The Top 10 German Festivals of Summer 2014

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Germany is well known for its spectacular music festivals, with a plethora of festivals across the nation throughout the year. Celebrating its classical music legacy as well as some of the best music from contemporary artists around the world, the spring and summer months offer the highest concentration of music festivals, often with open-air venues that allow spectators to enjoy the great weather and charming greenery. Most German festivals open their doors to both adults and children as well, with many also having interactive educational programs for attendees who want to join in the music and cultural experience.

Our Top 10 German Festivals of Summer 2014 list takes all of these factors into account, and with the festival season just around the corner Germany should definitely be up there on your list of great festival experiences.

Photo credit: Bernard Bodo

10
Appletree Garden 2014 Germany
24th Jul - 26th Jul 2014
Tickets from €52 (3 day festival ticket + camping + parking)
Headliners:
WhoMadeWho

Looking for a small, intimate festival with a personal touch? New to festivals or simply tired of the crowds at the mega events? Do you want to hear music to entertain, enrich and inspire, and that you can also dance to? Then look no further than Germany's Appletree Garden Festival.

9
Splash Festival 2014 Germany
11th Jul - 13th Jul 2014
Tickets from €99 (3 day festival ticket)
Headliners:
OutKast

Germany's Splash Festival is one of Europe's largest hip-hop, R&B and reggae events, and one of the few in Germany that focuses on urban musical spheres.

8
Hurricane Festival 2014 Germany
20th Jun - 22nd Jun 2014
Tickets from €149 (3 day festival ticket + camping + parking)
Headliners:
Franz Ferdinand, The Kooks, Arcade Fire

Hurricane Festival, held in Scheessel in Lower Saxony, Gerany, every year since 1997, really does feel like a hurricane sweeping across the stages.

7
Deichbrand 2014 Germany
17th Jul - 20th Jul 2014
Tickets from €112 (4 day festival ticket with camping)
Headliners:
The Prodigy

Founded in 2005, when it had a capacity of just 2,000, Deichbrand has grown to become one of Germany’s leading rock festivals.

6
Rock im Park & Rock am Ring 2014 Germany
6th Jun - 9th Jun 2014
Tickets from €89 (1 day festival ticket)
Headliners:
Linkin Park, Kings of Leon, Metallica, Queens of the Stone Age

Rock im Park and its twin, Rock am Ring, appeal to lovers of rock music, offering more than 100 hours of the best modern music live on stage each year, and with over 150,000 people attending the combined events, these are not just the largest German music festivals but also amongst the biggest in the world.

5
Greenville Music Festival 2014 Germany
25th Jul - 27th Jul 2014
Tickets from €59 (festival day ticket + parking + shuttle bus)
Headliners:
Snoop Dogg

Greenville Music Festival is located 30km from Berlin and features three days of music and five days of camping.

4
Maifeld Derby 2014 Germany
30th May - 1st Jun 2014
Tickets from €55 (3 day festival ticket)
Headliners:
The National

Taking place from May 30 to June 1 this year on the grounds of Mannheim’s Maimarkt area, Maifeld-Derby plays host to host more than 60 bands from the international indie rock scene each year.

3
SonneMondSterne 2014 Germany
8th Aug - 10th Aug 2014
Tickets from €115 (3 day festival ticket)
Headliners:
Fatboy Slim

You might see stars dancing before your eyes after three days at Germany's SonneMondSterne (Sun, Moon and Stars) Festival!

2
Berlin Festival 2014 Germany
5th Sep - 7th Sep 2014
Tickets from €80 (3 day festival ticket)
Headliners:
Editors

Berlin Festival is an experience like none other. Held this year at the magnificent Arena Berlin events space on the city’s waterfront, the city of Berlin blasts away all barriers and embraces the spirit of the town, bringing beats, bands and urban art to the historical venue. This year, Berlin Festival will take it to the next level, bringing festival-goers 48 hours of non-stop music, entertainment, and urban culture in the heart of Europe's most vibrant city.

1
MELT! Festival 2014 Germany
18th Jul - 20th Jul 2014
Tickets from €136 (3 day festival ticket + camping + parking)
Headliners:
Portishead

Germany's Melt! Festival returns to the 'City of Iron' in July. Located just over an hour from Berlin, Melt! Festival draws in a musically-savvy crowd every year with its cutting edge line-ups.