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On 20 and 21 June 2015, Nollendorfplatz square in Berlin will be transformed into a sea of colour for the lesbian and gay street festival, which brings with it a laid-back party vibe. The festival, now in its 25th year, is open to all, offering a warm welcome to visitors keen to see the many live shows on five different stages.

It's not without good reason that Germany's capital is known as the city of endless possibilities. Berlin's historical monuments stand in contrast with its offbeat, on-trend attractions, meaning everyone will find what they're looking for. Come and see for yourself!

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Head to Kiel between 20 and 28 June 2015 for a festival like no other. Over nine days, the city hosts some 2,000 events – spanning entertainment, the arts, science and sport – that are worth getting excited about. Kiel Week regatta is one of the biggest sailing events in the world and one not to be missed!

Kiel is well worth a visit at any time of year. It is the northernmost city in Germany and exudes maritime charm from its imposing harbour. Besides its historical streets, Kiel offers visitors a vibrant student scene, a serene way of life and an urban flair.

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The Maulbronn Monastery Festival, which takes place on 27 and 28 June 2015, creates a unique historical atmosphere in the courtyard of the UNESCO World Heritage Maulbronn Monastery Complex. There's a medieval market with performances from swordsmen and singers, as well as an artisan craft market and a wide array of food and drink. It guarantees to be a fun day out for all.

The monastery is not the only impressive UNESCO heritage site Baden-Württemberg has to offer. Take the opportunity to explore the prehistoric pile dwellings in Unteruhldingen, the Monastic Island of Reichenau and the Upper-Germanic Rhaetian Limes.

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Why not enjoy a different kind of holiday and stay at one the many beautiful abbeys in Rhineland-Palatinate? With your mobile phone switched off, you can concentrate on the important things in life and discover the true meaning of peace and relaxation. In a setting conducive to mediation and spirituality, your everyday stresses will simply melt away.

Cycling by electric bike is one of the best and most enjoyable ways to tackle the steep vineyards of Rhineland-Palatinate. With minimum effort you'll reach the high vantage points. Breathtaking views are your reward.

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The town halls of Münster and Osnabrück, where the Peace of Westphalia was sealed, were awarded the EU's European Heritage Label in April 2015. They are the first sites in Germany to be honoured with the label, which is a true acknowledgement of their significance. A visit to these monuments provides insight not only into this seminal event in European history but also into Westphalian culture.

If you're visiting the region, you might also like to travel along the Westphalian Mills Route. This themed route runs for 320km through scenic countryside, linking a series of romantic and historical mills.

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From June to September, you can ride aboard the Seenlandbahn railway all the way from Dresden to the beautiful Lusatian Lakeland, the largest man-made region of lakes in Europe. There are six different day tours to choose from – perfect for experiencing the landscape in all its many facets.

The state of Saxony is also home to the grand town of Görlitz. Part of the town is in Poland and part in Germany, but there is no sense of a division between the two. The lovingly restored buildings and the warm welcome from the locals make it a delightful place to explore.

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Mainz's traditional Midsummer's Eve Fair, the Johannisnacht, is taking place this year from 19 to 22 June. There will be a fun-packed programme of theatre, concerts and entertainment on six stages in the city centre. The festival ends on Monday evening with a spectacular firework display over the Rhine – an event not to be missed.

Mainz is also home to a wide array of museums. One of the highlights is undoubtedly the Gutenberg Museum, which is dedicated to the printing press invented by Johannes Gutenberg. While visiting the museum, you can see the Gutenberg Bible, one of the most beautiful books in the world.

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Taking place on 13 and 14 June, the Brandenburger Landpartie is a golden opportunity to explore the scenic Havelland region between Prignitz and Lenzen, get a taste of country life in Brandenburg, and enjoy the local food and drink under blue skies. More than 200 establishments – from holiday farmhouses to agricultural cooperatives – will be taking part in the two-day event.

Another way to explore the region is on the Tour Brandenburg long-distance cycle trail, which takes you past many more places of interest. The route takes you through biosphere reserves, past beautiful riverscapes and to more than 30 historical towns.

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You can experience one of Germany's most popular old town festivals in Erfurt from 19 to 21 June 2015. Now in its 40th year, this delightful event takes place on and around the historical Merchants' Bridge. The wide-ranging programme features music, street theatre, variety entertainment and a traditional medieval market, offering plenty of fun for visitors of all ages.

When you're in Thuringia, be sure to sample the famous bratwurst sausage. The recipe for this much-loved speciality dates back 600 years and is a closely guarded secret among the region's butchers. Guten Appetit as we say in Germany!

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You can experience the Ruhr region in a whole new light on 20 June 2015. Cathedrals of industry past and present provide the backdrop for an unforgettable night of concerts, theatre and light shows. The programme takes place in 20 different locations that exude industrial charm.

If you want to explore the Ruhr region by day, you might like to travel along the Route of Industrial Heritage. This fascinating themed route, whose centrepiece is the Zollverein mine in Essen, links 20 highlights from Germany's industrial heyday.

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