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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 2018-2019 & 2019-2020

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

Baden-Württemberg school holidays 2018-2019

  • Autumn holiday: October 29 - November 2, 2018
  • Christmas holiday: December 24, 2018 - January 5, 2019
  • Winter holiday: --
  • Easter holiday: April 15 - April 27, 2019
  • Whitsun holiday: June 11 - June 21, 2019
  • Summer holiday: July 29 - September 10, 2019
  • Moveable holidays: 5

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

Bavaria school holidays 2018-2019

  • Autumn holiday: October 29 - November 2, 2018
  • Christmas holiday: December 22, 2018 - January 5, 2019
  • Winter holiday: March 4 - March 8, 2019
  • Easter holiday: April 15 - April 27, 2019
  • Whitsun holiday: June 11 - June 21, 2019
  • Summer holiday: July 29 - September 9, 2019

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

Berlin school holidays 2018-2019

  • Autumn holiday: October 22 - November 2, 2018
  • Christmas holiday: December 22, 2018 - January 5, 2019
  • Winter holiday: February 4 - February 9, 2019
  • Easter holiday: April 15 - April 26, 2019
  • Bridge day: May 31, 2019
  • Whitsun holiday: June 11, 2019
  • Summer holiday: June 20 - August 2, 2019

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

Brandenburg school holidays 2018-2019

  • Autumn holiday: October 22 - November 2, 2018
  • Bridge day: December 21, 2018
  • Christmas holiday: December 22,2018 - January 5, 2019
  • Winter holiday: February 4 - February 9, 2019
  • Easter holiday: April 15 - April 26, 2019
  • Bridge day: May 31, 2019
  • Whitsun holiday: --
  • Summer holiday: June 20 - August 3, 2019
  • Moveable holidays: 2

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

Bremen school holidays 2018-2019

  • Autumn holiday: October 1 - October 13, 2018
  • Christmas holiday: December 24, 2018 - January 4, 2019
  • Winter holiday: January 31 - February 1, 2019
  • Easter holiday: April 6 - April 23, 2019
  • Bridge day: May 31, 2019
  • Whitsun holiday: June 11, 2019
  • Summer holiday: July 4 - August 14, 2019

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

Hamburg school holidays 2018-2019

  • Autumn holiday: October 1 - October 12, 2018
  • Christmas holiday: December 20, 2018 - January 4, 2019
  • Winter holiday: February 1, 2019
  • Easter holiday: March 4 - March 15, 2019
  • Whitsun holiday: May 13 - May 17, 2019
  • Bridge day: May 31, 2019
  • Summer holiday: June 27 - August 7, 2019

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

Hesse school holidays 2018-2019

  • Autumn holiday: October 1 - October 13, 2018
  • Christmas holiday: December 24, 2018 - January 12, 2019
  • Winter holiday: --
  • Easter holiday: April 15 - April 27, 2019
  • Whitsun holiday: --
  • Summer holiday: July 1 - August 9, 2019
  • Moveable holidays: 4

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

Lower Saxony school holidays 2018-2019

  • Autumn holiday: October 1 - October 12, 2018
  • Christmas holiday: December 24, 2018 - January 4, 2019
  • Winter holiday: January 31 - February 1, 2019
  • Easter holiday: April 8 - April 23, 2019
  • Bridge day: May 31, 2019
  • Whitsun holiday: June 11, 2019
  • Summer holiday: July 4 - August 14, 2019

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

Mecklenburg-West Pomerania school holidays 2018-2019

  • Autumn holiday: October 8 - October 13, 2018
  • Bridge days: November 1 - November 2, 2018
  • Christmas holiday: December 24, 2018 - January 5, 2019
  • Winter holiday: February 4 - February 15, 2019
  • Easter holiday: April 15 - April 24, 2019
  • Bridge day: May 31, 2019
  • Whitsun holiday: June 7 - June 11, 2019
  • Summer holiday: July 1 - August 10, 2019

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

North-Rhine Westphalia school holidays 2018-2019

  • Autumn holiday: October 15 - October 27, 2018
  • Christmas holiday: December 21, 2018 - January 4, 2019
  • Winter holiday: --
  • Easter holiday: April 15 - April 27, 2019
  • Whitsun holiday: June 11, 2019
  • Summer holiday: July 15 - August 27, 2019
  • Moveable holidays: 4

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

Rhineland Palatinate school holidays 2018-2019

  • Autumn holiday: October 1 - October 12, 2018
  • Christmas holiday: December 20, 2018 - January 4, 2019
  • Winter holiday: February 25 - March 1, 2019
  • Easter holiday: April 23 - April 30, 2019
  • Whitsun holiday: --
  • Summer holiday: July 1 - August 10, 2019
  • Moveable holidays: 6

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

Saarland school holidays 2018-2019

  • Autumn holiday: October 1 - October 12, 2018
  • Christmas holiday: December 20, 2018 - January 4, 2019
  • Winter holiday: February 25 - March 5, 2019
  • Easter holiday: April 17 - April 26, 2019
  • Whitsun holiday: --
  • Summer holiday: July 1 - August 9, 2019
  • Moveable holidays: 3

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

Saxony school holidays 2018-2019

  • Autumn holiday: October 8 - October 20, 2018
  • Christmas holiday: December 22, 2018 - January 4, 2019
  • Winter holiday: February 18 - March 2, 2019
  • Easter holiday: April 19 - April 26, 2019
  • Whitsun holiday: May 31, 2019
  • Summer holiday: July 8 - August 16, 2019
  • 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-Anhalt school holidays 2018-2019

  • Autumn holiday: October 1 - October 12, 2018
  • Christmas holiday: December 19, 2018 - January 4, 2019
  • Winter holiday: February 11 - February 15, 2019
  • Easter holiday: April 18 - April 30, 2019
  • Whitsun holiday: May 31 - June 1, 2019
  • Summer holiday: July 4 - August 14, 2019
  • Moveable holidays: 1

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

Schleswig-Holstein school holidays 2018-2019

  • Autumn holiday: October 1 - October 19, 2018
  • Christmas holiday: December 21, 2018 - January 4, 2019
  • Winter holiday: --
  • Easter holiday: April 4 - April 18, 2019
  • Whitsun holiday: May 31, 2019
  • Summer holiday: July 1 - August 10, 2019
  • Moveable holidays: 1

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

Thuringia school holidays 2018-2019

  • Autumn holiday: October 1 - October 13, 2018
  • Christmas holiday: December 21, 2018 - January 4, 2019
  • Winter holiday: February 11 - February 15, 2019
  • Easter holiday: April 15 - April 27, 2019
  • Whitsun holiday: May 31, 2019
  • Summer holiday: July 8 - August 17, 2019
  • Moveable holidays: 2

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

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