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School Vacations in Germany

Updated - January 2017

German schools' vacation dates are determined at the state level. The individual German states are responsible for their education systems.

The vacation days will usually differ from state to state. There may be some overlap. Different beginning and ending days ensure that the German highways, rail system and airports are not overwhelmed with vacationing families at the same time.

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2017 School Vacations by State

Baden-Württemberg

Winter
n/a
Ostern/Früjahr
10 - 21 April
Himmelfahrt/Pfingsten
06 – 16 June
Sommer
27 July - 09 September
Herbst
30 October - 03 November
Weihnachten
22 December - 05 January

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Bayern (Bavaria)

Winter
27 February – 03 March
Ostern/Früjahr
21 March - 01 April
Himmelfahrt/Pfingsten
06 – 16 June
Sommer
27 July - 09 September
Herbst
30 October - 03 November
22 November1
Weihnachten
22 December - 05 January

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Berlin

Winter
30 January - 04 February
Ostern/Früjahr
01 - 18 April
Himmelfahrt/Pfingsten
24 May, 26 May
06 – 09 -June
Sommer
20 July – 01 September
Herbst
02 October3
17 - 28 October
Weihnachten
21 December - 02 January

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Brandenburg

Winter
30 January – 04 February
Ostern/Früjahr
10 - 22 April4
Himmelfahrt/Pfingsten
26 May5
Sommer
20 July – 01 September
Herbst
02 October3
23 October – 04 November
Weihnachten
21 December - 02 January

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Bremen

Winter
30 - 31 January
Ostern/Früjahr
10 - 22 April
Himmelfahrt/Pfingsten
26 May & 06 June6 & 17 May6
Sommer
22 June – 02 August
Herbst
02 - 12 October
30 October
Weihnachten
22 December - 06 January

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Hamburg

Winter
30 January
Ostern/Früjahr
06 - 17 March
Himmelfahrt/Pfingsten
22 - 26 May
Sommer
20 July – 30 August
Herbst
02 October3
17 -28 October
Weihnachten
22 December – 05 January

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Hessen (Hesse)

Winter
n/a
Ostern/Früjahr
03 - 15 April
Himmelfahrt/Pfingsten
n/a
Sommer
03 July – 11 August
Herbst
09 - 21 October
Weihnachten
24 December - 13 January

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Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Mecklenburg-Vorpommerania)

Winter
06 – 18 February
Ostern/Früjahr
10 – 19 April
Himmelfahrt/Pfingsten
02 – 06 June
Sommer
24 July – 02 September
Herbst
02 October3
23 - 30 October
Weihnachten
22 December - 05 January

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Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)

Winter
30 - 31 January
Ostern/Früjahr
10 - 22 April
Himmelfahrt/Pfingsten
25 May & 06 June
Sommer
22 June - 07 August7
Herbst
02 – 13 & 30 October
Weihnachten
22 December - 05 January

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Nordrhein-Westfalen (North Rhine-Westphalia)

Winter
n/a
Ostern/Früjahr
10 - 22 April
Himmelfahrt/Pfingsten
06 June
Sommer
17 July - 29 August
Herbst
23 October – 04 November
Weihnachten
27 December - 06 January

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Rheinland-Pfalz (Rhineland-Palatinate)

Winter
n/a
Ostern/Früjahr
10 - 21 April
Himmelfahrt/Pfingsten
n/a
Sommer
03 July – 11 August
Herbst
02 - 13 October
Weihnachten
22 December - 09 January

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Saarland

Winter
27 February – 02 March
Ostern/Früjahr
10 - 22 April
Himmelfahrt/Pfingsten
n/a
Sommer
03 July – 14 August
Herbst
02 - 14 October
Weihnachten
21 December – 05 January

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Sachsen (Saxony)

Winter
12 - 24 February
Ostern/Früjahr
13 - 22 April
Himmelfahrt/Pfingsten
26 May
Sommer
26 June - 04 August
Herbst
02 – 13 & 30 October
Weihnachten
23 December - 02 January

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Sachsen-Anhalt (Saxony-Anhalt)

Winter
04 - 11 February
Ostern/Früjahr
10 – 13 April
Himmelfahrt/Pfingsten
26 May
Sommer
26 June– 09 August
Herbst
02 – 13 & 30 October
Weihnachten
21 December - 03 January

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Schleswig-Holstein

Winter
n/a
Ostern/Früjahr
07 - 21 April
Himmelfahrt/Pfingsten
26 May
Sommer
24 July - 07 September8
Herbst
16 - 27 October
Weihnachten
21 December - 06 January

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Thüringen

Winter
06 - 11 February
Ostern/Früjahr
10 - 21 April
Himmelfahrt/Pfingsten
26 May
Sommer
26 June – 09 August
Herbst
02 - 14 October
Weihnachten
22 December – 05 January

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  1. 22 November Bus-und-Bettag - no school for students (Bavaria)
  2. 24 & 26 May - extra vacation days (Berlin)
  3. 2 October – a bridge day
  4. 10 & 11 April are extra vacation days (Brandenburg)
  5. 26 May is an extra vacation day in Brandenburg
  6. 26 May is an extra vacation day in Bremen
  7. Lower Saxony - North Sea islands have different schedules
  8. 8. On Islands Sylt, Föhr, Helgoland, Amrum and Hallingen, summer vacations end 1 week earlier, and fall vacations begin one week earlier