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The picturesque town of Wernigerode in the Harz mountains will become the cultural centre of the state of Saxony-Anhalt when it hosts the 18th Saxony-Anhalt day from 18 to 20 July 2014. There will be plenty of entertainment for young and old alike, with live music, enthralling theatre, innovative variety entertainment and breathtaking acrobatics displays on 19 stages. Food and drink will of course be available, and you can round off an enjoyable day in the convivial atmosphere of the wine village.

One of the main events is the festival parade on Sunday afternoon, which passes through Wernigerode's charming old quarter.

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Featuring exhilarating guided walks, religious events, intriguing traditional activities, exciting tours of museums and informative seminars, the German Walking Festival in Bad Harzburg in Lower Saxony is a highlight – and not only for walking enthusiasts. The accompanying programme reflects cultural aspects from many parts of the Harz region, from Walkenried to Bad Harzburg and from Bad Grund to Quedlinburg.

The German Ramblers' Association, the Harz Club and the spa town of Bad Harzburg look forward to welcoming visitors to the festival, which takes place from 13 to 18 August 2014.

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This popular festival in Paderborn, North Rhine-Westphalia, dates back to the year 836 and in fact has its roots in religion. The anniversary of St. Liborius' death is traditionally marked by both the church and the city. This year's celebrations take place from 26 July to 3 August 2014. As well as the grand ceremonies and processions, the festival also features a lively market, a funfair and many cultural highlights.

The Libori Festival in Paderborn is one of the oldest festivals in Germany and is expected to attract well over a million people again this year.

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Visitors to this year's Bad Oeynhausen park festival of lights, on from 1 to 3 August 2014, are in for a treat, with lots of up-and-coming German musicians, impressive light installations, exhilarating shows and a spectacular fireworks display.

On the Friday the spa gardens are transformed into a stage for an open-air concert, but by Saturday the park is restored to its full glory. Taking 'light' as its theme, the event encompasses magnificent illuminations, sound collages and striking installations. Sunday's programme is family-oriented, with exciting hands-on activities and tricky obstacle courses to keep younger guests entertained.

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Every year since 1994 Erfurt Theatre has staged a new play on the Cathedral square as part of this unique outdoor spectacular set against the impressive 700-year-old backdrop of St. Mary's Cathedral and St. Severus church. The Cathedral Steps Theatre Festival, which runs from 10 to 27 July 2014, is a highlight of the summer. The open-air event attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors, not only from all over Germany but also from numerous other European countries and even from the USA, China and Australia. This year's production is entitled 'Jedermann' (Everyman) – a rock opera that is guaranteed to entertain everyone.

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The Viking Festival sees the idyllic spa resort of Norddeich on Germany's North Sea coast transformed into a huge encampment inhabited by more than 100 Vikings and Frisians. The event, which runs from 7 to 10 August 2014, takes you on a journey back to the 9th century. You can experience the battle of Nordendi first hand or see for yourself how chain mail is forged. Nordic music playing and mead flowing in the Viking ship tavern make for a relaxed medieval atmosphere. Thrilling stories told by torchlight are sure to entrance even the youngest of festivalgoers.

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The 100MeilenBerlin on 16 August 2014 is a running event held in memory of the victims of the Berlin Wall. The 160.9 kilometre (100 mile) course traces the exact path of the former frontier, guiding athletes around western Berlin. As usual, the run is being held on the weekend after 13 August, which is an official day of remembrance. It was on this date in 1961 that work began on fortifying the border with concrete and barbed wire.

Another energetic way of discovering the former border installations is on the Berlin Wall Trail, a cycle route that runs along the former border between East and West Germany.

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If you like the sound of rousing live music, stalls stocked with original goods, and innovative theatre groups from Bremen's arts scene then head to the Osterdeich in Bremen between 23 and 27 July 2014 for the 27th annual Breminale.

This festival on the Weser riverbank includes a very special event for cycling enthusiasts on 27 July 2014 – the Bike Festival presented by the German Cyclists' Federation (ADFC). It showcases the wonderful world of bicycles, and features fun contests and competitions for cyclists young and old.

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From 11 to 20 July 2014 the festival grounds in Düsseldorf will be the site of the 113th Rheinkirmes fair, also known as the biggest funfair on the Rhine thanks to its festival marquees and its countless fairground attractions. If you want to regain your strength after a trip on one of the many exhilarating rides, you needn't go far. With row upon row of stalls serving delicious food, from bratwurst to lobster, there's everything you could possibly wish for.

The final Friday of this enormous event goes with a bang in the shape of a firework spectacular. Towards 10.30pm a dramatic pyrotechnic display lights up the festival grounds and Düsseldorf's old quarter.

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The State Museum of Archaeology in Chemnitz, located in the iconic semi-circular building of a former department store on Brückenstrasse, has only very recently opened its doors to the public. Inside, a permanent collection of over 6,000 exhibits presents the archaeological treasures of the federal state of Saxony. The exhibition, which covers around 3,000 square metres across three floors, provides a fascinating timeline of Saxony from the days of the first hunter-gatherers some 300,000 years ago through to the early industrial era.

Don't miss your chance to retrace the history of mankind from the Early Stone Age through to early industrialisation!

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