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On 11 and 12 April 2015 a festival of porcelain will be taking place across Thuringia. At 15 different stations in and around the towns of Weimar, Jena and Gera, you can learn all about this elegant craft. A number of porcelain manufacturers are opening their doors to the public and showcasing their lovingly crafted works.

Thuringia also holds great appeal for nature lovers. The Thuringian Forest is best explored on foot, including on the eight scenic stages of the Schwarza Valley Panoramic Trail. Winter sports fans will love the region's many cross-country ski trails. New for the 2014/15 winter season are the disabled-friendly ski trails in the Thuringian Forest, which are designed for sit-skis.

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Easter time in Rhineland-Palatinate brings with it some extra special Easter customs for you to discover and join in with. On 5 April 2015 you can take part in the Easter egg throwing contest in Horhausen. Will you break the current record of 78 metres? In Schönecken there's the traditional eierlage egg race that pits a runner against a 'gatherer', who has to pick up 104 eggs and place them in a basket without damaging them. Fun for all the family – guaranteed.

Rhineland-Palatinate also has an abundance of castles and palaces. Standing sentinel above the Rhine, both Stolzenfels Castle and Marksburg Castle provide visual reminders of times past.

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The spring edition of Active Week, a coming together of nature and fitness in the Trier region, runs from 7 to 11 April. On five expert-led walking tours, you'll be able to soak up views of the Moselle valley and the Eifel hills. Some of these walks will be on the quality-certified Eifelsteig Trail or on Germany's most beautiful long-distance trail, the Saar-Hunsrück-Steig. If you're left wanting more, don't forget that Active Week returns in July and September.

Trier, a city that has greatly shaped Germany's culture and history, is one of the Historic Highlights of Germany. Discover all its Roman buildings that have UNESCO World Heritage status and see the day out with a glass of the region's wine.

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11 April 2015 marks 40 years of the German Fairytale Route. This scenic route was established in honour of the Brothers Grimm and stretches from their birthplace of Hanau to Bremen. Follow the trail of the literary brothers along 600 kilometres of pure imagination: let the fairytale characters Mother Hulda, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty take you on a journey to enchanting medieval towns, castles and palaces, caves and museums.

The northernmost point on the route is Bremen, where you'll come across the Bremen Town Musicians. If you're in town on a Sunday between May and September, look out for the donkey, dog, cat and rooster telling their story on the cathedral square. Other must-sees in Bremen include the UNESCO World Heritage town hall and Roland statue.

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The Sorbs, a Slavic minority living in Brandenburg and Saxony, practise a great many traditions and customs at Easter. On 2 April 2015, Easter bonfires will be lit across large areas of both these regions of eastern Germany. Entire villages gather together for festivities around the fire. One of the most famous Sorbian customs is the Easter cavalcade, which in 2015 takes place on 5 April. The ceremonial procession of horses, resplendent in all their finery, passes from one village to the next every Easter Sunday. Why not come and see this spectacle for yourself?

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Head to Bayreuth between 3 and 12 April 2015 for the town's sensational and sophisticated Easter festival. The symphony orchestra, comprising over 80 musicians from 30 countries, will be presenting an enticing programme of concerts ranging from classical to jazz.

This town in Bavaria plays host to events of the highest calibre all year round, most notably the Bayreuth Festival. Besides musical highlights, Bayreuth also boasts a UNESCO World Heritage site in the shape of the Margravial Opera House.

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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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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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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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