Germany is gearing up for an incredible year in 2024, packed with exciting sports and cultural events that will captivate visitors from all over the world.
Whether you’re a die-hard sports fan, a history buff, or simply looking for a fun and festive getaway, Germany has something for everyone all year round.
If you want to go beyond the usual tourist spots on your holiday in Germany, mark these five must-see events on your calendar to explore the diverse schedule this year.
1. Caspar David Freidrich Anniversary
Start the year by joining the celebration of the birth anniversary of Caspar David Friedrich, one of Germany’s revered painters. Born in Greifswald on September 5th, 1774, he is a prominent figure of the Romantic era, acclaimed for his emotional and atmospheric landscapes.
There will be various events and exhibitions throughout the year to honour the life and art of this renowned figure. The Hamburg Kunsthalle currently hosts a major exhibition until April 1st, followed by special exhibits at Berlin Alte Nationalgalerie and Dresden Albertinum.
Friedrich’s hometown, Greifswald in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, will also host numerous events, including opening celebrations on January 20th and a birthday party on September 5th in the market square.
Berlin’s exhibition, “Unendliche Landschaften,” will feature over 100 of his iconic paintings. However, to gain a deeper understanding of this artist’s work, consider visiting the landscapes depicted in his renowned paintings, such as Rügen or the Bastei Mountains.
2. UEFA Euro 2024
Experience football fever across Germany this summer as the UEFA Championship Euro 2024 unfolds from June to July. The international tournament is expected to attract around 1.5 million football enthusiasts worldwide to the ten host cities, as Europe’s top footballing clubs compete for the prestigious title.
Münich, Dortmund, Stuttgart, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Leipzig will host the matches, with Berlin alone hosting six games, including the grand final.
Every urban destination is expected to seize the chance to exhibit its unique cultural treasures, from the charming Old Town of Düsseldorf to the industrial architecture of Leipzig.
Secure your tickets for an immersive live experience in one of the cities. If you prefer a more laid-back experience, look for free access to public viewing zones where German beer is sure to be in abundance.
3. Witness various ships during Kiel Week
From nimble dinghies to majestic historic cutters, see a diverse array of ships at the Kiel Week or Kieler Woche and Kiel Regatta.
This annual sailing extravaganza takes place in Kiel, the capital of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. It is Europe’s and one of the world’s largest sailing festivals, as well as one of the country’s major Volksfeste.
Kiel Week typically features around 5,000 sailors and 2,000 ships, with approximately three million visitors. Although it originated as a ship racing championship, it has evolved into a prominent festival featuring open-air concerts with popular bands, boat tours, and fireworks.
The majority of the ship races commence at the Olympic Harbor of Schilksee, the central hub for sporting activities throughout Kiel Week.
4. A beer-soaked celebration at Oktoberfest
Of course, it will not be a visit to Germany without experiencing one of the most renowned festivals in the country, Oktoberfest.
Undoubtedly Germany’s most famous folk festival, Munich’s Oktoberfest is a beer-soaked celebration that deserves a spot on everyone’s must-visit list.
Beyond the iconic beer tents, fairground rides, and hearty food, Oktoberfest also offers opportunities for celebrity spotting. In 2023, film star Arnold Schwarzenegger made a guest appearance at the Wiesn.
For a more authentic experience away from the tourist crowds, explore lesser-known but charming folk festivals such as the Nuremberg Folk Festival, Stuttgart Beer Festival, Kulmbach Beer Week, and the scenic German-Swiss Oktoberfest at Lake Constance, among others.
5. Commemorating the fall of the wall
History enthusiasts have a unique opportunity to gather in Germany and commemorate the 35th anniversary of one of the most significant events in history: the fall of the Berlin Wall.
There are various significant sites and exhibitions across Germany that are available for tourists to explore.
In Berlin, history enthusiasts can visit the East Side Gallery, the longest remaining part of the 155 km wall. Checkpoint Charlie, the renowned border crossing point, and the Wall Memorial honouring those who perished during the unrest are also recommended to visit.
In Leipzig, St. Nicholas Church witnessed the first Monday demonstrations, while the Round Corner Museum reveals the structure and methods employed by the East German secret service to maintain order.