Holidays and Public Holidays in NRW 2021/22

When are holidays in NRW in 2021? Photo: Monkey Business Images / Shutterstock

It’s never too early for students—and some teachers—to inquire about upcoming holidays and public holidays. But when are the holidays in North Rhine-Westphalia in 2021/2022? Here you will find an overview of all public and school holidays.


  • German Unity Day: October 3, 2021 (Sunday)
  • Halloween: November 1, 2021 (Monday)
  • Christmas Day: December 25, 2021 (Saturday)
  • Boxing Day: December 26, 2021 (Sunday)
  • New Year’s Eve: January 01, 2022 (Saturday)
  • Good Friday: April 15, 2022 (Friday)
  • Easter: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)
  • Easter: April 18, 2022 (Monday)
  • Labor Day: May 1, 2022 (Sunday)
  • Ascension Day: May 26, 2022 (Thursday)
  • Pentecost Sunday: June 5, 2022 (Sunday)
  • Pentecost: June 06, 2022 (Monday)
  • Corpus Christi: June 16, 2022 (Thursday)

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  • Summer vacation 2021: Monday 5 July to Tuesday 17 August 2021
  • Autumn holiday 2021: Monday 11 October to Saturday 23 October 2021
  • Christmas holidays 2021/2022: Friday 24 December 2021 to Saturday 08 January 2022
  • Easter holiday 2022: Monday 11 April to Saturday 23 April 2022
  • Summer vacation 2022: Monday 27 June to Tuesday 9 August 2022

In 1964, the so-called “Hamburg Agreement” stipulated that school holidays throughout Germany consisted of 75 working days (12 Saturdays). Specific holiday dates are set by individual federal states – with one exception. During the summer vacation, the Conference of Education Ministers coordinates regularly so that not all federal states have vacations in the same week. This is primarily intended to reduce travel.

Traditionally, many school holidays in Germany fall within the confines of church holidays. You can also see this on the holidays in NRW: the Christmas holidays and the Easter holidays as well as the day off on Pentecost.

They start right before Christmas Eve Christmas holidays in North Rhine-Westphalia, which will then extend into the new year. In early 2022, school in North Rhine-Westphalia will start again on Monday, January 10.

They are also clearly marked with church holidays Easter holiday in North Rhine-Westphalia. As in most other federal states, there are days off in NRW before and after Easter days. The 2022 Easter holiday in NRW runs from April 11 to April 23.

The Pentecost holiday is not available everywhere in Germany. Some federal states dispense with these holidays because they would otherwise be too close to summer vacation. There will be no Pentecost holidays at NRW in 2022.

The Autumn holidays in North Rhine-Westphalia I came out of the so-called “potato feasts”. In earlier times, school children in particular would take a day off in the country to help harvest potatoes on their parents’ farm. It lasts two weeks and is usually in October.

NRW summer vacation: a special place

Of course, the same applies to North Rhine-Westphalia: summer vacation is the longest free time of the year. However, summer holidays always start at different times. As a result, all other holidays are always slightly delayed.

All federal states are divided into five groups, which have summer vacation on different dates. For example, the state of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria always have holidays at the same time, as do Bremen and Lower Saxony. Only the state of NRW is not part of a group, but it has a special status as the most populous federal state. No other federal state has holidays at the same time as North Rhine-Westphalia.

Many federal states have so-called flexi days off. Individual schools set an additional three to five days off, for example to use typical bridging days or to give students time off at local traditional festivals.

There are individual schools in North Rhine-Westphalia Three in the school year 2021-202 Flexible vacation days are available. At least one of these holidays should be used as a day of tradition i.e. at folk and home festivals or during carnival, which is widely celebrated in many places in NRW. If there are several schools in the municipality, the flexible vacation days should be organized uniformly. The school conference decides to schedule flexible leave days in agreement with the school authority. Find out from the responsible school when and if flexible vacation days are planned for 2021.

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