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Germany Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays for Germany. These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national list or choose your state’s calendar.

DateDayHolidayStates
1 JanSunNew Year's DayNational
6 JanFriEpiphanyBW, BY & ST
14 AprFriGood FridayNational
16 AprSunEaster SundayBB
17 AprMonEaster MondayNational
1 MayMonLabour DayNational
25 MayThuAscension DayNational
4 JunSunWhit SundayBB
5 JunMonWhit MondayNational
15 JunThuCorpus ChristiBW, BY, HE, NW, RP, SL,
SN & TH
15 AugTueAssumption DayBY & SL
3 OctTueDay of German UnityNational
31 OctTueReformation DayNational
1 NovWedAll Saints' DayBW, BY, NW, RP & SL
22 NovWedRepentance DaySN
25 DecMonChristmas DayNational
26 DecTue2nd Day of ChristmasNational

Choose your state

Baden-WürttembergMecklenburg-Vorpommern
BavariaNorth Rhine-Westphalia
BerlinRhineland-Palatinate
BrandenburgSaarland
BremenSaxony-Anhalt
HamburgSaxony
HesseSchleswig-Holstein
Lower SaxonyThuringia

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!

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