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It is hard to imagine the world of music and operettas without Johann Strauss. This year's Johann Strauss Festival inDresdenfeatures famous works such as Die Fledermaus and A Night in Venice alongside two rarities from Strauss' oeuvre of 16 operettas, The Carnival in Rome and Prince Methusalem. The festivalis on from 2 to 11 May 2014 at the city's State Operetta Theatre.

In the space of just one week, you can enjoy six different dramatic works by Johann Strauss, Bedřich Smetana and Kurt Weill– only the Johann Strauss Festival in Dresden can offer such a wide-ranging programme of musical delights.

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The Rhine in Flames firework spectacular takes place every year from May to September along one of the most scenic stretches of the Rhine. During the event, the riverside promenades and famous landmarks between Bonn and Rüdesheim are bathed in a red glow and an illuminated flotilla of boats glides down the river as fireworks light up the skies above. A fantastic spectacle for all the family!

This year's Rhine in Flames festival starts on 3 May in Bonn. Celebrations continue on the section of the river between Rüdesheim and Bingen on 5 July, Spay and Koblenzon 9 August, in Oberwesel on 13 September and, last but not least, on the section between St. Goar and St. Goarshausen on 20 September.

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In early April 2014 Germany's theme parks will be opening their gates for a new season of fun and entertainment for all the family. The Heide Park Resort in Soltau is launching a brand-new wing coaster on which visitors can experience breathtaking flying manoeuvres.Phantasialand in Brühl near Cologne is opening a new Mexico theme zone complete with a thrilling log flume. There will also be a new attraction at Europa-Park in Rust: visitors of all ages will be whisked away to the world of Arthur and the Minimoys, where they'll be able to ride through his giant-sized universe. Those with a head for heights are sure to enjoy the 10m freefall tower.

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From 1 March to 27 April 2014 the Palatinate region will be celebrating its Rosa Wochen ('pink weeks'). This annual festival, featuring numerous events and activities, is themed on the almond blossom for which the area is known. You can visit a whole host of events and festivals in the Palatinate region all year round, but the arrival of the almond blossom in March is one of the most highly anticipated celebrations. The swathes of delicate pink blossoms are a sight to behold and signify the end of the cold winter season.

Highlights at this time of year include the Rosa Leuchten (pink lights festival), the Gimmeldingen Almond Blossom Festival and tours on a vintage bus.

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The Baden-Baden State Art Gallery is mounting a fascinating exhibition on the role of the hotel in the arts. As a semi-public space, the hotel became a popular motif for artists. The exhibition looks not only at the hotel as an artistic theme but also at the design of hotel interiors and at the people who occupy them. To accompany the exhibition, there will be an art-themed walking tour through six prominent hotels in the town.

'Room Service – On the Hotel in the Arts and Artists in the Hotel' is on in Baden-Baden from 22 March to 22 June 2014.

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The WeinTour expo for lovers of fine wines and travel is taking place in Hamburg on 5 and 6 April 2014. On both days, Germany's winegrowing regions will be inviting visitors on an entertaining journey of discovery through German wine country. As well as sampling fine food and drink, you'll also be able to book your next stay in a vineyard region directly with the exhibitors.

While in Hamburg, be sure to visit one of the top restaurants in the Hanseatic city. You'll be spoilt for choice!

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Spring celebrations will be taking place in Nuremberg from 19 April to 11 May 2014 at the Nürnberger Frühlingsfest. This popular festival offers countless fairground rides, a great party atmosphere in the festival tents and, of course, delicious food and drink to suit every taste. There is also a family fun day which will include presentations by the tourist regions around Nuremberg. To the delight of younger visitors, the Easter bunny will be giving out sweets over the Easter weekend.

Stuttgart is hosting a major spring festival at the same time, which promises fun for young and old alike. A big wheel, festival tents and lots of other fairground attractions will be set up on the Cannstatter Wasen festival grounds, the venue for the famous Cannstatter Wasen festival in the autumn.

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The Paralympic Games in Sochi have only just come to an end and the next big event for disabled people in Germany is already on the horizon. Germany's Special Olympics will be held in Düsseldorf from 19 to 23 May 2014. The event will feature plenty of exciting and emotional moments, with around 4,800 athletes with intellectual disabilities competing for medals.

Germany is a travel destination for all, offering people with disabilities or restricted mobility a wide range of possibilities for a relaxing holiday or a successful business trip.

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Germany is home to a total of 13 winegrowing regions, each producing wines with their own unique character. The GNTB, in conjunction with the German Wine Institute, has compiled an updated list of landmarks of wine culture for every wine region of Germany. These include wine estates that stand out for their architectural flair and that skilfully combine elements of old and new. The impressive Kreutzenberger Winery, for example, is built in the Bauhaus style. Old abbeys, such as the Wasem winery at Engelthal Abbey, have been converted into vinotheks and now offer rooms for all kinds of events. Visit Germany's exclusive landmarks of wine culture and make your trip a culinary experience to remember!

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'Museum collections make connections' is the motto for the 37th International Museum Day, which is taking place on 18 May 2014. The aim of the event is to draw attention to the wide variety of subjects covered by the 6,500-plus museums in Germany and by other museums around the world.

The purpose of any museum is to preserve objects of significance, usually from the past and on a specific theme, and to make them accessible to the general public in professionally curated exhibitions.

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