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In the week of 7 to 14 September 2014, Aachen will be celebrating the 600th anniversary of the choir hall at its cathedral. It's another event at which the cathedral will be open to believers as a spiritual retreat. Medieval workmen's huts in the cathedral courtyard will give visitors an in-depth insight into the architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Up until 21 September you will also be able to visit three exhibitions marking 1,200 years since the death of Charlemagne: 'Places of Power', 'The Art of Charlemagne' and 'Lost Treasures' will be on display at the Königsaal in Aachen town hall, at the Centre Charlemagne and at the Cathedral Treasury.

Travel tip: Magic Cities such as Düsseldorf and Cologne are just a short train ride away.

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On 7 August 2014 the Sternenpark at the Rhön Biosphere Reserve officially joined the ranks of the International Dark Sky Reserves. The Sternenpark gives stargazers and nature lovers alike the chance to enjoy the night sky in all its glory. Across Germany there are 14 other UNESCO biosphere reserves where people can feel connected to nature. From the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea and Hallig Islands Biosphere Reserve in the north to the Berchtesgadener Land biosphere region in the south, they offer fantastic opportunities for enjoying the great outdoors while walking or cycling. Discover the natural side to Germany.

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September is always a month to look forward to for fans of music visiting the Erzgebirge mountains in Saxony. On from 12 to 21 September 2014, the Erzgebirge Music Festival features eleven concerts held across a number of towns and cities and boasts a line-up of international artists. In addition, the silver-mining town of Freiberg will be holding a festival week from 28 September to 4 October 2014 in honour of the organ-maker Gottfried Silbermann and the 300th anniversary of his defining work, which is located in the town's cathedral. A visit to the Erzgebirge mountains to enjoy its music can easily be combined with a holiday in nature. A walking tour along the Saxon-Bohemian Silver Mines Route, for example, is a great way to see the region at its most traditional.

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The Baltic island of Rügen has something for everyone, whether you prefer your holidays active and adventurous, or quiet and close to nature. Keen swimmers will be in their element on the coast of Rügen: Palmer Ort beach in the south of the island and the Bay of Binz are among the top tranquil spots. Baltic seaside resorts such as Göhren offer wellness and relaxation in picturesque settings. The tiny village of Wreechen in the east of the island is a must-see for romantics. For families, the Bodden beaches at Lietzow and Baabe are ideal for swimming, but the South-East Rügen Biosphere Reserve also has plenty to offer. Isn't it time you discovered the many facets of Rügen?

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Every year, to coincide with the wedding anniversary of Robert and Clara Schumann, the city of Leipzig hosts a week-long festival honouring the musical couple – and 2014 is no exception. The festival will be taking place from 6 to 14 September 2014 at the Schumann House, today a museum and school, and will feature many of the composer's famous early works. But that is not the only music event on in Leipzig around this time: from 11 to 20 September 2014, the Magic City will also be hosting the Leipzig Jazz Festival. Under the banner 'Sound of Home', international musicians from eleven countries will be performing at the opera house, the Schauspielhaus theatre and other venues.

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Summertime is holiday time and a perfect opportunity to visit some of Germany's 39 UNESCO World Heritage sites! Vibrant cities, industrial heritage sites, unique natural landscapes, impressive churches, beautiful palaces and fascinating museums – no matter what you choose, our UNESCO World Heritage is sure to take your breath away.

The Welterbe app for Apple and Android devices is the perfect travel companion if you're planning to visit Germany's UNESCO World Heritage sites. It provides detailed information, handy travel tips and recommended routes and is available to download here.

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If you enjoy the great outdoors and like to keep fit and active by walking, the federal state of Lower Saxony is an ideal destination. It offers a great variety of natural landscapes: you can explore the flat expanses of the Lüneburg Heath and East Friesland, the Harz mountains and Weserbergland hills, or the verdant oases on the North Sea coast and between the Elbe and Weser rivers. This year, the town of Bad Harzburg in Lower Saxony is hosting the 114th German Walking Festival (Deutscher Wandertag), which promises to be an exceptional event. In addition to a whole host of guided walks, it also includes a number of cultural events. Selected walking trails have been made barrier-free so they can be enjoyed by young families and people with restricted mobility.

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The small town of Freyburg on the river Unstrut in Saxony-Anhalt will be transformed into a grand festival for wine lovers from 12 to 14 September 2014, with stages for live entertainment and lots of great food. Besides romantic wine-growing villages, the Saale-Unstrut wine region boasts medieval castles, abbeys and beautiful unspoilt countryside, which is ideal for exploring by bike.

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From 5 to 7 September 2014, walking holidays will once again be taking centre stage at Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre. Tour Natur, Germany's only consumer fair for walking and trekking, will be attended by 275 exhibitors specialising in all aspects of hiking holidays. It's a chance for people to find out about the best walking trails in Germany and about other tourist destinations. Visitors to Tour Natur can also take advantage of various services at the event, such as trying out new walking equipment and specialist clothing and getting one-to-one advice from exhibitors. Affiliated partners include Germany's national hiking association.

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This year's Beethoven festival in Bonn is taking place between 6 September and 3 October 2014 and features 60 concerts at 21 venues in and around the city. Acclaimed artists and international musicians specialising in Beethoven will be performing famous works by the great composer such as 'Daughter of Elysium', from which the festival theme 'Divine Spark' originates. Big names in classical music will be performing premieres that have been specially created for the festival, while up-and-coming musicians will also be showcasing their talents. The Young Beethovenfest gives a younger audience the opportunity to experience the world of classical music by way of workshops, open rehearsals and backstage tours.

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