GNTO announces calendar of major events for 2018


The German National Tourist Office has released a calendar of upcoming events for next year. They are as follows:

Bayreuth, 12th April 2018, Re-opening of Margravial Opera House

The Margravial Opera House was classed by UN cultural body UNESCO as world heritage in June 2012. The Baroque theatre, built between 1745 and 1750, is the only entirely preserved example of its type where an audience of 500 can experience court opera culture and acoustics authentically, as its auditorium retains its original wood and canvas.

Chemnitz, 2018, 875th Anniversary of Foundation of Chemnitz

The City of Chemnitz celebrates its 875th anniversary of founding the city and the 200th
Birthday of Karl Marx.

Dresden, 5th May 2018 – 6th January 2019, exhibition “The Germans and their cars”

This exhibition will look into the country’s special relationship with cars. Dresden Transport Museum’s “A Love-Need-Hate Relationship. The Germans and their Cars” exhibition sheds light on why the car holds such a distinctive place in German society. It is not only the most important mode of transport but stands for freedom, status and power.

Leipzig, February – March 2018, 275th anniversary of Gewandhaus Orchestra

In 2018, the Gewandhaus Orchestra will be celebrating its 275th anniversary and will be holding four weeks of concerts to mark the inauguration, with a festival concert on 11 March 2018. World-famous birthday guests such as Daniel Barenboim with the Vienna Philharmonic and the pianist Lang Lang will join the celebration.

Magdeburg, 2018, 25th anniversary of the “Romanesque Road”

Discover the history of the Ottonians and the pioneering architecture of the Bauhaus in
Sachsen-Anhalt. The “Romanesque Road”, the most popular holiday road in the state, celebrates its 25th birthday in 2018. The mysterious flair of the Middle Ages is evident in 86 buildings and a new museum  “Otonianum” will open in Magdeburg.

Rhineland-Palatinate, 1st May – 21st October 2018, 200th anniversary of Karl Marx

2018 sees the 200th anniversary of the death of Karl Marx, one of the most controversial philosophers of the 19th century, and a state exhibition will be held in Trier, the city of his birth. There will be two exhibitions in two different museums, highlighting different aspects of his life: one at the Rheinisches Landesmuseum Trier, “Life. Works. Time.” and one at the City Museum Simeonstift, “Stations of a Life”.

Speyer, 12th November 2017 – 3rd June 2018, Discover Robin Hood and Richard the Lionheart

Until 3 June 2018, a new exhibition will bring the world of Robin Hood to life using activity stations and realistic scenery. Original artefacts will provide insights into medieval life. There’s also a special exhibition ‘Richard the Lionheart: King, Knight, Captive’, which runs at the Historical Museum from now until mid-April 2018.


Würzburg, 12th April – 7th October 2018, State Horticultural Show

The Würzburg State Horticultural Show will feature numerous themed gardens, trends around nature and the art of gardening, urban gardening and mobility, as well as attractive play and adventure areas, visitors to the Horticultural Show can also embark on a journey through time.

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