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If you enjoy the great outdoors and like to keep fit and active by walking, the federal state of Lower Saxony is an ideal destination. It offers a great variety of natural landscapes: you can explore the flat expanses of the Lüneburg Heath and East Friesland, the Harz mountains and Weserbergland hills, or the verdant oases on the North Sea coast and between the Elbe and Weser rivers. This year, the town of Bad Harzburg in Lower Saxony is hosting the 114th German Walking Festival (Deutscher Wandertag), which promises to be an exceptional event. In addition to a whole host of guided walks, it also includes a number of cultural events. Selected walking trails have been made barrier-free so they can be enjoyed by young families and people with restricted mobility.

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The small town of Freyburg on the river Unstrut in Saxony-Anhalt will be transformed into a grand festival for wine lovers from 12 to 14 September 2014, with stages for live entertainment and lots of great food. Besides romantic wine-growing villages, the Saale-Unstrut wine region boasts medieval castles, abbeys and beautiful unspoilt countryside, which is ideal for exploring by bike.

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One of the loveliest wine festivals in Germany is taking place in the state capital of Baden-Württemberg from 27 August to 7 September 2014. With delicious food and traditional music on offer, the 38th Stuttgart Wine Festival is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy Swabian gemütlichkeit to the full.

To coincide with the wine festival, the city also hosts the Stuttgart Music Festival. 'Aromatic Sounds' is the motto for a series of promenade concerts on 29 August 2014, which will feature a wine tasting during each concert. Between 29 August and 14 September 2014, various orchestras will be performing famous works by Bach, Strauss and Haydn at 22 different venues.

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This year's Beethoven festival in Bonn is taking place between 6 September and 3 October 2014 and features 60 concerts at 21 venues in and around the city. Acclaimed artists and international musicians specialising in Beethoven will be performing famous works by the great composer such as 'Daughter of Elysium', from which the festival theme 'Divine Spark' originates. Big names in classical music will be performing premieres that have been specially created for the festival, while up-and-coming musicians will also be showcasing their talents. The Young Beethovenfest gives a younger audience the opportunity to experience the world of classical music by way of workshops, open rehearsals and backstage tours.

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From 5 to 7 September 2014, walking holidays will once again be taking centre stage at Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre. Tour Natur, Germany's only consumer fair for walking and trekking, will be attended by 275 exhibitors specialising in all aspects of hiking holidays. It's a chance for people to find out about the best walking trails in Germany and about other tourist destinations. Visitors to Tour Natur can also take advantage of various services at the event, such as trying out new walking equipment and specialist clothing and getting one-to-one advice from exhibitors. Affiliated partners include Germany's national hiking association.

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The history of Prussia and Saxony is the subject of the First Brandenburg State Exhibition, which is running at the Renaissance palace of Doberlug until 2 November 2014. Entitled '…where Prussia kisses Saxony', the exhibition sheds light on the highs and lows in the relationship between the two neighbouring states and marks the 200th anniversary of the Congress of Vienna. Partner exhibitions and a whole host of other events are taking place in Brandenburg and Saxony. There are also cultural routes to discover: you can enjoy a cycling tour and museum visit in the Elbe-Elster-Land or cultural city trips to Dresden, Potsdam and Cottbus – perfect for delving into the past.

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From 29 to 31 August 2014 the city of Frankfurt will be celebrating the museums that follow one after another along its river Main embankment. Attracting nearly three million visitors, the Museum Embankment Festival is one of the biggest arts festivals in Europe. Crowds flock to the riverbank opposite Frankfurt's famous skyline to enjoy a wide range of stage performances as well as live music and food and drink stalls. There's so much to see and do with over 60 museums, stages and projects to discover, as well as activities designed especially for children and families.

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On 7 September 2014 the Velo SaarMoselle international cycling festival makes its 14th appearance in the French-German border region around Saarbrücken. The Saar-Moselle Eurodistrict and its partners, together with the European Grouping for Territorial Cooperation, are inviting visitors to the Franco-German gardens in Saarbrücken from 10am to 6pm to celebrate the friendship between the two countries. The main theme for this year's festival is health. There will be various routes both for beginners and seasoned cyclists, encouraging visitors to get active, as well as useful information about cycling, health and tourism. With other highlights including live music, delicious food and drink and a great programme of entertainment, there's no chance of getting bored!

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From 28 to 31 August 2014 Hamburg celebrates the city's biggest festival, which takes place on all sides of the Inner Alster lake. The event's extensive programme of family activities and cultural events attracts hundreds of thousands of people every year, and this year will be no exception. A wide range of attractions and shows will be set on the shores of the Inner Alster and out on the water too. Hamburg's diversity is also on display at the stalls of food and drink and handmade crafts – perfect for a bite to eat or a leisurely stroll. The spectacular programme features more than 500 artists, athletes and acrobats from home and abroad.

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More than 80 venues across Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania will be playing host to around 120 classical music concerts until 21 September 2014. Every year over 72,000 enthusiasts head to the region's beautiful natural landscapes and to various towns along the Baltic coast to see young talents and established stars of the classical music scene. The festival is the third biggest of its kind in Germany and its Small Festival in the Big Park alone draws an audience of over 17,000 to baroque Ludwigslust Palace. The festival calendar also features events in the colder months with concerts for Christmas and New Year.

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