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On the night of 30 April, Walpurgis Night, people dressed as witches, devils and demons gather in over 20 villages around Mount Brocken to welcome in the spring. This festival in the Harz mountains traditionally features street performers and medieval music as well as hearty food and an extensive selection of drinks. Whether you dress up in costume or simply go along to watch, this is a fun spectacle not to be missed!

There are many ways to enjoy the public holiday the following day. You might like to take a long walk in the Harz National Park or discover the region's cultural attractions and UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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The Thuringian Bach Festival is the largest festival of classical music in Thuringia, a region known for its musical heritage. It is taking place this year from 11 April to 4 May 2014. You can expect a varied programme featuring works by Johann Sebastian Bach at venues associated with this great composer. Bach has close ties with Thuringia: he was born in Eisenach in 1685 and held his first posts in Arnstadt, Mühlhausen and Weimar before moving to Leipzig.

Thuringia is also home to a number of museums that shed light on various aspects and periods of Bach's life.

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Between 1414 and 1418, the leading religious figures, politicians and scholars of the Middle Ages assembled in Constance to discuss the future of the divided Catholic Church and to elect a new Pope. The decisions that were reached at the council had a significant impact on the future development of the Catholic Church.

This historic occasion is being commemorated in Constance over the next four years with a series of events. The first is an exhibition entitled 'The Council of Constance 1414-1418. A Medieval World Event', which is being held at the Council of Constance building from 27 April to 21 September 2014. Some 300 outstanding examples of western art and cultural history from the period around 1400 to 1420 give a sense of the council's far-reaching influence.

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The German Wine Institute will be hosting its wine and walking weekend (WeinWanderWochenende) on 26 and 27 April this year. Over the two days, walking enthusiasts can get to know Germany's many winegrowing regions while engaging in their favourite pastime. Many picturesque wineries will be putting on wine festivals and presentations during the weekend. There will also be plenty of good food on offer, ensuring walkers are well fortified for the next leg of their journey.

If you want to combine walking tours with fine food and wine, top regions at any time of year include Baden-Württemberg, Rheinland-Pfalz, Hessen, Bavaria and also Saxony-Anhalt.

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ART COLOGNE is the world's longest-running art fair for 20th and 21st century fine arts. The 48th edition of the annual fair will be taking place at Cologne Exhibition Centre from 10 to 13 April 2014. Around 200 international galleries will be showcasing works of art at the event. Featuring everything from paintings, prints and photographs to video and performance art, ART COLOGNE has something to suit every taste.

Away from the fair, there are many other attractions for art lovers in Cologne. Probably the most famous is the Ludwig Museum with works by Picasso, Warhol and Lichtenstein.

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The Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago this year, on 9 November. But the first events and exhibitions celebrating this historic anniversary will be starting well before that, in spring. They include an exhibition of photos chronicling everyday life in former East Germany, which opens on 31 March 2014. The history and the fate of the divided Berlin is the subject of a guided cycling tour along the Berlin Wall Trail that stops at former watchtowers and the East Side Gallery. You can also take a step back in time and ride in an authentic East German Trabant.

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'This is how the Grand Duke lived. The forgotten empire furniture of the Würzburg Residence Palace' is the title of an exhibition at the UNESCO World Heritage Residenz Palace and Court Gardens from 12 April to 31 December 2014. The era of the Grand Duchy of Würzburg came to an end 200 years ago when Würzburg became part of the Kingdom of Bavaria. Some of the most important furniture collections from this time have been restored to their former glory and are on display for visitors to admire. The Court Gardens are a sight to behold as well, particularly in spring and summer when they are full of beautiful plants and flowers.

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Bad Salzuflen became an officially recognised salt-water spa ('Bad') in 1914. This important event allowed the town to develop into a well-known spa resort renowned for its bathing traditions. Today, the state spa of Bad Salzuflen is home to six clinics that offer various types of treatment. For allergy sufferers especially, the saline microclimate at the salt evaporation works is extremely beneficial.

The anniversary celebrations will open with an event at Bad Salzuflen's theatre on 14 April 2014. Other highlights include the Summer Festival in the Park on 26 July 2014 and the Health Day in September.

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Active holidaymakers are spoilt for choice in Trier. Thanks to Trier's favourable location on the Moselle, walkers in particular will find plenty of opportunities here. To celebrate this, the city is hosting a special walking programme as part of its Active Week. From 21 to 27 April 2014 visitors to Trier will be able to join five varied walking tours of ten to 15 kilometres in length. On these tours, professional guides will be accompanying walkers on sections of the Saar-Hunsrück Trail and Eifelsteig Trail, two of Germany's many quality-certified hiking routes.

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Berlin will be hosting exceptional concerts and opera as part of the 2014 FESTTAGE festival, which runs from 11 to 20 April 2014. To mark the bicentenary of the births of Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi last year, the programme will focus on works by the two composers. The Vienna Philharmonic is making its first appearance as the guest orchestra and will perform works by Mozart.

In the Berlin State Opera, you will be able to see ballet and enjoy special performances for families, and you can even take the opportunity to glimpse behind the scenes on a guided tour.

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