Berlin Public Holidays / Bank Holidays in Berlin 2021

Berlin Public Holidays - Zionskirche in Berlin MItte

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Date name / occasion
Monday, 08 March 2021 International Women’s Day / Internationaler Frauentag***
Friday, 02 April 2021 Good Friday
Monday, 05 April 2021 Easter Monday
Saturday, 01 May 2021 May Day / Labour Day / 1st of May
Thursday, 13 May 2021 Feast of the Ascension / Father’s Day (Christi Himmelfahrt)
Monday, 24 May 2021 Whit Monday / Pentecost Monday (Pfingstmontag)
Sunday, 03 October 2021 German Unity Day (Tag der Deutschen Einheit)
Wednesday, 17 November 2021 Day of Prayer and Repentance / Buß- und Bettag ****
Sunday, 31 October 2021 Reformation Day *
Friday, 24 December 2021 Christmas Eve **
Saturday, 25 December 2021 1st Christmas Day / Boxing Day
Sunday, 26 December 2021 2nd Christmas Day / Boxing Day
Friday, 31 December 2021 New Year’s Eve **
Saturday, 01 January 2022 New Year’s Day


* only in Brandenburg / Potsdam – but not in Berlin

** only second half of the day is public holiday
*** only in Berlin
**** neither in Berlin nor in Brandenburg


local differences

As you might know already, Germany is a Federal Republic, consisting of 16 more or less independent states: Berlin, Brandenburg, Bavaria etc. – I guess you get the picture. And every state has or can have basically it’s own calendar of Public Holidays / Bank Holidays.

Although most of the dates, especially the Christian holidays are the same, some others may vary, depending on the local laws and regulations of the particular state. While the north and central regions of Germany are mostly Protestant, the south regions are mostly Catholic.

On this page I only list the dates for Public Holidays and Bank Holidays in Berlin. For Brandenburg and other states the dates may be handled differently.


Details

Good Friday

Friday, 02 April 2021
german: “Karfreitag”
The Friday before Easter all shops are closed. Only at airports and in train stations you may find shops that are open – and some kiosks and late shops may be open too. But you better do you your grocery shopping already a couple of days in advance. My personal recommendation at least on Wednesday, latest on Thursday before Easter you should have some food stocked for the weekend. Easter Saturday is however a regular Saturday so you could get buy groceries – theoretically. But my experience is that the Easter Saturday shopping experience is not a good one.

Easter Monday

Monday, 05 April 2021
German: “Ostermontag”
The Monday after Easter also all shops are closed – basically the same situation as on Good Friday. Easter Monday feels like another Sunday.

First of May / International Workers’ Day

Saturday, 01 May 2021
German: “Tag der Arbeit” / “Erster Mai”
All shops are closed, all restaurants and bars open – feels like a regular Sunday*. There are however traditionally various different demonstrations across the city. Walking around some areas in Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain and/or Mitte can be a bit ‘adventurous’ since every now and then there have been clashes / riots.

Feast of the Ascension / Father’s Day

Thursday, 13 May 2021
(approximately 40 days after Easter)
German: Vatertag / Himmelfahrt
Shops are closed, restaurants open – feels like a Sunday.

Pentecost / “Whit Sunday” / Pfingsten

Pfingstsonntag Sunday “Whit Sunday” Sunday, 23 May 2021(approximately 49 days after Easter Sunday)
Pfingstmontag / Monday “Whit Monday” Monday, 24 May 2021
All shops are closed except for some shops at airports, in train stations, some kiosks and late shops. Restaurants are open – feels like another Sunday.

German Unity Day  / Tag der Deutschen Einheit

Sunday, 03 October 2021
On German Unity Day (“Tag der Deutschen Einheit”) basically all shops are closed. Bars, restaurants and café are however open. At airports and in train stations you may find shops that are actually open – and some kiosks and late shops may be open too.

Reformation Day / Reformationstag

Sunday, 31 October 2021
In the Berlin surrounding state Brandenburg the Reformation Day (“Reformationstag”) is actually a Public Holiday – and most if not all shops are closed. In Berlin however Reformation Day is usually not a Public Holiday – but in 2017 on Reformation Day it actually was, because it’s the 500th anniversary of Luther putting up his thesis papers on the door of the Wittenberg Church.

All Saints / Allerheiligen

Monday , 1. November 2021
In Berlin All Saints (“Allerheiligen”) is not a Public Holiday in Berlin. It is however a Public Holiday in five other states: Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria (Bayern), North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen), Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz) and Saarland. So chances are you may find quite a number of German short-trip visitors on All Saints in Berlin.

Day of Prayer and Repentance / Buß- und Bettag

Wednesday, 17 November 2021
The Day of Prayer and Repentance (“Buß- und Bettag”) is not a Public Holiday in Berlin – actually only in Saxony (Sachsen) the Day of Prayer and Repentance is a Public Holiday. In all other German States it’s a regular day – so shops and restaurants etc. are open.

New Year’s Eve / New Year’s Day (Silvester / Neujahrstag)

Friday, 31 December 2021 / Saturday, 01 January 2022
The last day of the year is half a public holiday. Shops are usually open until some time in the afternoon. Check the opening times early, in case you need to buy something on New Year’s Eve. Also don’t expect to be the only one who needs to get some last minute shopping done.  The first day of the year is an off day – Public Holiday – shops are closed. And some restaurants and bars may also be closed – others may be open. But who wants to walk the Berlin streets on New Year’s Day anyways? Well – maybe I should give it a try someday…

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General note on Public Holidays in Germany

These above listed Public Holidays are valid in Berlin. Depending on local laws and regulations other regions and states such as Bavaria and Saxony may have different or even more off-days. You can find a complete list of Public holidays in Germany over here:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_holidays_in_Germany

 


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