16 great German dance-festivals in 2017

16 great German dance-festivals in 2017

During the upcoming summer there will be plenty of great festivals all over Europe. Famous names like Tomorrowland, Fusion, Roskilde, Sziget and Isle of Wight are festivals which you should visit at least once in your life. But besides these 5 awesome festivals, you might want to consider visiting a German Festival in 2017 as well. Germany hosts some of the best festivals in the world and if you love weekend-festivals, you should definitely go there this summer.

Dance-Festivals in Germany

Depending on where you live, it could be too much of a time-investment to travel to Germany just for a day-festival. Therefore we only focus on weekend-festivals in this article, you can enjoy music, drinks and sun for at least several days. A good thing is that the money you spend for traveling will be compensated with the cheaper entrance-ticket of the festivals in Germany. Compared to many other countries and Europe, German festivals are quite cheap. You can visit a German weekend-festival in 2017 for 40 Euro already. Another great thing about German Festivals are the solid line-ups: Especially when it comes to DJs, Germany is on top of the list. Names like AndHim, Paul & Fritz Kalkbrenner, Paul van Dyk, PanPot and Anja Schneider are born in Germany and travel all around the world to perform on dance-festivals. Lucky for us these DJs did not forgot where they came from and perform at German festivals on a regular basis as well.

Melt Festival Germany

Melt Festival in Germany (© meltfestival.de)

Festivals close to Berlin

If the distance still makes you unsure whether or not to visit a German festival in 2017 you could always combine a festival with a trip to a city like Berlin. As you can read on this blog, Berlin is worth more than just a few days of your time and is a great starting point for visiting a festival. It is a good thing that most of the festivals in Germany are organized in the eastern part of the country and therefore they are easy to reach from the nations capital. All the German dance-festivals in this article can be reached from Berlin in about 2-3 hours by train, bus or car. Obviously the clubs in Berlin are hard to leave behind, but a whole weekend with your friends on a campsite is still a way cooler experience than one night in a club.

16 great German festivals in 2017

Below you can find a list with 16 of the best German festivals in 2017. Most of the festivals offer versatile music-styles but we mainly focused on dance-festivals. Most of the festivals are weekend-festivals so you will have the possibility to stay on a campsite overnight. Obviously a ranking like this always has a lot to do with personal taste and preferences. Because of that we wrote a small motivation at every single one of these festivals. If you want to get an impression of the music and the line-up I would recommend visiting Youtube or Soundcloud and listening to some livesets of the DJs/Artists.

You can scroll down or just click on the links to the German Festivals below:

 

 

1. Melt Festival

In 1997, almost 20 years ago, some of the most popular German Festivals were organized for the first time. Besides Fusion and SonneMondSterne, Melt is also one of them. This dance-festival is located at an abandoned colliery which goes by the name Ferropolis. The Ferropolis is often referred to as the City of Iron because a lot of large machines and old cranes can still be found on this island. This might not sound spectacular at first, but island is a very spectacular location for a festival. A great thing is that Melt offers plenty of water, not less than 12 different stages and a massive campsite.

Melt Festival

Melt Festival (© facebook.com/meltfestival)

The fact that we chose Melt as the best German Festival, has a lot to do with the line-up of this German festival. DJs like Dixon, Claptone, Ellen Allien, Marcel Dettmann, Job Jobse will be performing at Melt 2017 and Besides that you can also see bands and artists like Bonobo, Warpaint, Fatbox Slim and Von Wegen Lisbeth and The Kills. The Melt festival is located about 140km from Berlin and tickets can be bought for 140 Euro.

Two years ago I went to Melt festival by car and it took me a bit more than 1 hour to reach the Ferropolis. If you want to read more about my experiences you can read this article about the Melt Festival.Melt officially starts at Friday the 14th of July but you can buy tickets for a pre-party on Thursday for 15 Euro. This pre-party also means that you are already welcome on the campsite on Thursday, the better spots are still available then so this might be a smart thing to do.

Why visit Melt Festival? Mainly because of the great location and the awesome and versatile line-up. Besides that it is always spectacular to be part of large festivals like this.

Name: Melt Festival 2017
Address: Ferropolisstraße 1, 06773 Gräfenhainichen
Distance from Berlin: 137 km
Date: 14 – 16 July 2017
Price: 136€
Website: www.meltfestival.de
Music-styles: Electro, Rock
Amount of days: 3
Line-up: Bonobo, Von Wegen Lisbeth, Die Antwoord, The Kills, Dixon, Claptone, Job Jobse, Warpaint and many others

Melt-Festival 2015

 
 

2. Feel Festival 2017

A German festival which will be organized for the 5th time this year, is Feel Festival. Since we first wrote this article in 2014, it has been earning a higher position every year. We visited this festival ourselves the last two years and it offers a perfect mix of beach, music and a great atmosphere. Feel festival is located directly at the Bergheider See, which is 127km south of Berlin. The fact that you can camp almost directly on the beach of this lake makes the Feel Festival a perfect festival to relax during the day and enjoy music at night. The photo below gives you an impression of this German festival.

Feel Festival 2015

Party on the Beach at Feel Festival (© Berlin-Enjoy.com)

The Feel Festival 2017 is organized in the second weekend of July (6th till 10th). The line-up will be kept secret till a few days before the festival: The organisation wants you to visit the festival for everything it has to offer, not just for the headliners. If you want to read more about the Feel Festival of last year you can read my full article here.

Just like the ranking in this article, also the price of the festival went up the last couple of years. We only paid 40 Euro in 2014 but this year the tickets are available starting at 89 Euro. Still very reasonable for 3 full days of fun and 4 nights of camping.

Why visit Feel Festival 2017? Camping directly at the beach, a solid line-up and a reasonable price. What‘s not to love?

Name: Feel Festival 2017
Address: Bergheider See
Distance to Berlin: 130 km
Date: 6 till 10 July 2017
Price: 89-99€
Website: www.feel-festival.de
Music: Electro, Techno, Bands, House
Amount of days: 3
Line-up: Update will follow…

Feel festival 2017 Logo

 

 

3. Nation of Gondwana

A German festival which was has not been listed in this article so far, is called Nation of Gondwana. This festival has been taking place since 1995 and therefore it is one of the oldest German festivals. Where other festivals are growing very rapidly (e.g. Feel Festival), the organisators of Nation of Gondwana are keeping the festival small on purpose. This way they can ascertain that the atmosphere stays as great as it has been the last couple of years. The festival has about 8000 visitors yearly and is organized about 60km from Berlin.

Nations of Gondwana

A good impression of the atmosphere at Nations of Gondwana (© facebook.com/pyonen/)

The location where Nation of Gondwana will be organized is called Grünefeld. Just like most other festivals in this list, the festival is located close to some water so you can relax there during daytime. Regarding the line-up: Nations of Gondwana does not really focus on famous headliners but mainly offers talented DJs from Germany. The music can be best compared to the music which you can hear in the Berliner Clubs. Besides music you can also expect plenty of other activities like workshops at this festival.

The festival officially starts on Friday-night (20.00) but last year you were able to enter the campsite around 13.00 already. Tickets are not available yet but will be available in the beginning of April.

Why visit Nation of Gondwana? Mainly because of the awesome atmosphere: A bit smaller can also be a good thing!

Name: Nation of Gondwana
Address: Zur Kiesgrübe, Grünefeld
Distance from Berlin: 60 km
Date: 22 and 23 Juli 2017
Price including camping: Tickets not available yet
Website: www.pyonen.de
Music: Techno & House
Amount of days: 2
Line-Up: Will be updated soon…
Logo Nations of Gondwana

 
 

4. Sputnik Springbreak

A solid 4th place on this is going to Sputnik Springbreak. When people discuss the best festivals in Germany, they usually mention Melt and Fusion but Sputnik is definitely worth your consideration as well. Names like Steve Aoki, Felix Jaehn and Fritz Kalkbrenner should show you that this festival is seriously competing for a top-3 position in this list. The Sputnik Springbreak festival is organized on an island called Pouch and is located about 160km from Berlin.

Sputnik Springbreak

Sputnik Springbreak Festival in Germany (© facebook.com/Sputnik.springbreak.Festival)

Although Sputnik Springbreak mainly focuses on electronic music, there will also be other acts like Kraftklub, Marteria, Clueso, Kontrak K and Alan Walker. Besides the three famous names above, you can also expect other great DJs like Lexer, Alle Farben, David K, and Kollektiv Ost. As you can read these are all DJs who focus on Deephouse rather than techno. Therefore Sputnik Springbreak could be a good decision if you like melodic livesets.

Comparing this festival to some of the other German festivals in 2017, the tickets for Sputnik Springbreak have an average price: Weekend-Tickets can be bought for 119 Euro. All in all Sputnik Springbreak is a great festival, the only thing which might bother some of the older readers, is the fact that there are many young people at this festival (especially compared to Fusion or Nation of Gondwana).

Why visit Sputnik Springbreak? Sputnik Springbreak offers the best line-up if you like deephouse. The price is reasonable and the island Pouch is a great location for a festival.

Name: Sputnik Springbreak 2017
Address: 06774, Pouch
Distance from Berlin: 160 km
Date: 2 – 5 June 2017
Price: 119€
Website: www.sputnikspringbreak.de
Music: Mostly (Deep)House
Amount of days: 3
Line-up: Steve Aoki, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Alle Farben, Lexer, David K., Felix Jaehn and many more…
Sputnik Springbreak Logo

 

 

5. SonneMondSterne

The year 1997 was quite a special year for German festivals because besides Melt and Fusion it was also the first year SonneMondSterne was organized. In that year, already 20 years ago, only 2500 people visited the festival SonneMondSterne. In the mean time SonneMondSterne got a lot larger and more popular and last year more than 30.000 people enjoyed this German festival. This number makes SonnemondSterne one of the biggest festivals in this article. The dance-festival is organized close to Saalburg and as you can see on the image below, it might be a good idea to pack your bikini and/or swimshort.

SonneMondSterne

The German festival SonneMondSterne (© facebook.com/SonneMondSterne.Festival)

If you do not care that much about bands and artists and just want to see famous DJs SonneMondSterne might have the most impressive line-up of 2017: Fritz Kalkbrenner, Steve Oaki, Sven Väth, Lexer, Alle Farben Pan-Pot and Martin Garrix are just a few names on the line-up of this German festival. SonneMondSterne focuses mostly on Techno/Electro/House so it is not the best festival if you want to have a versatile music program with many different music-styles.

A small disadvantage of SonneMondSterne is that this festival is ending on Sunday at 16.00. Therefore it is one of the more expensive german festivals in 2017 because the tickets are 139 Euro. Besides that it is also a bit further away from Berlin: You need to calculate about 3 hours at least for the ride.

Why visit SonneMondSterne 2017? If your want to see famous Headliner-DJs, you will have a great time at SonneMondSterne.

Name: SonneMondSterne Festival 2017
Address: Saalburg-Ebersdorf
Distance from Berlin: 291 km
Date: 11-13 August 2017
Price: 139€
Website: www.sonnemondsterne.de
Music-Styles: House, Electro, Techno
Amount of days: 2,5 (only till Sunday 16.00)
Line-up: Fritz Kalkbrenner, Pan-Pot, Martin Garrix, Sven Väth, Lexer, Alle Farben, Major Lazor and more

 
 

6. Her Damit im Exil

Festivals like Melt and Fusion are known all over Europe but most of you probably never heard of the event Her Damit im Exil. This may be connected to the fact that Her Damit is a much smaller festival than the first ones in this list: Last year only 2500 people visited this dance-festival and therefore the atmosphere was very nice, cosy and friendly. The last couple of years Her Damit Festival was organized on the beautiful island Rügen but this year it will unfortunately not be possible to party there. Lucky enough, the organisators found another location, it is called The Secret Forest.

Her Damit in Exil will be organized in a Secret Forest (

Her Damit in Exil will be organized in a Secret Forest (© herdamitfestival.com)

Currently not much additional information is available about the Secret Forest. It is clear that it will be in the middle of the nature and that the location will be a lot closer to Berlin as the island Rügen (only 50km). The campsite will open on Friday and the music will stop on Sunday-Evening. The fact that Her Damit is smaller than most German festivals in this list is also part of its charme. Massive festivals like Melt or Hurricane are impressive but can also be annoying: There might be traffic jams when you drive there and if you party with a large group you will lose each other all the time.

Weekend-Festival for only 39 Euro
Her Damit im Exil is one of the cheapest festivals in this list. The early-bird tickets are only 39 Euro. If you will be a bit later, you will still get them for only 49 Euro and the last phase will mean you have to pay 79 Euro. Because you are allowed to bring your own drinks to the festival, Her Damit in Exil could be a cheap festival. The prices for food and drinks on the festival itself are very reasonable as well by the way.

Want to win 2×2 tickets for Her Damit im Exil?
We are allowed to give-away 2×2 weekend-tickets for Her Damit im Exil. All you have to do is tag a friend under this facebook-post and the winners will be published on facebook a few weeks before the festival.

Why visit Her Damit 2017? Big does not always mean better: Her Damit is a cosy and friendly festival on a great location in the middle of the nature.

Name: Her Damit im Exil
Address: Not published yet
Distance to Berlin: 50 km
Date: 9 – 11 June 2017
Price: 39 – 79€
Website: www.herdamitfestival.com
Music: Electro, Techno
Amount of days: 2,5 (till Sunday-Evening)
Line-up: Line-Up will be updated soon…

 

 

7. Airbeat One Festival 2017

The Airbeat One Festival is one of the biggest German festivals and will be organized for the 16th time this year. Last year about 40.000 visitors from over 40 different countries partied at this festival. Campared to festivals like Nation of Gondwana and Fusion, this German festivals focuses a bit less on the music-style Techno (which is very popular in Berlin). Airbeat One focuses more on EDM, House and also the harder styles like Hardstyle and Hardcore. There will be 5 different stages so you will most likely find some great music every moment of the day.

Airbeat One Festival

One of the stages at Airbeat One Festival (© facebook.com/airbeatone)

Famous EDM DJs
The Airbeat One festival has a pretty solid line-up if you like famous names. In 2017 zullen you can get ready for some famous Dutch names like Armin van Buuren, DJ Tiesto and Charly Lownoise & Mental Theo. But besides that there will also be plenty of German and international DJs: Paul Kalkbrenner, Alle Farben, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Brennan Heart. The line-up is different from most other festivals and if you like the harder-styles this festival could definitely make sense for you.

Airbeat One is organized at a Airport in Neustadt-Glewe, which is about 175km away from Berlin. There will be several types of tickets: You can visit the festival for just one day and this will cost you 59 Euro. You can also stay the whole weekend and pay 129 Euro. If you want it luxury, you can take the VIP-Ticket for 189 Euro.

Why visit Airbeat One 2017? When you like EDM, Hardstyle and Hardcore, you should definitely visit this German Festival in 2017.

Name: Airbeat One Festival
Address: Neustadt-Glewe, Flugplatz
Distance from Berlin: 175 km
Date: 13 tot 16 Juli 2017
Price including camping: 129€
Website: www.airbeat-one.de
Music: EDM, House, Electro, Hardstyle, Hardcore
Amount of Days: 3
Artist: Tiesto, Armin van Buuren, Headhunterz, Axwell, Hardwell, Paul Kalbrenner and many more

AIrbeat One Logo

 
 

8. Hurricane Festival 2017

A German festival which offers a lot of different music-styles is called Hurricane. When you like to see a mix of large bands, some DJs and plenty of great solo-artists, Hurricane could suit you very well. The Hurricane festival is organized at the Eichenring in Scheeßel, where you normally can find motocross-contests. It is located a bit further away from Berlin, but a bit closer to the Netherlands and some other countries. I have mentioned a few times that the festivals should be combined with visiting Berlin, but in this case a trip to Hamburg would make more sense. Hamburg is a great city and there are plenty of cool clubs and parties over there as well.

Hurricane Festival

The Hurricane Festival (© zeitgeist247.de)

One of the Biggest German Festivals
The Hurricane Festival is the largest festival in this list with 70.000 visitors every year. Unfortunately it is also the most expensive one. The good thing is that visiting a concert of most acts would normally cost you more than 50 Euro each so if you keep that in mind it is not expensive at all. Maybe it helps when we just sum up some names: Blink 182, Linkin Park, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Imagine Dragons, Greenday, Maximo Park. Do you get what we mean now?

The camping of the Hurricane Festival will open on Thursday 16.00 and you have to leave again on Monday morning (12.00). All additional information can be found on the website below.

Why visit Hurricane Festival? Being part of one of the biggest German festivals is a once in a lifetime experience. Besides that the line-up rocks!

Name: Hurricane Festival 2017
Address: Eichenring, Scheeßel
Distance to Berlin: 350 km
Date: 23 tot 25 June 2017
Price: 199€
Website: www.hurricane.de
Music: Bands, Artists, DJs
Amount of Days: 3
Line-up: Greenday, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Xavier Rudd, Imagine Dragons, Maximo Park

Hurricane Festival 2017

 

 

09. Lollapalooza Festival Berlin

The Lollapalooza festival has its roots in the USA but will take place in 6 different countries in 2017. Besides Brasil, Argentina and Chile the festival is also organized in the capital of Germany. It will actually be the third time it is organized here: In 2015 the festival was organized at Flughafen Tempelhof and last year it took place at Treptower Park. This year Lollapalooza will be organized at the Rennbahn Hoppegarten, which is about 15 minutes with the S-Bahn from Ostkreuz. If you want to read more about the Lollapalooza festival, you can check out our review of Lollapalooza 2015.

Martin Garrix Lollapalooza Festival berlin 2015

Martin Garrix at Lollapalooza 2015 (© Berlin-enjoy.com)

The Lollapalooza festival offers a great range of music-styles. You can listen to talented DJs, enjoy famous artists and party with popular bands. The line-up of Lollapalooza 2017 was published last week and some of the names are impressive: Foo Fighters, Kungs, Mumfords and Sons, Hardwell, The XX, AnnenMayKantereit and the Beatsteaks are just a few of them. The tickets are available for 129 Euro, which is a bit more than most other festivals in this article, especially because no camping is included.

No camping
To reach most of the festivals in this list, you have to travel a bit: Most of them are more than 100km away and if you do not have a car it can take several hours to get there. If this would bother you, you might want to visit Lollapalooza. But at this German festival you cannot stay overnight. The music will be played between 12.00 and 00.00 and after that everybody comes home and comes back the next day. This can be a negative thing if you like camping, but it can also be nice if you like to sleep in a solid bed and have a normal breakfast. Just book a hostel or hotel in the east of Berlin and you will have a great time.

A great thing about having to travel back to the center can be that you can still visit one of the great Parties in Berlin.

Want to win 2 tickets for Lollapalooza 2017 in Berlin?
We are allowed to give-away 2 weekend-tickets for the Lollapalooza Festival in Berlin. All you have to do is tag a friend under this facebook-post. Choose that one friend who will make a great party and the winners will be published on Facebook about a month before the festival.

Why visit Lollapalooza 2017? If you like to sleep in your own bed and still want to see an impressive line-up, this is thé festival for you.

Name: Lollapalooza Festival Berlin
Address: Berlin
Distance from Berlin: 10km
Date: 9+10 September 2017
Price without camping: 129 – 149€
Website: www.lollapaloozade.com
Music Styles: Bands, Artiesten, Electro
Amount of Days: 2 (zonder kamperen)
Line-up: Foo Fighters, Kungs, Mumfords and Sons, The XX, Beatsteaks and more

Lollapalooza Berlin Logo

 

 

10. MS Dockville

Berlin has a lot to offer when it comes to parties and festivals, but it is not the only German city with an awesome nightlife. Take Hamburg for example, sometimes referred to as a smaller sized Berlin and a city which offers plenty of cool clubs, bars and festivals. One of these festivals is MS Dockville, which had more than 20.000 visitors the last couple of years. Hamburg can be reached within 3 hours from Berlin and why not combine the festival MS Dockville with a trip to this fascinating German city.

MS Dockville

Ms Dockville Festival (© Dockville-Festival, Enno Arndt

MS Dockville offers plenty of interesting acts and the price of a ticket is reasonable. For only 119 Euro (including camping) you can be parts of this German festival in the summer of 2017. MS Dockville does not focus on one specific music-style: You can expect bands, Djs and solo-artists here. The line-up is far from complete yet but names like Moderat, Von Wegen Lisbeth, Tale of Us, Dirty Doering, Monolink and Maxim have already confirmed that they will be present.

Why visit MS Dockville? If you have been to Berlin many times and want to see another great german city, you could combine this festival with some days in Hamburg. Besides that the line-up and price are very reasonable.

Name: Ms Dockville
Address: Reiherstieg-Hauptdeich, 21107 Hamburg
Distance from Berlin: 290 km
Date: 18 till 20 August 2017
Price including camping: 119€
Website: www.msdockville.de
Music-Styles: Bands, Artists, DJs
Amount of days: 3
Line-up: Moderat, Von Wegen Lisbeth, Tale of Us, Dirty Doering, Monolink and more…

 
 

11. Akasha Festival Berlin

A festival in Berlin which will be organized for the very first time, is the Akasha Festival. This festival will take place from the 16th till the 18th of June in the north-east of Berlin. You will have to travel to station Ahrensfelde, which might seem far away but is only 25 minutes from Ostkreuz with S-Bahn. There is not much more we can currently say, but the fact that it is the first edition of this festival can mean something good: Normally it will be more intimate, free and cheap than the years after.

The Akasha Line-Up

The Akasha Line-Up

Although we cannot write about the previous editions of the Akasha Festival, we can tell you that the line-up is looking great! With names like Jan Blomqvist, AndHim, Oliver Koletzki, Illesnoise, Reinier Zonneveld and Niko Schwind every lover of electronic music will have a great time here. There will be four different stages called Solid, Liquid, Gas en Plasma. So even though the festival is mainly focusing on electronic music, you will still have enough choice.

Tickets available in April
On the website (see below) you can read that the tickets will be available in April. Currently it is not sure yet when that is going to be but it might be wise to sign up for the newsletter so you will be up to date. Because it is the first year, we expect a reasonable ticket-price, but you also have to keep in mind that names like AndHim and Koletzki are not for free.

Why visit Akasha Festival? A fresh and new German festival in Berlin with a very solid line-up. Why not?

Update May 2017: The Askasha festival will not take place this year! There were problems getting permission to organize the festival on the location. They are aiming to organize the festival next year!

Name: Akasha Festival Berlin
Address: Ahrensfelde, Berlijn
Distance to Berlin: 15 km
Date: 16 tot 18 Juni 2017
Price including camping: Nog onbekend
Website: www.akashafestival.de
Music: Electro, House, Techno
Amount of days: 2
Line-up: AndHim, Jan Blomqvist, Niko Schwind, Oliver Koletzki, Illesnoise

Akasha Logo

 
 

12. Wurzel Festival

A newcomer in this list of German festivals is the Wurzel Festival. Although the festival does not have a long history like Melt and Fusion, it was a great success last year. The small festival is organized by a group of friends who have been responsible for many great open-airs in Berlin in the last couple of years. The Wurzel Festival will be organized about 70km from Berlin and the main focus of the festival is great music and an even better atmosphere.

Wurzel Festival

Wurzel Festival (@ facebook.com/zurueckzudenwurzelnfestival)

Zurück zu den Wurzeln Festival (which is the full name of the festival) will be organized on a military airport. This location fits the festival very well because it gives it that special Berlin-vibe which we all love so much. Besides great music there will also be plenty of workshops and a foodcourt with plenty of delicious food. There will be 6 different stages which all focus on different music-styles: From Psytrance to Ambient and from Techhouse to Progressive music, it will be all available on the Wurzel Festival.

Accessible for Wheelchairs
The philosophy of the Wurzel Festival states, that everybody should be able to have a great time. Therefore the festival does not refuse people on their religion, skin-colour, nationality or sexuality. Additionally, they also made the festival accessible for wheelchairs. The tickets for this German festival can be bought for 100 Euro and you are allowed to enter the campsite on the 8th of June at 14.00.

Want to win free tickets for this festival?
We are giving away 2×2 free tickets for this great German festival. All you have to do is tag a friend under this facebook-post and the winners will be published on facebook a few weeks before the festival.

Why visit the Wurzel Festival? If you do not like commercial festivals and love a great atmosphere where everybody is equal, this might be the perfect festival for you.

Name: Wurzel Festival 2017
Address: Flugplatzweg 6, 14913 Jüterbog
Distance to Berlin: 70 km
Date: 08 tot 11 Juni 2017
Price including Camping: 100 Euro
Website: www.wurzelfestival.de
Music Styles: Electronic Music
Amount of days 3
Line-up: Seth Schwarz, Onkel Bibber, Two Who, Daniel Schumann, Yakira, Sonic Entity and more

Wurzel Festival Logo

 

 

13. Helene Beach Festival 2017

A German festival which is very close to Berlin but still organized directly at the water, is Helene Beach festival. This festival will be organized close to Frankfurt-Oder which is about one hour drive from Berlin. A lake called Helene is the cleanest lake of Brandenburg and is about 250 hectare large. In the summer of 2014 I visited Helene Beach Festival myself and I can guarantee that it is great to have a large beach where you can lay during the day and wait till you are ready to party again. At most other German festivals (e.g. Melt and Fusion) you can swim but there is not really a large beach and enough space for all the visitors to lay down at the same time.

Helene Beach Festival 2014

The Helene Beach Festival (helene-beach-festival.de)

The Helene Beach Festival offers 8 different stages. Besides electronic music you can also expect HipHop, Bands and great artists. Although the line-up is not complete yet, some large international names already confirmed they will be there: Monkey Safari, Joris, Thomas Schumacher, Hanne & Lore, Victor Ruiz, Bosse and Alle Farben are just a few of them. The price of this German festival in 2017 is more than reasonable: Starting from 89 Euro you can buy the tickets online or at certain shops.

The music on the Helene Beach Festival starts on Friday around 17.30 and ends on Sunday-morning. But your ticket gives you the possibility to stay on the campsite till Monday. From my own experience I know that most people leave on Sunday but this made our last day even better. On Sunday-night you will still be able to visit a cool club on the property of this festival.

Want to win tickets for the Helene Beach Festival?
We are allowed to give-away 2 weekend-tickets for this great German festival in 2017. All you have to do is tag a friend under this facebook-post and the winners will be published on facebook in the beginning of June.

Why visit Helene Beach Festival? Chilling on the beach during the day and enjoying great music at night for a very reasonable price. Why not?

Name: Helene Beach Festival 2017
Address: Helene-See 2, 15236 Frankfurt (Oder)
Distance to Berlin: 100 km
Date: 27 till 30 July 2017
Price including Camping: from 89€
Website: www.helene-beach-festival.de
Music: Rock, HipHop, Pop, Electro, House
Amount of days: 2,5
Line-up: Monkey Safari, Joris, Thomas Schumacher, Hanne & Lore, Victor Ruiz, Bosse, Alle Farben and many more…

 
 

14. Plötzlich am Meer 2017

Another German festival which offers a great experience for a very reasonable price is Plotzlich am Meer. This dance-festival is smaller than many other festivals close to Berlin but because of the great success of this festival of last year, the expectations are high. Plotzlich am Meer is actually a bit of an outsider in this list because the festival is organized in Rogowo, Poland. But because the roots of the festival lay in Berlin, we feel like it belongs in this list of German festivals. Rowogo is located about 260km from Berlin so you can still reach this festival in about 3 hours.

Ploetzlich-am-Meer

Ploetzlich am Meer Festival (© stanley-rubyn.com)

The Plotzlich am Meer dance festival will be organized from the 25th till the 27th of August 2017. The festival mainly focuses on electronic music and you can expect many DJs which usually play in clubs in Berlin. Last year DJs like Andreas Henneberg, Matthias Kaden and Patrick Skoog played at this weekend-festival. Unfortunately not much additional information is available at this moment.

Why visit Ploetzlich am Meer? Rogowo is a unique location for a festival and if you like to party in Berlin you will also love this festival.

Name: Plötzlich am Meer 2017
Address: Rogowo, Poland
Distance to Berlin: 260 km
Date: 25 – 27 August 2017
Price including camping: 110€
Website: www.ploetzlich.net
Music: House, Electro, Techno
Amount of days: 3
Line-up: Not available yet…

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15. Greenwood Festival 2017

All of these German festivals in this list are worth a visit, but some of them can be quite hard to reach if you arrive in Berlin by train or Plane. Some of the islands mentioned in this list will not be easy to get to with public transport. For those who do not want to travel far from Berlin, Greenwood Festival might be the perfect festival in 2017. This festival will be organized at the Kiekebusch See which is only 30km from Alexanderplatz and close to the Airport Berlin-Schönefeld.

Kiekebusch See Festival

Kiekebusch See near Berlin (lieblinsfehler.de)

Last year it was the first year the Greenwood festival was organized so it is one of the newer festivals in this list. The music is comparable to the music you hear when you party in Berlin. There will be only two stages so it is important that you like electronic music. Last year DJs like Oliver Schories, Schleppgeist, Channel X and Britta Arnold played on Greenwood. There are two stages so it is quite important that you like electronic music.

Compared to the other German weekend-festivals in this list, Greenwood is quite cheap. The early-bird tickets started at 40 Euro and the tickets are currently available for 50 Euro. If you wait a bit longer another 10 Euro will be added, but 60 Euro is still very reasonable for a full weekend of music including camping.

Why visit Greenwood Festival? Kiekebusch See is a great location and only 30km from Alexanderplatz and the price is sharp as a knife.

Name: Greenwood Festival 2017
Address: Kiekebusch See
Distance from Berlin: 30 km
Date: 14-16 July 2017
Price including camping: 40-60 Euro
Website: www.facebook.com/events/915491255166876
Music-Styles: House, Electro, Techno
Amount of days: 3
Line-up: Line-up nog niet bekend

 

 

16. Rocken am Brocken

The name Rocken am Brocken could give you the wrong impression of this German festival. Although the main focus is Rock there will also be plenty of electronic music and other music-styles make sure there is enough variety in the line-up. The last couple of years Oliver Koletzki, Lexer, Dirty Doering and some other talented guys have been performing here. If you mainly like rock music but also want to listen to some electronic music, Rocken am Brocken will probably suit you just fine.

Rocken am Brocken (© Markus Thöricht)

Rocken am Brocken (© Markus Thöricht)

Rocken am Brocken offers 4 different stages and the price of this festival is great: For not more than 70 Euro you can enjoy a full weekend of music. This German festival will be organized in a small city called Elend, southwest of Magdeburg. This is all located in the area of the Härz National Park: I have been there and it is a very beautiful part of Germany.

Why visit Rocken am Brocken? Rocken am Brocken is a great choice if you are looking for a festival which mainly focuses on bands but also offers some electronic music.

Name: Rocken am Brocken 2017
Address: Braunlagerstraße, 38875 Elend
Distance to Berlin: 245 km
Date: 3 – 5 August 2017
Price: 70€
Website: www.rocken-am-brocken.de
Music: Electro, Indie, Punk, Rock
Amount of Days: 3
Line-up: Sea Moya, Le Fly, Van Holzen, Leoniden and more will follow…
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Extra Info: No Fusion Festival 2017

If you read an article about the best festivals in the world, most of the time the German festival Fusion will be one of them. Fusion (or Фузион) is one of the most unique festivals I have ever visited. The first edition of this German festival was organized in 1997 and the location has always been a military basis called Lärz. The last couple of years more than 60.000 people visited this dance festival about 150km north of Berlin.

Fusion Festival

No Fusion Festival in 2017 (© jonasginter.de)

Unfortunately there will not be a Fusion Festival in 2017. The organisation has decided that they need more time to prepare for the edition in 2018. The news shocked a lot of regular Fusion-visitors, because for many people the other festivals in this list do not even come close to Fusion. Last year great names like Jan Blomqvist, HVOB, Einmusik, Solomun and Victor Ruiz were present. If the festival will be even better than the last couple of years, you better brace yourselves!

Subscribe for Fusion 2018
There is not much else we can do except being patient for one more year. Because Fusion is so popular, you have to subscribe on their website if you are interested in tickets. There will be several rounds in which people will get “chosen” and are allowed to buy tickets. The ticket-subscription has to be done in December so make sure you set an alarm around Christmas.

Name: Fusion Festival 2018
Address: Am Flugplatz, 17248 Lärz
Distance from Berlin: 157 km
Date: June/July 2018
Price ticket: In 2016 we paid 125€
Website: www.fusion-festival.de
Music-styles: Electro, Techno, House
Amount of days: 4 days (officially)
Line-up: Unknown

 

 

Samengevat: Festivals in Duitsland 2017

All in all we can conclude that there are plenty of great weekend-festivals in 2017. The list with best German festivals above is my personal ranking and obviously has a lot to do with my taste. The perfect festival is different for every person but we have listed some things below which will maybe make it easier to decide:

Cheap German festivals: Her Damit, Greenwood Festival, Rocken am Brocken
German festivals close to Berlin: Greenwood Festival, Lollapalooza, Feel Festival
German festivals with big headliners: Melt, SonneMondSterne en Sputnik Springbreak
German festivals with many music-styles: Hurricane, Melt, MS Dockville
German kleinere Festivals met een bijzondere sfeer: Wurzel Festival, Nations of Gondwana, Her Damit im Exil

I hope these tips will help you when you are choosing the right festival for this summer. You could obviously visit more than one festival, so the choice will not be that difficult. If you have any tips or suggestions, please feel free to write a comment below.



Job van Hardeveld
Written by Job van Hardeveld

My Name is Job and I moved to Berlin in January 2012. Since a couple of years I am writing about cool spots, great parties and awesome places in Berlin. Hope you like my blog, leave a comment if you have a question!

25 Comment responses

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    May 10, 2017

    Hello,
    Can you tell me if there´s any party on May. I´ll be there in between 19 and 21
    Thanks

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    March 28, 2017

    awesome! Thanks

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    March 16, 2017

    Hey.

    Just wanted to check youve heard about this new festival Akasha in June (I’m not a promoter, just think its looking like a good one): https://en-gb.facebook.com/events/126385137884637/

    Hopefully similar vibes to the old berlin festival (in its arena days)

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      March 16, 2017

      Hi Tom,

      looks good. We might visit the festival so we can write about it next year.

      Thanks for the tip!

      Best wishes,

      Job

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    February 07, 2017

    Hi!!

    Can you tell me if there´s any big party on march. I´ll be there in between 7 and 15 of march.

    Wich places are a Must.. This is my first time there.

    Kind regards,

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      February 08, 2017

      Hi Federico,

      there are some big parties in March, but mostly in the clubs in Berlin. It is too cold for a weekend-festival.

      Keep an eye on the our party-calendar, it will be updated every month.

      Best wishes!

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    September 15, 2016

    Anything after September ?? No festival or EDM concerts in winters 🙁

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      October 05, 2016

      Hi Jazz,

      unfortunately there are not big weekend-festivals anymore. It is just too risky with the weather I guess.

      Maybe just come to Berlin and visit some great clubs and parties?

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    July 25, 2016

    What about the nation of gondwana? U seriously cant Pick shit like Helene beach Over the nog.
    They had maybe the sickest line up this year.
    Besides that its real close(45min b car) away From Berlin.

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      July 29, 2016

      Hello Raver,

      I totally agree withy you, we will consider adding it to the list next year!

      Thanks for the tip!

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    June 01, 2016

    I would like to recommend the Pop-Kultur Festival in Berlin Neukölln in August. The line up is non commercial and pretty amazing. Check it out http://www.pop-kultur.berlin/

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    May 10, 2016

    Hi, just wanted to highlight that the lineup for Berlin Festival is from 2015 and most likely the festival is not going to take place this year because they are on a “Creative Break”. Maybe you should update the page accordingly 🙂
    Check out: http://www.berlinfestival.de/

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      May 10, 2016

      Hi Burcu,

      you are right, I also heard about it but forgot to update the article. Thanks for the tip!

      Cheers!

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    March 28, 2016

    Nature one???

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      March 29, 2016

      Hi,

      you are totally right that Nature One is one of the best German festivals. But as you can read in the introduction, we only focused on festivals which are about 2-3 hours drive from Berlin.

      Have a great summer!

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    March 18, 2016

    Really great festival to enjoy. Lots of fun can be seen.

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    March 07, 2016

    So fabulous mate u minks

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    December 15, 2015

    Thanks for the tips! We’re looking for a festival in 2016 so this will help. 😀

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      December 17, 2015

      Hi Dave,

      Great that my blog could help you decide. The article with the festivals for 2016 will be online in the beginning of next year.

      Cheers!

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    May 11, 2015

    Great tips – Thanks!!

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    April 04, 2015

    good pitures

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