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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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With the arrival of spring, people in Germany are tempted back on their bikes and out into nature! The start of the cycling season gets under way in Brandenburg with an event on 12 and 13 April. The guided tours on offer are between 20km and 50km in length and are also suitable for novice cyclists.

Fans of electric bikes might like to ride through the Jura hills in Bavaria or try out the new touring maps of Lower Saxony. Another option is the inaugural Mecklenburg Lakes 'Seen Runde' event, a series of cycling races held in the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania region on 23 and 24 May.

To find out about other cycling routes in Germany, simply visit www.germany.travel/cycling.

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The 44th International Dixieland Festival will be taking place in Dresden from 11 to 18 May 2014. This jazz festival is hugely popular, and not only among jazz fans. The event, the biggest celebration of oldtime jazz in Europe, keeps this musical tradition alive for visitors of all ages and offers a lively and friendly atmosphere, cosmopolitan flair and artistic performances of the highest calibre.

A tip for anyone driving to the festival: because of limited parking, it is advisable to park your car in the outskirts of the city and travel to the event venues by public transport.

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If you are an aviation enthusiast, be sure not to miss the ILA Berlin Air Show.

From 23 to 25 May, between 10am and 6pm, you'll be able to see well over 200 aircraft – from historical planes to state-of-the art demonstrators – at the Berlin ExpoCenter Airport exhibition grounds. The breathtaking flying show is a particular highlight.

A big plus for young families is the free, professional childcare offered during the weekend, when the show is open to the public.

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Face to face with art: can you imagine huge black and white portraits staring back at you from buildings, stairways, walls and rooftops? The latest exhibition at the Frieder BurdaMuseumsin Baden-Baden, on show until 29 June 2014, presents the most important works of JR, the French artist born in 1983 who typifies the international contemporary street art scene.

JR installs his black and white photographic images in urban public spaces all around the world, almost as if they were monumental billboards. The nature of his art means that he works in the most diverse locations, mostly in Paris and New York, and in different culturaland social contexts.

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The Palmengarten in Frankfurt has been cultivating azaleas ever since it was founded. You can admire the finest specimens from its collection at the Azaleas exhibition, which runs from 16 April to 4 May. As well as azaleas, which are a symbol of spring and good fortune in Asia, the show will also include bamboo and hydrangeas from the Palmengarten collection.

This year the gardens will once again be taking part again in the Luminale, Frankfurt's biennale of light art. On from 30 March to 4 April, this multifaceted event sees the whole of Frankfurt transformed by spectacular light installations.

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This year, the Leipzig Baumwollspinnerei will once again be offering a grand spring tour of the Spinnerei galleries. All of its galleries and exhibition spaces will be open for public viewing throughout the weekend of 3 and 4 May. 'From cotton to culture' is the motto of the Spinnerei, formerly a cotton mill and now an innovative venue for art and culture. With a cinema, art supply store and porcelain workshop among its attractions, there is sure to be something for everyone. You can even grab a bite to eat there!

Leipzig is famous not only for arts and crafts but also for music, and has been the home of many distinguished musicians and composers past and present.

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From 26 April to 4 May 2014 people will be flocking to Werder an der Havel to celebrate the Tree Blossom Festival. Set amid beautiful natural scenery, this delightful festival is known for its friendly atmosphere. The tours of the orchards in and around Werder are a great way to get a taste of German gemütlichkeit. You can also look forward to wine tastings, delicious fooddelicious food and entertainment at its best, with lots of musical performances and all kinds of different fairground rides.

Additional train services are laid on from nearby Berlin, making it easy to visit the festival from the German capital.

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The Brühl palace concerts will open on 10 May 2014 in the beautiful setting of Augustusburg Palace. The ceremonial staircase at this UNESCO World Heritage site is undoubtedly one of the most remarkable concert venues in Germany. This year's concert season will end in August with a firework display set to music in the palace gardens.

Augustusburg and Falkenlust palaces and their baroque gardens were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1984 and present a exquisite fusion of architecture, art and landscape design.

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Want to put a spring back in your step? Then the second Wanderfrühling walking festival on Rügen may be just the thing for you. From 15 to 25 May 2014 you can enjoy guided walks, Nordic walking tours and trips to Jasmund National Park, go on expeditions in the Granitz hills and the hinterlands of Rügen or join tours of Cape Arkona and discover the entire island .

So lace up your walking boots, pack up your rucksack and off we go!

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