This guide lists the public holidays in Berlin, and what happens on those days.
List of public holidays in Berlin
These are the 10 public holidays in Berlin:
- New Year (January 1)
Neujahr celebrates the arrival of a new year.
- International Women’s Day (March 8)
Public holiday since 2019.
- Good Friday (late March or April)
Good Friday (Karfreitag) commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It’s celebrated on Friday before Easter.
- Easter Monday (late March or April)
Easter Monday (Ostermontag) marks the second day of the Octave of Easter. It’s celebrated on Monday after Easter.
- International Workers’ Day (May 1)
Workers’ Day, Labour Day or May Day (Tag der Arbeit) celebrates labourers and the working classes.
- Ascension Day (late April to early June)
Ascension Day (Christi Himmelfahrt) commemorates the Christian belief of Jesus’ Ascension into heaven. It’s always on a Thursday.
- Whit Monday (May or June)
Whit Monday or Pentecost Monday (Pfingstmontag) is celebrated 50 days after Easter.
- Day of German Unity (October 3)
The Day of German Unity (Tag der Deutschen Einheit) celebrates the reunification of East and West Germany in 1990.
- Christmas (December 25)
- Boxing day (December 26)
Official list of public holidays (in German) – Berlin.de
List of public holidays in Germany – Wikipedia
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How public holidays work in Germany
Businesses are closed
On public holidays, most businesses are closed, just like on Sundays.
Employees get a paid vacation day
On public holidays, employees get the day off, but still get paid.
You celebrate the holidays of the state where you work, even if you live in a different state.1 For example, if you live in Brandenburg and you work in Berlin, you get a day off for International Women’s Day, even if it’s not a holiday in Brandenburg.
Each state is different
Each German state has different public holidays. For example, Women’s Day is a public holiday in Berlin, but not Epiphany or Corpus Christi.2 Some states have more public holidays than other. Bavaria has 13 public holidays, but Berlin only has 10.