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School Vacations in Germany

Updated - January 2016

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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2016 School Vacations by State

Baden-Württemberg

Winter
n/a
Ostern/Früjahr
24 March, 29 March - 02 April 1
Himmelfahrt/Pfingsten
17 May - 28 May
Sommer
26 July - 10 September
Herbst
31 October - 04 November 2
Weihnachten
23 December - 07 January

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Bayern (Bavaria)

Winter
08-12 February
Ostern/Früjahr
21 March - 01 April
Himmelfahrt/Pfingsten
17 May - 28 May
Sommer
30 July - 12 September
Herbst
31 October - 04 November, 16 November 3
Weihnachten
24 December - 05 January

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Berlin

Winter
01 - 06 February
Ostern/Früjahr
21 March - 02 April
Himmelfahrt/Pfingsten
6, 17, 18 May 4
Sommer
20/21 July – 02 September
Herbst
17 - 28 October
Weihnachten
23 December - 03 January

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Brandenburg

Winter
01 – 06 February
Ostern/Früjahr
23 March - 02 April
Himmelfahrt/Pfingsten
6, 17 May 5
Sommer
21 July – 03 September
Herbst
17 - 28 October
Weihnachten
23 December - 03 January

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Bremen

Winter
28-29 January
Ostern/Früjahr
1 March - 02 April
Himmelfahrt/Pfingsten
06 & 17 May 6
Sommer
23 June – 03 ugust
Herbst
04 - 15 October
Weihnachten
21 December - 06 January

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Hamburg

Winter
29 January
Ostern/Früjahr
07 - 18 March
Himmelfahrt/Pfingsten
6, 17 - 20 May
Sommer
21 July – 31 August
Herbst
17 -28 October
Weihnachten
27 December – 06 January

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Hessen (Hesse)

Winter
n/a
Ostern/Früjahr
29 March - 09 April
Himmelfahrt/Pfingsten
n/a
Sommer
18 July – 26 August
Herbst
17 - 29 October
Weihnachten
22 December - 07 January

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Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Mecklenburg-Vorpommerania)

Winter
01 – 13 February
Ostern/Früjahr
21 March - 30 March
Himmelfahrt/Pfingsten
14 - 17 May
Sommer
25 July – 03 September
Herbst
24 - 28 October
Weihnachten
22 December - 02 January

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Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony)

Winter
28-29 January
Ostern/Früjahr
18 March - 02 April
Himmelfahrt/Pfingsten
6, 17 May
Sommer
23 June - 03 August 7
Herbst
05 - 15 October
Weihnachten
21 December - 06 January

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Nordrhein-Westfalen (North Rhine-Westphalia)

Winter
n/a
Ostern/Früjahr
21 March - 02 April
Himmelfahrt/Pfingsten
17 May
Sommer
11 July - 23 August
Herbst
10 - 21 October
Weihnachten
23 December - 06 January

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Rheinland-Pfalz (Rhineland-Palatinate)

Winter
n/a
Ostern/Früjahr
18 March - 01 April
Himmelfahrt/Pfingsten
n/a
Sommer
18 July – 26 August
Herbst
10 - 21 October
Weihnachten
22 December - 06 January

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Saarland

Winter
08 - 13 February
Ostern/Früjahr
29 March - 09 April
Himmelfahrt/Pfingsten
n/a
Sommer
18 July – 27 August
Herbst
10 - 22 October
Weihnachten
19 - 31 December

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Sachsen (Saxony)

Winter
08 - 20 February
Ostern/Früjahr
25 March - 02 April
Himmelfahrt/Pfingsten
6 May
Sommer
27 June - 05 August
Herbst
03 - 15 October
Weihnachten
21 December - 02 January

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Sachsen-Anhalt (Saxony-Anhalt)

Winter
01 - 10 February
Ostern/Früjahr
24 March
Himmelfahrt/Pfingsten
06 - 14 May
Sommer
27 June– 10 August
Herbst
05 - 15 October
Weihnachten
19 December - 02 January

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Schleswig-Holstein

Winter
n/a
Ostern/Früjahr
24 March - 09 April
Himmelfahrt/Pfingsten
06 May
Sommer
25 July - 03 September 8
Herbst
17 - 29 October
Weihnachten
23 December - 06 January

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Thüringen

Winter
01 - 06 February
Ostern/Früjahr
24 March - 02 April
Himmelfahrt/Pfingsten
6 May
Sommer
27 June – 10 August
Herbst
10 – 22 October
Weihnachten
21 -31 December

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  1. 24 March - Green Thursday - no school (Baden-Württemberg)
  2. 31 October - Reformationstag - no school (Baden-Württemberg)
  3. 16 November Bus-und-Bettag - no school for students (Bavaria)
  4. 6 May - extra vacation day (Berlin)
  5. 6 & 17 May are extra vacation days (Brandenburg)
  6. 6 May is an extra vacation day (Bremen)
  7. Lower Saxony - North Sea islands have different schedules
  8. On Islands Sylt, Föhr, Helgoland, Amrum and Hallingen, summer vacations end 1 week earlier, and fall vacations begin one week earlier