Events with lights, books, beer, street art, spring, Easter and Ireland are all reasons to head south.
Provided you can get through the blizzards, Germany is hosting some festivals throughout the month of March featuring everything from strong beer to light shows, writes news website The Local.
This weekend, Berlin Graphic Days celebrates street art and graffiti, bringing together more than 50 international artists to perform, create and sell their unique works of art – and t-shirts – to collectors and fans.
Further south, the month-long Munich Strong Beer Festival on March 2-25 gives visitors the best of Bavaria’s beer culture. Dating back to 1870, the festival is held at the Paulaner am Nockherberg brewery, providing local brews that are deep, malty and warming. Be careful on the local transport, though.
On March 15-18, the Leipziger Buchmesse is the country’s second-biggest book fair after Frankfurt’s in October. It’s known as the go-to event for non-commercial audiences interested in discovering what’s new in modern literature, in a variety of languages.
The Easter festival Ostermarkt Nürnberg in Nuremberg on March 16 to April 2 is like a Christmas market, only warmer, with stalls selling foods and locally sourced handicrafts like hand-painted wooden eggs and rabbit figurines.
Lights and rollercoasters
A festival of lights held every two years, Luminale 2018 in Frankfurt am Main on March 18-23 is full of light shows and art installations, typically attracting over 200,000 visitors. It also features live performances, lectures and light sculptures around the city.
Starting in March is the Spring Festival Berlin, or Frühlingsfest, held this year from March 28 until April 22, with rollercoaster rides, food stands and a ferris wheel near Tegel Airport.
Finally, all over Germany on March 17, St Patrick’s Day turns everything green, except for the beer, and lands this year on a Saturday. In Munich on that day, a parade takes place at noon and celebrations take over the streets from Schwabing to Wittelsbacher Platz. In Berlin, the fun will be at Urban Spree in Friedrichshain, with Irish street food, live Celtic music and dancing.