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From 29 March to 19 July 2015 the Herzogliches Museum in Gotha is presenting an exhibition entitled Image and Message – Cranach in the Service of the Court and Reformation. As well as notable paintings and prints by the Cranach family of painters, this special exhibition features prestigious loaned works. Exhibits range from ceremonial works from Cranach's time as court painter through to his Reformation pieces – representing all facets of his life and legacy.

You can also retrace Cranach's steps in other parts of Thuringia. See the art collections in Wartburg Castle, the Cranach altar inside the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Weimar or the exquisite panel painting in Erfurt Cathedral.

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Now in its third year, the Easter festival at Baden-Baden Festival Theatre runs from 27 March to 6 April 2015. The Berlin Philharmonic will be performing a new production of The Rose Cavalier, the opera by Richard Strauss, and chamber ensembles will be playing master concerts in the theatre, the Stiftskirche church, the Frieder Burda Museum and many other cultural venues in the town. Book your tickets now!

Baden-Baden is known for more than just its abundance of cultural sites. The town's history of spa culture, which stretches back over 2,000 years, entices visitors from all over the world. This Black Forest spa resort is home to twelve hot springs famed for their healing powers. A wide array of health and wellness facilities makes Baden-Baden the perfect place to re-energise this spring!

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The end of March is when Germany's theme parks open their gates for the start of the 2015 season. Family attractions the length and breadth of the country will dazzle you with lots of different theme worlds, exciting rides, mesmerising shows and endless fun for all the family. Germany's biggest theme park, Europa-Park in Rust, welcomes in the summer season on 28 March 2015 with a programme of special events to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

From 1 April 2015, you have the chance to immerse yourself in the world of film and television at Babelsberg Film Park in Potsdam. Explore film sets and discover props, costumes and technical equipment past and present or take the opportunity to get in front of the camera yourself.

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An endless sea of purple flowers – it can only be the Husum Crocus Festival. Every year, more than four million crocuses transform the grounds of Husum Castle into a springtime wonderland. The festival held in celebration of this spectacle takes place on 28 and 29 March in 2015, and includes the coronation of a new crocus queen. What's more, the shops are staying open on Sunday especially for the event.

There's lots to see and do in the small but lively harbour town of Husum on the North Sea coast. Whether it's a cultural experience in the old quarter, an outing on the UNESCO World Heritage Wadden Sea or the culinary delights unique to northern Germany, in Husum you'll encounter north Frisian charm at its best.

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Head to Burghausen in Bavaria between 17 and 22 March 2015 for the 46th International Jazz Festival. This annual event is one of the world's most acclaimed jazz festivals. With performances by jazz legends, stars of the contemporary jazz scene and newcomers too, there's never a dull moment.

Also well worth a visit is Münster Music Days, which is back for its second edition from 20 to 22 March 2015. The outstanding programme will see old hands join fledgling stars on the stage of the Cloud concert hall in Münster's Germania Campus. It's a celebration of musical artistry that will leave you feeling inspired and entertained.

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Visit Pirmasens on 28 and 29 March 2015 and prepare to be transported back to the days of Landgrave Ludwig IX. During the Landgrave Festival, lots of different family-friendly events and activities take place on Schlossplatz square, at the Landgraves Café and throughout the town centre. Indulge in culinary delicacies from days gone by, watch musical acts and dance displays and see traditional crafts being practised. Pirmasens is also a great place for shopping – with numerous outlet stores from the shoe manufacturers the town is famed for.

Nature lovers should take a trip to the French border that's located just outside Pirmasens. Here they'll find the Palatinate Forest-North Vosges Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO-listed reserve boasting a diverse range of flora and fauna.

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On 14 March 2015 the FIS Snowboard World Cup makes its return to Winterberg in North Rhine-Westphalia after nine years. Get up close to the action as the top 120 raceboarders in the world demonstrate their sporting prowess on the slopes of Mount Poppenberg. There's a diverse programme of events to enjoy alongside the men's and women's parallel slalom – rounding off the winter season with a huge party for snowboarders and spectators alike.

Winterberg is so much more than just a destination for skiing holidays – it's also a climatic health resort with plenty of energetic activities to offer all year round. Go hiking along the Winterberger Hochtour Trail, for instance, and you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Sauerland region from 18 dedicated look-out points.

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Unpredictable weather conditions and 33,333 metres across sandy beaches and dunes – that's what participants can expect from the Sylt run, which has been going since 1982. On 15 March 2015 more than 1,000 runners will take their place on the start line in Hörnum. Cheer the athletes down the home straight in List then head to Westerland for the award ceremony in Sylt Congress Centre.

There's more to Sylt than miles and miles of sandy beaches and the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park. The island also has plenty to offer in the shape of wellness facilities, water sports and cuisine. Whether it's a beachside café or one of the many gourmet restaurants, Sylt has something for every taste.

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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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