Germany is a prominent European nation where some of the largest festivals take place in the continent every year. Carnival in Germany is usually adverted to as “the 5th season”. Whatever month you choose to travel to in this beautiful country, you will find festivals or events of some kind taking place round the year. If you are visiting the country during early spring, get ready to be mesmerized with the Mardi Gras carnival. The colorful costumed balls and lovely parades of decked floats will catch your fancy endlessly. Mardi Gras can be best enjoyed in major German cities such as Cologne, Munich, Bonn, Aachen, Mainz, Muenster and Dusseldorf.
Apart from Mardi Gras carnival, other festivals and events such as Christopher Street Parade, Rhine in Flames, Oktoberfest, Berlin Film Festival, Berlin Marathon and the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival are there to keep you overjoyed when in Germany.
If you are visiting Germany during the end of April, get ready for a fascinating glimpse into the local traditions of the people. You will discover that most places in the country conduct their very own Walpurgis Night activities and celebrating the much-expected triumph of spring over the defeated winter. This celebration is held for only one evening on 30th April every year.
The Christopher Street Parade is yet another local event waiting to be experienced. Over a couple of decades this event has become a component of the German festival scene. Bremen and Berlin were the first two cities in Germany to hold the parades to commemorate the Stonewall Riots in Christopher Street in 1980. In present times most of the big cities in the country now hold their individual Christopher Street Parades, with a Gay Pride event finally concluding in Berlin.
The Rhine in Flames celebration is a popular annual event held on five separate days starting from May through October along the most famous Rhine River. Foreign tourists visit Germany in large numbers every year to attend the German International Beet Festival and immerse in the celebrations of the iconic Oktoberfest in August. Other famous festivals and event not to be missed here include the Berlin Film Festival, the Berlin Marathon and the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival.
Let us know in detail about the “Rhine in Flames” annual event which shouldn’t be missed out in any case. The Rhine in Flames is a spectacular fireworks show taking place along the scenic stretches of the River Rhine between May and September every year. The last two phases of the upcoming shows are to be held on 9th August 2014 at Spay-Koblenz and on 13th September 2014 at Oberwesel.
The River Rhine is at its romantic best during the events on these exclusive five days. Right from Rüdesheim to Bonn, the Rhine in Flames event keeps millions of tourists captivated with the dazzling pyrotechnics and curtains of fire that fully bathe the prominent landmarks and riverbanks in a magical red glow. The flotilla of illuminated riverboats gliding beneath sparkling patterns of light in the bright night sky provides a romantic and cherished experience for millions of tourists watching this astounding show. The first section of the route during the Rhine in Flames annual event is just the thing for you to see it taking place at various cities starting from Linz, Remagen, Bad Honnef, Königswinter, and concluding at Bonn's Rheinaue Park where more than 300,000 visitors descend to get a fabulous, unforgettable experience.
Another major festival which draws huge number of tourists to Germany from different parts of the world is the most famous Oktoberfest. It is one of the well-attended festivals taking place in the Bavarian city of Munich. More than 6 million people visit Munich every year to participate in this “Mother of Beer festivals”.
The Oktoberfest has been taking place in October every year since 1818. The Oktoberfest has now become an acclaimed international event. The Theresienwiese Festival Ground is the main location of the event where you will discover 14 main beer tents. The uniqueness of this festival is that each of the main beer tents here has their own specialties and atmosphere. As you enter the festival venue, the Hippodrom will be the first beer tent to greet you. Though this is among the smallest tents, but it is the friendliest one. However, the Augustiner-Festhalle beer tent is said be a great hit with the local residents. This tent is renowned for serving the tastiest beer. The local residents just revel in the fact that the beer is kept in wooden kegs instead of stainless steel, and therefore reckoned to be the best.
Whichever beer tent you might choose to visit, the Oktoberfest venue is packed by huge numbers of backpackers as well as luxury travelers. Apart from the beer festival, the visitors to Munich also get opportunity to enjoy parades by folklore groups on the streets of Munich, participate in live concerts, and see exciting agricultural show.