By Mrs. B
Germany has so many festivals that happen during the fall, and there are so many fun ones to go check out! There really is a festival for everyone here! Some include medieval festivals, pumpkin festivals, wine festivals, sausage festivals, culinary walks, and more! There has got to be one that you will find interesting and want to check out! Don’t worry if you miss one this year– it’ll be back next year, just check the dates as they normally move by a few days.
Below you’ll find some upcoming fall festivals that are close to military bases here in Germany. Please note: many of the websites are in German only so use Google Chrome and it will translate the page for you. It will include the festival, website, dates, and approx. driving time from the bases.
Some really fun festivals to visit in Germany are the medieval festivals! At these you can be transported back in time and even get in on the action by dressing up in period clothing. Some festivals will offer you a discount (like Manderschied) if you arrive dressed up! You’ll get to see period crafters set up and showing off their skills from iron working to knitting and many in between. There is also lots of food to try while you listen to period music. The jousting shows are a great experience as well as you get to see them in full garb and how the jousting was done. You will also see jugglers, fire eaters, stilt walkers and more! Here are a few to keep in mind:
Historical Burgenfest in Manderschied, Germany
- Medieval festival with food, tumblers, jousting, fire eaters, and much more! Website has more details.
- Approximately 27 minutes from Spangdahlem, 1 hour 23 mins from Ramstein, 3 hours from Stuttgart.
Imperial Festival in Rothenburg, Germany
- See the history of the city brought alive with music, dance, food and more! Info can be found on website
- Approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes from Spangdahlem, 2 hours 36 mins from Ramstein, 1.5 hours from Stuttgart.
Markt Ebernburg in Bad Münster am Stein-Ebernburg , Germany
- This medieval market offers over 110 stalls, jousting, actors, stunt riders, horses, and more! See website for more info, there are fees to get it but it looks like the family tickets are reasonable.
- Approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes from Spangdahlem, 1 hour from Ramstein, 2 hours and 7 mins from Stuttgart.
Pumpkin festivals are a fun fall favorite and Germany has several to offer! One of my absolute favorites is the Hitscherhof Farm Festival which is really a pumpkin festival and is not to be missed! You can pick out pumpkins to buy, shop all the amazing vendors and of course the food is not to be missed! The pumpkin soup will have you coming back year after year and you can even try pumpkin wine! There are several pumpkin festivals to check out:
Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival in Ludwigsburg, Germany
- World’s largest pumpkin festival with more than 400,000 pumpkins! Events on several weekends include pumpkin boat race, carving, and more. You can see schedules on the website.
- Approximately 3 hours 11 mins from Spangdahlem, 2 hours from Ramstein, 21 mins from Stuttgart.
Hitscherhof Farm festival in Hitscherhof, Germany
- Pumpkins, Farmer’s & Craft Market, and maze. You can also try pumpkin soup & pumpkin bratwurst! More info on website
- Approximately 1 hour and 31 minutes from Spangdahlem, 30 mins from Ramstein, 1 hour 50 mins from Stuttgart.
Germany is also known for it’s many wine festivals, where you can sample many of the delicious local wines. You’ll also find vendors, food, music, and sometimes even parades. Some wine festivals to put on your list:
Backfischfest in Worms, Germany
- Wine and folk festival with fish, fireworks, fair and more! More info on website
- Approximately 2 hours from Spangdahlem, 55 mins from Ramstein, 1.5 hours from Stuttgart.
Rheingau Wine Festival in Frankfurt, Germany
- Over 600 wines to try, food and vendors as well; more info on website
- Approximately 2 hours and 13 minutes from Spangdahlem,1.5 hours from Ramstein, 2 hours from Stuttgart.
Wine Festival of the Middle Moselle in Bernkastle-Kues, Germany
- Wine festival, food, coronation of the Wine Queen on Friday, and fireworks on Saturday, parade on Sunday.
- Website has info, including download its in German, but gives you the dates & a general idea of happenings.
- Approximately 31 mins from Spangdahelm, 1 hour 13 mins from Ramstein, 2 hours 45 mins from Stuttgart.
Herbstmarkt in Landau, Germany
- Folk festival with wine villages, carnival rides, food, fireworks, and flea markets. More info on website
- Approximately 2 hours from Spangdahlem, 1 hour 9 mins from Ramstein, 1 hour 12 mins from Stuttgart.
Wine Street Party in Brauneberg, Germany
- Wines, spirits, food, music, and fun can be found along this longest street in the village Website has program but its in German.
- Approximately 30 minutes from Spangdahlem, 1 hour 15 mins from Ramstein, 2 hours 45 mins from Stuttgart.
Culinary Wine Walk in Freinsheim, Germany
- Take a 6K walk through wine country stopping at 20 different stations along the way to sample food & drink. More info on website
- Approximately 1 hour and 48 mins from Spangdahlem, 45 mins from Ramstein, 1.5 hours from Stuttgart.
Another thing Germans like to do is to have festivals to celebrate a food, which is always a great idea to have a festival based on food! It’s a great way to learn about the local food they are honoring and try it prepared in many ways. These are a fun way to experience the local culture too! Check out these festivals that celebrate a food:
Boppard Onion Festival in Boppard, Germany
- Started originally in the medieval ages this annual onion festival offers an interesting market and experience, more info on website
- Approximately 1 hour 20 mins from Spangdahlem, 1 hour 45 mins from Ramstein, 2.5 hours from Stuttgart.
Dürkheim’s Wurstmarkt in Bad Dürkheim, Germany
- Largest sausage festival! Food, rides, parades, fireworks, music, and more! Info on website
- Approximately 1 hour and 55 mins from Spangdahlem, 50 mins from Ramstein, 1.5 hours from Stuttgart.
Apple Festival in Mainz, Germany
- Pick your own apples, pony rides, food and more! Schedule on website
- Approximately 1 hour and 44 mins from Spangdahlem, 1 hour from Ramstein, 2 hours from Stuttgart.
Veiner Nëssmoort in Vianden, Luxembourg
- Walnut market in the heart of Vianden, try some great treats and drinks made from walnuts, more info on website
- Approximately 45 mins from Spangdahlem, 2 hours from Ramstein, 3.5 hours from Stuttgart.