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School holidays in Germany 2020/2021 - an overview

September • 4th, 2020
by the Expat in the City Team

financial planning for expat families in Germany

What school holidays does Germany have?

 
There are six different school holidays in Germany: Autumn holiday (Herbstferien), Christmas holiday (Weihnachtsferien), winter holiday (Winterferien), Easter holiday (Osterferien) or sometimes called Frühjahrsferien, Whitsun holiday (Pfingstferien) and summer holiday (Sommerferien).
 
In addition to the holidays there are also bridging days. These are days that fall between a public holiday and usually a Saturday or Sunday. On average children have between 13 and 14 weeks of school holidays in Germany per school year.
 

Length of the school holidays

 
Autumn holiday (Herbstferien) - usually two weeks
Christmas holiday (Weihnachtsferien) - two weeks
Winter holiday (Winterferien) - one to two weeks 
Easter holiday (Osterferien) - between two and three weeks, usually includes Easter
Pentecost holiday (Pfingstferien) - one to two days 
Summer holiday (Sommerferien) -  six to seven weeks
 

When are the school holidays in Germany in school year 2020/2021 

 
The 16 different federal states (Bundesländer) all set their own dates (except for the summer holiday that is coordinated by the federal government). This is something to be aware of when you are booking your next vacation.
 
You will find the exact dates for the school holidays in Germany in this overview:
 

School holidays in Baden-Württemberg 2020-2021

Autumn  / 26-05-20 - 30-05-20
Christmas  /  23-12-20 - 09-01-21
Winter  / n.a.
Easter  /  06-04-21 - 10-04-21
Pentecost  / 25-05-21 - 05-06-21
Summer  / 29-07-21 - 11-09-21

 

School holidays in Bavaria (Bayern) 2020-2021

Autumn  / 31-10-20 - 06-11-20

Christmas  / 23-12-20 - 09-01-21
Winter  / 15-02-21 - 19-02-21
Easter  / 29-02-21 - 10-04-21
Pentecost  / 25-05-21 - 04-06-21
Summer  / 30-07021 - 13-09-21

 

School holidays Berlin 2020-2021

Autumn  / 21-10-20 - 24-10-20
Christmas  / 21-12-20 - 02-01-21 
Winter  / 01-02-21 - 06-02-21 
Easter  / 29-03-21 - 10-04-21
Pentecost  / 14-05-21
Summer  / 24-06-21 - 06-08-21

 

School holidays in Brandenburg 2020-2021

Autumn  / 12-05-20 - 24-10-20
Christmas  / 21-12-20 - 02-01-21
Winter  / 01-02-21 - 06-02-21
Easter  / 29-03-21 - 09-04-21
Pentecost  / n.a.
Summer  / 24-06-21 - 07-08-21 

 

School holidays in Bremen 2020-2021

Autumn   / 12-10-21 - 21-10-20 
Christmas   / 23-12-20 - 08-01-21
Easter  / 27-03-21 - 10-04-21 
Bridging day  / 14-05-21 
Pentecost  / 25-05-21 
Summer  / 22-07-21 - 01-09-21 

 

School holidays in Hamburg 2020-2021

Autumn  / 05-10-20 - 16-10-20 
Christmas  / 21-12-20 - 04-01-21 
Winter  / 29-01-21 
Easter  / 01-03-21 - 12-03-21 
Pentecost  / 10-05-21 - 14-05-21 
Summer  / 24-06-21 - 04-08-21  

 

School holidays in Hessen 2020 - 2021

Autumn  / 05-10-20 - 17-10-20 
Christmas  / 21-12-20 - 09-01-21 
Winter  / n.a.
Easter  / 06-04-21 - 16-04-21 
Pentecost  / n.a.
Summer  / 19-07-21 - 27-08-21 

 

School holidays in Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) 2020-2021

Autumn  / 12-10-20 - 23-10-20
Christmas  / 23-12-20 - 08-01-21 
Winter  / 01-02-21 - 02-02-21 
Easter  / 29-02-21 - 04-04-21 
Bridging day  / 14-05-21 
Pentecost  / 25-05-21 
Summer  / 22-07-21 - 01-09-21 

 

School holidays in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) 2020-2021

Autumn  / 05-10-20 - 10-10-20, 02-11-20 - 03-11-20                
Christmas  / 21-12-20 - 02-01-21  
Winter  / 06-02-21 - 18-02-21 
Easter  / 29-03-21 - 07-04-21 
Bridging day  / 14-05-21  
Pentecost   / 21-05-21 - 25-05-21 
Summer  / 21-06-20 - 31-07-21 

 

School holidays in North-Rhine Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen) 2020-2021

Autumn / 12-10-20 - 24-10-20 
Christmas  / 23-12-20 - 06-01-21 
Winter  / n.a
Easter  / 29-03-21 - 10-04-21  
Pentecost  / 25-05-21  
Summer  / 05-07-21 - 17-08-21 

 

School holidays in Rhineland Palatinate (Rheinland - Pfalz) 2020-2021

Autumn  / 12-10-20 - 24-10-20  
Christmas  / 23-12-20 - 06-01-21 
Winter  / n.a.
Easter / 29-03-21 - 10-04-21
Pentecost  / 25-05-21 - 02-06-21 
Summer  / 19-07-21 - 27-08-21  

 

School holidays in Saarland 2020-2021

Autumn   / 12-10-20 - 24-10-20  
Christmas  / 23-12-20 - 31-12-21  
Winter  / 15-02-21 - 19-02-21 
Easter  / 29-03-21 - 07-04-21 
Pentecost   / 25-05-21 28-05-21 
Summer  / 19-07-21 - 27-08-21 

 

School holidays in Saxony (Sachsen) 2020-2021

Autumn  / 19-10-20 - 31-10-20   
Christmas  / 23-12-21 - 02-01-21
Winter  / 08-02-21 - 20-02-21 
Easter   / 02-04-21 - 10-04-21 
Pentecost  / 14-05-21 
Summer  / 26-07-21 - 03-09-21 

 

School holidays in Saxony-Anhalt (Sachsen-Anhalt) 2020-2021

Autumn   / 19-10-20 - 31-10-20   
Christmas  / 23-12-21 - 05-01-21 
Winter  / 08-02-21 - 13-02-21 
Easter  / 29-03-21 - 03-04-21 
Pentecost  / 10-05-21 - 22-05-21  
Summer  / 22-07-21 - 01-09-21 

 

School holidays in Schleswig-Holstein 2020-2021

Autumn   / 05-10-20 - 17-10-20  
Christmas   / 21-12-21 - 06-01-21  
Winter   /  n.a.
Easter  / 01-04-21 - 16-04-21
Pentecost   / 14-05-21 - 15-05-21 
Summer  / 21-06-21 - 31-07-21 

 

School holidays in Thuringia (Thüringen) 2020-2021

Autumn   / 17-10-20 - 30-10-20 
Christmas   / 23-12-21 - 02-01-21 
Winter   / 08-02-21 - 13-02-21 
Easter  / 29-03-21 - 10-04-21 
Pentecost  / 14-05-21 
Summer  / 26-07-21 - 04-09-21  

 

 

*dates could be changed during the year.  

 

 

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