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The Burgenfest in Manderscheid is a German festival that will bring you back to the Middle Ages. You can go back in time to this incredible historical event. It will
The Burgenfest in Manderscheid is a German festival that will bring you back to the Middle Ages. You can go back in time to this incredible historical event. It will be held every year on the last weekend of August.
You can find two historic castles in the town of Manderscheid. This small spa-town is surrounded by lush green mountains and is a great place where you can enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and cycling.
Both castles are more than 1000 years old and boast history and rich culture. When you see the castles for the first time you will be amazed by the spectacular sight with the mountains in the background.
At this festival, you will go back in time. There will be historical artifacts and crafts, as well as blacksmiths and tournaments. The craftsmen will demonstrate their crafts, and maybe you can even help them. Children can enjoy puppet shows and other entertaining activities.
If you want to know more about the Burgenfest in Manderscheid you can visit this website. And while you are already planning your trip to Germany you might like these other events. If you have your roots in Germany we recommend you to read this article.
august 28 (Saturday) - 29 (Sunday)
Kurfürstenstraße 1, 54531 Manderscheid, Germany
The world’s largest Volksfest is a must-see for adults and kids. It’s a combination of a folk festival, funfair, and beer festival. It’s is held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany
The world’s largest Volksfest is a must-see for adults and kids. It’s a combination of a folk festival, funfair, and beer festival. It’s is held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany since 1810, and draws in about six million visitors every year.
The Oktoberfest has a lot to offer for families with children. Many know the event because of the large glasses of beer and party’s, but it is way more than that.
The history of the Oktoberfest starts in 1810 when King Ludwig I married Princess Therese. He decided to invite all the villagers to the fields surrounding the castle to celebrate this happy occasion. The festival since then has grown to be the biggest festival in the world and will be celebrated for 2 whole weeks.
The Oktoberfest is actually one of the best family events in Germany. There is a big fair, drink & food, and you can dress up! Parents and kids alike are invited to wear the traditional Lederhosen or Dirndl. Don’t forget to buy a beautifully decorated gingerbread heart to complete the experience.
The best day to visit Oktoberfest with children is Tuesday when rides and treats are offered at special prices.
The website of the Oktoberfest has everything you need to know about the children’s program. Or click here if you want to find out more about fun things to do with your children in Germany. Or read more helpful travel tips for Germany.
September 18 (Saturday) - October 3 (Sunday)
Theresienwiese, Bavariaring, 80336 München, Germany
The Cologne Christmas Market is one of the iconic holiday markets in Germany. It consists of several markets dotted around the historical city of Cologne. It is a big
The Cologne Christmas Market is one of the iconic holiday markets in Germany. It consists of several markets dotted around the historical city of Cologne. It is a big event attracting visitors from all over Germany other country’s.
The markets will be held in the month leading up to Christmas. Therefore, it is a great place and opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit. And while you are buying your Christmas gifts and decorations you can feast on some local treats. Get yourself some hot roasted nuts or a giant pretzel while you drink some mulled wine.
There are many markets in Germany during the holiday season but the one in Cologne stands out. The market is decorated with thousands of sparkling Christmas lights and decoration. And all that with the big cathedral as a backdrop. And even if there isn’t any snow during your visit there is an ice-skating rink to complete the winter wonderland.
We do recommend booking your Cologne hotel in advance. Because the market is incredibly popular.
The Cologne Christmas Market will welcome you with open arms. But there are many more Christmas markets and events in Germany to enjoy. And while you are already in Germany don’t forget to visit the impressive city of Berlin.
November 22 (Monday) - December 23 (Thursday)
Domkloster 4, 50667 Köln, Germany
The Munich Christmas Markets (Munich Christkindlmarkt) is famous all over the world. And as you might suggest there is not just one market but many. There are 24 markets ready
The Munich Christmas Markets (Munich Christkindlmarkt) is famous all over the world. And as you might suggest there is not just one market but many. There are 24 markets ready for your visit. During the Advent period, you can wander the streets of Munich for days to indulge yourself in the holiday spirit.
Because there are 24 different markets there is something for everybody. You can enjoy music, food, arts and crafts. And for children, there is a lot to see and do as well. The most famous of them all is the Chriskindlmarkt on Marienplatz. Apart from being the most famous, it is the oldest and most centric market. Dotted all over the square you find over a hundred stalls with food, crafts, and local produce.
Germany is renowned for its hearty comfort food like bratwurst and gingerbread cookies. But you will find many more delicacies in these markets. Adults can warm themselves with a cup of hot wine, and the children can drink hot chocolate milk with a sugared apple.
Here you can find more information about the Munich Christmas Markets. While you are in Germany you can visit Europa Park or other Amusement parks in Europe. And if you have German roots you might like to find your German heritage.
November 22 (Monday) - December 24 (Friday)
Platzl 9, 80331 München, Germany
The Leipzig Christmas Market is one of the largest markets holiday-spirited markets in Germany. The month-long market is set in the scenic historical center of Leipzig which only adds
The Leipzig Christmas Market is one of the largest markets holiday-spirited markets in Germany. The month-long market is set in the scenic historical center of Leipzig which only adds to the festive atmosphere.
The story says the market has been held in Leipzig since the year 1458. Because the market is set in the photogenic historical center of Leipzig you can imagine how it would look hundreds of years ago. History does not only stay in our minds and imagination. The famous 100-year-old Carousel at the market will literally take you back in the past.
There are six areas with more than 250 stalls where you can find anything from local food to handicrafts and antiques. All six areas have their own theme and appeal. For example, at the Naschmarkt behind the Town Hall, you can find handicrafts. The handicrafts are made with old techniques and craftsmanship which can only be inherited.
The Finnish Village is a world of wonders where adults and children alike will amazed. Let your imagination run and let your mind wander off to sages and legends at the Fairy Tale Forest.
Read more about the Leipzig Christmas Market to learn more about the program. There are plenty of other interesting Christmas markets and events in Germany you can read about. And while you are in Germany we recommend you to visit the sparkling city of Berlin as well. Berlin is a great family destination. Check out more events here.
November 23 (Tuesday) - December 23 (Thursday)
Thomaskirchhof 18, 04109 Leipzig, Germany
The Nuremberg Christmas Market is one of the most vibrant and oldest markets in Germany. This German market is actually called ‘Christkindlesmarkt’ which means market of the Christmas child. If
The Nuremberg Christmas Market is one of the most vibrant and oldest markets in Germany. This German market is actually called ‘Christkindlesmarkt’ which means market of the Christmas child.
If you love the holiday season this market has everything you need. The smell of Christmas trees, glühwein, and sweets will instantly get you in the holiday spirit. This famous market is a lust for the eye with nicely decorated stalls and hundreds of Christmas lights.
Once you arrive at the market you will be welcomed by hundreds of vendors in characteristic wooden stalls. They sell a wide variety of goods from local delicacies to wooden toys and Christmas decorations. To make your visit even more memorable you can buy some local souvenirs. For example, you can buy the official ‘Christkind’ cookie-cutter, a cup for mulled wine, or ‘Christkindlesmarkt Punch’. This punch is a tasty treat made of cinnamon and fruits.
You can enjoy this market from the first Sunday of Advent until Christmas Eve.
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November 26 (Friday) - December 24 (Friday)
Rathausplatz 2, 90403 Nürnberg, Germany
Carnival in Cologne is a festive and colorful event that will be held every year in February. This carnival is one of the biggest in Germany and the sheer
Carnival in Cologne is a festive and colorful event that will be held every year in February. This carnival is one of the biggest in Germany and the sheer size of it will probably surprise you. You will love this huge party.
Months before the festivities regional groups will start building elaborate floats with a satiric touch. You’ll be able to see these floats at ‘Altweiber’. Traditionally, you can experience it on the first day of the carnival. If you are going to visit the carnival make sure you wear a colorful costume to fit in. And you will be able to enjoy the floats as they pass by.
You might find yourself surrounded by party-goers in the streets. This is because a big part of the carnival in Cologne will be celebrated on the street. For a couple of days, you’ll find Cologne is captivated by parties and fun. Therefore, banks and other companies will be closed. As well everybody will be out in the streets to enjoy the festivities.
If you want to know more about the Carnival in Cologne you can visit the official website. And if you are still planning your holiday to Germany you might want to read more about it on this website. And check out these other fun and interesting events in Germany: Best Family Events, and Unforgettable Family-Friendly Events.
February 24 (Thursday) - March 1 (Tuesday)
Domkloster 4, 50667 Köln, Germany