Top Choice Music in Bayreuth

Wagner Festival

The Wagner Festival has been a summer fixture in Bayreuth for over 140 years and is generally regarded as the top Wagner event anywhere in the world. The festival lasts for 30 days (from late July to late August), w…
Top Choice Theatre in Oberammergau

Passion Play

A blend of opera, ritual and Hollywood epic, the Passion Play has been performed every year ending in a zero (plus some extra years for a variety of reasons) since the late 17th century as a collective thank you fro…
Top Choice Christmas in Gengenbach

Gengenbach Advent Calendar

Every December, Gengenbach rekindles childhood memories of opening tiny windows when the Rathaus morphs into the world’s biggest Advent calendar. At 6pm daily, one of 24 windows is opened to reveal a festive scene. …
Top Choice Beer in Westend & Theresienwiese


Legendary beer-swilling party running from mid-September to the first Sunday in October. Held on the Theresienwiese.
Top Choice Christmas Market in Altstadt & Residenz


Traditional Christmas market on Marienplatz, one of Germany's best.
Top Choice Beer in Munich


Salvator, Optimator, Unimator, Maximator and Triumphator are not the names of gladiators but potent Doppelbock brews de-kegged only between Shrovetide and Easter. Many of Bavaria's breweries take part.
Top Choice Cultural in Nymphenburg, Neuhausen & Olympiapark

Tollwood Festival

Major world-culture festival with concerts, theatre, circus, readings and other fun events at the Olympiapark.
Carnival in Haslach

Elzach Fasnacht

Trallaho! Wearing hand-carved masks and tricorn hats adorned with snail shells, Schuttige (ghoulish masked characters) dash through Elzach’s streets cracking Saublodere (pig bladders) – dodge them unless you wish fo…
Sports in Tübingen


Students in fancy dress do battle on the Neckar at May's hilarious Stocherkahnrennen punt race, where jostling, dunking and even snapping your rival’s oar are permitted. The first team to reach the Neckarbrücke wins…
Christmas Market in Nuremberg


From late November to Christmas Eve, the Hauptmarkt is taken over by what most regards as Germany's top Christmas market. Yuletide shoppers descend on the ‘Christmas City’ from all over Europe to seek out unique gif…