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In recent years the Frankfurt Book Fair has attracted on average around 7,000 exhibitors and 280,000 visitors. This year's guest nation at the world's biggest book exhibition will be Brazil. Visitors can look forward to a wide range of new releases from Brazil and an extensive supporting programme of readings, literature promotions and award ceremonies. The fair opens its doors to industry professionals on 9 October 2013, and on 12 and 13 October 2013 the book-adoring public are invited to share in the excitement.

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The 23rd Day of German National Unity is being celebrated across the country on 3 October 2013. This year's edition of the festival will be staged in Stuttgart, the regional capital of Baden-Württemberg, on 2 and 3 October 2013 under the banner 'unique together'. The 16 federal states are represented side by side along an eclectic 'mile of regions' where visitors young and old can discover the variety and diversity Germany has to offer. There will be plenty of traditional regional specialities to try and lots of performers to get guests singing, dancing and partying together.

Berlin will also be marking the Day of German National Unity, with a four-day street festival for all the family.

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Now in its 33rd year, Lower Saxony Day is a popular regional festival that showcases the impressive cultural diversity of the region and its residents. For the first time, Lower Saxony Day will be hosted simultaneously in three locations: Wöltingerode Abbey and the towns of Goslar and Vienenburg will be welcoming the festival's many guests between 30 August and 1 September 2013. Themed zones, a varied stage programme and exciting activity areas guarantee fun and festivities all round.

The town of Goslar – with its old quarter, the Mines of Rammelsberg and the Upper Harz Water Management System – is one of 38 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Germany.

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Calling all walkers! Be sure to put the weekend of 6 to 8 September 2013 in your diary for TourNatur! Germany's only consumer fair for walking and hiking returns once again to Düsseldorf this year. There will be two halls for visitors to explore, with 275 exhibitors presenting walking destinations, equipment, advice and offers. Highlights this year include the key theme of 'Walking with Children' and a special presentation called 'Magic of Herbs & Spices.'

As an added bonus, caravanning enthusiasts visiting TourNatur can discover new models, clever ways to maximise space and practical accessories for their hobby at the Caravan Salon.

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It is the crowning glory of the German Beach Volleyball Summer and now an iconic event: the German Beach Volleyball Championships in Timmendorfer Strand. Once a year the famous seaside resort on the Baltic coast of Schleswig-Holstein is transformed into beach volleyball's answer to Wimbledon, as Germany's best players vie for the title of national champion. Set against the glorious backdrop of the Baltic Sea, the Ahmann-Hager Arena seats up to 6,000 spectators. This prestigious sporting event will be taking place from 30 August to 1 September 2013.

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Extraordinary music calls for an extraordinary venue. To mark the tenth anniversary of Wartburg Castle Festival, two extra-special concerts are set to take place this October. On 3 October 2013 Otto Sauter & Ten of the Best will be joined by musical friends for their Wagner Project, which takes the music of Richard Wagner on a fascinating journey around the world, incorporating international musical cultures to spectacular effect. And if that weren't enough, on 5 October 2013 the Night of the Trumpets will once again be bringing together distinguished trumpeters from all over the world.

Wartburg Castle, a testament to the great eras of German history, was made a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1999.

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As the summer draws to a close, Wiesbaden, the regional capital of Hessen, hosts its annual Stadtfest. On from 26 to 29 September 2013, the festival will offer a wide variety of attractions and include an autumn market, a motor show, a thanksgiving festival and Sunday shopping. The many free activities make it a fun event for young and old alike.

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The date is now set for the 7th NOK-Romantika – the Kiel Canal Festival of Lights: on 7 September 2013 visitors to Schleswig-Holstein, Germany's northernmost federal state, can enjoy a romantic evening by the water. Flickering torches, candles and lanterns will illuminate both banks of the man-made waterway, which extends almost 100 kilometres from Brunsbüttel to Kiel. You can take an active part in the programme on land or enjoy the spectacle from the water on an illuminated boat trip. A magical festival not to be missed!

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Three locations on three weekends – Berlin, Weimar and Dessau will be the venues for the Triennial of Modernism, which takes place between 27 September and 13 October 2013. The focus will be on examples of modernist architecture that are also UNESCO World Heritage sites. Under the banner 'Metropolis of Modernism', Berlin will be launching the inaugural event with a whole host of activities that will be accompanied by exhibitions, conferences and other special events. The following weekend in Weimar will be devoted to the 'Cradle of Modernism', and the theme in Dessau on the final weekend is the 'Laboratory of Modernism'.

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Germany's second-largest wine region boasts some impressive statistics: every third bottle of German wine comes from the sun-kissed vineyards of the Palatinate, which is also the world's largest producer of riesling. Red grape varieties account for almost 40 per cent of the area under vine – more than anywhere else in Germany.

The varied landscape from the Rhine meadows to the Palatinate peaks is ideal for any number of holiday activities. The Rhineland Plain is intersected by a network of easily manageable cycling trails and the Palatinate Forest biosphere reserve, the largest single forested area in Germany, is perfect for long walks. Those who prefer to travel by car might like to explore the German Wine Route that runs through the Palatinate region.

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