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This year's Würzburg Mozart Festival from 23 May to 29 June 2014 has the theme 'Mozart – trazoM. Music in the mirror', which explores Mozart and his fascination with mirrors. The 2014 programme comprises around 60 events, including various world and European premieres. What's more, many internationally celebrated musicians will be making their first appearance at the Mozart Festival this year. Highlights include the grand Jupiter Night and Mozart Day, for which the entire city centre is transformed into a musical stage. The individual events are staged amid the splendour of Würzburg Residenz Palace, as well as in the city centre and in the heart of Franconian winegrowing country.

A must for all Mozart fans!

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Fancy a sightseeing tour with a difference? Then take your place on the red upholstered seats and enjoy a leisurely trip around Husum. After the ride, you can take a sightseeing walk for a closer look at the town. Tours in the historical post bus run every Tuesday and Thursday and on the first Saturday of the month from May to September.

The post bus can also be hired for private parties and functions. Alternatively you can book guided tours of Husum without a trip on the post bus. These run every day except Sundays.

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Weimar is famously known as the town of artists and great minds. The Golden Age of Weimar Classicism is reflected in a series of buildings and parks that now form a UNESCO World Heritage site. The town's second great period is that of the Bauhaus, which you can discover today at the Bauhaus Museum. No trip to Weimar would be complete without visiting the renowned Duchess Anna Amalia Library, which has been restored to its former glory following a devastating fire in 2004.

If that weren't enough, Weimar also presents a diverse series of events during the summer months, such as open-air concerts, summer theatre and film festivals. This summer programme is designed to showcase the town in all its variety and to attract visitors with events across a wide range of genres.

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This year the Luther's Wedding town festival takes place in Wittenberg for what will be the twentieth time. The varied programme of events runs from 13 to 15 June 2014.

The festival is a celebration of Wittenberg's most famous son: Martin Luther. On 13 June 1525 he married Katharina von Bora, a former nun who had fled her convent. This occasion is honoured today with a magnificent historical procession through the centre of Wittenberg. More than 2,000 'weddings guests' from far and wide will be taking part in the parade on Saturday, 14 June 2014. Hundreds and thousands of people are expected to line the streets, just as in previous years.

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Tollwood Summer Festival takes place from 2 to 27 July 2014 in Munich's Olympic Park. Crowds at this open-air event are in for a treat with concerts by star acts such as Bob Dylan, Birdy, Jamie Cullum and Chicago. Tollwood stands out for its mix of culture, crafts and food and drink. The Market of Ideas is always especially popular with festival-goers. Around 70 per cent of the Tollwood programme can be enjoyed free of charge.

If you can't make it this summer, come back later in the year for the Tollwood Winter Festival on the Theresienwiese site in Munich. The winter edition centres around international theatre performances and the Christmas-themed Market of Ideas, and culminates in the traditional Tollwood New Year's Eve party and the midnight waltz.

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The seventh Klassikwelt Bodensee expo for classic cars runs from 23 to 25 May 2014 at the exhibition grounds in Friedrichshafen by Lake Constance. Around 800 participants, including exhibitors and clubs, will be presenting an exquisite range of historical vehicles and classic cars together with related products and services. From the air show to the classic boats, from the vintage racing car circuit to the dealer and restoration centre. The many special displays at Klassikwelt Bodensee take visitors on a journey through days gone by – on land... on water... and up in the air! A cross between a trade fair and consumer event it shows the history of motorised transport in all its facets.

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The Whitsun Festival (Pfingstfestspiele) is held at the Baden-Baden Festival Theatre, one of Europe's leading venues for classical music. This series of concerts, operas and other works, on this year from 6 to 14 June, is a highlight of the festival season, with performances by internationally acclaimed orchestras and soloists. The main attraction of this year's programme is a new production of Gounod's opera Faust starring Erwin Schrott.

Whether you're coming for the Whitsun Festival or at any other time of year, the historical spa town of Baden-Baden is great for a relaxing stay – thanks to its thermal baths, its beautiful old quarter and its many restaurants serving international and regional cuisine.

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A vibrant tradition – Wiesbaden's International Whitsun Horse Show fuses modern, fast-paced equestrian sport with a historical setting. Wiesbaden spa gardens provide the backdrop for the 78th edition of this equine event from 6 to 9 June 2014. A family-friendly experience, this four-day festival attracts the world's leading riders from four disciplines and is packed with thrilling displays of sports, entertaining shows and lots of other activities.

A highlight of the riding tournament is the gala horse night on the evening of Friday 6 June 2014, in which a huge variety of horse breeds star in a colourful show featuring breathtaking acrobatics and plenty more besides.

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This year's Rhineland-Palatinate Summer of Culture, on from 5 May to 3 October, is a celebration of the senses. There are some 250 projects in total to 'experience' over the summer, presenting visitors with a wide range of cultural events not only to see and hear but also to feel, smell and taste – from concerts and plays to a variety of readings. A wonderful opportunity to lose track of time and savour the here and now. The Summer of Culture opens in Hachenburg in the Westerwald region on the first weekend in May – a feast of culture for all the family and all the senses.

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With the new Moselsteig long-distance trail, walkers now have the chance to follow the entire course of the Moselle in Germany, discovering the river's picturesque scenery and the highlights of the Moselle wine region. The walking route spans 365 kilometres in total and is split into 24 sections.

The trail starts in the German-French border town of Perl on the Upper Moselle, offering fabulous views out to France and Luxembourg. From here, the footpath continues on through Trier, through pretty little villages and vineyards and on to Koblenzwhere the Moselle joins the Rhine.

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