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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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The Green Destination network has published its top 100 sustainable tourism destinations. The breathtaking East Frisian island of Norderney is positioned 14th in this global list, making it the top-ranking location in Germany.

Norderney is located off the North Sea coast at the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Wadden Sea and offers a richly varied landscape. Take a walk along the never-ending beaches, explore the island on foot or unwind with some thalassotherapy.

Norderney was not the only German destination on the list, however. The island of Juist and the Swabian-Franconian Forest Nature Park were also certified for their green credentials.

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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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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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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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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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