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South Africans in Germany


Finally Spring, but don’t get too excited yet, it will still take a couple of weeks to warm up.
Although the trees are still without leaves until April, nature spoils us with flowers like CrocusNarcissus and Tulips. These can be seen in most gardens and meadows.
There is also the anticipation of the upcoming Easter celebrations in April, and most houses and gardens will be decorated accordingly.
The other great thing about March is the increase in daylight. Every day the sun comes up a minute or two earlier and sets later. Some places may still have snow, especially in the mountains.

TimeCentral European Time (CET), one hour behind South Africa until the last Sunday of March, when Summertime starts (26 March 2022).
WeatherThe temperatures average between 0.2 °C and 7.4 °C.
It could be warmer or colder, depending on the location.
The average daily sunshine is 3.8 hours.

Plan your month

everything you need to know


Many towns will have Easter Markets and decorate the town fountains with Easter eggs. These decorated fountains are called Osterbrunnen.
People also decorate trees and dried sticks with Easter eggs, these are called Ostereierbäume

Snow Info

For Snow information refer to the following websites:


Public Holidays
International Woman's Day2023-03-08Berlin, MV
Meteorological start of Spring2023-03-01All
Josefstag / Saint Joseph's Day2023-03-19BY
Astrological start of Spring2023-03-20All
Start of Summer time2023-03-26Clocks are turned forward by one hourAll
Festivals and events
St Patrick's day2023-03-17 The St Patrick's day parade in Munich is one of the biggest in Germany. There is also one in Berlin.
School Holidays and Terms
Easter HolidaysVariousSchool HolidaysHamburg and Niedersachsen

Events listed on our website

Virtual get-together 7 December 2023

07/12/2023 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Join us for a casual monthly get-together. The idea is to get to know other Southern Africans, support each other and share our ideas and tips on life in Germany. Follow the Skype link: Skype Meeting  – You do not need a Skype account to participate  

Online Wine Tasting

25/11/2023 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Online Tasting with Gerard Holden from Holden Manz You’ll get to know one of the most beautiful wineries in South Africa. But Holden Manz is not just a visual delight – their wines are a true dream. Gerard acquired the estate with his partner Migo Manz in August 2010, when it was still known as “Klein […]

The Travelling Art Gallery

02/11/2023 – 25/11/2023 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm – The Travelling Art Gallery is an artists’ initiative of contemporary artists from South Africa. Visit one of our upcoming exhibitions or browse through our online art catalogues at your leisure. Click on the images to open the respective catalogues. For art purchases and questions, please contact them by email at  

Charity Wine Tasting

23/11/2023 @ 6:00 pm – It is time for our pre-Xmas charity walkabout wine tasting and Xmas shopping for charity! Walkabout and taste wines with purpose from South Africa – wines grown at a protea sanctuary, WWF-certified wines, organic and vegan wines and much more. Snacks will also be provided. And if you are on a dry November before you […]

Juanita du Plessis “live in Amsterdam”

27/01/2024 @ 7:00 pm – Juanita du Plessis live in Amsterdam Tickets available at Disclaimer: This event is not organised by the admin of this website, we only share it for information purposes


17/06/2023 – 25/11/2023 @ 12:00 am – In her new album „Read My Lips“, Thabilé’s musical range encompasses genres such as jazz, soul, Afro, gospel, pop and R’n’B. The musical arrangements of the highly talented producer Steve Bimamisa are immensely captivating due to their instrumental clarity, without being obtrusive. Her vocal presence is varied, perfect, embracing and warm. Songs such as „Read […]

Some foods and drinks to try



Bärlauch (Wild Garlic) is in season. Wild garlic can be bought at markets or you can harvest it in the forests. I would not recommend harvesting Bärlauch, as the leaves can look similar to those of the Lily of the valley – which is poisonous.



The mussel season traditionally runs from September to the beginning of spring – the months that contain an “r”. So enjoy oysters, scallops and clams to the fullest in March.



The leaf spinach (Blattspinat) season starts in March. 


Morel (Morcheln)

Morels (Morchella) are a genus of sac fungi.  Here are some recipe ideas


Starkbier is as the name suggests a strong beer.  Starkbierzeit is called the 5th season. It is during Lent (From Ash Wednesday (22.02.2023) to Easter). Read more here

Fruit and Veggies in Season


Springder Frühling
Wild garlicder Bärlauch
Morelsdie Morcheln
Chervilder Kerbel
Turnipsdie Steckrüben
Radishder Rettich
Lamb’s lettuceder Feldsalat
Scallopsdie Jakobsmuscheln
Oystersdie Austern
Clamsdie Venusmuscheln


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