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There are 10 public holidays on the books for Berliners in 2024 and thankfully, none of them occurs on a weekend and we have more days available to us than in past years.

We recommend using this list of public holidays to book some cheeky long weekend getaways or even, a nice “staycation” at home in Berlin, or some amazing day trips from Berlin.

Date Holiday
January 1, 2024 (Monday) New Year’s Day
March 8, 2024 (Friday)  ✅ International Women’s Day
March 29, 2024 (Friday) Good Friday
April 1, 2024 (Monday) Easter Monday
May 1, 2024 (Wednesday) Labour Day (May Day)
May 9, 2024 (Thursday) Ascension Day
May 20, 2024 (Monday) Whit Monday
October 3, 2024 (Thursday)   Day of German Unity
December 25, 2024 (Wednesday) Christmas Day
December 26, 2024 (Thursday) Second Day of Christmas

You can expect on most holidays that all shops and supermarkets are closed. There’s no need to fret, as you can still find supermarkets and shops like Rossman and DM open. Read our Sunday shopping in Berlin guide for more details.

If you’re curious to learn more about a specific holiday, check out the links in the table above. It’s also important to note that holidays vary across different German states.

That’s a wrap on the public holidays in Berlin for 2024. We hope you enjoy all of them to the fullest! 


Cheryl Howard, Founder @ The Berlin Life

Cheryl Howard, Founder @ The Berlin Life

Hi, I’m Cheryl. My mission is to help you move to Berlin and find work.

A Canadian in Berlin for 10+ years, I have the unique experience of moving to Berlin – not once, but twice. During my time in Berlin, I’ve had five different visas and worked as both a freelancer and a permanent employee for numerous Berlin companies. I even managed to find a new job during the pandemic and again in 2023, during Germany’s recession and massive layoffs in tech. 

My day job has involved work as a hiring manager, overseeing the recruitment of countless people, as well as a team coach helping teams and individuals work better and find happiness in their careers. Through my side projects, I’ve also shared my personal experiences by publishing a series of helpful blog posts, creating a thriving community of job seekers, and hosting events to help people find work in Berlin. In 2021, I decided to put my coaching and recruiting talents to use by creating The Berlin Life, bringing my existing content and community together in one spot.

The combination of my personal and professional experience means I know exactly what it takes to move to Berlin and find work.