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The fresh autumnal air and mild temperatures make this an ideal time to explore the great outdoors on foot. With around 200,000km of marked footpaths, Germany has plenty to offer walkers and those looking to get away from it all: from the sweeping pastures of the Uckermark region in north eastern Brandenburg to the Alpine spa town of Oberstdorf in southern Bavaria. The Walking in Germany pocket guide contains details of 70 walking trails and the interactive map provides route descriptions as well as attractions along the way.

Be inspired by the variety of active holidays on offer in Germany!

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On 8 October 2014 at 5pm, the Church of the Holy Cross (Kreuzkirche) in Dresden is holding a special anniversary service with the motto 'The peaceful revolution - day of awakening' to commemorate the historical events 25 years ago that brought about the collapse of the East German regime. At the same time, an exhibition at the memorial site on the city's Bautzener Strasse will be displaying words and images that portray the events that unfolded in Berlin, Plauen, Dresden and Leipzig on those defining days between 7 and 9 October 1989. Exhibitions like this one will be running in parallel at different sites in all four of these towns and cities. One Dresden landmark that has come to symbolise German unity is the Church of Our Lady – a compelling example of civic engagement.

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Ten museums in the Ruhr region are showcasing their wide-ranging collections from early September to late December 2014 as part of the RuhrKunstSzene event. Coach tours are being run between the exhibition venues in towns and cities such as Bochum, Witten and Oberhausen, and these include a guided tour in each museum.

Active art buffs may also like to discover the surrounding scenery on a cycle tour along the Route of Industrial Heritage and visit the fascinating Zollverein Coal Mine in Essen, a UNESCO World Heritage site. For those who don't want to travel so far, Duisburg-Nord Industrial Landscape Park is a great place to while away the hours. The Ruhr region is full of surprises!

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Leipzig was one of the most important centres of the peaceful revolution in Saxony. On 9 October 2014 thousands of people will be gathering in this historical city to commemorate the events that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall. They will have the opportunity to share in a traditional prayer of peace and listen to the 'speech for democracy'. The festival of lights, held around the entire inner city ring road, is the emotional highlight of the event. Along this historic route, light, sound and video projections create connections between 1989 and 2014 that encourage people to reflect and reconsider.

Exhibitions, talks and commemorative events about German reunification and the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall are being held all over Germany until the end of the year.

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From 11 to 19 October 2014 the Lower Saxony Wadden Sea National Park and its partners will be hosting their Migratory Bird Week for the sixth time. More than 250 different events in connection with migratory birds will be taking place on the North Sea coast in Lower Saxony and on the East Frisian islands. The programme is aimed at experts and amateurs, locals and tourists. Families are well catered for too, as there are lots of ways for kids to get creative. Many of the activities are designed for small groups, so early registration is recommended. Discover the remarkable flora and fauna of Germany at the UNESCO World Heritage Wadden Sea!

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As one of Germany's oldest cities, Augsburg is home to many historical sights, including the Fuggerei, the oldest social housing project in Europe. The city also has close ties with Martin Luther and is famous for the Imperial Diet of Augsburg in the Middle Ages. Members of the Mozart family also left their mark on the city and there are many monuments to them here. And thanks to its fantastic location in the Alpine foothills of Bavaria, Augsburg is an ideal base for days out in the surrounding countryside. It's well worth exploring Sisi's Road in the Wittelsbacher Land region, for example.

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Colour will be the theme for Germany's contribution to European Heritage Day, taking place this year on 14 September. Heritage Day will be officially opened at Hamburg town hall and offers culturally minded visitors the opportunity to find out more about the preservation of historical monuments. On the day, you'll be able to visit countless highlights all over Germany and enjoy the rich tapestry of colours created by the individual buildings. There is also a varied programme of culture and fun activities helping you to get the most out of the surrounding region. You might like to combine your visit with a meal at a cosy restaurant for example, or enjoy a leisurely cycling tour.

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There are many idyllic wine villages to discover along the German Wine Route in Rhineland-Palatinate. One is Deidesheim, which has made a name for itself as a leading attraction on Germany's oldest scenic route. Wine lovers and connoisseurs are well catered for at the Deidesheimer Hof, probably the most famous restaurant in the village, where Michelin-starred chefs – including Manfred Schwarz and Stefan Neugebauer – have hit new culinary heights. Active holidaymakers will also discover wonderful unspoilt scenery on the German Wine Route cycle trail.

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Every year on 3 October, festivities are held throughout Germany to celebrate the Day of German Unity. For this year's 25th anniversary of German reunification the main event will be taking place in Hannover under the banner 'united in diversity'. It will showcase the great diversity of Lower Saxony's state capital with several festivals around the New Town Hall and Lake Maschsee.

In Thüringen too, the Day of German Unity is being celebrated with various small festivals. A number of hiking clubs are offering walks to memorial sites in the Harz mountains and Thuringia, which are a wonderful way to combine history with nature.

Berlin is of course a key location for German reunification and will be hosting a festival over several days featuring many well-known musicians and lots of fantastic parties. Coinciding with this event is the 'Berlin leuchtet' festival of lights, which will see impressive buildings and train stations in the German capital illuminated in spectacular style until 19 October 2014.

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Germany hosts many traditional events, and one of the biggest and most popular is the Cannstatter Volksfest in Stuttgart. The 169th edition of the festival will be taking place from 26 September to 12 October 2014. There will be countless fairground rides that provide plenty of thrills and spills, as well as lots of little stalls offering all manner of regional regional food and drink. Another feature is the market where you can buy spices, leather goods and other handcrafted products. Families will also enjoy Baden-Württemberg's largest farm, which is set up specially for the event and features animals and agricultural machinery. But what really makes this festival so special is undoubtedly the warm welcome from the locals!

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