (Sommerferien) - six to seven weeks

Summer holidays in Germany

Just like the school system, school holidays in Germany vary according to federal state. For the summer holidays in particular, the 16 federal states work on a staggered schedule in order to avoid overburdening travel infrastructure. The earliest summer holidays begin in the middle of June, and the latest ones end in the middle of September.

Moveable holiday days

In all states (except Berlin, Hamburg, Lower Saxony and Bavaria), German schools and international schools are given the power to set several days of extra holiday per year, as they see fit.

Depending on your location, these extra holiday days might be added around public holidays (so-called “bridge days”, Brückentage, e.g., if a public holiday falls on a Thursday or Tuesday, the Friday or Monday is given off to allow for a long weekend away). They might also be given on unofficial holidays such as St Nicholas’ Day (Nikolaus) or carnival (Karneval). It is important to always check exact dates with your child’s school.

Can I take my child on vacation outside of the school holiday periods?

As school attendance is compulsory, as a rule, the German government does not permit parents to take children on holiday during term-time. Parents who do so can be issued with fines of up to 1.000 euros for enabling truancy. You can, however, apply to the headteacher at your child’s school for an exemption in order to legally take your children out of school before the start of the holidays.

Holiday childcare in Germany

Most parents will have to work at some point during their children’s school holidays. There is a range of childcare options to choose from, including summer camps, holiday programmes and regular childcare centres.

Other education institutions and holidays

While school holidays are set by the education authorities in each federal state, German higher education institutions are free to set their own holiday dates. If you are studying in Germany, make sure to check your term dates with your university.

Other German holidays

In addition to the regular school holiday periods, children in Germany can also enjoy national public holidays.

School holidays in Germany 2019-2020 & 2020-2021

See below for the official school holiday dates for primary and secondary schools in Germany, according to federal state:

Baden-Württemberg school holidays 2019-2020

  • Autumn holiday: October 28 - October 30, 2019
  • Christmas holiday: December 23, 2019 - January 4, 2020
  • Winter holiday: --
  • Easter holiday: April 6 - April 18, 2020
  • Whitsun holiday: June 2 - June 13, 2020
  • Summer holiday: July 30 - September 12, 2020
  • Moveable holidays: 5

Baden-Württemberg school holidays 2020-2021

  • Autumn holiday: October 26 - October 30, 2020
  • Christmas holiday: December 23, 2020 - January 9, 2021
  • Winter holiday: --
  • Easter holiday: April 6 - April 10, 2021
  • Whitsun holiday: May 25 - June 5, 2021
  • Summer holiday: July 29 - September 11, 2021
  • Moveable holidays: 4

Bavaria school holidays 2019-2020

  • Autumn holiday: October 28 - October 30, 2019
  • Christmas holiday: December 23, 2019 - January 4, 2020
  • Winter holiday: February 24 - February 28, 2020
  • Easter holiday: April 6 - April 18, 2020
  • Whitsun holiday: June 2 - June 13, 2020
  • Summer holiday: July 27 - September 7, 2020

Bavaria school holidays 2020-2021

  • Autumn holiday: October 31 - November 6, 2020
  • Christmas holiday: December 23, 2020 - January 9, 2021
  • Winter holiday: February 15 - February 19, 2021
  • Easter holiday: March 29 - April 10, 2021
  • Whitsun holiday: May 25 - June 4, 2021
  • Summer holiday: July 30 - September 13, 2021

Berlin school holidays 2019-2020

  • Bridge day: October 4, 2019
  • Autumn holiday: October 7 - October 19, 2019
  • Christmas holiday: December 23, 2019 - January 4, 2020
  • Winter holiday: February 3 - February 8, 2020
  • Easter holiday: April 6 - April 17, 2020
  • Bridge day: May 22, 2020
  • Summer holiday: June 25 - August 7, 2020

Berlin school holidays 2020-2021

  • Autumn holiday: October 12 - October 24, 2020
  • Christmas holiday: December 21, 2020 - January 2, 2021
  • Winter holiday: February 1 - February 6, 2021
  • Easter holiday: March 29 - April 10, 2021
  • Whitsun holiday: May 14, 2021
  • Summer holiday: June 24 - August 6, 2021

Brandenburg school holidays 2019-2020

  • Autumn holiday: October 4 - October 18, 2019
  • Bridge day: November 1, 2019
  • Christmas holiday: December 23, 2019 - January 3, 2020
  • Winter holiday: February 3 - February 8, 2020
  • Easter holiday: April 6 - April 17, 2020
  • Bridge day: May 22, 2020
  • Summer holiday: June 25 - August 8, 2020
  • Moveable holidays: 2

Brandenburg school holidays 2020-2021

  • Autumn holiday: October 12 - October 24, 2020
  • Christmas holiday: December 21, 2020 - January 2, 2021
  • Winter holiday: February 1 - February 6, 2021
  • Easter holiday: March 29 - April 9, 2021
  • Whitsun holiday: --
  • Summer holiday: June 24 - August 7, 2021
  • Moveable holidays: 1

Bremen school holidays 2019-2020

  • Autumn holiday: October 4 - October 18, 2019
  • Christmas holiday: December 21, 2019 - January 6, 2020
  • Winter holiday: February 3 - February 4, 2020
  • Easter holiday: March 28 - April 14, 2020
  • Bridge day: May 22, 2020
  • Whitsun holiday: June 11, 2020
  • Summer holiday: July 16 - August 26, 2020

Bremen school holidays 2020-2021

  • Autumn holiday: October 12 - October 24, 2020
  • Christmas holiday: December 23, 2020 - January 8, 2021
  • Winter holiday: February 1 - February 2, 2021
  • Easter holiday: March 27 - April 10, 2021
  • Bridge day: May 14, 2021
  • Whitsun holiday: May 25, 2021
  • Summer holiday: July 22 - September 1, 2021

Hamburg school holidays 2019-2020

  • Autumn holiday: October 4 - October 18, 2019
  • Bridge day: November 1, 2019
  • Christmas holiday: December 20, 2019 - January 3, 2020
  • Winter holiday: January 31, 2020
  • Easter holiday: March 2 - March 13, 2020
  • Whitsun holiday: May 18 - May 22, 2020
  • Summer holiday: June 25 - August 5, 2020

Hamburg school holidays 2020-2021

  • Autumn holiday: October 5 - October 16, 2020
  • Christmas holiday: December 21, 2020 - January 4, 2021
  • Winter holiday: January 29, 2021
  • Easter holiday: March 1 - March 12, 2021
  • Whitsun holiday: May 10 - May 14, 2021
  • Summer holiday: June 24 - August 4, 2021

Hesse school holidays - 2019-2020

  • Autumn holiday: September 30 - October 12, 2019
  • Christmas holiday: December 23, 2019 - January 11, 2020
  • Winter holiday: --
  • Easter holiday: April 6 - April 18, 2020
  • Whitsun holiday: --
  • Summer holiday: July 6 - August 14, 2020
  • Moveable holidays: 4

Hesse school holidays 2020/2021

  • Autumn holiday: October 5 - October 17, 2020
  • Christmas holiday: December 21, 2020 - January 9, 2021
  • Winter holiday: --
  • Easter holiday: April 6 - April 16, 2021
  • Whitsun holiday: --
  • Summer holiday: July 19 - August 27, 2021
  • Moveable holidays: 3

Lower Saxony school holidays 2019-2020

  • Autumn holiday: October 4 - October 18, 2019
  • Christmas holiday: December 23, 2019 - January 6, 2020
  • Winter holiday: February 3 - February 4, 2020
  • Easter holiday: March 30 - April 14, 2020
  • Bridge day: May 22, 2020
  • Whitsun holiday: June 2, 2020
  • Summer holiday: July 16 - August 26, 2020

Lower Saxony school holidays 2020-2021

  • Autumn holiday: October 12 - October 23, 2020
  • Christmas holiday: December 23, 2020 - January 8, 2021
  • Winter holiday: February 1 - February 2, 2021
  • Easter holiday: March 29 - April 4, 2021
  • Bridge day: May 14, 2021
  • Whitsun holiday: May 25, 2021
  • Summer holiday: July 22 - September 1, 2021

Mecklenburg-West Pomerania school holidays 2019-2020

  • Autumn holiday: October 4 - October 12, 2019
  • Bridge day: November 1, 2019
  • Christmas holiday: December 23, 2019 - January 4, 2020
  • Winter holiday: February 10 - February 21, 2020
  • Easter holiday: April 6 - April 15, 2020
  • Bridge day: May 22, 2020
  • Whitsun holiday: May 29 - June 2, 2020
  • Summer holiday: June 22 - August 1, 2020

Mecklenburg-West Pomerania school holidays 2020-2021

  • Autumn holiday: October 5 - October 10, 2020
  • Bridge days: November 2 - November 3, 2020
  • Christmas holiday: December 21, 2020 - January 2, 2021
  • Winter holiday: February 6 - February 18, 2021
  • Easter holiday: March 29 - April 7, 2021
  • Bridge day: May 14, 2021
  • Whitsun holiday: May 21 - May 25, 2021
  • Summer holiday: June 21 - July 31, 2021

North-Rhine Westphalia school holidays 2019-2020

  • Autumn holiday: October 14 - October 26, 2019
  • Christmas holiday: December 23, 2019 - January 6, 2020
  • Winter holiday: --
  • Easter holiday: April 6 - April 18, 2020
  • Whitsun holiday: June 2, 2020
  • Summer holiday: June 29 - August 11, 2020
  • Moveable holidays: 4

North-Rhine Westphalia school holidays 2020

  • Autumn holiday: October 12 - October 24, 2020
  • Christmas holiday: December 23, 2020 - January 6, 2021
  • Winter holiday: --
  • Easter holiday: March 29 - April 10, 2021
  • Whitsun holiday: May 25, 2021
  • Summer holiday: July 5 - August 17, 2021
  • Moveable holidays: 4

Rhineland Palatinate school holidays 2019-2020

  • Autumn holiday: September 30 - October 11, 2019
  • Christmas holiday: December 23, 2019 - January 6, 2020
  • Winter holiday: February 17 - February 21, 2020
  • Easter holiday: April 9 - April 17, 2020
  • Whitsun holiday: --
  • Summer holiday: July 6 - August 14, 2020
  • Moveable holidays: 6

Rhineland Palatinate school holidays 2020-2021

  • Autumn holiday: October 12 - October 24, 2020
  • Christmas holiday: December 23, 2020 - January 6, 2021
  • Winter holiday: --
  • Easter holiday: March 29 - April 6, 2021
  • Whitsun holiday: May 25 - June 2, 2021
  • Summer holiday: July 19 - August 27, 2021
  • Moveable holidays: 6

Saarland school holidays 2019-2020

  • Autumn holiday: October 7 - October 18, 2019
  • Christmas holiday: December 23, 2019 - January 3, 2020
  • Winter holiday: February 17 - February 25, 2020
  • Easter holiday: April 14 - April 24, 2020
  • Whitsun holiday: --
  • Summer holiday: July 6 - August 14, 2020
  • Moveable holidays: 1

Saarland school holidays 2020-2021

  • Autumn holiday: October 12 - October 23, 2020
  • Christmas holiday: December 21 - December 31, 2020
  • Winter holiday: February 15 - February 19, 2021
  • Easter holiday: March 29 - April 7, 2021
  • Whitsun holiday: May 25 - May 28, 2021
  • Summer holiday: July 19 - August 27, 2021
  • Moveable holidays: 1

Saxony school holidays 2019-2020

  • Autumn holiday: October 14 - October 25, 2019
  • Christmas holiday: December 21, 2019 - January 3, 2020
  • Winter holiday: February 10 - February 22, 2020
  • Easter holiday: April 10 - April 18, 2020
  • Whitsun holiday: May 22, 2020
  • Summer holiday: July 20 - August 28, 2020
  • Moveable holidays: 1

Saxony school holidays 2020-2021

  • Autumn holiday: October 19 - October 31, 2020
  • Christmas holiday: December 23, 2020 - January 2, 2021
  • Winter holiday: February 8 - February 20, 2021
  • Easter holiday: April 2 - April 10, 2021
  • Whitsun holiday: May 14, 2021
  • Summer holiday: July 26 - September 3, 2021
  • Moveable holidays: 2

Saxony-Anhalt school holidays 2019-2020

  • Autumn holiday: October 4 - October 11, 2019
  • Bridge day: November 1, 2019
  • Christmas holiday: December 23, 2019 - January 4, 2020
  • Winter holiday: February 10 - February 14, 2020
  • Easter holiday: April 6 - April 11, 2020
  • Whitsun holiday: May 18 - May 30, 2020
  • Summer holiday: July 16 - August 26, 2020
  • Moveable holidays: 1

Saxony-Anhalt school holidays 2020-2021

  • Autumn holiday: October 19 - October 24, 2020
  • Christmas holiday: December 21, 2020 - January 5, 2021
  • Winter holiday: February 8 - February 13, 2021
  • Easter holiday: March 29 - April 3, 2021
  • Whitsun holiday: May 10 - May 22, 2021
  • Summer holiday: July 22 - September 1, 2021

Schleswig-Holstein school holidays 2019-2020

  • Autumn holiday: October 4 - October 18, 2019
  • Christmas holiday: December 23, 2019 - January 6, 2020
  • Winter holiday: --
  • Easter holiday: March 30 - April 17, 2020
  • Whitsun holiday: May 22, 2020
  • Summer holiday: June 29 - August 8, 2020
  • Moveable holidays: 2

Schleswig-Holstein school holidays 2020-2021

  • Autumn holiday: October 5 - October 17, 2020
  • Christmas holiday: December 21, 2020 - January 6, 2021
  • Winter holiday: --
  • Easter holiday: April 1 - April 16, 2021
  • Whitsun holiday: May 14 - May 15, 2021
  • Summer holiday: June 21 - July 31, 2021
  • Moveable holidays: 3

Thuringia school holidays 2019-2020

  • Autumn holiday: October 7 - October 19, 2019
  • Christmas holiday: December 21, 2019 - January 3, 2020
  • Winter holiday: February 10 - February 14, 2020
  • Easter holiday: April 6 - April 18, 2020
  • Whitsun holiday: May 22, 2020
  • Summer holiday: July 20 - August 29, 2020
  • Moveable holidays: 2

Thuringia school holidays 2020-2021

  • Autumn holiday: October 17 - October 30, 2020
  • Christmas holiday: December 23, 2020- January 2, 2021
  • Winter holiday: February 8 - February 13, 2021
  • Easter holiday: March 29 - April 10, 2021
  • Whitsun holiday: May 14, 2021
  • Summer holiday: June 26 - September 4, 2021
  • Moveable holidays: 3

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