Germany is a festival country and the festival calendar is one of the most important and diverse in the world. Traditional cultural events such as the Bayreuth Festival, where Richard Wagner's operas are celebrated, go back far into past centuries and are an integral part of the German cultural world. From north to south, the mild summer attracts numerous visitors to gardens in castles, manor houses and open-air stages, where guests can enjoy outstanding performances.
At the 69th Bad Hersfeld Festival from 5 June to 31 August you can immerse yourself in the world of acting. You can watch a renowned ensemble of actors breathing new life into the figures of famous masterpieces such as "The Trial".
Also in mild May (24/05 - 23/06), the festival visitors in Bad Kissingen can expect the Kissinger Summer with Julia Lezhneva's touching singing or the rousing orchestral sound of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
A classic of Bavarian literature will be staged in Bamberg from 6 to 27 July at the Calderón Festival with Franz von Kobell's short story "Der Brandner Kaspar und das ewig' Leben" (The Brandner Kaspar and the Eternal Life) about drama, life and death of the Brandner Kaspar.
The famous Bayreuth Festival (25/07 – 28/08) once again stages the impressive operas of Richard Wagner. The participating singers, conductors, directors and stage designers will inspire an international audience and make Bayreuth the cultural centre of artistic debate.
The 42nd Dresden Music Festival will start the month of May with an unforgettable sound: From 16 May to 10 June, top-class soloists and orchestras will thrill audiences at renowned venues such as the Frauenkirche or the Kulturpalast.
From 14 June to 28 August, the musical summer will come to Fulda in Hesse, Germany. As part of the 1275 Years of Fulda anniversary, it will sweep the audience away with musicals with a historical background such as "Pope Joan" in the Fulda Castle Theatre.
A highlight: The Potsdam Sansoussi Music Festival, which takes place in sunny June in the enchanting setting of the Prussian palaces and gardens of Potsdam & Berlin, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as in the historic centre of Potsdam and its surroundings.
The Störtebeker Festspiele are high up in the north: From 22 June to 7 September you can experience one of Europe's largest open-air theatres with over 150 performers, 30 horses, wild riders, 4 ships, spectacular stunts and impressive special effects.
At the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival (06/06/ - 01/09), the violin will for the first time be in the spotlight with concerts by star violinist Janine Jansen. Another focus of the festival, which will again feature musicians of international standing, will be the composer Johann Sebastian Bach.
At the end of the festival season is the Güldene Herbst, the Festival of Early Music in Thuringia, which brings forgotten, sometimes overwhelmingly beautiful music to life in authentic places and where visitors can follow in Goethe's footsteps in Weimar.