Germany 2012: Four Events in a Tour of Discovery

Jan 5, 2012

A brief outlook of the year ahead in Germany includes at least four major events: Frederick the Great's birthday, the anniversary of Leipzig's St. Thomas Choir, documenta 13 in Kassel, and Berlin's 775th anniversary.

Frederick the Great’s 300th birthday

Friederisiko - Potsdam Enlarge image Friederisiko - Potsdam (© SPSG-Peter Adamik) Rediscover "Old Fritz", the great Prussian king. With 2012 marking the 300th anniversary of his birth, the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg is paying tribute to a king with a risk-loving character. The anniversary exhibition - entitled "Friederisiko" (Frederisk) - will run from April to October 2012 at the New Palace, Sanssouci Park in Potsdam, the place that Frederick loved most.

800th anniversary of St. Thomas Choir

Leipzig has a famous triad: St. Thomas Choir, St. Thomas School and St. Thomas Church. These three venerable Leipzig cultural and educational institutions are celebrating their 800th anniversary in 2012. The motto of the festival year is "Believe, Sing, Learn", which is also a triad: it offers many musical and cultural events including concerts by the St. Thomas Choir in England, South Korea and Japan.


A 100-day museum of contemporary art: dOCUMENTA (13), one of the most important and internationally famous contemporary art exhibitions, opens on June 9, 2012 in Kassel. The exhibition will present a wide variety of topical international artistic positions until September 16. The works of more than 100 international artists be on show in 2012 at various locations in Kassel. The genres represented will include painting and sculpture, as well as installations, performances, photography and film.

Berlin's 775th anniversary

Berlin is always worth a visit - and this is especially true in 2012, because the German capital is celebrating its 775th birthday. Starting in late August, the anniversary will be marked by a wide range of exhibitions, urban installations, guided tours and events. Berlin will be remembering its medieval roots and also presenting itself as a cosmopolitan city: In this context, there will be two major open-air projects in Berlin-Mitte (the city center). The official birthday celebration will be held on October 28 in St. Nicholas Church, Berlin's oldest parish church. That evening will also see the launch of a party in which the city's historic center will be illuminated with fire and light, accompanied by sounds of the Middle Ages.


Germany 2012

View of Berlin along the Spree

Welcome to Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle

From the Black Forest to the techno temples of Berlin, Germany boasts astonishing diversity in a compact country at the heart of Europe. 


Jumping into the Elbsee © picture-alliance/dpa

From the Black Forest to the techno temples of Berlin, Germany boasts astonishing diversity in a compact country at the heart of Europe.  So if your idea of a vacation is high culture in a European metropolis, a romantic journey back in time, outdoor adventure or all of the above - Germany is your destination.