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The 2015 edition of Dresden's 'abenteuer outdoor', a consumer fair for outdoor recreation and leisure, is taking place between 6 and 8 March. Find inspiration for hiking, cycling, climbing and countless other outdoor activities. Try out all the essential equipment or take advantage of the fun programme of activities on offer for the whole family.

If you love the great outdoors, why not combine your visit to the fair with a trip to the Elbe Sandstone Massif? From Pirna, for instance, you can follow the Malerweg (Painters' Way), one of the most beautiful walks in Germany, across the Saxon Switzerland National Park. A particular highlight is the Bastei rock formation, the park's most famous landmark.

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On 7 and 8 March 2015 the Erzhammer arts centre in Annaberg-Buchholz will once again be transformed into a demonstration workshop for woodcarving and engraving. The tradition of Erzgebirge woodcarving is long-established and is heavily influenced by the local area's mining heritage. Discover woodcarvings old and new in one of the Erzhammer exhibitions or try your hand at this ancient craft in one of the workshops.

A great way to reach the Erzgebirge mountains is via the 230km Saxon Silver Mines Route. This scenic route from Zwickau to Dresden is like one long open-air museum for European mining history.

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The German Alpine Road is one of the most popular scenic routes in Germany, running from Lindau by Lake Constance all the way to Lake Königssee in Berchtesgadener Land some 450 kilometres away. This panoramic route passes by mountain lakes and mountaintops, castles and palaces, abbeys and spa resorts, and is now even easier to navigate thanks to new signposting.

The Romantic Road also has something new to offer: the travel app in a new look that makes the perfect companion for your tour. You can use it to plan, get information on the towns and cities and sights, and store memories of your travels between Würzburg and Füssen. What are you waiting for?

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From 13 March 2015, Northern Hessen, birthplace of the Brothers Grimm, hosts a series of events dedicated to their lives and work, ranging from music and painting, to theatre and dance, to literature and countryside outings. Visitors to Northern Hessen can take advantage of the MeineCardPlus, which provides free access to over 95 attractions plus the use of local public transport.

And the region offers plenty of other reasons to visit, among them the UNESCO World Heritage Wilhelmshöhe Park and the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park. Not to mention the official 'fairytale chefs', who serve up magical and enchanting dishes in their restaurants.

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Since 2006, Regensburg, the best-preserved medieval city in Germany, has been a UNESCO World Heritage site. And since 1 January 2015, the Bavarian city has been one of the official Historic Highlights of Germany, all of which have been chosen for their outstanding contribution to the country's history, culture and scientific and economic life. But that's not all Regensburg has to offer. A shopping tour in the old quarter shows both the traditional and contemporary sides of the city.

From 26 February to 1 March, Regensburg will host the Disney on Ice spectacular. Captivating young and old alike, this unique show invites viewers to share in the wonderful world of Disney. You can also catch Disney on Ice in other German cities such as Oberhausen.

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Taking place this year from 2 to 5 March, the Special Olympics in Inzell are Germany's winter games for people with intellectual disabilities. Taking place in over 170 countries, this is the biggest sports movement of its kind in the world. Over 800 athletes will attend the German Special Olympics in 2015, taking part in eight sports on a non-competitive basis. Alongside the sporting action there'll be a comprehensive programme for families and athletes, plus of course the opening and closing ceremonies.

Inzell, located at the foot of the Bavarian Alps, has a beautiful landscape of mountains and lakes, crystal-clear streams and lush Alpine meadows, and is a habitat for all kinds of wildlife. So for nature lovers and active holidaymakers, summer is as good a time to visit as winter.

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Around Easter – from 28 February to 29 March in 2015 – numerous Sorbian Easter markets and exhibitions are held in eastern Germany. The Sorbian Easter markets are a folk tradition among the Lusatian Sorbs, a Slavic minority living in the region between the Spree Forest in Brandenburg and the Lusatian Hills in Saxony. Here you'll see traditional Sorbian Easter eggs, with their lovingly hand-painted shells, and of course the distinctive Sorbian folk costume.

But even outside of Easter time, the region of Lusatia has plenty to offer, such as the UNESCO Spree Forest Biosphere Reserve.

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On 4 October 2015, it will be 500 years since the birth of Lucas Cranach the Younger, the son of Lucas Cranach the Elder. Along with Albrecht Dürer, both father and son are considered the most important painters and printmakers from the Renaissance period in Germany. Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia, Saxony and Bavaria will be among the regions hosting a range of events and exhibitions to celebrate the Wittenberg-born painter during the anniversary year.

There is also something special in store for young people and families with children. An exhibition entitled 'Pop-up Cranach' brings to life the works of the Cranachs and is on at the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin until 12 April 2015. After that, the exhibition will be moving to other locations such as Wittenberg and Kronach.

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If you want to start the spring feeling fit, healthy and relaxed, why not pay a visit to Saxony? The region's thermal spas and health resorts are an ideal choice for a short, relaxing break. 'Healing earth', hot springs, soothing massages and traditional spa rituals are just some of what's on offer. Some 16 quality-certified hotels and holiday parks in destinations such as Bad Elster and Bad Schandau are geared to the needs of discerning health-focused visitors.

Saxony is also great for culture and active pursuits. It's so easy to combine a spa break here with cultural attractions or walking and cycling. The Erzgebirge Vogtland Nature Park, the Upper Lusatian Moorland Biosphere Reserve and the Saxon Switzerland National Park are ideal for those who enjoy the great outdoors.

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Since 1990, International Tourist Guide Day has been held every year on 21 February to mark the date when the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations was founded. On 21 and 22 February 2015, you can take part in exciting guided tours all over Germany on this year's theme of 'stones' – and all for free!

Guided tours are being held, for example, in Hildesheim (the stone cellar – the stone legacy of Hildesheim), Leipzig (along the walls of the city centre with the Stadtstreicherin) and Saarbrücken (art in public spaces – stone sculptures in Saarbrücken city centre). Free guided tours are also being held in another 85 towns and cities across Germany.

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