How many holidays are there

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In our large overview of the holidays 2021 you will find dates for nationwide as well as for individual public holidays that are only celebrated in some federal states. But that's not all: Make clever use of the holidays with our suggestions for bridge days to get more out of your vacation days. In this way you create more free time for yourself and your family.

Overview public holidays 2021

holidaydateweekdayfederal state
New Year01.01.2021Fridayall federal states
Holy Three Kings06.01.2021WednesdayBaden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Saxony-Anhalt
International Women's Day08.03.2021MondayBerlin
Good Friday02.04.2021Fridayall federal states
Easter Sunday04.04.2021Sundayall federal states
Easter Monday05.04.2021Mondayall federal states
Labor Day01.05.2021Saturdayall federal states
Ascension of Christ13.05.2021Thursdayall federal states
Pentecost Sunday23.05.2021SundayBrandenburg
Whit Monday24.05.2021Mondayall federal states
Corpus Christi03.06.2021ThursdayBaden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland
Augsburg High Peace Festival08.08.2021Sundayaugsburg
Assumption Day15.08.2021SaturdayBavaria, Saarland
World Children's Day20.09.2021MondayThuringia
Day of German unity03.10.2021Sundayall federal states
Reformation day31.10.2021SundayBrandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein, Thuringia
All Saints' Day01.11.2021MondayBaden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland
Day of Prayer and Repentance17.11.2021WednesdayBavaria (no lessons), Saxony
1st Christmas Holiday25.12.2021Saturdayall federal states
2nd Christmas Day26.12.2021Sundayall federal states

Bridging days 2021: How to save vacation days!

Bridging New Year

New Year falls on a Friday on January 1st, 2021. If you still used 4 vacation days in the old year, you can look forward to 11 days off in a row.

Possible periods:

December 24, 2020– January 3, 2021 (11 days off - 4 days off)

Bridging days of the Three Wise Men

The public holiday falls on a Wednesday on January 6th, 2021. If you live in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria or Saxony-Anhalt, you can use 2 vacation days and look forward to 5 days off in a row.

Possible periods:

06.01.2021–10.01.2021 (5 days off - 2 days off)

01.01.2021–10.01.2021 (10 days off - 4 days off)

Bridging days International Women's Day

Berliners can look forward to it: The International Women's Day takes place annually on March 8th. celebrated and gives you an extra day off if you live in the capital. This year International Women's Day falls on a Monday, so this year there is the chance for a long weekend without having to spend a day of vacation.

Easter long weekends

Easter starts on Good Friday, April 2nd, 2021. This results in a long weekend. If you request leave for the 4 days before Good Friday, you can look forward to 10 days off (March 27 - April 5, 2021), because the following Monday is also a public holiday (Easter Monday). Alternatively, you can also use the 4 vacation days after Easter Monday and thus also enjoy 10 free days (02.04. – 11.04.2021). If you are planning a long holiday over Easter, you can combine both options and claim a total of 16 free days with just 8 days of holiday.

Possible periods:

27.03. – 05.04.2021 (10 days off - 4 days off)

02.04. – 11.04.2021 (10 days off - 4 days off)

27.03. – 11.04.2021 (16 days off - 8 days off)

Bridge days Labor Day

Labor Day is a national public holiday that is celebrated annually on May 1st. In 2021 the public holiday falls on a Saturday, so unfortunately there is no long weekend for you and your child.

Bridging days of Ascension Day

The holiday of Ascension Day falls on Thursday, May 13th, 2021. Use an additional day of vacation to also have a day off on Friday and get 4 days off in a row. If you would like to take a longer vacation, you should plan an additional 3 vacation days before Ascension Day: This gives you 9 days off.

Possible periods:

13.05. – 16.05.2021 (4 days off - 1 day of vacation)

May 8 - May 16, 2021 (9 days off - 4 days off)

Bridging days Pentecost

The holiday of Whit Monday on May 24, 2021 results in a long weekend even without additional vacation days. You can use 4 bridging days following Whit Monday to convert a long weekend into a total of 9 free days.

Possible periods:

May 22 - May 30, 2021 (9 days off - 4 days off)

May 13 - May 30, 2021 (21 days off - 10 days off)

Bridging days Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi is an official holiday in the federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland. This year it falls on Thursday, June 3rd, 2021. A long, 4-day weekend can be planned with just one additional day of vacation. If you want to get more out of Corpus Christi, you can win a total of 9 free days with an additional 3 days of vacation before the holiday.

Possible periods:

03.06. – 06.06.2021 (4 free days - 1 vacation day)

May 29 - June 6, 2021 (9 days off - 4 days off)

Augsburg High Peace Festival

Augsburg is the city with the most public holidays. On August 8th, 2021 the people of Augsburg will celebrate - as every year - the Augsburg High Peace Festival. This year the date falls on a Sunday, so there is no chance of a cheap vacation.

Assumption Day

On August 15, 2021, Sunday will be a public holiday in Bavaria and Saarland: Assumption of the Virgin will be celebrated. But be careful: This holiday is only celebrated in Bavarian communities with a predominantly Catholic population. This year the public holiday falls on a Sunday, so unfortunately you do not have a good opportunity for a cheap holiday.

Bridging days World Children's Day

In Thuringia, World Children's Day falls on a Monday this year. September 20, 2021 offers the chance for a long weekend for all Thuringians without the use of vacation days.

Bridge days German Unity Day

German Unity Day falls on Sunday, October 3rd in 2021. Therefore, this year there is unfortunately no additional day off due to the national holiday.

Bridging days Reformation Day

Reformation Day is not a national holiday. It is only celebrated with a day off in Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia, Bremen, Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony and Hamburg. The public holiday falls on Sunday, October 31 in 2021. It is therefore not really suitable as a bridging day this year.

All Saints' Day bridging days

November 1st, 2021 is a public holiday in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland. Since it falls on Monday this year, these federal states receive a free extended weekend without the use of additional vacation days.

Bridging days of penance and prayer

The Day of Repentance and Prayer is a public holiday in Saxony. It falls on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 in 2021. If you live in Saxony, you can combine the public holiday with two weekends with the help of a few vacation days: If you apply for vacation for the two working days before and after the public holiday, you will receive 9 days off in a row using 4 vacation days.

Possible periods:

11/13 - 11/21/2021 (9 days off - 4 days off)

Long Christmas holidays

At the end of the year you can win additional vacation with a few cleverly arranged vacation days. The Christmas holidays in 2021 are unfortunately completely on the weekend. Use the additional (half) vacation day to also have the Friday as Christmas Eve, December 24th, 2021, before the public holidays. 4 or four and a half more vacation days after the holidays close the gap until December 31, 2021. So with 5 days of vacation you can enjoy 9 days off!

Possible periods:

December 24th - January 2nd, 2022 (9 days off - 4/5 days of vacation)

Complete your vacation planning for 2021 and for the years to come: We have them all for you Vacation dates of the federal states compiled.