April Fools' Day


Find out about April Fools' Day and Aprilscherze in Germany!

"April, April!" is what you will hear in Germany if someone has played an April Fools' Day joke on you.

Just like in the UK, 1 April is April Fools' Day in Germany. Children and adults across the country enjoy playing jokes on each other - sometimes teachers even play tricks on their pupils!

Some German companies are also known for their April Fools' Day jokes. Every year, German car manufacturer BMW runs an advert on April Fools' Day. Over the years, they have pretended to advertise lots of made-up products like a super-fast pickup truck or a special 'Royal Wedding edition' car.

Did you know ...?

  • In Germany, April Fools' Day jokes can take place all day long on 1 April. In the UK, they are usually only played before midday.
  • April Fools' Day is also popular in France, the Netherlands and the USA.
  • There will be weird articles in German newspapers on 1 April. Why not ask your teacher to translate some for you online?

Words Ahoy! ยท Wörter Ahoi!

Deutsch English
fool der Narr
in den April schicken to make an April Fool of somebody
joke der Witz
Aprilscherz April Fools' Day joke