Editor's picks: August events in Germany

by Karen Bradbury
Stripes Europe

Stuttgart Summer Fest
Aug. 1-4 in Stuttgart

Culinary excellence, fine drinks and 100 hours of live music are served up in the refined atmosphere of the illuminated castle gardens.

Magical St. Wendel
Aug. 2-4 in St. Wendel

Sixteen international street magicians dazzle with imaginative acts and sleight-of-hand. On Sunday, the medieval town is a family fun zone.

Tucher Blues & Jazz Festival
Aug. 2-11 in Bamberg

The spirit of New Orleans drifts through the air as top local and international blues and jazz musicians give free open-air performances.

Slaying of the Dragon
Aug. 2-18 in Furth im Wald

Germany’s oldest traditional folk spectacle portrays the slaying of a fierce dragon which threatened the town in the Middle Ages.

Rheingau Wine Festival
Aug. 8-19 in Wiesbaden

Top-class regional wines, culinary specialties and live music transform Wiesbaden’s city center into a chic and cheerful party mile.

Magic Lights in Blooming Baroque
Aug. 17 in Ludwigsburg

Delightful palace gardens are enlivened with shows by day and as darkness falls, tens of thousands of candles and lanterns are set alight. 

Middle Ages Spectaculum
Aug. 24-25 in Speyer

Brave knights, damsels, craftsmen, jesters, musicians and other characters from times medieval set up camp in the shadow of the cathedral.

Flower Parade
Aug. 25 in Bad Ems

Known as Germany’s largest flower parade, a colorful vision of wagons decorated with 1.5 million dahlias, animates the streets of a charming spa town.

Plan ahead

Imperial City Festival
Sept. 6-8 in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Perfectly-preserved Rothenburg brings the ups and downs of its tumultuous history back to life in living color through this festival made up of costumed reenactors, invading troops and thundering cannons. Program highlights include torchlit processions and fireworks high above the Tauber Valley.

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