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The city of Karlsruhe will be celebrating its 300th anniversary from 17 June to 24 September 2015. A 15-week summer festival will be offering plenty of entertainment for young and old alike. More than 400 events are being held in and around Karlsruhe Palace. There's something for everyone – from music, comedy, theatre and film to dazzling light shows in the evening.

During the day, you might like to stroll along Kaiserstrasse, Karlsruhe's main shopping boulevard. As well as being the longest shopping street in Baden-Württemberg, it's also one of the liveliest places in town. Whatever you want to buy, you'll find it here.

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On 7 June 2015 the new visitor centre opens at the Fagus Factory in Alfeld. The factory was given UNESCO World Heritage status as the first truly modernist structure. It was built in 1911 and over a century later Fagus production continues at the site. You can't fail to be impressed by the steel and glass architecture of this living monument.

Nearby Hamelin is famed as the setting for the tale of the Pied Piper, who in 1284 is said to have lured the town's children away by playing his flute. The beautiful Renaissance house in the centre of Hamelin commemorates this legend.

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On 6 June, 11 July and 5 September 2015 you'll have the chance to see Heidelberg in a whole new light. On these warm summer nights, once the sun goes down, Heidelberg Castle will be bathed in a red glow as part of this magical event. The banks of the Neckar river offer the best views of the accompanying fireworks, but you can also watch the spectacle from the city's old quarter.

Heidelberg also has its share of top-notch museums. The German Pharmacy Museum and the Carl Bosch Museum are just two of the city's many interesting exhibitions that are just waiting to be discovered.

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From 5 to 7 June 2015 Nuremberg will be cranking up the volume for its annual Rock im Park music festival. Most of the festival-goers camp on the site itself so that they don't miss any of the fabulous German acts or stellar international bands. Why not come along and join in the fun?

Nuremberg also has lots to offer in terms of culture and history. The impressive fortifications form a complete ring around the city. They illustrate the various periods in which different sections of Nuremberg Castle were built and offer a window into times past. The Fembohaus City Museum and the Tucherschloss are also well worth a visit.

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From 22 to 31 May 2015 the city of Leipzig is holding its annual Wagner Festival in honour of the great composer Richard Wagner. Richard Wagner was born in Leipzig in 1831 and you can still trace his legacy in the city today. The programme of concerts and performances featuring Wagner's compositions is a true feast for fans of classical music.

The Saxony region is also home to Europe's original porcelain manufactory – in Meissen. Porcelain was first made there in 1710, and 300 years on Meissen 'white gold' is still synonymous with the very highest quality. But don't just take our word for it, come along and see for yourself.

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From 21 to 24 May the 15th edition of the Saarbrücken Children's Book Fair will take place in and around Saarbrücken Palace. Writers from 22 countries will be presenting their latest books and offering readers of all ages an experience to remember. 'Multicoloured world' provides the theme for the event.

Not far from Saarbrücken are the Völklingen Ironworks, which in 1994 became the first site of industrial heritage in Germany to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The site provides a fascinating insight into the heyday of the iron and steel industry in the 19th and 20th century and is well worth a visit.

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From 31 May to 6 September various walking events will be held across the Thuringia region. On 23 approved footpaths, you'll be able to hike to your heart's content across landscapes of magical beauty. A highlight is the Lutherwanderweg, a trail that takes you to historical sites associated with the great church reformer, Martin Luther.

The Luther memorials in Eisleben and Wittenberg have UNESCO World Heritage status. They include the house in which Luther was born and the house in which he died, the monastery where he lived and the church to which he nailed his 95 theses. Visit these fascinating and authentic sites and you'll feel like you've stepped back in time.

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Every Sunday from the beginning of May to the end of September you can see the Brothers Grimm fairytale of the Town Musicians performed live on Bremen's cathedral square. The play is acted out under open skies beside the famous sculpture of the four intrepid animals by the town hall. Watching the donkey, dog, cat and rooster tell their story is a spectacle the whole family can enjoy.

Bremen's port Bremerhaven is also well worth a trip. It is the biggest city on Germany's North Sea coast and boasts an impressive array of museums. Klimahaus® Bremerhaven 8° Ost and the German Maritime Museum are two of the most captivating.

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From 22 to 25 May, around 1,500 yachtsmen and women will assemble off the coast of Heligoland for the annual North Sea Week (Nordseewoche). North Sea Week is one of the biggest regatta events in Germany and the only one to take place out on the high seas. Both the festival and the island are well worth a visit.

Did you know that Heligoland is a car-free island? With its mild climate and clean air it is a popular destination for spa breaks and wellness holidays. A particularly impressive sight are the red sandstone cliffs that make Heligoland appear quite imposing, even from afar.

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The Weindorf festival in Würzburg, being held this year from 29 May to 7 June, is a much-loved event. Over a hundred different Franconian wines and a wide variety of traditional food will be on offer on the city's market square. The beautiful timber-framed houses add to the charm of the festival.

But Würzburg's old quarter is not only a delight for wine connoisseurs, it's also a great place for shopping. You'll discover unusual boutiques and the finest delicatessens in the pretty little lanes and around the market square. There really is something for everyone.

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