Insider's Guide: Summer events Germany 2016

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Many of our Inghams resorts are packed full of wonderful events for you to enjoy on your summer holiday. Guaranteed to keep your whole group occupied from morning to evening, there are events and festivals in Germany that are a celebration of tradition, history, music and more.

Folklore Associations Annual Event Berchtesgaden Germany

Folklore Associations' Annual Event, Berchtesgaden, Germany

When: 10th July 2016 

Also known as Trachtenfest, this is an annual festival that takes place in Berchtesgaden which is a celebration of the folklore in this region. 

It is a respected tradition in the Berchtesgaden area of Germany that a week before Christmas, the ‘Christmas Shooters’ bring out their guns and along with church bells ringing across the region, everyone makes a very noisy, festive ruckus! This is seen as a big ‘welcome’ to Christkind (who brings the Christmas season, not Father Christmas), and also a reminder to inhabitants of the area to attend Midnight Mass. 

But why should the ‘Christmas Shooters’ only have their fun at Christmas? This summer festival, hosted by the Folklore Associations’ brings together 17 different Christmas Shooters’ clubs, and 9 folklore associations that are dedicated to the preservation of customs and traditions. 

You can expect to see plenty of lederhosen and traditional costume, plenty of dancing and live music and culture. There is also a grand parade that starts at 10:00am at the Finanzamt, pausing for Mass at the collegiate church, and ends up at the… you’ve probably guessed it, the brewery! 

Inghams recommends: 

If it’s tradition that you’re seeking on your trip to Berchtesgaden, then look no further than the Alpenhotel Kronprinz. A favourite amongst Inghams guests who return year after year to this hotel with true Bavarian hospitality and outstanding views of the iconic Watzmann mountain that towers over Berchtesgaden.

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Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany

When: 17th September- 3rd October 2016 

When one thinks of Germany, they automatically think of the worldwide famous Oktoberfest! The festival of beer and ale has become iconic across the globe, and many people travel well out of their way to have a proper Oktoberfest in Germany

6.2 million visitors ascend on the festival in Germany and a further 6.7 million litres of beer are served in traditional 1 litre steins! At 12 noon on the dot, the mayor of Munich will tap the first barrel and declare ‘Wiesen’- the festival is officially open! 

A 1 litre stein, called a ‘Maß’ of beer costs around the €10.00 mark, and besides the numerous different kinds of ale and beer available throughout the city in huge brewery tents, there is plenty of traditional food being served including the hearty meals of the region like Würstl (sausages), brezn (pretzel), sauerkraut (pickled cabbage), and more! Plenty of sideshow entertainments include theme parks with white-knuckle rides, arcades and plenty of live music. 

There are also designated family days for children who want to join in with the excitement of the festival, taking place on the two Tuesdays in the duration of the festival for this year (2016 dates- September 20th and 27th), which offer reduced prices of admissions and attractions from 12am to 6pm. 

Inghams recommends: 

If you're looking to stay in Germany and access Munich, we've got the Alpenhotel Fischer in Berchtesgaden. Or, if you'd like quicker access to the festival, we recommend staying in Salzburg (just 1hr30 from Munich by train) in the Hotel Neutor.

Bregenzer Festspiele

Bregenzer Festspiele, Lake Constance, Germany

When: 20th July- 21st August 2016

For one whole month, this spectacular opera performance takes place on the glistening waters of Lake Constance. An annual festival, held every year during the summer, the entire city becomes a multicultural hub as people from across the globe travel to see this incredible opera. 

The stage is very literally on the surface of Lake Constance- floating! Whilst this is the main event, the accompanying programme has something for everyone across the city, with other orchestral concerts, operas, and contemporary theatre productions spanning either side of the main event itself. 

Inghams recommends: 

Stay just outside of Lake Constance at the wonderful Ganter Hotel Mohren in Reichenau. This stylish hotel sits on the UNESCO World Heritage Site island of Reichenau. An 8 minutes’ walk away from the bus stop with connections to Constance, this hotel is family run and dates all the way back to 1756. A fabulous, traditional setting steeped in heritage for your trip to the Bregenzer Festspiele. 


Sand Sculptures at the Rorschach Festival, Lake Constance, Germany

When: 1st September- 11th September 2016 

Every year a team of artists and sculptors ascend on Lake Constance at the Rorschach Festival to create some of the most incredible sand sculptures in the world! 

With 250 tonnes of quartz sand to shape and play with, the artists are faced with a different theme each year. The sculpting process takes place during the week and visitors and spectators are all part of the whole competition and event, but you can still view the sculptures until the middle of September. 

Inghams recommends: 

Right in the heart of the action, the Hotel Barbarossa sits in the middle of the Old Town of Lake Constance, on the pedestrianised ‘Obermarkt’. There is an atmospheric terrace outside the hotel in the cobbled square, the perfect location to sit and have a cup of tea during the summer time before heading to the edge of the lake to see the Rorschach Festival sculptures! 

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