Public Holidays

Germany, a nation renowned for its rich cultural heritage and central location within Europe, observes several significant public holidays throughout the year. It is imperative for international students to be cognizant of these holidays and the consequent closures of businesses and establishments.

It is important to note that certain businesses may alter their operating hours on the days preceding public holidays. Consequently, it is advisable to plan activities and engagements accordingly. Additionally, a limited number of convenience stores, gas stations, and pharmacies may operate during select public holidays to cater to essential needs.

Comprehending the public holidays and their associated business closures in Germany is instrumental in orchestrating a seamless and gratifying experience during your academic pursuit and stay in Karlsruhe.


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New Year's Day 1 January 1 January 1 January
Epiphany 6 January 6 January 6 January
Good Friday 29 March 18 April 3 April
Easter Sunday 31 March 20 April 5 April
Easter Monday 1 April 21 April 6 April
Labour Day 1 May 1 May 1 May
Ascension Day 9 May 29 May 14 May
Pentecost 19 May 8 June 24 May
Whit Monday 20 May 9 June 25 May
Day of German Unity 3 October 3 October 3 October
All Saints' Day 1 November 1 November 1 November
Christmas Day 25 December 25 December 25 December
Boxing Day 26 December 26 December 26 December