The nine best events taking place across Germany this March

From beer to Easter festivities, here's how you can welcome in the spring this March.

The nine best events taking place across Germany this March

1. Munich Strong Beer Festival, March 10th – April 2nd 


Think you could drink even the sturdiest of Bavarian's under the table? Think again. At this festival, the beers are particularly hard-hitting. 

Perhaps lesser known than its sibling Oktoberfest, the Starkbierfest (Strong Beer Festival) takes place over three weeks this month in breweries across Munich. 

The Paulaner am Nockherberg brewery will be celebrating from March 10th – April 2nd, where the public festival first took place in 1870.

The festival’s roots can be traced back to Paulaner monk Brother Barnabas, who had a desire for a strong beer to fill his tummy when fasting for lent.

With a 7.5 percent alcohol content, it seems he fulfilled his mission with the 'Salvator' beer. 

Other breweries have since developed their own versions of the Salvator, and serve them during this time.

2. Martin Luther rock musical concert, Kaiserslautern, Rhineland-Palatinate, March 10th

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To mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, a three-act rock musical has been written about the the father of Protestantism, Martin Luther.

“Luther – a man between God and the Devil”, is actually due to open in April, but a teaser concert for the show will take place this month in the Stiftskirche in Kaiserslautern.

All songs from the show will be debuted, alongside a narration of the historical events documented in the musical.

The audience will be serenaded by 12 instrumentalists, eight solo singers and a choir.

3. Fish Festival, Saarland, March 11th – 19th

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Though the region is nowhere near the sea, the state of Saarland is making the most of the fruits of its river by putting on a week-long fish festival.

The Saar-Hunsrück area is host to trout, char, whitefish and pike which can be enjoyed at around 20 participating restaurants.

You can also receive lessons on how to cook fish properly, have tours to understand how the fish are produced and enjoy workshops on how to pick the best fish when shopping.

As if that wasn’t enough, you can also go on a hike, where you will be supplied with a fish dish and the specific wine to go with it to serve as sustenance along the way.

4. St Patrick's Day, 12th March

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Known for being one of the biggest parties around the world, the St Patrick's Day parade in Munich will take place on March 12th. There could be nowhere better to hold the main German celebrations than Munich, a city so famous for it's beer consumption.

About 25,000 people are expected to take to the streets to drink beer and watch the parade, where approximately 1,200 people will march through the the centre of town.

The parade will include everything from bands of Gaelic bagpipers, to “walking pints” – people dressed as pints of beer. The parade will, of course, be followed by celebrations long into the night.

The revellers won't be drinking German beer, but the traditional Irish Guinness instead.

And of course other German cities like Berlin are sure to have their own festivities planned on the actual holiday, March 17th.

5. Nights of Crime, Stuttgart, March 14th – 27th

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A scene from famous German crime series Tatort. Photo: DPA

Now in its eighth year, this unique festival is not for those easily spooked!

The programme promises improvised theatre plays and musicals, readings from national and international authors, film screenings and lectures all based on the theme of crime’.

The “crime scenes” are to be found in a myriad of locations around Stuttgart that the public would not normally have access to, from table dance bars, to the ministry of justice and the crematorium.

Act quickly – according to the website, tickets for some events are already sold out. 

6. Leipziger Buchmesse, March 3rd – 26th

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One of the biggest book fairs in Germany, second only to Frankfurt, the Leipziger Buchmesse is the perfect gathering for all you bookworms out there.

With around 3,000 events, the fair allows publishers and authors to present their upcoming books, and to talk to readers and fans about their previous work. This year one of the world's most famous pianists, Lang-Lang, will be playing.

With quarter of a million people attending over the weekend, this centuries-old festival has a reputation for being less commercial than its Frankfurt rival – it is the book lover's book fair.

7. Berlin Alternative Fashion Week, March 31st – April 1st 

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Starting on the final day of March, Berlin's Alternative Fashion Week returns for its third year and aims to promote new, innovative, and alternative designers who might not be featured at the regular fashion weeks.

Taking place in the world-famous club Berghain, this event is a must for those who don't think they will able to get through the pearly gates the regular way.

At the event there are shows put on by designers from around Europe, with the 2015 show involving 60 designers from 25 different countries. There are also pop-up shops selling clothes by the designers, so if you're not interested in the shows but want to get some edgy shopping done, then this is the place for you.

8. Ostermarkt, Nuremberg, March 31st – April 17th

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The very end of the month sees the opening of the Ostermarkt, Nuremberg’s oldest market – going since 1424 – which anticipates the celebration of Easter.

Open daily between 10 am and 7pm in the Hauptmarkt, you can treat yourself to sweets or something fresh from a bakery stall as you browse through traditional Easter decorations such as intricately hand-painted eggshells.

The market also boasts clothes and household goods from over 100 traders – and the Easter Bunny drops by for a daily visit. 

A cheerful way to see off the long cold winter!  

9. Prenzlauerberginale, Berlin (throughout March)

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Last month we had the Berlinale – one of the world's biggest film festivals – which has in the past hosted stars like Meryl Streep, Hugh Jackman, and George Clooney.

But for those not interested in the big Hollywood blockbusters and the glitz and glamour of the red carpet, this smaller film festival throughout March could be just right for you.

In the Berlin district of Prenzlauer Berg, a small art cinema called Babylon is showing a range of documentaries and short films on the topics of “love, daily routine, and socialism.” Many of the films focus on life along the Berlin Wall, including documentaries on those who were both killed and successful in escaping to West Berlin.

A selection of videos of life with the Wall, as well as the Oscar-nominated Mauerhase (Rabbit à la Berlin), will be shown, along with an art exhibition of photos of Prenzlauer Berg in the 1970s.


Seven must-attend online events in Germany in April

Most cultural institutions remain closed in April, but there's plenty of activity happening online. Here's a list of online events for you to attend in Germany in April from the safety of your own home.

Seven must-attend online events in Germany in April
Semperoper in Dresden. Photo: DPA

Deutsches Theatre, Berlin, Interactive online event, until April 16th 2021

‘‘16-year-old Laura finds a message in her locker on the last day of school before the lockdown. A classmate is in danger and asks her for help. But Laura cannot solve the riddles she finds in her exercise book. Since she can no longer trust anyone at her school, she asks four outsiders for help’’. 

This is the plot of the interactive game with live performers hosted by Deutsches Theatre. Viewers get deeper and deeper insights into the dark machinations of the school via Zoom, Telegram and websites. In the style of escape rooms and detective games, a microcosm of corrupt clique leaders, illegal events and frightened schoolchildren unfolds.

To participate, you need a PC, a smartphone with the Telegram messenger app and a stable internet connection

Semperoper, Dresden, Virtual performance of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, starting April 5th 

Starting on Easter Monday, the Semperoper in Dresden invited its audience members to attend a virtual performance of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. A recording of Dresden’s latest opera can continue to be viewed free of charge. 

Volksbühne, Berlin, Digital Collection, until further notice

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Volksbühne in Berlin has various online events to check out. These include a production of Oedipus, talks on the role of instruments in the pandemic (‘Piano against Corona’) pieces by the Rosa Kollektiv in collaboration with the Rosa Luxembourg Foundation and more.  

Arab Film Festival, April 21st-30th

With a selection of fresh films, the festival will present the latest film making from the Arab world. Impressive film art, gripping stories and blunt statements are the focus of this year’s official selection, paired with strong protagonists. Feature films and documentaries deal with topics such as migration, gender roles and the culture of remembrance and show a contemporary and often personal image of a turbulent region.

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, DIGGIN’ OPERA II  April 25th 6 pm-7:30 pm

Festspielhaus Baden-Baden is showing an opera production produced entirely by high school children, including writing music, creating the stage sets and costumes. Under the guidance of the best specialists in their field, the young people have worked over several months to put together a music theatre production which they will now be presenting at the Festspielhaus online 

Virtual Marathon, Germany, April 11th

At the Virtual Marathon Germany, you can run anywhere in the world, alone or with friends! You can choose to run a distance of 21, ten or five kilometres.

You can set a training goal for yourself for April 11th and as a reward, you will receive a marathon package in the mail – including a medal and running shirt. In the virtual marathon, each participant can choose his or her own route. There are even prizes for winners, for which more than three hundred people have already registered.

Gämeldegalerie, Berlin, Online collection, until further notice

The National Museums in Berlin have published another virtual tour of one of their museum collections: Following the Bode Museum, the Gemäldegalerie can now also be explored digitally in its entirety and in both German and English. The gallery is showcasing its 58 rooms, 112 panoramas, and 1,200 works of art.