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Germany's Best Festivals in Summer

Summer Festivals and Events in Germany

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There's no better way to enjoy Germany's summer months than by hitting a music or art festival; here is an introduction to some of the best summer festivals in Germany, from music festivals, to art events and street festivals - all of them are either open-air or take place in a truly unique setting... Enjoy!

1. Carnival of Cultures in Berlin

Berlin celebrates its own unique carnival in summer, the colorful Carnival of Cultures - more than 1,5 million visitors pay tribute to the multicultural spirit of Germany’s capital with this four-day street festival. Enjoy exotic food and drinks, concerts, and parties. The highlight of the festival is the street parade on Sunday with decorated floats, singers, and dancers from over 70 different countries.
When: May 17-20, 2013
Where: Berlin

2. Rhine in Flames

This festival invites you to see the Rhine's natural beauty in a whole new light with thousands of Bengal lights, stunning fireworks, and illuminated steam boats gliding down the Rhine, bathing the river banks, vineyards, and castles in a magical glow.
When: various weekends May-September
Where: Bonn, Ruedesheim, Koblenz, Bingen, Oberwesel, St. Goar

3. Elbjazz Festival in Hamburg

The famous harbor of Hamburg, the second busiest port in Europe, turns into a stage during the international jazz festival “Elbjazz”; more than 50 concerts take place at Hamburg's waterfront and you can swing and clap at the docks, on cargo ships or in the fascinating harbor museum. A free ferry shuttle connects the different venues and offers a great view of Hamburg’s cityscape from the water.
When: May 24-25, 2013
Where: Hamburg harbor

4. Fusion

Fusion Festival, which takes place at a former Russian military airport in Neustrelitz, Mecklenburg, is the "Burning Man" of Germany; the eclectic program of this 4 day open-air festival follows the motto “anything goes” and fuses electronic music with film, theater, and art. Up to 55.000 free spirits come here every year to camp, party, and dance, dance, dance.
When: June 27-30, 2013
Where: Flugplatz Lärz, Neustrelitz

5. Traumzeit Music Festival in Duisburg

The setting of this music festival, which features classic, pop, jazz, and electronic music, is impressive: The concerts take place in the former smelting works in Duisburg, where blast furnaces, gas tanks, kettles, pipes, and chimneys create a unique backdrop for concerts, light shows, and visual projections.
When: June 21-23, 2013
Where: Landschaftspark Duisburg Nord

6. Bach Fest Leipzig

This world-class music festival in Leipzig commemorates the life and work of the city's most famous resident, Johann Sebastian Bach. Renowned artists from all over the world perform Bach's classical masterpieces in historical venues like the Thomaskirche (Thomas Church), where Bach worked as a cantor for 27 years.
When: June 14-23, 2013
Where: Leipzig

7. Rock am Ring

More than 150,000 rock music fans gather each summer at the racetrack of the Nuerburg Ring to get up and get down at "Rock am Ring", one of Germany's largest open-air music festival. The star-studded lineup of international rock bands, which include the likes of Coldplay, Metallica, U2, and Linkin Park, keeps the fans dancing for three days.
When: June 7-9, 2013
Where: Nuerburg Ring, Eifel

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