Traveling to Germany in April? Find out what annual events, festivals and holidays you can experience during your Germany travels in April; this month is filled with Easter celebrations, spring festivals, and art fairs.
The city of Weimar is the birthplace of the Bauhaus movement, which revolutionized architectural and aesthetic concepts in the 20th century. You can take part in guided art walks, following the footsteps of famous Bauhaus artists like Walter Gropius, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Lyonel Feininger.
When: April 1 - November 30, 2013
Where: Bauhaus Museum Weimar and various venues
Frankfurt celebrates its annual spring "Dippemess", one of the largest folk festivals in the Rhine region. The fair dates back to the 14th century, when it was a medieval market for pottery, especially ceramic bowls and pots (called "Dibbes" in the Frankfurt dialect). Today, the spring fair is well-known for rides, roller coasters, and fireworks.
When: March 22 - April 14, 2013
Where: Fairground on Ratsweg, Frankfurt
The "Autostadt" (car city) in Wolfsburg is not only the place where the Volkswagen is built, but also the location for an annual contemporary art festival. The Movimentos Art Weeks offer a interesting array of events, ranging from modern dance performances, and jazz concerts, to readings, and discussions.
When: April 2 - May 5, 2013
Where: Autostadt Wolfsburg
Easter is one of the most popular holidays in Germany. It is celebrated for a whole weekend and includes Good Friday and Easter Monday, which are public holidays. Read about German Easter traditions and find out how to spent this holiday weekend in Germany in our Easter Special.
When: March 30 - April 1st, 2013
Where: Everywhere in Germany
5. Art Cologne
The Art Cologne is Germany's leading art fair: 200 leading galleries from around the world exhibit modern and contemporary art, including paintings, sculpture, installation, video art, and photography.
When: April 19 - 22, 2013
Where: Exhibition Center Cologne and various Cologne museums
Every spring, the Bavarian State Ballet puts up its "Ballet Weeks"; this extraordinary dance festival includes modern and classical dance, which are performed by the Bavarian State Ballet as well as international guest ensembles.
When: April 21 - 29, 2013
Where: Bavarian State Opera, Munich
7. Walpurgis Night
The last night of April is known as "Hexennacht" – witches' night, or Walpurgis night. According to German folk tales, this is the night when the witches fly to Mount Brocken to hold a celebration and await the beginning of spring.
Many people dress up as witches and flock to Mount Brocken, which is located in the Harz region of Germany. Bonfires are lit, and the "witches" dance around the flames.
When: April 30
Where: Mount Brocken in the Harz region