New world number one Peter Wright will enter his first Pro Tour event since taking over Gerwyn Price in the PDC's Order of Merit.
The Scotsman reached the final of the International Darts Open two weeks ago, but failed to bag the trophy as the Iceman prevailed 8-4 in a high-quality contest.
This week, Wright won't have to worry about Price following the Welshman's withdrawal from the tournament.
The 37-year-old is suffering from a hand injury and was also forced to pull out from Thursday's Premier League event in Brighton.
Who is the defending champion?
The African Warrior Devon Petersen won last year's event after beating Jonny Clayton 8-3 in the final.
The South African player returns to Germany for a second bite at the cherry, but considering his current form, defending the title could be a step too far for the 35-year-old.
Who are the main contenders?
With Price out of the picture, his fellow top seeds will be desperate to capitalise on his absence.
Michael van Gerwen has seen a major improvement in form recently, but it's worth noting that he hasn't won a European Tour event since 2019.
Michael Smith, on the other hand, will be looking to back up his UK Open final defeat by winning his first European Tour event since the Gibraltar Darts Trophy in 2017.
Peter Wright, Jonny Clayton, Joe Cullen and Rob Cross are also among the frontrunners for the German crown.
How much prize money is on offer?
The total prize fund for the tournament is £140,000 with the winner set to take home £25,000.
The runner-up will claim £10,000 while the losing semi-finalists will take £6,500.
A defeat in the quarter-final is worth £5,000 while players eliminated in the third round will earn £3,000.
First round games will take place on Friday, and they will include players who are Tour Card qualifiers, associate member qualifiers, two highest ranked Germans, two host nation qualifiers, one Nordic & Baltic qualifier and one eastern European qualifier.
The top 16 seeds will join the tournament in the second round on Saturday, March 12.
The third round, quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final will all take place a day later on Sunday, March 13.
Where are the German Darts Championships held?
The tournament will take place in Hildesheim, Germany for the eighth successive year. The name of the venue is Halle 39.
Where can I watch the German Darts Championship?
Viewers in the UK can watch the action unfold on PDC.tv