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Are you hoping to bring your family with you to Germany?  The Welcome Center can offer you help and advice to make the move for you and your family as smooth as possible.

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Most likely you will have many questions at the beginning: How is child care organized? How do I register my child for school? Which health insurance does my family need? How do I get on waiting lists for scarce Kindergarden spaces? Where can I find a big enough flat?

The Welcome Center is the direct contact for international researchers in advance of your arrival to organize childcare and schooling for your children. We work in close coordination with the University of Regensburg Familien Service. Contact us at info.welcome-center@ur.de as early as possible to get on waiting lists for childcare.

The city of Regensburg has published a very comprehensive Manual for Women (Frauenhandbuch)  (in German), in which you will also find very valuable information.

School and public holidays 2019 and 2020

In Germany, the year-round school system spaces school holidays throughout the whole year. They vary slightly in each German state (Bundesland).

School holidays in Bavaria 2020:

Winter Break/Fasching/Carnival (one week): 24.-28. February 2020

Spring Break/Easter Holiday (two weeks): 6.-17. April 2020

Pfingstferien/Whitsun (two weeks): 1.-12. June 2020

Summer Break (six weeks): 27. July.-7. September 2020

(the new school year begins Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020)

Fall Break/Herbstferien (one week): 2.-6. November 2020

Dezember/Christmas break: 23. December 2020 - 6. January 2021

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In addition to those longer holiday times, there are many public and religious holidays for which school is closed - and shops are closed on these days as well!

Public and religious holidays in Bavaria in 2019 and 2020:

All Saint's Day                 Friday, November 1, 2019
Christmas Day       Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Boxing Day          Thursday, December 26, 2019
New Year             Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Holy Three Kings                   Monday, January 6, 2020

Good Friday

Friday, April 10, 2020

Easter Monday

Monday, April 13, 2020

Labor Day/May Day

Friday, May 1, 2020


Thursday, May 21, 2020

Whit Monday

Monday, June 1, 2020

Corpus Christi

Thursday, June 11, 2020


Saturday, August 15, 2020

German Unification Day

Samstag, October 3, 2020

All Saint's Day

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Christmas Day

Friday, December 25,2020

Boxing Day

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Since you most likely still have to work during the longer holiday times, the University of Regensburg's Family Service offers a child care program for certain ages during school vacations. Pre-registration is absolutely required!

For more information and how to register for vacation/holiday child care programs, please contact the Welcome Center.

Kids program at Köwe

Handycrafts are offered every Saturday between 2:30 and 5 pm. All activities including child care are free of charge.

For more information, click here.


Welcome Center

for International Visiting Researchers and PhD Candidates


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