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The WeinTour expo for lovers of fine wines and travel is taking place in Hamburg on 5 and 6 April 2014. On both days, Germany's winegrowing regions will be inviting visitors on an entertaining journey of discovery through German wine country. As well as sampling fine food and drink, you'll also be able to book your next stay in a vineyard region directly with the exhibitors.

While in Hamburg, be sure to visit one of the top restaurants in the Hanseatic city. You'll be spoilt for choice!

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Germany is home to a total of 13 winegrowing regions, each producing wines with their own unique character. The GNTB, in conjunction with the German Wine Institute, has compiled an updated list of landmarks of wine culture for every wine region of Germany. These include wine estates that stand out for their architectural flair and that skilfully combine elements of old and new. The impressive Kreutzenberger Winery, for example, is built in the Bauhaus style. Old abbeys, such as the Wasem winery at Engelthal Abbey, have been converted into vinotheks and now offer rooms for all kinds of events. Visit Germany's exclusive landmarks of wine culture and make your trip a culinary experience to remember!

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The Paralympic Games in Sochi have only just come to an end and the next big event for disabled people in Germany is already on the horizon. Germany's Special Olympics will be held in Düsseldorf from 19 to 23 May 2014. The event will feature plenty of exciting and emotional moments, with around 4,800 athletes with intellectual disabilities competing for medals.

Germany is a travel destination for all, offering people with disabilities or restricted mobility a wide range of possibilities for a relaxing holiday or a successful business trip.

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Spring celebrations will be taking place in Nuremberg from 19 April to 11 May 2014 at the Nürnberger Frühlingsfest. This popular festival offers countless fairground rides, a great party atmosphere in the festival tents and, of course, delicious food and drink to suit every taste. There is also a family fun day which will include presentations by the tourist regions around Nuremberg. To the delight of younger visitors, the Easter bunny will be giving out sweets over the Easter weekend.

Stuttgart is hosting a major spring festival at the same time, which promises fun for young and old alike. A big wheel, festival tents and lots of other fairground attractions will be set up on the Cannstatter Wasen festival grounds, the venue for the famous Cannstatter Wasen festival in the autumn.

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'Museum collections make connections' is the motto for the 37th International Museum Day, which is taking place on 18 May 2014. The aim of the event is to draw attention to the wide variety of subjects covered by the 6,500-plus museums in Germany and by other museums around the world.

The purpose of any museum is to preserve objects of significance, usually from the past and on a specific theme, and to make them accessible to the general public in professionally curated exhibitions.

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The German Wine Institute will be hosting its wine and walking weekend (WeinWanderWochenende) on 26 and 27 April this year. Over the two days, walking enthusiasts can get to know Germany's many winegrowing regions while engaging in their favourite pastime. Many picturesque wineries will be putting on wine festivals and presentations during the weekend. There will also be plenty of good food on offer, ensuring walkers are well fortified for the next leg of their journey.

If you want to combine walking tours with fine food and wine, top regions at any time of year include Baden-Württemberg, Rheinland-Pfalz, Hessen, Bavaria and also Saxony-Anhalt.

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The Thuringian Bach Festival is the largest festival of classical music in Thuringia, a region known for its musical heritage. It is taking place this year from 11 April to 4 May 2014. You can expect a varied programme featuring works by Johann Sebastian Bach at venues associated with this great composer. Bach has close ties with Thuringia: he was born in Eisenach in 1685 and held his first posts in Arnstadt, Mühlhausen and Weimar before moving to Leipzig.

Thuringia is also home to a number of museums that shed light on various aspects and periods of Bach's life.

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Between 1414 and 1418, the leading religious figures, politicians and scholars of the Middle Ages assembled in Constance to discuss the future of the divided Catholic Church and to elect a new Pope. The decisions that were reached at the council had a significant impact on the future development of the Catholic Church.

This historic occasion is being commemorated in Constance over the next four years with a series of events. The first is an exhibition entitled 'The Council of Constance 1414-1418. A Medieval World Event', which is being held at the Council of Constance building from 27 April to 21 September 2014. Some 300 outstanding examples of western art and cultural history from the period around 1400 to 1420 give a sense of the council's far-reaching influence.

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On the night of 30 April, Walpurgis Night, people dressed as witches, devils and demons gather in over 20 villages around Mount Brocken to welcome in the spring. This festival in the Harz mountains traditionally features street performers and medieval music as well as hearty food and an extensive selection of drinks. Whether you dress up in costume or simply go along to watch, this is a fun spectacle not to be missed!

There are many ways to enjoy the public holiday the following day. You might like to take a long walk in the Harz National Park or discover the region's cultural attractions and UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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Bad Salzuflen became an officially recognised salt-water spa ('Bad') in 1914. This important event allowed the town to develop into a well-known spa resort renowned for its bathing traditions. Today, the state spa of Bad Salzuflen is home to six clinics that offer various types of treatment. For allergy sufferers especially, the saline microclimate at the salt evaporation works is extremely beneficial.

The anniversary celebrations will open with an event at Bad Salzuflen's theatre on 14 April 2014. Other highlights include the Summer Festival in the Park on 26 July 2014 and the Health Day in September.

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