Traditions & Festivals

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What Germany believes

About two thirds of Germans believe in God. Nevertheless, the two major Christian churches have been losing an increasing number of members over the last decades. Germany guarantees religious freedom – everyone can make their own decision for or against a faith.

Martin Luther, the reformer

Five hundred years after the publication of his Ninety-Five Theses it is time to take a closer look at how Martin Luther and the Reformation still influence German society. Who was Martin Luther? How is Protestantism different from Catholicism? And what effect did the Reformation have on the world?

Germany’s biggest public festivals

There is not only the Oktoberfest! Several thousand public festivals are held in Germany every year – we have compiled the five biggest for you, together with a small 'festival etiquette' manual.