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German holidays 2019 & 2020

German holidays 2019 & 2020

German holidays 2019 & 2020

Germany has a relatively generous number of public holidays (gesetzliche Feiertage). Like Sundays, these days are designated by law as days of rest, meaning that banks and shops are often closed. Public holidays are usually counted separately to paid holiday leave, although you should check your work contract to make sure.

Types of German holidays

Holidays in Germany can be divided into three categories:

German public holidays

There are nine public holidays that are observed in all 16 federal states in Germany, including New Years’ Day, German Unity Day and Christmas Day.

German regional holidays

Although the federal government has the power to declare national holidays, control over public holidays rests primarily with the individual states. For this reason, some federal states observe holidays that are not recognised elsewhere. The state with the most public holidays is Bavaria, where you can count on 13 rest days per year. Berlin, where only nine public holidays are celebrated, has the fewest.

Other holidays in Germany

In addition to officially-recognised public holidays, there are several unofficial holidays, such as St Nicholas’ Day (Nikolaus) on December 5, Carnival Monday (Rosenmontag) and Christmas Eve.  

School holidays in Germany

Schools in Germany have between five and six holiday periods per year, including Easter, summer and Christmas holidays as well as breaks in the autumn and spring. School holidays in Germany differ according to federal state.

Find out more about the German school holiday system.

German holidays 2019

German holidays 2019 Date Federal State
New Years’ Day
(Neujahr)
January 1 All
Ephiphany
(Heilige Drei Könige)
January 6 Baden-Württemberg
Bavaria & Saxony-Anhalt
Good Friday
(Karfreitag)
April 19 All
Easter Sunday
(Ostersonntag)
April 21 Brandenburg
Easter Monday
(Ostermontag)
April 22 All
Labour Day
(Tag der Arbeit)
May 1 All
Ascension Day
(Christi Himmelfahrt)
May 30 All
Whitsunday
(Pfingstsonntag)
June 9 Brandenburg
Whitmonday
(Pfingstmontag)
June 10 All
Corpus Christi
(Fronleichnam)
June 20 Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria,
North-Rhine Westphalia,
Rhineland Palatinate & Saarland
Assumption Day
(Mariä Himmelfahrt)
August 15 Bavaria & Saarland
German Unification Day
(Tag der Deutschen Einheit)
October 3 All
Reformation Day
(Reformationstag)
October 31 Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-West
Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt,
Thuringia, Bremen, Lower Saxony,
Schleswig-Holstein & Hamburg
All Saints’ Day
(Allerheiligen)
November 1 Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria,
North-Rhine Westphalia,
Rhineland Palatinate & Saarland
Day of Repentance & Prayer
(Buß- und Bettag)
November 20 Saxony
Christmas Day
(Erster Weihnachtstag)
December 25 All
Boxing Day
(Zweiter Weihnachtstag)
December 26 All

German holidays 2020

German holidays 2020 Date Federal State
New Years’ Day
(Neujahr)
January 1 All
Ephiphany
(Heilige Drei Könige)
January 6 Baden-Württemberg
Bavaria & Saxony-Anhalt
Good Friday
(Karfreitag)
April 10 All
Easter Sunday
(Ostersonntag)
April 12 Brandenburg
Easter Monday
(Ostermontag)
April 13 All
Labour Day
(Tag der Arbeit)
May 1 All
Ascension Day
(Christi Himmelfahrt)
May 21 All
Whitsunday
(Pfingstsonntag)
May 31 Brandenburg
Whitmonday
(Pfingstmontag)
June 1 All
Corpus Christi
(Fronleichnam)
June 11 Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria,
North-Rhine Westphalia,
Rhineland Palatinate & Saarland
Assumption Day
(Mariä Himmelfahrt)
August 15 Bavaria & Saarland
German Unification Day
(Tag der Deutschen Einheit)
October 3 All
Reformation Day
(Reformationstag)
October 31 Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-West
Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt,
Thuringia, Bremen, Lower Saxony,
Schleswig-Holstein & Hamburg
All Saints’ Day
(Allerheiligen)
November 1 Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria,
North-Rhine Westphalia,
Rhineland Palatinate & Saarland
Day of Repentance & Prayer
(Buß- und Bettag)
November 18 Saxony
Christmas Day
(Erster Weihnachtstag)
December 25 All
Boxing Day
(Zweiter Weihnachtstag)
December 26 All

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