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The Hessentag, which first took place in 1961, is an annual festival that showcases the different regions of the federal state of Hessen and is held in a different town or city every year. Germany's oldest state fair will take place this year from 6 to 15 June in Bensheim. To this day, it continues to fulfil its original objective of bringing people together as a festival of integration.

The 2014 theme, which forms the basis for the varied programme, is the 'climate-neutral and connected city'. The festival has something for everyone, with young and old of different nationalities and from all walks of life celebrating together. Concerts by up-and-coming and established artists, countless events, activity areas and much more make this festival one to remember!

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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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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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The annual Brandenburg summer concerts have been bringing classical music to Brandenburg's cities and countryside for 24 years. Potsdam, Rheinsberg and Neuruppin will be among the locations hosting concerts between 7 June and 7 July 2014. This year's concert series will have special ties with the inaugural Brandenburg State Exhibition, entitled 'Prussia and Saxony – Scenes from a Relationship between Neighbours'. Alongside the musical components, the programme features many other cultural events such as a series of readings on Brandenburg's cultural history.

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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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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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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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If you are a fan of regional German cuisine? then this is the event for you. The green sauce festival (Grüne Soße Festival), now entering its seventh year, will be on in Frankfurt from 17 to 24 May 2014. For one whole week, Rossmarkt square in the city centre will be celebrating this special sauce and its seven herbs: chive, borage, salad burnet, chervil, sorrel, parsley and cress. There will be lunchtime specials and other culinary delights to try, plus a programme of evening entertainment. On the final night, one of 49 restaurants will be awarded the title of best green sauce in the region. All that remains to be said is guten appetit!

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