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Attracting up to 250,000 visitors every year, DAS FEST in Karlsruhe is one of the biggest open-air events in Germany. It will be taking place this year from 24 to 26 July. As well as performances by well-known bands and solo artists, the festival features a children's section, a sports area with a skateboarding competition, a programme of entertainment and a Sunday breakfast classical concert. It is a great event for people of all ages.

If you want to relax and unwind after the festival, the Black Forest is not far away. Here you can get away from it all, go on walks and cycle rides, and enjoy nature at its best.

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May 2015 saw Rhineland-Palatinate and the Saarland open their first joint national park: the Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park with its mystic moors, colourful flower meadows and breathtaking rocky landscape. It provides a habitat for rare and endangered animal species, especially in the park's sprawling beech forest.

This new national park is just another example of the biodiversity of Germany's flora and fauna. Mother nature has room to flourish in extensive national parks, nature parks, biosphere reserves and conservation areas. Enjoy the unspoilt scenery and unwind in the verdant landscapes of Germany.

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There promises to be plenty of excitement and fast-paced action as the teams vie for victory at the 18th German Polo Masters. Taking place this year from 24 July to 2 August, the tournament in Keitum on the island of Sylt is one of Europe's biggest and most famous polo events. Aside from the beautiful ponies and top sporting action, there will also be a fantastic programme of entertainment as well as food and drink.

If you enjoy fine food, you won't be disappointed on Sylt. Home to several top chefs and three Michelin-starred restaurants, the island is one of Germany's top culinary destinations.

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Rhineland-Palatinate is the perfect destination for connoisseurs of fine wine. This federal state is home to no fewer than six of Germany's 13 wine-growing regions. Here, you can stay at a vineyard guesthouse, explore the vineyards on foot or by bike and taste the wines at the places where they are made. And it is always worth visiting one of the traditional wine festivals.

Rhineland-Palatinate is also home to four UNESCO World Heritage sites. The Upper Middle Rhine Valley, for example, with the myth-enshrouded Loreley Rock and picturesque castles and palaces, is a region of unparalleled beauty.

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Palaces Night in Dresden on 18 July 2015 promises to be a spectacular event. The three Elbe palaces in the state capital of Saxony will be beautifully illuminated for this magnificent evening of open-air cultural entertainment. As well as live music and performances, there will be a wide range of food and drink, so it's sure to be an event to savour in more ways than one.

Dresden is known as the city of culture. The Zwinger Palace, Semper Opera House and the Church of Our Lady are its three most famous sights and a must for any visitor to the city.

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As the night draws in on 18 July 2015, you will be able to witness a glorious spectacle on the banks of the Danube in Ulm and Neu-Ulm. As part of the traditional 'Oath Week' celebrations, around 5,000 lanterns will be set afloat on the river, creating an enchanting sea of lights. Illuminated fountains and fireworks will bring the Serenade of Lights to a spectacular close.

Another reason to visit Ulm is the minster. Its tower, known as the 'finger of God', is the tallest in the world and the most prominent landmark in a cityscape that combines the traditional with the modern.

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The documenta art exhibition, often referred to as the 'museum of 100 days', celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2015. This internationally acclaimed contemporary art show has taken place every five years since 1955. To mark the occasion there will be special exhibitions, a concert on 17 July and an anniversary festival on 19 July.

If you can't wait until then, you can always visit one of the many art museums in towns and cities across Germany. In Frankfurt, for example, you will find the Schirn Kunsthalle and the Städel, two of the most renowned art museums in the country.

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The Bamberg Zaubert Festival is an international celebration of street performers and variety acts. Now in its 17th year, it takes place in the World Heritage town of Bamberg in Bavaria from 17 to 19 July 2015. With over 500 acts by artists from all over the globe, festival-goers are in for a weekend to remember. The centre of Bamberg is transformed into a giant stage as magicians, jugglers, fire dancers, musicians and other street performers showcase their skills, providing non-stop entertainment from noon until midnight.

Celebrations first get under way the weekend before with the Fuchs Galas: variety shows of the highest calibre, which have been part of the festival for 12 years now.

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The Breminale arts festival, Bremen's biggest party on the riverside, runs from 15 to 19 July 2015. Staged on the Osterdeich meadows between the city centre and the Weser Stadium, the festival presents dance productions and readings as well as performances from bands spanning a wide musical spectrum. To round it all off, there are lots of market stalls and food stands to explore too.

No trip to Bremen is complete without visiting the market square, famed for its UNESCO World Heritage town hall and Roland statue. A walk down Böttcherstrasse also comes highly recommended – this former tradesmen's alley is now home to shops selling exquisite chocolates, exotic spices and regional fish specialities.

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Between 26 June and 1 November 2015 you can retrace the steps of Lucas Cranach the Younger in Lutherstadt Wittenberg. 500 years after the artist's birth, the Saxony-Anhalt regional exhibition will be presenting the places where he lived, as well as some of the most important and treasured works of art from the German Renaissance. The exhibition also explores Cranach's links to the Reformation and Luther, whose portrait he famously painted.

There are sites associated with the life and legacy of Luther all across Germany. The best way to discover them is on one of the eight Luther routes!

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