Germany - Karneval
This is the time Germany lets its hair down, under different names and in different ways, from ‘Fastnacht’ in Mainz to ‘Karneval’ in Cologne, perhaps the wildest. Celebrations can begin with ‘Women’s Carnival’ on Thursday before Ash Wednesday, when ladies can kiss any man they like after cutting off his tie. And on Rose Monday, thousands dress up to watch marching bands, dancers and floats parade with caricatures mocking politicians and other personalities. So be ready to catch confetti, sweets, and toys. Festivities peak on the final day, Shrove Tuesday, when costume balls are held all over Germany. Normality returns on Ash Wednesday when fish is almost certainly dish of the day.
Book your hotel now and stay between 10th and 22nd of February in one of the cities listed below to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of Carnival:
Mainz Cologne Dusseldorf Frankfurt
Berlin Baden-Baden Stuttgart