Festivals and Events in Germany in March

What's on in Germany in 2016?

Are you visiting Germany in March? Find out what's happening during your vacation in March, and enjoy some of Germany's best annual events and festivals.

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    A general view of the 2011 Leipzig Book Fair at the fair grounds on March 18, 2011 in Leipzig, Germany.
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    Enjoy the vibe of the "Golden Twenties" in Dessau, the birthplace of German composer Kurt Weill (The Three Penny Opera). The city celebrates Weill with a week-long music festival, and the famous Bauhaus buildings are the ideal stage for Weill's compositions.

    When: February 26 – March 13, 2016
    Where: Anhaltisches Theater, Dessau

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    New Townhall of Munich, Germany
    ••• The Townhall at Marienplatz. Dimitry B.

    Germans love their brew and there is a reason for celebration almost any time of the year. Described as the “insider's Oktoberfest”, locals shake off winter hibernation with beers of Herculean strength.

    When: February 19 - March 19, 2016
    Where: Opening festivities go down at Paulaner's Festsaal (festival hall) at Nockherberg. Each beer hall and brewery also host their own Starkbierfest

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    Cologne cathedral
    ••• James Cridland

    The city of Cologne hosts Europe's largest literature festival, presenting internationally renowned authors from around the world. The festival is famous for its unusual locations and events; you can listen to crime stories at the Cologne police headquarters, or enjoy poems on a ship.

    When: March 8 - 19, 2016
    Where: Various interesting venues in Cologne

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    leipzig
    ••• Leizpig Tourism and Marketing GmbH, Photo: Bader

    Leipzig is known as the city of music, but that is not its only arts scene. One of the first book fairs, the Leipzieger Buchmesse, is among the largest in the world. It was an important meet-up during the DDR era with readers and sellers from the East and West and the event has continued to grow since reunification. 2012 was the fair's biggest year with 163,000 visitors and at least 2,900 participants from 39 countries.This year promises to provide a growing international scene and events for children.

    When: March 17 to the 20, 2016

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    St. Patrick's Day in Berlin.JPG
    ••• Celebrating Saint Patrick's Day in Germany. Erin Porter

    A guide to celebrating the biggest Irish holiday in Germany. Just because you are in the land of Reinheitsgebot doesn't mean you can't enjoy a Guinness.

    When: Thursday, March 17th (Sunday March 13th is the parade in Munich)

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    German Easter Eggs
    ••• GNTB/Hans R. Colorvision Utthof

    If you prefer an Easter egg tree to an Easter bunny, Germany has you covered. Here are four unusual Easter traditions and places in Germany.

    When: March 27, 2016