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The idyllic Hanseatic city of Rostock on the Baltic coast is a place of extraordinary soul and character. It offers a wide choice of shopping opportunities, restaurants serving delicious food & drink, and inviting pubs all around the city harbour. Attractions such as the zoological gardens or the Maritime Museum in the IGA Park will light up the eyes of children and adults alike. A major landmark of this historical city is the old lighthouse in Warnemünde. While you're there, why not take advantage of the many health and wellness facilities in this coastal resort? What are you waiting for?

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The tradition of public festivals goes back for centuries in Germany, as exemplified by the Onion Fair in Weimar. The 361st Onion Fair will take place between 10 and 12 October 2014. Onion farmers have been plaiting colourful strings of onions since the start of September. Every year the extensive programme of events attracts visitors in their hundreds of thousands. Besides experiencing the biggest public fair in Thuringia, festival-goers have the opportunity to marvel at the city's UNESCO world heritage sites and to explore the local connections with Goethe, for instance at the National Museum. The region around Weimar also makes for a great day out in nature – just come and see for yourself!

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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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