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A sound spectrum from opera to festivals

Germany‘s cultural life pulsates with a variety of musical activities ranging from traditional folk to renowned music festivals of other genres. From classical music in world-famous opera houses to dynamic electronic beats at hip clubs, Germany offers a rich and diverse musical landscape that satisfies every taste and mood. 

Opera: timeless artistry 

Almost nowhere else you can find as many operas as in Germany. With over 80 stages, around a third of all opera shows worldwide occur in Germany. Not only are the performances amazing, but the architecture of the buildings is also often spectacular, such as the Bavarian state opera, which opened in 1657. The opera in Bayreuth, the Semperoper in Dresden, and the Stuttgart Opera also offer perfect opportunities for a spectacular evening. Germany is also the source of many famous composers. As the birthplace of Beethoven, Bonn shares the joy of classical music and honors its world-famous son during the Beethoven Festival, held every September and October, with a series of concerts. You can also visit the renovated Beethoven House, where young Ludwig spent the first five years of his life.

Admire performance artistry at the Margravial Opera House, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Bayreuth.
Admire performance artistry at the Margravial Opera House, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Bayreuth. ©DZT/Julia Nimke

Clubbing, dancing, a night out… 

If you want to go dancing in Germany, there’s more than one option! From the pulsating beats of techno to serene indie music, Berlin’s festival scene never disappoints. The Carnival of Cultures, a vibrant multicultural street festival, offers four days of festivities featuring diverse music genres, culinary delights, and creative activities for people of all ages and backgrounds. In Hamburg, the Reeperbahn stands out as a nightlife hotspot, offering loads of discos, bars, and clubs, alongside cultural attractions like musical theatre. What’s more, Düsseldorf’s Old Town, with more than 300 pubs, discos, restaurants and breweries, is so famous that the German phrase Längste Theke der Welt (longest bar in the world) came into existence — and was even mentioned in a song by a local punk band. 

Dance in the streets — maybe with a friendly stranger! — in Berlin, during the Carnival of Cultures celebration.
Dance in the streets — maybe with a friendly stranger! — in Berlin, during the Carnival of Cultures celebration. ©Karneval der Kulturen/Frank Löhmer

Folk festivals 

Folk music as an expression of cultural identity and tradition is fascinating for its diversity of regional styles and deeply rooted stories. Folk Festivals highlighting folk music have a long tradition in Germany. The Kieler Woche, the Düsseldorf Rheinkirmes and the world-famous Munich Oktoberfest are just examples. Plenty of exciting rides, including a virtual reality roller coaster, fun houses and other attractions from all over Germany are yours to enjoy at the Nuremberg Folk Festival. Hamburg stands out with a variety of events such as Elbjazz, a music festival at the Port of Hamburg harbor. The Hamburg DOM, a centuries-old tradition, offers thrills and delights three times a year on the Heiligengeistfeld. Every May, when Hamburg celebrates its Port Birthday festival, there are lively celebrations from the opening service in St. Michael’s Church to the harbor mile and dazzling sea of lights, making it an unforgettable experience for everyone.

Check out the great music at the lbjazz music festival in the port of Hamburg
Check out the great music at the lbjazz music festival in the port of Hamburg. ©Hamburg Tourismus GmbH/Jörg Modrow

 

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