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The town of Worms, associated with the saga of the Nibelungs, will be celebrating the biggest wine festival and volksfest on the Rhine from 30 August to 7 September 2014. The Backfisch Festival features many exciting events but also honours old-established traditions. The Worms Fishermen's Guild, the oldest guild in Germany, is, as usual, at the heart of the festival. For the nine fun-packed days, people young and old will be gathering at the Kisselswiese festival grounds to take part in the opening celebrations, to soak up the atmosphere, to marvel at the fireworks, and, of course, to enjoy the cosy ambience in the seasonal wine rooms and sample local wines.

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Experience the indescribable feeling of cruising the ocean at the Hamburg Cruise Days! From 1 to 3 August 2014, six gargantuan cruise ships will be anchored in the Hanseatic city of Hamburg, bringing a magical maritime atmosphere to the city. The breathtaking Blue Port illuminations are a work of art, bathing the port and the cruise ships in a mesmerising blue glow. There is plenty to discover on land as well. The various themed islands – maritime markets, shopping, sport and relaxation to name but a few – are fun to stroll around and offer something for everyone.

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'Egypt – Gods. Humans. Pharaohs. – Masterpieces of the Museum Egizio Turin' is the title of a compelling exhibition on Ancient Egyptian culture that will be presented against the industrial backdrop of the Völklingen Ironworks, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The exhibition in the Blasting Hall, which runs from 25 July 2014 to 22 February 2015, features around 250 high-calibre exhibits that are on display for the first time in Germany. They give a fascinating insight into various aspects of Ancient Egyptian culture over four millennia, such as art, the worship of gods and everyday life.

Besides the Völklingen Ironworks in the Saarland there are 38 other outstanding UNESCO World Heritage sites in Germany that are just waiting to be visited.

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The Constance Lake Night Festival (Seenachtfest) has been running for over 65 years, during which time it has established cult status, and deservedly so. The 2014 edition of this venerable open-air event takes place on 9 August, offering a diverse line-up of live music spread across six stages. And with over 50 food and drink stalls, there's something for everyone, whether young or old . Extra entertainment comes courtesy of street performers and circus acts, while the carefully devised programme of family activities will put smiles on the little ones' faces.

A highlight of spectacular proportions is the traditional fireworks display above Lake Constance – not to be missed!

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At the 38th session of the UNESCO World Heritage committee, which was held in Doha, the Imperial Abbey of Corvey in North Rhine-Westphalia became the 39th site in Germany to be awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. It is a title of which Corvey Palace in Höxter, idyllically located in the Teutoburg Forest, can be justifiably proud. The committee considered the 9th century Carolingian westwork of the former imperial abbey and the Civitas Corvey, an excavated town, to be of exceptional historical importance and universal value to mankind.

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1.5 million visitors attended last year's Schützenfest fair in Hannover and not without good reason: the fair is the biggest of its kind anywhere in the world. The 485th Schützenfest takes place this year from 4 to 13 July. There's so much to see and do during the festival, with numerous fairground rides providing the ultimate in thrills and spills, and five festival tents and dance tents creating an exhilarating party atmosphere with live music and DJs. More than 80 food and drink stalls offer a range of delights – from Italian antipasti and succulent bratwurst to spare ribs and classic corn on the cob.

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The Sky So Wide is the current exhibition on display at medieval Moyland Castle in Bedburg-Hau, North Rhine-Westphalia, and can be seen until 24 August 2014. Travel back in time to the 17th century and marvel at the artistic impressions of the Lower Rhine landscape, captured in important paintings, drawings, photographs and prints. Intersected by the Rhine, Waal and Nederrijn rivers, this region spanning the German-Dutch border has inspired a great many artists over the years through its culture and scenery, which form the central focus of the exhibition.

For a more energetic way to explore all the region's sights, the Lower Rhine also has its very own cycle route.

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Immerse yourself in an enchanted world that will awaken all your senses: melodic music, enticing aromas and exciting flavours, plus the sight of mythical creatures walking around the gardens. Sixteen kilometres of paths will be adorned with lavish illuminations for this summer festival in Berlin's Botanical Gardens on 19 July 2014, whisking you away into another world. For botanists big and small there are expert-led discovery tours of the outdoor enclosures, the greenhouses and the historical collection of plants in the museum. Elsewhere, self-confessed romantics will find themselves captivated by musicians and storytellers.

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The Saar Spectacular in Saarbrücken, on from 1 to 3 August 2014, revolves around all things water and watersports. Spectators young and old line the Saar riverbank to watch action-packed dragon boat races across various race categories, and to cheer on the competitors splashing around on rubber dinghies and inflatable animals in the hilarious Gummitierrennen. There are also a number of hands-on activities and events for visitors to put their skills – on water and on dry land – to the test. Once again, the Radio Salü stage is the place for fantastic music and exhilarating live acts.

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'10 countries – 10 days – 1 festival' – that's the essence of the International Danube Festival, a biennial event staged in Ulm/Neu-Ulm. The 2014 festival takes place from 4 to 13 July, with international artists and countless visitors coming together for celebrations on either side of the Danube river. The diverse programme presents a perfect blend of music, dance, literature and art. Running parallel to the stage events are various intercultural projects, including an international youth camp that offers participants a chance to engage with new people and forge new friendships.

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