Masks, costumes, parades, muzak and lots of beer: early Spring marks the start of the festive season of Carnival. Typically associated with Catholicism, Carnival is not widely celebrated in the traditionally Lutheran regions of Northern Germany. For the real thing, you'll have to travel a few hours south to cities like Cologne and Düsseldorf. Fortunately, Hamburg locals enjoy letting their hair down (and rocking colourful wigs) almost as much as their southern cousins. So get into your craziest costume and dance the night away at these carnivalesque parties!
|8 & 9 Feb, 2020|
from 11:00 a.m. resp. 3:00 p.m.
(Venetian Masked Ball)
|Street carnival and parade by the Alster lake.|
Main locations: Alsterarkaden, Colonnaden and Jungfernstieg.
|22 Feb 2020 |
from 8:00 p.m.
|"Küss Mich" Faschingsfestival||Cologne-style Carnival party with optional dinner.|
|28 & 29 Feb 2020|
from 8:30 p.m.
|LiLaBe 2020||Hamburg's longest-running and largest Carnival party: four dancefloors, live music and surprise acts.|
Location: Messe Hamburg Schnelsen.