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Forget beery Oktoberfests, for a real let-your-hair-down German festival visit the capital for the Berlin Carnival of Cultures.

This enormous street party is a celebration of the city‘s ethnic diversity, so you can expect a riot of Brazilian drumming, Latin samba dancing, Korean street snacks, Congolese singers and other entertainment from around the globe.

Why: This carnival dates back to 1995, when the post-Berlin Wall city was struggling economically, and social divisions were very apparent. In other words, the Berliners were in sore need of a festival, to cheer everyone up and celebrate the spirit of togetherness. It’s been going strong ever since.

Do it because: The parade is a real highlight – more than 4500 dancers samba their way through the melting pot neighbourhood of Kreuzberg on the Sunday. Expect stilt-walkers, wacky costumes and all sorts of impromptu street performances.  

May 17 - 20
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