Holidays in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria and other mainly catholic states

  • 06.01. Epiphany / Heilige Drei Könige
  • 01.11. All Saints / Allerheiligen
  • Corpus Christi / Fronleichnam (2nd Thursday after Pentecost)

Nationwide holidays (Bundesweite Feiertage)

  • 01.01. New Year´s Day / Neujahrstag
  • Good Friday / Karfreitag
  • Easter Monday / Ostermontag
  • Ascension / Christi Himmelfahrt (40 days after Easter, always on Thursdays)
  • Pentecost Monday / Pfingstmontag (ca. 50 days after Easter)
  • 01.05. German Labor Day / Tag der Arbeit
  • 03.10. German National Holiday / Tag der deutschen Einheit
  • 24.12. Christmas Eve / Heiligabend (shops are open in the morning)
  • 25./26.12. Christmas Days / 1. und 2. Weihnachtstag
  • 31.12. New Year‘s Eve / Silvester (shops are open in the morning)

Holidays only in Bavaria

15.08. Assumption Day / Mariä Himmelfahrt (In Neu-Ulm all shops, offices and University of Applied Sciences will be closed, but in Ulm all universites and all shops and offices will be open and working!)

Holidays only in Ulm and Neu-Ulm

Schwörmontag: every 3rd or 4th Monday in July. Many shops and offices (also all three universities) will be closed in the afternoon.


Germany is one of the countries with the most holidays (Feiertage) in the world. On holidays the universities and shops are closed, trains operate according to the Sunday schedule. Most of the holidays are national holidays, but some holidays are state specific. Bavaria has the most holidays (15), Baden-Württemberg one less (14).