In 2021, a number of German and Berlin public holidays will once again be in such a position that it’s worth planning cleverly – we’ll show you how. Here you can get public holidays and bridge days in Berlin for each month at a glance.
Even though some public holidays fall on the weekend in 2021, it’s still worth cleverly taking bridge days off and planning a trip to Berlin. The more cleverly you plan for public holidays and bridge days, the more holiday you will have.
Holidays & Bridge Days in March: Women’s Day (8 March)
Berlin Cathedral in Springtime © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle
Only since the year before last have Berliners had their new public holiday – International Women’s Day. This year it fortunately falls on a Monday. Perfect for a long weekend in Berlin.
Holidays & Bridge Days in April: Easter (2 – 5 April)
Brandenburg Gate in Spring © gettyimages, Foto: sborisov
Easter is the perfect city break weekend: Friday and Monday are free anyway, and with four more days you can take the week before or after Easter off to plan an extended trip to Berlin.
Public Holidays & Bridge Days in May: Labour Day (1 May) and Ascension Day (13 May) and Whit Sunday (23 May) and Whit Monday (24 May)
Berlin Cathedral in Spring © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle
Unfortunately, Labour Day falls on a Saturday this year. But there are three more public holidays with bridging days in May.
If you take the Friday after Ascension Day off, you even have four full days to spend in Berlin – with only one day off.
Since Whitsun is also always a long weekend, it’s perfect for a city trip to Berlin, because you have three days anyway. Of course, you can extend this as much as you like. Enjoy a nice short holiday in the Berlin spring.
Holidays & Bridge Days in June: Corpus Christi (3 June)
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In Bayern, Baden-Württemberg, Hessen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Rheinland-Pfalz, and Saarland, you have a Corpus Christi holiday that falls on a Thursday. With a bridge day on Friday, you can enjoy a four-day weekend in Berlin.
Public Holidays & Bridge Days in August: Assumption Day (15 August)
Stand Up Paddling on the river Spree © nalani-supsurfing.com
Assumption Day – a public holiday for all Bayern and Saarländer – may fall on a Sunday, so there’s not much in the way of bridge planning in 2021, but there’s still plenty to discover in Berlin!
Public Holidays & Bridge Days in October: German Unity Day (3 October) and Reformation Day (31 October)
Friedrichsbrücke in Berlin Mitte © Getty Images, Photo: Matthias Makarinus
In 2021, unfortunately, no one benefits from German Unity Day, as it falls on a Sunday. Nevertheless, there is plenty to discover in Berlin in October.
In the federal states of Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt and Thüringen, Bremen, Hamburg, Niedersachsen and Schleswig-Holstein, Reformation Day is also a public holiday. Unfortunately, it’s also a Sunday, but no need to fret, because Berlin is beautifully colourful in autumn.
Event tips around October:
October 3: German Unity Day
October: Berlin lights up
Oktober: Festival of Lights
Public Holidays & Bridge Days in November: All Saints’ Day (1 November) and Day of Prayer and Repentance (17 November)
The Berlin Reichstag in autumn © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle
1 November is All Saints’ Day and a public holiday in the German states of Baden-Württemberg, Bayern, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Rheinland-Pfalz and Saarland. This year it falls on a Monday and is therefore ideal for a short trip to Berlin.
As every year, the Saxons have something to look forward to the Day of Prayer and Repentance on 17 November is, as always, a Wednesday, so that with just two days’ holiday you gain a total of five days for Berlin.
Holidays & Bridge Days in December: Christmas (24 – 26 December) and New Year’s Eve (31 December)
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This year, of all years, both Christmas holidays fall on one weekend. Nevertheless, there is a chance of two long December weekends: Although the 24th and 31st of December are not official holidays, many employers still give time off or only require half a day off. This guarantees an unforgettable Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Berlin.