7 events you won’t want to miss in March 2019 in Germany

From beer festivals to book fairs, here are our picks for the top events this month.

7 events you won't want to miss in March 2019 in Germany
Munich's Rathaus, or city hall, lit up green for St. Patrick's Day. Photo: DPA


Throughout Germany in March, colourful carnival events – known regionally as Karneval, Fasching or Fasnet – will spill onto the streets, celebrations continuing on from February onwards and upwards in the lead-up to Lent.

Whether in big cities such as Cologne and Düsseldorf or in smaller towns with equally vibrant crowds, visitors will encounter locals equally devoted to tradition and celebration. Events include concerts and parades, while be sure to check ahead to fully plan your costume.

See our guide of where to find the best carnival events across the country, as well as a vocabulary guide if you’re clueless about those strange calls that everyone from the bus driver to baker throws around.

Fastnett in Rottweil. Photo: DPA

Travel fairs galore in Berlin

The world’s largest travel trade show, ITB Berlin, will once again be back in Berlin, with booths devoted to travel options from many different countries all across the globe. ITB Berlin showcases the cultures and styles of a diverse range of locations, regardless if you’re looking for outdoor adventures, a gastronomic journey or a destination suitable for the whole family.

The lesser known Berlin Travel Festival will also take place in March, celebrating its second year in operation. The BTF runs from March 8th-10th, with information covering Brandenburg to Bolivia, and everywhere in between. The BTF also has a number of other travel-focused events and talks, including a range of inspirational speakers proclaiming the merits of solo travel, sustainability, female travel and much more.

In honour of Berlin’s first International Women’s Day being celebrated as a public holiday, there will be a limited number of free tickets for ladies on Friday, March 8th which can be pre-booked online.

International Women’s Day (Friday, March 8th)

Germany was one of the first countries in the world to propose a global day to celebrate women, with the first International Women’s Day celebrated in cities across the country in 1911. Over 100 years later the 2019 International Women’s Day will be the first time that the event is a public holiday in Germany (Berlin only).

To mark the holiday there will be a number of events in the capital, including the opening day of the Feminist Film Week and a special ‘Vernisage meets Live Music’ at the Galerie Kuchling.

Photo: DPA

St. Patrick’s Day (Sunday, March 17th)

As a modern, cosmopolitan country, Germany takes part in all kinds of international celebrations – particularly if they involve alcohol. Sunday, 17th of March is St Patrick’s Day – and with events taking place across the country, there’s no excuse not to don something green and polish up your Irish accent.

In the capital, the St Patrick’s Day is literally going green. The St. Patrick’s Festival Berlin, starting on Saturday, March 16th, is contributing €1 of all ticket sales and 5% of sponsorship raised to fund a new permanent Binee collection point for electrical waste in Berlin. Hamburg will also be hosting a large weekend long celebration at its Thomas Reed Irish Pub&Club.

So whether you are celebrating a good cause or just trying to find out what’s really at the bottom of a pint of Guinness, there will be a St Patrick’s Day event near you.

Strong Beer Festival (March 15th – April 7th)

Ever been to Munich for beer purposes and thought that the drop wasn’t strong enough? On March 15th, Munich’s Strong Beer Festival (Starkbierfest) kicks off with events that celebrate a stronger tipple than what’s on offer for the majority of the year.

Every year since the 15th century, Munich breweries have been crafting beer that’s stronger than eight percent. The winter has traditionally been the strong beer brewing season, with deep, malty and warming beers brewed to help Bavarians celebrate Lent.

Technically speaking, the ‘strength’ of the beer does not refer to alcohol content, but instead to the character, depth and texture of the beer. It just so happens that many of the beers are upwards of 10 percent alcohol by volume. Otherwise known as ‘liquid bread’, the beer was brewed to help monks make it through the Lent fast, with beer consumption an apparent loophole as bread was prohibited.

While spring is in sight, it’s still a tad too early to hit Munich’s famous beer gardens. Instead, enjoy a tasty and unique seasonal drop to celebrate the ending of the winter.

Bauhaus in Weimar (March 16th)

2019 marks 100 years since the architectural and design movement Bauhaus was founded in Weimar, Germany. The movement founded by Walter Gropius went on to influence art, architecture and culture across the globe. Gropius died in the United States in the 1960s but has gone on to become an almost mythical character in popular culture.

The staircase at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. Photo: DPA

From Weimar to Dessau and Berlin, events across Germany will be held throughout 2019 to celebrate the 100th anniversary. In Weimar the anniversary will be celebrated by a special lantern walk on March 16th. Starting at the Theaterplatz, the walk will take participants across lit-up Bauhaus buildings across the city, celebrating the movement and understanding its influence.

Leipzig Book Fair, March 21st-24th

Almost everyone in Germany has heard of the Frankfurt Book Fair, which is one of Europe’s largest literary celebrations. But the Leipziger Buchmesse is the second-biggest in Germany and is considered to be the go-to fair for non-commercial audiences around the country looking to get a taste of the best, newest and rarest literature available.

This year there will be a total of 3,600 exhibitions in 550 locations around Leipzig. They’ll include a large line-up of children’s literature, comics and foreign books in English and other languages.

Far from the vanilla titles of the airport bookstore, the Leipzig Book Fair showcases rarities you’ll never encounter with the algorithm-controlled recommendations of internet book shopping. Find your new favourite book from March 21st to 24th.

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REVEALED: The most commonly asked questions about Germans and Germany

Ever wondered what the world is asking about Germany and the Germans? We looked at Google’s most searched results to find out – and help clear some of these queries up.

Hasan Salihamidzic, the sports director of FC Bayern, arrives with his wife at Oktoberfest in full traditional dress. Photo: picture alliance/dpa |

According to popular searches, Germany is the go-to place for good coffee and bread (although only if you like the hard kind) and the place to avoid if what you’re looking for is good food, good internet connection and low taxes. Of course, this is subjective; some people will travel long stretches to get a fresh, hot pretzel or a juicy Bratwurst, while others will take a hard pass.

When it comes to the question on the bad Internet – there is some truth to this. German is known for being behind other rich nations when it comes to connectivity. And from personal experience, the internet connection can seem a little medieval. The incoming German coalition government has, however, vowed to improve internet connectivity as part of their plans to modernise the country.

There are also frequent questions on learning the German language, and people pointing out that it is hard and complicated. This is probably due to the long compound words and its extensive grammar rules, however, as both English and German are Germanic languages with similar words in common, it’s not impossible to learn as an English-speaker.

Here’s a look at some of those questions…

Why is German called Deutsch? Whereas ‘German’ comes from the Latin, ‘Deutsch’ instead derives itself from the Indo-European root “þeudō”, meaning “people”. This slowly became “Deutsch” as we know it today. It can be a bit confusing to English-speakers, who are right to think it sounds a little more like “Dutch”, however the two languages do have the same roots which may explain it.

And why is Germany so boring? Again, probably a generalisation, especially given that Germany has a landmass of over 350,000 km² with areas ranging from high rise, industrial cities to traditional old town villages and even mountain ranges, so you’re sure to find a place that doesn’t bore you to tears.

Perhaps it is a question that comes from the stereotype that Germans are obsessed with strict about rules, organised and analytical. Or that they have no sense of humour – all of these things being not the most exciting traits. 

Either way, from my experience I can confirm that, even though there is truth to German society enjoying order and rules, the vast majority of people are not boring, and I’m sure if you come to Germany you’ll meet many interesting, funny and exciting people. 

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When it comes to the German weather, most people assume a cold and cloudy climate, however this isn’t entirely true. While the autumn and winter, especially in the north, comes with grey skies and sub-zero temperatures, Germany can have some beautiful summers, with temperatures frequently rising above 30C in some places.

Unsurprisingly, the power and wealth of the German nation is mentioned – Germany is the largest economy in Europe after all, with a GDP of 3.8 trillion dollars. This could be due to strong industry sectors in the country, including vehicle constructions (I was a little surprised to find no questions posed on German cars), chemical and electrical industry and engineering. There are also many strong economic cities in Germany, most notably Munich, Frankfurt am Main and Hamburg.

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Smart and tall?

Why are Germans so tall? They are indeed taller than many other nations, with the average German measuring a good 172.87cm (or 5 feet 8.06 inches), however this may be a question better posed to the Dutch, who make up the tallest people in the world.

Why are Germans so smart? While this is again a generalisation – as individuals have different levels of intelligence in all countries – this question may stem from Germany’s free higher education system or their seemingly efficient work ethic. Plus there does seem to be some scientific research behind this question, with a study done in 2006 finding that Germans had the highest IQ in Europe.

So, while many of the questions posed about Germany and Germans on Google stem from stereotypes, we can confirm that some aren’t entirely made up. If you’re looking to debunk some frequently asked questions about France and the French, check out this article by our sister site HERE.