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Christopher Street Day has become a true institution and is now celebrated in many cities across Germany, including Dresden. A street festival, a demonstration, a brunch and parties are among the many different events taking place there between 24 May and 1 June 2014. This year's motto, 'A person 100%. No ifs, no buts', will also come to the fore in the political demonstration for LGBT rights. The demonstration, which takes place on 31 May, will pass through the city centre and Neustadt district of Dresden Be part of it all, soak up the atmosphere and celebrate diversity!

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Leipzigwill be hosting its annual Bach Festival from 13 to 22 June 2014 at various venues in the city. These include baroque churches, museums, the Gewandhaus concert hall and Leipzig Opera House. 'The True Art', the motto for this year's festival, marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, the second son of Johann Sebastian Bach. A number of concerts will pay tribute to this lesser known Bach.

As in previous years, there will be a festival pass that gives you 25 per cent off normal admission prices.

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If you have been looking for an unusual place to stay, then why not take a closer look at the treehouse at Schwerin Zoo? Located in the grounds of the zoo, it sleeps up to six people. Admission to the zoo and a snack breakfast are included in the price. Guests otherwise cater for themselves. It's also possible to book an unforgettable adventure tour as an optional extra. Availability is from March to October. Turn a visit to the zoo into a unique experience!

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From 24 April to 30 October 2014, visitors to Nuremberg will have the opportunity to take part in a new guided walk on the subject of the Reformation. The tour focuses on the complex relationship between personal beliefs and political decisions – and not only at the time of Martin Luther. It presents places in the city where the course of political and religious history was changed during the Reformation. Many cultural developments, including the notion that education is the responsibility of the state, originate from this time.

The tours start outside the youth hostel, take in the castle courtyard, the churches of St. Egidien and St. Sebaldus and the town hall, and end at Hauptmarkt square.

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For 123 years, one royal house ruled over the Electorate of Hannover and the Kingdom of Great Britain. This historically significant era is the focus of a major state exhibition in Lower Saxony entitled 'The Hanoverians on Britain's Throne 1714-1837', which can be seen from 17 May to 5 October 2014 in Hannover and Celle.

Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in this fascinating chapter of European history and marvel at the outstanding exhibits on show at five venues in Hannover and Celle, including museums andpalaces.

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Thuringia is home to an incomparable wealth of cultural heritage that attracts countless visitors year after year. In no other part of Germany will you find so many former royal residences so close together.

The Thüringer Schlössertage, on from 6 to 9 June 2014, will present the region's magnificent castles and palaces and their treasures, with a special focus on dining culture. Twelve castles and palaces will be hosting exciting tours, concerts informative talks and entertaining events for families.

This year's festival is centred around the culinary traditions of the Thuringian courts.

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Germany will be celebrating the tenth edition of its annual UNESCO World Heritage Day on 1 June 2014. This year's main event is hosted by Muskauer Park, which straddles Poland and Germany.

The purpose of the day is to draw attention to Germany's World Heritage sites and to raise their profile as bearers of UNESCO ideals. Children and young people are a particular focus. Activities are being organised to get these age groups more interested in cultural heritage and the preservation of historical monuments. All of Germany's UNESCO World Heritage sites are called upon to take part by hosting special guided tours and activities.

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The Ruhr Piano Festival, now in its 26th year, will be presenting 70concerts starring international pianists from 9 May to 12 July 2014. Performances will be staged in 19 towns and cities across the Ruhr valley. The festival is justifiably considered the highlight of the region's cultural calendar and is one of the world's leading events for pianists.

This year's festival has five main themes, including the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss, the unique Beethoven summit, journeys into the world of the etudes, and the JazzLine concerts.

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Düsseldorf is regarded as the traditional Japanese heartland of Europe. The city is home to a quarter of all Japanese people living in Germany. This is celebrated with Japan Day – an annual festival of cultures that first took place in 2002. There are calligraphy presentations, samurai displays and performances by music groups, and the ladies can even try on a kimono!

Düsseldorf's 13th Japan Day falls on 17 May 2014. The day's celebrations culminate in a spectacular firework display designed by pyrotechnic masters who fly in specially from Japan. For the ultimate view of the fireworks, watch from aboard a Rhine riverboat.

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If you like the sound of fresh fish nestled in a crusty bread roll, head to Schleswig-Holstein on 3 May 2014 for world fish roll day (Weltfischbrötchentag). Special events and activities will be taking place along the region's Baltic Coast and by the freshwater lakes of the Holsteinische Schweiz region. You can take a trip on a cutter boat, attend shanty-choir concerts and get a glimpse behind the scenes at traditional fisheries and smokehouses.

The first world fish roll day was held in 2011 and has been hugely popular ever since. Come and discover the culinary and cultural variety on offer!

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