Four German Festivals You Must Experience

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1. Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest is an enormous two week beer festival held in Munich, Germany. Starting in late September until the first Sunday in October, this world famous celebration offers amusement rides, parades with brass bands and delicious Bavarian cuisine. Beer tents are everywhere! Oktoberfest is a colorful and exciting extravaganza. 2010 marks the 200th anniversary of its beginning. This popular German tradition annually hosts over 6 million visitors worldwide on the more than 100 acres. All ages enjoy Oktoberfest!

2. Love Parade

Would you love to be part of a huge mass of music lovers dancing in the streets? Love Parade is an enormous dance party held in July in Berlin, Germany. DJs from around the world come together to participate in this all-nighter. Get plenty of sleep before the party because this is one weekend where you will not want to miss a thing. Local nightclubs and restaurants stay open all night. Not for the fainthearted, however, the Love Parade has been known to get wild!

3. Carneval in Germany

Carneval, also called the “Fifth Season” in Germany, is a festival celebrated throughout the many regions of Germany. Each region’s celebrations are unique to the area. Carneval begins six days prior to the fasting period of the Lenten season which begins with Ash Wednesday. This time is used to celebrate with feasting, parades and floats, dancing in the streets and costume balls. The most popular parade is the televised Rose Monday Parade in Cologne.

4. International Film Festival in Berlin

International film lovers flock to Berlin every year for the International Film Festival. Over 400 films, with many premiers, from around the world are highlighted during the Berlin International Film Festival. Known as Berlinale, this is one of the most important European film festivals, besides Cannes and Venice. Over 200,000 people attend the star-studded parties and special events annually. If you love movies, this is one festival you do not want to miss. Located at Potsdamer Platz, it is easy to get there using the subway/metro. A free shuttle bus is also offered.

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