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March in Berlin

Goodbye winter, spring ahead

© visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Spring is waking up in Berlin and with it come markets and festivals, Easter fun, art and music. Soak up the first rays of sunshine in the capital and explore interesting places outside the city centre or marvel at the works of talented female artists on Teufelsberg to celebrate International Women's Day. And if the weather doesn't play along yet, don't worry: March brings exciting new exhibitions and Greek cinema highlights.

Tip 1: Easter markets and festivals in Berlin

Ostereier auf dem Naschmarkt in Berlin
Ostereier auf dem Naschmarkt © Slow Food Berlin, Foto: Udo Tremmel

Spring officially begins on 20 March and nature slowly awakens from its winter slumber. With colourful Easter eggs, you can ring in the time of blossoms and flowers on 31 March with Easter Sunday. Themed markets and festivals take place in Berlin:

Tip 2: Visit the "Späth'schen Baumschulen" at the start of the season

Traditionsfest in den Späth’schen Baumschulen
© Späth’sche Baumschulen/Daniela Incoronato

In March, the Späth'schen nurseries come to life and invite you to the spring market, Easter festival and herb days. Here you can buy new plants for your balcony or garden or simply enjoy the green magnificence. Learn all about herbs or attend workshops on Easter egg painting in the Sorbian tradition.

Tip 3: Discover Berlin's districts with "Ab ins B!"

Köpenick, Friedrichshagen, Bölschestraße
© visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

With "Ab ins B!", activities are starting in ten Berlin districts that will encourage you to leave the beaten track. Discover what Berlin has to offer outside the city centre. The detailed programme will be published at the end of February. Take a look and be inspired to go on excursions to match the awakening spring.

When: 30 March to 14 April
Where: Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Lichtenberg, Neukölln, Treptow-Köpenick, Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Pankow, Marzahn-Hellersdorf, Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Reinickendorf and Spandau

More about "Ab ins B!"

Tip 4: Hold your breath at the World Aquatics Diving World Cup

Schwimmen IDM Schwimmen

An athlete climbs the diving platform, gets into position and builds up body tension. Everyone present holds their breath in the seemingly endless seconds until the diver takes off light-footedly and spins through the air several times. In March, you can experience such special moments live at the World Aquatics Diving World Cup.

When: 21 to 24 March
Where: Swimming and diving centre at Europa-Sportpark, Paul-Heyse-Straße 26, Pankow

World Aquatics Diving World Cup

Tip 5: Visit the first Power of Female Art Festival at Teufelsberg

Graffiti in der Abhörstation Teufelsberg von Alexey Komarov
© © Alexey Komarov (CC BY-SA 4.0) by wikimedia commons

Eighth March is International Women's Day, which is even a public holiday in Berlin. To mark the occasion, the first Power of Female Art Festival is starting at Teufelsberg, where you can view works by 30 female artists. There will also be a stage programme, live music and you can look over the shoulders of female street artists as they create their works.

When: 8 to 10 March
Where: Teufelsberg, Teufelsseechaussee 10, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf

Power of Female Art Festival

Tip 6: Melt away at the Berlin Chocolate Festival

© GettyImages, Foto: Halfdark

"I don't like chocolate at all." - You rarely or never hear that. Cocoa-based delicacies unite people from all cultures, young and old alike. The chocolate horizon is wide and you are invited to explore it at the first Berlin Chocolate Festival. You will discover that cocoa is not only used in sweet dishes, but also in savoury ones. Discover chocolate-themed street food stalls and sample the offerings of selected producers and manufacturers.

When: 16 to 17 March
Where: Arena Market Berlin, Eichenstrasse 4A, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg

Berlin Chocolate Festival

Tip 7: Enjoy Greek cinema highlights

Kino Publikum
Cinema audience © GettyImages, Foto: Ghislain & Marie David de Lossy

In March, film enthusiasts can get over the post-Berlinale depression and visit the Greek Film Festival. Between 35 and 40 current Greek feature films, documentaries and short films will be screened. The accompanying programme of discussion panels and networking events with filmmakers and producers will bring you very close to the world of Greek cinema.  

When: 20 March to 24 March
Where: Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 30, Mitte

Greek Film festival in Berlin

Tip 8: Listen to the special sounds of the MaerzMusik festival

Multimedia Installation
© GettyImages, Foto: Mads Perch

At this festival for new music, you can gain new perspectives on contemporary compositions. With a special focus on mediation and exchange, MaerzMusik creates a forum for dialogue. In the QuerKlang and QuerKlang+ formats, pupils can try their hand at composing contemporary pieces. The rest of the festival programme includes concerts, performances, installations, music theatre, film screenings and discourse formats.

When: 15 to 24 March
Where: Haus der Berliner Festspiele

MaerzMusik Festival

Tip 9: Use Archive Day to take a look behind the scenes

© Getty Images, Foto: FabrikaCr

The world's archives are full of photos, letters, documents and much more that sheds light on the history of the past and present. These treasures are often only seen by researchers and archivists who have to find their way through the mass of material. To mark the nationwide Day of Archives, some Berlin archives are opening their doors and giving children and adults a look behind the scenes. Among other things, exciting insights into the GDR opposition, historical maps and posters as well as diaries and letters from the 20th century await. 

When: 2 to 3 March 
Where: Participating Berlin archives

More about Archive Day

Tip 10: Getting to the bottom of looted art at the Humboldt Forum

Exhibition area "Mesoamerica. Ballgame, Pyramids, Gods" of the Ethnological Museum in the Humboldt Forum in Berlin
Exhibition on Mesoamerica in the Ethnological Museum © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss / Giuliani von Giese

The topics of looted art and restitution have become increasingly important in recent years. A new exhibition at the Humboldt Forum uses ten case studies from across the centuries to examine the complex connections and background to looted art. Particularly exciting: virtual reality is used in the exhibition so that you can immerse yourself even better in the stories.

When: from 21 March
Where: Humboldt Forum, Mitte

Exhibition: Loot. 10 Stories

Tip 11: See new works by Joseph Beuys at the Hamburger Bahnhof

museum Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin
museum Hamburger Bahnhof © visitBerlin, Foto: Martin Gentischer

In March, the Hamburger Bahnhof presents its new permanent exhibition with works by the legendary artist Joseph Beuys. It includes exclusive donations that were transferred to the museum from Erich Marx's private collection in 2020. The exhibition opens up new perspectives and provides a good overview of Joseph Beuys' oeuvre.

When: from 22 March
Where: Hamburger Bahnhof, Invalidenstraße 50/51, Mitte

Joseph Beuys at Hamburger Bahnhof

Maria Grade


studied art history in Berlin and is at home in the digital world. For her, things get interesting where technology and sustainability meet art and architecture. As a child, she wanted to become a writer or journalist. Today she writes about the Berlin of the future for you. All posts