What’s on in Germany: March 10 – 16

This week's highlights: Poetry in Berlin, apple wine in Frankfurt, Iranian opera in Cologne, and Munich hosts one of the biggest St. Patrick's Day parties on the continent.

What's on in Germany: March 10 - 16
Apple wine at Frankfurt's Römer! Photo: DPA



ITB Berlin

From travel marketing trends to hot tourism topics, ITB Berlin covers all aspects of the travel and tourism industry. But it’s not just for professionals. Travel enthusiasts can go explore the Berlin Convention Centre in search of their next big escape.

Price: €12

Location: Messe Berlin

Times: Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13

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Beat Street

Berlin’s large population of international expats makes for an exciting poetry scene. A pack of loquacious locals have their way with words Thursday night at Beat Street’s monthly poetry night. Sway to the music of Cera Impala and Cameron Morgan between rhymes.

Price: Free

Location: Joe’s Bar, Schönhauser Allee 157

Times: Thursday, March 10, 9pm

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Scientia amabilis – Botanical Watercolours and Illustrations

Late winter blossoms are beginning to pop and you’re feeling ready for some serious flower power. They may be artist’s renditions, but the camellias, violets, hibiscus, and amaryllis on view at the Botanical Museum in Berlin-Dahlem look so real you can practically smell their sweet summer scent. Marvel at Irene Barkmann and Verena Redmann’s botanical skill, then take a stroll through the gardens.

Price: €6

Location: Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Freie Universität Berlin, Königin-Luise-Strasse 6-8

Times: Daily, 9am-6pm; March 10 – June 5

Phone: 030 838 50 100

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Iranian Opera Night

I say “opera” you say whatever country pops into your head. Italy? Nope. Germany? Nope. Iran? Yes. Cologne’s Bühne der Kulturen presents an overview of Iranian opera Thursday night. Hear the works of the Middle Eastern country’s most famous opera composers like Samin Baghcheban, Hossein Nassehi, and Aminollah Hossein. The evening includes the BBC interview with the late opera couple Samin Baghcheban and his wife Evelyn.

Price: €15

Location: Bühne der Kulturen, Platenstrasse 32

Times: Thursday, March 10, 7pm

Phone: 0221 955 9510

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Rachel Khedoori

Born in Sydney and based in Los Angeles, Rachel Khedoori has been showing her art around the world since earning her MFA from UCLA in 1994, often with twin sister Toba. Explore her pink rooms and other spaces at Galerie Gisela Capitain’s exhibition opening Friday night.

Price: Free

Location: Galerie Gisela Capitain, St.-Apern-Strasse 20-26

Times: Friday, March 11, 7-9pm (Opening); Tuesday – Friday, 10am-6pm, Saturday, 11am-6pm; through April 9 (Regular Hours)

Phone: 0221 355 70 10

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Apple Wine in the Römer

Mmm apples… Mmm wine… Mmm apple wine. Frankfurt is surrounded by both small and large producers of the cider-like beverage, and once a year the best of the best converge in the city centre for a little friendly competition. Go take a taste.

Price: €22

Location: Römer, Römerberg 23

Times: Sunday, March 13, 2-6pm

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Mexican Cinema and Literature: Doña Bárbara

Venezuelan author Rómulo Gallegos published his tale of heartache and seduction in 1929, creating one of the most beloved classics of Latin American literature. Fourteen years later, Mexican director Fernando de Fuentes put it on the big screen. See the 1947 picture Wednesday night at Hamburg’s Instituto Cervantes where it screens in the original Spanish version with English subtitles.

Price: Free

Location: Instituto Cervantes, Chilehaus, Fischertwiete 1

Times: Wednesday, March 16, 8pm

Phone: 040 530 205 290

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St. Patrick’s Day

Erin go Bräu! The St. Patrick’s Day celebrations begin Saturday in Munich, and in the home of Oktoberfest, that means two things: hooray for being Irish, and hooray for beer. But this weekend devoted to the patron saint of Ireland features a lot more than keg-tapping brouhaha. There’s an Irish Mass at St. Michael’s Church, Irish music and merriment at Hacker Pschorr Bräuhaus, and a grand parade!

Price: Free

Location: Various

Times: Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13

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David Sedaris

You can’t judge a book by its cover, but you can judge a book by the person reading it. And if the person reading it is either crying in public, or laughing out loud, it’s good. David Sedaris’ books are funny. So if you’re into humour, head to Munich’s Literaturhaus Monday when the American writer reads from his collection of animal-themed short stories Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk before continuing on to Berlin and Cologne.

Price: €10

Location: Literaturhaus München, Salvatorplatz 1

Times: Monday, March 14, 8pm

Phone: 089 29 19 34 27

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Crystal Museum – Children’s Day

On Sunday, the kids can dance to African beats with plaited hair and painted faces. Pamuzinda, a Munich-based band that plays the rhythms of Zimbabwe performs at the Crystal Museum’s Children’s Day. In conjunction with the exhibition “Treasures of Mother Africa,” the event takes on an African theme.

Price: €4 (Adults); €5 (Family – 2 Adults & 3 Children)

Location: Museum Reich der Kristalle, Theresienstrasse 41

Times: Sunday, March 13, 11am-5pm

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Retro Classics

If classic cars make you drool, you’ll want to be in Stuttgart this weekend. From Fiats to Ferraris, a spectacular array of sparkling autos lines up at Messe Stuttgart for the annual Retro Classics car show. Check out those rims! That grille! That engine! This will be one event you’ll never forget.

Price: €16 (Adults); €7 (Children); €32 (Family)

Location: Neue Messe Stuttgart, Messepiazza 1

Times: Friday, March 11 – Sunday, March 13

Phone: 0711 185 600

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Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

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However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.