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Public Holidays 2016 and 2017

We currently have public holidays for 2016 and 2017 listed. Scroll down to view.

Public holidays in Germany are determined by each federal state such that, for instance, Repentance Day is only a holiday in Saxony and Assumption Day is only celebrated in the states of Bavaria and Saarland. The exception to this rule is the Day of German Unity, which is a federally mandated public holiday marked on October 3 each year.

Of course, many public holidays are celebrated in every state, making them de facto national holidays as well. Each public holiday in Germany is marked with special events related to the religious or cultural event they commemorate. While many Germans take part in these events, public holidays today are an opportunity to rest, relax and enjoy. And when a Friday or Monday holiday creates a long weekend, it’s guaranteed that families and individuals will make the most of the opportunity to travel – particularly in the summertime!

Of course, there are many other special days celebrated in Germany which are not given public holiday status, such as the 16-day Octoberfest event and Valentine’s Day. These dates are not included in the lists below, but we look forward to providing you some further information on these events in the future. Please see the lists below for public holiday dates for 2014. And please do let us know if any of the information needs to be adjusted. We’ve done our best to get these lists totally accurate, but there’s always room for improvement!

Public Holidays 2016

DateDayHolidayState
1 JanFri New Year’s DayNational
6 JanWedEpiphanyBaden-Württemberg,
Bavaria,
Saxony-Anhalt
25 MarFriGood FridayNational
28 MarMonEaster MondayNational
1 MaySunLabour Day National
5 MayThuAscension DayNational
15 MaySunWhit SundayBrandenburg
16 MayMonWhit MondayNational
26 MayThu Corpus Christi DayBaden-Württemberg,
Bavaria, Hesse,
North Rhine-Westphalia,
Rhineland-Palatinate,
Saarland
15 AugMonAssumption DayBavaria, Saarland
3 OctMonDay of German Unity National
31 OctMonReformation Day Brandenburg,
Mecklenburg-Pomerania,
Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt,
Thuringia
1 NovTueAll Saints DayBaden-Württemberg,
Bavaria,
North Rhine-Westphalia,
Rhineland-Palatinate,
Saarland
16 NovWedRepentance DaySaxony
25 DecSunChristmas DayNational
26 DecMon2nd Christmas DayNational

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHolidayNotes
1 JanSun New Year’s DayNational
6 JanFriEpiphanyBaden-Württemberg,
Bavaria,
Saxony-Anhalt
14 AprFriGood FridayNational
16 AprSunEaster SundayBrandenburg
17 AprMonEaster MondayNational
1 MayMonLabour Day National
25 MayThuAscension DayNational
4 JunSunWhit SundayBrandenburg
5 JunMonWhit MondayNational
15 JunThu Corpus Christi DayBaden-Württemberg,
Bavaria, Hesse,
North Rhine-Westphalia,
Rhineland-Palatinate,
Saarland
15 AugTueAssumption DayBavaria, Saarland
3 OctTueDay of German Unity National
31 OctTueReformation Day Brandenburg,
Mecklenburg-Pomerania,
Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt,
Thuringia
1 NovWedAll Saints DayBaden-Württemberg,
Bavaria,
North Rhine-Westphalia,
Rhineland-Palatinate,
Saarland
15 NovWedRepentance DaySaxony
25 DecMonChristmas DayNational
26 DecTue2nd Christmas DayNational