As we start the year, it is time to look ahead what is in store for your travel calendars in 2024. During this upcoming year, Germany is set to host a multitude of festivities, ranging from anniversaries to events, giving travellers a multitude of reasons to visit Germany in 2024. The German National Tourist Office, India has compiled some of the main events that will inspire your next story.
For the art enthusiasts: 250th Anniversary Caspar David Friedrich
June marks the 250th anniversary of Caspar David Friedrich (CDF), a pivotal figure in Romantic painting. Whether you love his work, or are newly acquainted with the artist, seize the opportunity to celebrate his legacy. A series of exhibitions will be hosted in Berlin, Dresden, Greifswald and Hamburg – his hometown where a special mural will be unveiled. However, if museums are not your style or you want to better understand CDF – why not visit the illustrious landscapes in his paintings. Many of these sites still exist so you should take the opportunity to bask in the grandeur of nature. We suggest visiting the island of Rugen or the Bastei Mountains to truly appreciate the splendour.
For the football fanatics: Germany Hosting the European Championship 2024
From June to July, Germany will be hosting the European Championship 2024 across 10 host cities: Berlin, Münich, Dortmund, Stuttgart, Gelsenkirchen, Hamburg, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Leipzig – each of which will roll out the red carpet and shine a light on the cultural and natural treasures of their regions. To enjoy the football, visitors won’t need a seat at the stadiums. Every town will have vibrant live public viewing zones where they can revel in a friendly and fun atmosphere, nice beer and traditional German street food.
For the history buffs: Berlin – 35 Years Since the Fall of the Wall
In November, Berlin will be celebrating 35 years since the fall of the Wall. This will be the perfect occasion to explore the city and witness the changes since 1989. We also recommend setting aside a time to browse through Berlin’s iconic museums, especially the German Spy Museum, where you can get a first-hand experience on the history of
espionage and delve into Berlin’s convoluted past.
For those interested in cultural heritage: Erfurt – UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Should medieval times pique your interests, why not head to the newest addition to the list of German UNESCO sites, Erfurt. This romantic city is the 52nd addition to the German World Heritage list and visiting it will allow you to indulge in its beautiful Medieval Jewish heritage. During your trip, you will be able to admire some fascinating remains of the period, including an Old synagogue, the Mikveh (Ritual Bath), and a wedding ring found
amongst the ‘Erfurt Treasure’.
For the culture lovers: Chemnitz, European Capital of Culture 2025
Chemnitz has been awarded the title of European Capital of Culture 2025 and is the ideal place to head to if you want to bask in the arts. The German Tourism Board will be hosting the annual Germany Travel Mart (GMT) there in April (21. – 23.4.2023) to promote its cultural gem Chemnitz and its surrounding region to international trade and media.
Save the dates for some thrilling musical events that you will not want to miss:
7 th June – 16th June 2024 ‘Rock am Ring’ Music Festival (at the Nürbugring)
14th June – 15th June 2024 Electronic Wine Festival Koblenz
21st June 2024 Bonn celebrates 200 years of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony
25th July – 27th August 2024 The Bayreuth Festival (in honour of Richard Wagner)
16th August – 25th August 2024 Opera Festival at the Saar Polygon
For those believing in fairy tales: Fairy tale route Germany
In the 19th century, the Brothers Grimm published a collection of tales including “Snow White”. While many of us grew up with Disney’s versions from almost 90 years ago, the studio was planning to release a new movie in 2024. Sadly this has now been postponed to 2025, however the delay gives you time to explore Germany’s illustrious Fairytale Route. This attraction stops by many mystical and rural towns including ‘Bad Wildungen’, which claims to be the real home of Snow White and the 7 dwarfs.
For the sustainable travellers: New Train Connections and Nature Holidays
From autumn/winter of 2024, there will be a series of new train connections such as night trains from Paris to Berlin or Hamburg to Vienna as well as direct Eurostar booking links from Brussels to Aachen or the Ruhr area. These new connections are great opportunities for city trips by train and offer a Feel Good travel alternative to a sustainability conscious travel audience.
No matter where in Germany you decide to go every region of Germany offers great authentic and sustainable experiences. Travellers can visit traditional beekeeper farms in Luneburg, take green city tours and boat trips on Lake Constance, try out multicultural food markets in Berlin or immerse in a historical village experience in the Black Forest. For more information on any of the above highlights, please get in touch with our press team.