Day Trips Karl May Festival

In summer, Bad Segeberg celebrates Karl May's Wild West in an open air extravaganza with an amazing backdrop of cliffs and caves!​​​​​​​


Karl May Festival

Open Air Theatre

Held every year in the town of Bad Segeberg, the Karl May Fest celebrates the works of author Karl May’s adventure stories.
Taking place in an open-air theatre, the Karl May Fest in Bad Segeberg is one of the leading festivals celebrating the author's imaginative Wild West stories. Featuring well-known actors in prominent roles, the Karl May Fest has grown in popularity, with thousands of visitors flocking to see the plays each year. After a mere one hour's drive form Hamburg, you'll be sure to enjoy a short holiday in the Wild West. Your kids will love every second of it.  

Adventure Stories

First staged in 1952, the Karl May Fest puts on a different play every year. The plays are adventure stories, set in the Wild West  this year’s story is ‘Unter Geiern’, an action-packed story of a young gunslinger and an Apache chief working together to ward off a gang of corrupted Sioux. 

Explore Bad Segeberg

When the play is over, visitors can also explore the ‘Indian Village’ next to the open-air theatre, allowing them to dive right into the Wild West  it can even be hired out for your own event! In the nearby ‘Nebraska House’, there is an exhibition named ‘The World of the Indians’, displaying many Wild West treasures, from rawhide items to beaded moccasins.
For those wishing to explore the city a bit more, the Karl-May-City-Express train will take guests on a ride to the spa town of Bad Segeberg, where they can explore all the exciting and relaxing opportunities it has to offer.


29 Jun - 8 Sep, 2019


23795 Bad Segeberg

Tickets and Information: 

01805/ 952111

See this link for more in-depth information (German only).

Karl May Festival