Art in Kassel


One of Europe's most important contemporary art exhibitions, dOCUMENTA is held every five years in Kassel (sometimes in collaboration with other cities, such as Athens in 2017), and lasts 100 days. Popping up next i…
Cultural in Brocken & Torfhaus


Witches, warlocks, ghouls, goblins and goths of all sizes, young and old alike, descend upon Goetheweg and ascend the Brocken in the pagan tradition of Hexennacht (Witches' Night) and the Christian celebration of th…
Music in Göttingen

International Händel Festival

Lovers of baroque music, in particular that of adopted Briton George Friedric Händel, flock to Göttingen for this extravaganza, held in mid-May. Running since 1920, it's grown to incorporate a kids' festival and a p…
Performing Arts in Gotha

Ekhof Festival

This popular festival re-animates the private theatre built for the Dukes of Saxe-Gotha in their monumental baroque Schloss Friedenstein. For two months in summer the public gets the chance to test its acoustics dur…
Music in Erfurt

Güldener Herbst

Lovers of obscure old music flock to Erfurt for this autumnal feast, in which forgotten operas, cantatas and other compositions are lovingly resurrected across Erfurt's many sacred and secular venues.
Music in Dessau-Rosslau

Kurt Weill Festival

Although more closely associated with Berlin, and later New York, the composer Kurt Weill was born in Dessau. Every March the city hosts a Kurt Weill Festival, reprising and updating his collaborations with Bertolt …
Music in Erfurt


The summer music festival is held every August in the open air beneath the gothic extravagance of Erfurt Cathedral. Evenings are usually given over to iconic operas such as Carmen or The Magic Flute, but the days pr…
Music in Jena

Kulturarena Jena

This eclectic international music festival – featuring everything from blues to rock, classical and jazz – gets the town rocking through July and August. Tickets can be bought online, over the phone, or from the Jen…
Religious in Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Wittenberger Reformationsfest

This annual festival, which begins on 31 October and runs into November, celebrates and commemorates the start of the Reformation. Christians from around the world flock to town for a changing program of talks, reli…
Religious in Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Wittenberg English Ministry

A changing roster of Lutheran guest preachers, usually from the US, hold free English-language services in Wittenberg’s Schlosskirche or Stadtkirche from May to October.