Festivals in Germany in March

What's on in Germany in March

Are you visiting Germany in March? It is the low season so your travel dollar should go father, especially for hotels. It is also the heart of the winter season so pack appropriately and don't forgot a scarf.

This is often the ideal time to visit Germany's ski slopes or ice rinks, as well as Germany's best festivals in March.

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    Kurt Weill Music Festival

    Enjoy the vibe of the Golden Twenties in Dessau, the birthplace of German composer Kurt Weill. Famed for his "Three Penny Opera", the festival celebrates with a week-long music festival. Dessau's Bauhaus buildings act as the ideal stage for Weill's compositions.

    When: February 2 - March 23, 2018
    Where: Anhaltisches Theater, Dessau

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    Munich's Starkbierzeit
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    Germans love their brew and there is a reason for celebration almost any time of the year. Oktoberfest is far from the only large-scale bierfest in Germany, or even in Munich.

    Described as the “insider's Oktoberfest" and the fifth season, Starkbierzeit (strong beer time) is when locals shake off winter hibernation with beers of Herculean strength.

    Popular brewers Löwenbräu, Augustiner, and Hacker- Pschorr brew just enough to satisfy the season. Opening festivities go down at Paulaner's Festsaal (festival hall) where it first took place in 1870. Beers are traditionally served in a 1-litre stein, called a Keferloher.

    When: March 2 - March 25, 2018
    Where: Nockherberg (Hochstr. 77, 81541 München). Each beer hall and brewery also host their own Starkbierfest

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    Sorbian Easter Egg Market

    Sorbians prepare easter egg
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    The Sorbs are a minority group of Slavic people who settled in eastern Germany around the 7th century AD. They have a unique language, traditions, and Easter traditions.

    Every year, preparation begins early for Easter. Eggs are meticulously blown out, painted and sold. This tradition is thought to ward off evil spirits. The beautiful eggs are featured on many German osterbaum (Easter trees).

    When: March 3 – 4, 2018
    Where: Lübbenau and various locations around East Germany

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    Cologne Lit Fest
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    The city of Cologne hosts a large literature festival with internationally renowned authors from around the world. They cover every genre from non-fiction to crime to Nobel laureates.

    The Cologne Literature 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 6 - 17, 2018


    Where: Various venues in Cologne

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    Leipzig Book Fair
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    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.

    This was an important meet-up during the DDR era with readers and sellers from the East and West. The event has continued to grow since reunification and includes nearly 3,000 events at 350 different venues for over a quarter of a million people.

    When: March 15 - 18, 2018
    Where: Various venues in Leipzig

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    St. Patrick's Day in Berlin.JPG
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    Just because you are in the land of reinheitsgebot (beer purity law) doesn't mean you can't enjoy a Guinness.

    The St Patrick's Day parade in Munich is the biggest celebration in Germany with thousands of people taking to the street to enjoy a foreign beer, Gaelic bagpipers, and beer-themed party gear.

    Berlin also hosts a St. Patrick's Festival at Urban Spree with Irish drinks and food, live music, and Irish dancing.

    On St. Patrick's Day, Irish pubs across the country will open their doors with live music and kegs full of beer.

    When: Thursday, March 17th (March 11th is the parade in Munich)
    Where: Various events around the country

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    Thueringer Bachwochen

    Thuringian Bach Weeks is a Baroque music festival is held in honor of Johann Sebastian Bach. It is the largest classical music festival in Thuringia and features musicians from around the country.

    When: March 21 – April 15, 2018
    Where: Various venues throughout Thurungia

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    Berlin ITB
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    Internationale Tourismus Börse (or the much easier ITB Berlin) is the world's largest travel trade fair. 

    Begun in 1966, it now brings in 10,000 exhibitors from more than 180 countries as a B2B (business to business) platform. Tourism departments, tour operators, airlines, and hotels arrive ready to impress. 

    When: March 7 – 11, 2018
    Where: Berlin Messe (Messedamm 22, 14055 Berlin)