Guide to St. Patrick's Day in Germany: Parades, Events, Things to Do

Celebrating the biggest Irish holiday in Germany

Shamrock Irish Pub, Dresden, Germany
Courtesy of Shamrock Irish Pub

It may seem odd to celebrate Ireland’s national holiday in Germany, but just like in the USA there are plenty of people with Irish heritage, Irish expats, or people simply looking to party in green.

The Irish Embassy in Berlin estimates the number of Irish residents in the city to be between 1,500 to 1,700 people. And that isn't counting the boatloads of people who are proud of any Irish heritage.

As the 2019 celebration is on a Sunday, St. Patrick's parties are bound to be big. The two largest celebrations are in Munich and Berlin, but Irish pubs everywhere will be popular throughout the entire weekend. Look for live concerts, parties, and events and be prepared to pay a small cover (usually under €5).

This guide we will help you track down the best St. Patrick's Day parties in your area of Germany on March 17th. Put on something green, practice ordering a Guinness in German ("Ein Guinness bitte!"and give thanks to the Irish. It is St. Patrick's Day in Germany. Slainte

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    Munich, Germany St. Patrick's Day Parade
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    The biggest St. Patrick's Day party in Germany is also one of the largest in all of mainland Europe and takes place in the celebration capital, Munich.

    A small gathering of Irish expats in 1996 has turned into a massive parade of thousands of participants and spectators. It is billed as the largest multicultural event in Munich (after Oktoberfest and the Faschingsumzug or "Carnival parade") and ​Irisch, Bayerisch und bunt (Irish, Bavarian and colorful). Olympic Tower, the Kilians, the Kennedys and the Hard Rock Cafe all turn green for the holiday.

    Along with the boisterous and boozy parade, the festival has religious overtones. Celebration begins with an Irish mass and the parade is ordained by a priest.

    2019 St. Patrick's Day in Munich 

    This year marks Munich's 24th St. Patrick's Day celebration in Germany. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Munich always takes place the weekend before or on St. Patrick's Day. The whole weekend hosts many events, with the parade falling on the Sunday of St. Patrick's Day of Sunday, March 17th, 2019.

    • 12:00 p.m. - Parade from Münchner Freiheit to Odeonsplatz over Leopold and Ludwigstraße​
    • 1:30 p.m. - Parade ends at Wittelsbacher Platz where there is the blessing of the shamrock as well as speeches from the guests of honor
    • 2:00 p.m. - After Parade Party at Odeonsplatz with music and dancing across several stages

    Top Irish Pubs in Munich

    In addition to the official festivities, every Irish bar worth its salt will be hosting their own version of special events and concerts. Find an Irish bar near you and join the celebration.

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    St. Patrick's Day in Berlin

    Murphy's Irish Pub, Berlin
    Courtesy of Murphy's Irish Pub

    A ragtag start of a St. Patrick’s Day parade in 2011 has turned into an enthusiastic gathering of Irish expats and fans in Kreuzberg. Often consisting of a parade of several thousand people and many Späti (all-hours convenience store) beers, the party this year is a paid festival.

    The symbol for the city, the Fernsehturm (TV Tower) at Alexanderplatz, even gets into the spirit as it glows grün (green) for the weekend.

    2019 St. Patrick's Day in Berlin

    Each year the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Berlin gets a little bigger - especially if it falls on the weekend.

    The 2019 party will stay in Kreuzberg and be centered on modern biergarten and party space, Birgit & Bier. Along with plenty of beer and good vibes, there will be activism (this is Berlin, after all). In 2018, this centered on the abortion referendum in Ireland. In 2019, focus will be on climate change.

    Forgoing the parade, the festival will take place on Sunday, March 17th, 2019. There will be a visit from Ireland’s Ambassador to Germany, Michael Collins, bagpipes and children's ceilidh (traditional Irish dance), showings of 6 Nations rugby tournament, musicians, and storytelling performances.

    Along with your visual and audio entertainment, fill up on Irish specialties like Irish stew, potato cakes, bacon sandwiches, and - of course - Guinness.

    Top Irish Pubs in Berlin

    Berlin is a city of bars from old German Kneipe to classic Irish pubs. Here is a selection of some of the best around the city.

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    St. Patrick's Day in Hamburg

    The Shamrock Irish Bar, Hamburg, Germany
    Courtesy of The Shamrock Irish Bar

    Hamburg is a lively city any time of year, particularly on the weekend. For St. Patrick's Day, the party centers on the many Irish bars in Hamburg. They serve up live music, dancing, and plenty of Irish whiskey.

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    St. Patrick's Day in Frankfurt

    O'Reillys in Frankfurt
    https://www.oreillys.com/frankfurt

    Frankfurt's O'Reilley’s is the main place to party in green in the city. There will be music, drinking, and dancing, along with a karaoke competition on the main stage. Encouraging the singing - drinks are half price.

    Nearby Rüsselsheim am Main also has an annual Paddy’s Weekend with live music plus Irish food and drinks. 

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    St. Patrick's Day in Dresden

    Shamrock Irish Pub, Dresden, Germany
    Courtesy of Shamrock Irish Pub

    The rebuilt East German city of Dresden hosts its second annual free St. Patrick’s Day festival in 2019. Held on Postplatz, there is a full line-up of music and Irish dance.

    There is also a picturesque castle cruise that focuses on Irish flair. Along with spectacular views, there is music, great food, and Guinness.

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    St. Patrick's Day in Cologne

    Jameson Distillery Pub, Cologne, Germany
    Courtesy of Jameson Distillery Pub

    St. Patrick's Day in Köln (Cologne) is a subdued affair except for a few key Irish pubs.

    • Jameson Distillery Pub Cologne - Friesenstr.30-40, 50670 Cologne
    • Corkonian - Alter Markt 51, 50667 Köln
    • Flanagan's - Alter Markt 36-42, 50667 Köln
    • The Harp Irish Pub - Venloer Str. 22, 50672 Köln
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    St. Patrick's Day in Düsseldorf

    o’reilly’s Düsseldorf
    https://www.oreillys.com/dusseldorf  

    The ever-popular O’Reilly’s is the main site of entertainment for St. Patrick's Day in Düsseldorf. Classic music, drinks, and food will be served and anyone with a green face can get in for free. Other Irish bars in Düsseldorf:

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