The last two summers were quite the disappointment for festival-lovers all around the world. Because of COVID almost all festivals were forced to cancel. The good news is that it is likely that almost all German festivals in 2022 are going to take place again. With hundreds of festivals it can be hard to choose and therefore we have listed the 10 best German festivals in 2022 for you.
Electronic music festivals in Germany
Germany is famous for its electronic music. Famous DJs like Pan-Pot, Anja Schneider and Sven Väth are from Germany and the nightlife of Berlin also proves the massive interest in techno, electro and house music. It comes to no surprise that there are over hundred different German festivals with electronic music. As all of these festivals differ in size, price, location and line-up it can be helpful to compare the festivals before you choose which one to visit.
The 10 best festivals close to Berlin (+Bonus festivals)
Below you can find 10 of the best German festivals not further than 2-3 hours travelling from Berlin. The ranking is mainly based on the ticket-price, the atmosphere, the quality of the line-up and the location. You can either click one of the links below or scroll down and check them one by one. At the end of the article we have listed some other festivals you might like to visit too.
01. Fusion Festival 2022
If you ever have read an article about the best festivals in the world you must have noticed that the German festival called Fusion is almost always featured in the top 10. Fusion (or Фузион) is one of the most unique festivals in the world and everybody should visit it at least once. The first edition of this German festival was organised in 1997 and the location has always been a military basis called Lärz. About 150km from Berlin you about 60.000 people come together to forget about their daily lives and have a good time.
The best festival in Germany
It is hard to explain what exactly makes Fusion Festival the best German festival. In the end the festival is just different. You can feel the unique vibe from the moment you arrive. Everything is allowed but nobody is misbehaving too much. It’s just a mutual understanding. Then there is the fact that Fusion is non-commercial: You will not see any sponsoring before or during the festival.
Great electronic music + some bands
The Fusion festival has more than 20 different stages. The majority of these stages focus on electronic music but there are also a few stages which are dedicated to bands. Then there is a a whole bunch of other entertainment like karaoke, workshops, stand-up comedy, poetry-slams and more. All in all you can imagine that it’s not too easy to decide which stage to visit.
Why visit the Fusion Festival?
A short answer would be that there is just no similar festival in Germany. Things which stand out from the rest are fascinating and Fusion is one of these things. It’s unfortunate that the ticket-prices doubled in price over the last years but it’s still worth it if you consider 5 awesome days with non-stop music and a massive line-up.
Name: Fusion Festival 2022
Address: Am Flugplatz, 17248 Lärz
Distance from Berlin: 157 km
Date: 29.06.2022 – 03.07.2022
Amount of days: 5 days
Amount of Visitors: 60.000 visitors
Music Styles: 80% DJs, 20% Bands/Artists
Line-Up: Will be published a week before the festival.
02. Wilde Möhre Festival
The Wilde Möhre festival has a special place in the heart of many German festival-lovers: In 2020 almost all festivals were forced to cancel but the organisation Wilde Möhre managed to organise five smaller festivals. They showed the world that organising festivals during a pandemic is possible if you are motivated enough. The Wilde Möhre Festival is organised in a forest near Drebkau, about 1 hour drive from Berlin. There are 4 stages with electronic music and one stage for bands at this German festival.
Three editions with individual focus
Since the successful editions in 2020, the organisation of Wilde Möhre decided to stick to several editions of the festival. In 2022 you can visit 3 separate festivals which all have a different focus. As you can see each one of them will be offering DJs and electronic music.
- Klimperkiste – DJs, Bands & Live Acts (29.07 – 01.08.2022)
- Seelenschaukel – DJs, Workshops focused on Body & Soul (12.08 – 15.08.2022)
- Maskenball – DJs, dressed up people and exentric stages (19.08 – 22.08.2022)
Why visit Wilde Möhre Festival?
Wilde Möhre might not be as large and impressive as Fusion festival but personally we love the size of this German festival. You will actually meet the same people more than once and it’s not so hard to find your friends again after getting a drink. Besides that you can feel that the organisation invested a lot of time and love in the decoration.
Name: Wilde Möhre Festival 2022
Address: Göritz 5, 03116 Drebkau
Distance to Berlin: 120 km
Dates: 3 separate dates (see above)
Amount of Visitors: 3.000 – 5.000
Amount of Days: 3
Music-Styles: 80% DJs, 20% Bands/Artists
Line-Up: Not published yet
03. Nation of Gondwana
Another remarkable electronic festival in Germany is called Nation of Gondwana. The first edition was organised in 1995 and that makes it the oldest festival in our list. Every year about 10.000 people visit Nation of Gondwana at the Waldsee in Grünefeld, which is only 60km from Berlin. The festival officially starts on Friday 15.00 and keeps going until Sunday 21.00. You could say that Nation of Gondwana focuses on quality over quantity.
Dancing on the beach
Nation of Gondwana offers its visitors four different stages. The most popular one is located directly at the water and allows people to dance directly on the beach. You can enjoy techno, house, downbeat and other electronic music during this festival. Nation is a pure dance event so you will not be distracted by things like workshops. There is a stage with some improvisation theatre and karaoke though.
The ticket-sale of Nation of Gondwana starts on the 7th of April at 12:00.
Why visit Nation of Gondwana?
Nation of Gondwana is one of the shorter festivals in this list but the quality is just extraordinary. The atmosphere, line-up and location make it one of the best German festivals in 2022. The fact that it is located only 45 minutes from Berlin is also a benefit for most.
Name: Nation of Gondwana 2022
Address: Zur Kiesgrübe, Grünefeld
Distance from Berlin: 60 km
Date: 22-24 July 2022
Amount of Visitors: 10.000
Amount of days: 2,5
Music Styles: Techno, House, Electro, Downbeat
Line-Up: Monika Kruse, Sven Dohse, DJ Koze, Acid Pauli (Soundcloud-playlist)
04. Feel Festival 2022
A German festival which will be organised for the 10th time this year, is called Feel Festival. One of the many reasons why everyone should visit this festival is the extraordinary location. The Feel festival is located directly at the water of the Bergheider See and one of the main stages is located on the beach itself. This means you can literally dance with your feet in the water and every morning you can walk out of your tent directly onto the beach. This makes Feel Festival one of the best German festivals in 2022.
Mini Fusion Festival on the beach
Feel festival is often compared to the Fusion Festival. Although it is much smaller, the line-up, style and setup of this festival is quite similar to Fusion. Besides that Feel also does not publish its line-up in advance and you need to register to have a chance of getting a ticket. Altogether it is obviously a compliment to be compared to one of the best German festivals in the world.
Why visit Feel Festival 2022?
Feel Festival has one of the most beautiful location of all German festivals in 2022. Dancing on the beach and camping directly at the water is just something unique and extraordinary. Besides that Feel Festival offers more than 10 different stages with different electronic music and 1-2 stages for bands. If you want to learn more you can read our full review of Feel Festival 2016.
Name: Feel Festival 2022
Location: Bergheider See
Distance to Berlin: 130 km
Date : 14-17 July 2022
Amount of Visitors: 10.000
Amount of days: 3,5
Music Styles: 80% electronic, 20% bands
Line-up: Not available before the festival
05. Garbicz Festival 2022
A festival which is located only 135km from Berlin is called Garbicz Festival. This festival is a bit of an outsider in this list because it is organised in Poland. The Garbicz Festival is located directly at a water, which makes this an awesome beach-festival for the summer. Every year around 7.000 people visit the Garbicz-Festival which makes it medium-sized compared to the other German festivals in 2022. The festival offers a mix of electronic music styles on several stages. On previous editions techno-DJs like RØDHÅD, Seth Troxler, AndHim, Ricardo Villalobos have been performing on the Garbicz Festival.
Worth the extra money
Garbicz Festival is the most expensive German festival in this list. The tickets can be bought for 310€ if you are an early bird and they go up to 350€ if you decide later. Included in this ticket are rides with the bus from Berlin (worth 28€) and 80€ worth of Szorrys, which is the festival-currency used in the world of Garbicz. Even if we deduct these things the price is a bit higher than most German festivals in 2022 but in our opinion it’s worth it.
Why visit Garbicz Festival?
As the image above shows, the lake is a fantastic spot to organise a festival. Imagine chilling with your friends at the waterside while drinking a cold beer and listening to some great tunes. It does not get much better. Besides that the line-up of Garbicz Festival is always very impressive with talented DJs from all over the world. You can expect music like the techno-clubs in Berlin.
Name: Garbicz Festival Weekenders
Address: 66-235, Poland
Distance to Berlin: 135 km
Date: 4-7 August 2022
Amount of Visitors: 7.000
Amount of days: 3
Music Styles: Electronic Music
Line-up: Not published yet
06. Wurzelfestival 2022
A German electronic festival which you might not have heard about before is called The Wurzel Festival. This festival mainly takes place in a forest and as you can see on the photo below, this ensure some very nice scenes at some of the floors. Every year approximately 8000 visit the Wurzel Festival. Besides a wide range of music you can expect workshops, fireshows, marketplaces and more.
A wide range of music styles
On the 10 floors of the Wurzel Festival you can find a wide range of music-styles. Besides the usual Techno, House and Electro you can enjoy less mainstream styles like Afrohouse, Synth Pop, Dubstep, Psytrance and Drum & Bass. We visited the Wurzel Festival in 2018 and can really recommend visiting this German festival to everyone who does not need 60.000 people like Fusion or famous names on the line-up like Melt
Why visit the Wurzel Festival?
A festival in the middle of the forest with a wide range of music styles. If your friends like to listen to different sorts of electronic music, this festival could be perfect for you. We personally also love the size and the fact that this German festival is only 70km away from Berlin.
Name: Wurzel Festival 2022
Address: Flugplatzweg 6, 14913 Jüterbog
Distance to Berlin: 70 km
Date: 09.06 – 12.06.2022
Ticket-Price: 165 – 176 Euro
Music Styles: Electronic music, Raggae, Bands, more.
Amount of days 3-4
Line-up: Not available yet
07. 3000 Grad Festival
Another festival which is not about money or becoming the largest festival in Germany, is called 3000 Grad Festival. The organisation mainly focuses on a friendly event with reasonable prices and a great atmosphere. About 4500 people visit this festival every year and the reviews are merely positive. The 3000 Grad Festival is organised about 135km south of Berlin and can be reached by car in about 2 hours. If you want to enjoy several days of open-air festival, you might want to consider visiting this event.
Electronic festival with bands
The 3000 Grad Festival offers a nice mix of talented DJs and a bunch of bands & live-acts, The line-up for 2022 is not published yet but last year Dole & Kom, Judith van Waterkant, Kollektiv Ost, Super Flu and Pan-Pot were present at this festival in Germany. The tickets can be bought for 169€ and it’s pretty nice that you can get your money back until 30 days before the actual festival.
Why visit 3000 Grad Festival?
Talk to someone who has visited this German festival before and they will tell you that 3000 Grad Festival is an awesome festival with a great atmosphere. The location is versatile, the line-up is solid and the tickets are reasonable priced. The fact that it’s a non-commercial festival also contributes to the charm of this festival.
Name: 3000 Grad Festival 2022
Address: 17258 Feldberg
Distance to Berlin: 135 km
Date: 12 – 14 August 2022
Amount of Visitors: 4.500
Music Styles: DJs and Bands
Amount of days: 2-3
Line-up: Not published yet
08. Mit Dir Festival 2022
When you like to visit an intimate festival, you should consider the Mit Dir Festival in the south of Berlin. This festival only sells about 1.500 tickets and is totally non-commercial. The organisation is a group of friends who mainly want to have a good time and not loose money on the festival. Personally we really love smaller festivals because you meet the same people more often and the vibe is usually way more friendly.
Intimate festival with 2 stages
Mit Dir Festival offers two mainstages and one alternative stage on which you can find a versatile program with things like karaoke, poetry-slams and interactive activities. The festival will be organised close to a lake so going for a swim in the hot month of July is not a problem. The line-up of Mit Dir Festival is similar to the DJs which you will be able to see in Berliner clubs like the Sisyphos, About:Blank and Ritter Butzke. The last couple of years DJs like Reinier Zonneveld, Marcus Meinhardt and Jan Oberlaender have been performing.
Why visit Mit Dir Festival?
Mit Dir Festival is an intimate festival with a lovely vibe and a non-commercial attitude. The organisation also focuses on sustainability and the vibe on this small festival is just great. If you are not looking for a massive festival with many stages but just want to have a good time, the Mit Dir Festival might be perfect for you.
Name: Mit Dir Festival 2022
Address: Klingemühle, Friedland
Distance to Berlin: 110 km
Date: 28.07 – 31.07 2022
Amount of Visitors: 1.500
Music Styles: Mainly electronic music
Amount of days 3-4
Line-up: Not available yet
09. Melt Festival
In 1997, more than 20 years ago, some of the most popular electronic German festivals were organised for the first time. Besides Fusion and SonneMondSterne it was also the year in which Melt took place for the first time. This 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 the island is a very unique location for a festival. Besides the nice location Melt also offers 12 different stages with many famous headliners in all sorts of music-categories.
Electronic festival with many famous acts
Compared to other German festivals in this list, Melt offers quite a lot of artists who are known all over the world. Altogether Melt is a more commercial festival than festivals like Fusion, Nation of Gondwana or Wilde Möhre. On the festival in the summer of 2022 names like Jamie XX, Peggy Gou, The Blaze, Daniel Avery and Mama Snake will be present. Altogether Melt is a festival with a lot more than just electronic music.
Why visit Melt Festival?
If you and your friends want to listen to more than just electronic music, Melt might be the best festival in 2022 for you. The 12 stages offer a wide range of different music styles and Ferropolis is a unique location which we personally enjoyed a lot when we visited Melt Festival 2019.
Name: Melt Festival 2022
Location: Ferropolis (Gräfenhainichen)
Distance from Berlin: 137 km
Date: 9-12 June 2022
Amount of Visitors: 20.000
Music-styles: Mix of DJs, Bands and Artists
Amount of days: 3
Line-up: Jamie XX, Peggy Gou, The Blaze, Daniel Avery and Mama Snake
10. SonneMondSterne 2022
The year 1997 was quite a special year for German festivals because besides Melt and Fusion it was also the first year SonneMondSterne was organised. In that year, already more than 25 years ago, only 2500 people visited the first SonneMondSterne. Nowadays SonneMondSterne got a lot larger and more popular and the last years more than 30.000 people enjoyed this German dance-festival. The festival takes place close to Saalburg and as you can see on the image below, it might be a good idea to pack your bikini and/or swim short.
Only electronic music
If you do not care that much about bands and artists and just want to see famous DJs, the festival SonneMondSterne might have the most impressive line-up of all German festivals in 2022: With names like Sven Väth, Martin Garrix, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Alle Farben, Adam Beyer, Pan-Pot, Stephan Bodzin and Nina Kraviz it’s probably hard to go back to the campsite at all.
Why visit SonneMondSterne?
SonneMondSterne would have a higher position in this list if the vibe would be a bit friendlier. This German festival attracts a lot of young people and in our opinion the vibe cannot be compared to festivals like Nation of Gondwana, Garbicz or Wilde Möhre. But the line-up speaks for itself, the location with water is great and maybe the vibe has improved since we last visited.
Name: SonneMondSterne Festival 2022
Distance from Berlin: 291 km
Date: 12-14 August 2022
Price including camping: 149€
Amount of Visitors: 30.000
Music-Styles: House, Electro, Techno
Amount of days: 2,5 (till Sunday 16.00)
Line-up: Sven Väth, Martin Garrix, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Pan-Pot, Stephan Bodzin and Nina Kraviz
Summary – Electronic German festivals 2022
All in all we can conclude that there are plenty of interesting electronic festivals in and around Berlin in 2022. Deciding between them is hard, even if you have read every word of this article. In one last attempt to help you decide we have made a small summary of the list. Just pick the one which sounds best to you and keep in mind that all of the German dance-festivals in 2022 are worth a visit:
Cheap festivals in Germany
If you are looking for a cheap festival, Germany is a great place. Most festivals cost about 50€ per day if you divide the ticket-price through the days. The cheapest German festival in our list are Melt and Nation of Gondwana.
Large Electronic festivals
Some people love large festivals because it’s impressive to jump around with thousands of others. The largest German electronic festival is Fusion with 60.000 visitors.
Festivals who know how to handle COVID
Some of you might want to visit a festival which likely take place even if COVID will screw with our summer again. Wilde Möhre is the only festival in this list which took place under massive COVID-pressure.
Electronic festivals close to Berlin
You do not want to go that far away from Berlin? The closest festivals to Berlin are Nation of Gondwana and Wurzel Festival.
Festivals with a unique atmosphere
In our opinion especially the smaller uncommercial festivals offer the best vibe. Wilde Möhre, and Mit Dir Festival.
German festivals directly at the water
German festivals located directly at the water are both Feel Festival and Garbicz Festival.
A map with German Festivals in 2022
If the location is one of the main arguments for you to decide which festival in Germany in 2022 you want to visit, the map below can be helpful. You can see that Nation of Gondwana is the closest festival, most other festivals are about 1,5-2 hours from Berlin and SonneMondSterne is a bit further from the capital. This map with German festivals shows you that most festivals are organised in the east of Germany.