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The 31st Brothers Grimm Festival will be held in Hanau, the town where the brothers were born, from 15 May to 26 July. The amphitheatre at Philippsruhe Palace provides a fantastic venue for the event. Immerse yourself in the magical world of the Grimm fairytales – and don't miss your chance to watch the world premiere of the musical Puss in Boots.

The town of Hanau is also the starting point for the Hessen Railway Cycle Route. The route, which follows disused railway lines, takes in castles and palaces and beautiful nature parks with a rich variety of flora and fauna. This is an enjoyable ride for any cyclist and has been given a four-star rating by the German Cyclists' Federation.

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The Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart celebrates its ninth anniversary on 24 May. Its richly varied exhibition covering the history of one of the world's most prestigious automotive brands will appeal to people of all ages.

If you enjoy the great outdoors, you might also like to visit the Swabian-Franconian Forest Nature Park. Located just outside Stuttgart, it is a landscape of rugged ravines and tranquil forests. It also has a superb network of trails, making it easy to explore on foot or by bike.

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Leipzig is marking its 1,000th anniversary between 30 May and 7 June, and you are warmly invited to join in the fun. The Lipsia's Lions street theatre festival will open the week of celebrations. And there are plenty of other exciting events in store, including activities for younger audiences on 1 June to mark International Children's Day.

Almost as old as Leipzig itself is the city's famous St. Thomas choir. This boys' choir is one of the oldest in the world and has a reputation for musical excellence. It was because of the choir that Leipzig became a highly esteemed centre for music.

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From 1 May to 3 October 2015, a wide variety of cultural events are being held across Rhineland-Palatinate under the theme of 'heroes and legends'. Plays, concerts, readings, art exhibitions and gourmet events are taking place throughout the region from the Moselle to the Taunus hills.

While in Rhineland-Palatinate, don't miss the opportunity to visit a traditional strausswirtschaft. These are inns where vintners serve their locally produced wines. Where better to sample high-quality wines than in the places they are made?

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From 29 to 31 May 2015, Aachen will become an international stage for the stars of equestrian sport. Every year, the biggest names in horseriding descend on the city in the hope of winning one of the coveted gold medals. Disciplines such as show jumping, dressage and vaulting promise plenty of exciting action for spectators.

When visiting Aachen, be sure to explore the historical old quarter around the cathedral. Aachen Cathedral was Germany's first UNESCO World Heritage site – and deservedly so. Built in around 800, the cathedral is of great importance in terms of art history and is a true sight to behold.

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This year’s International Museum Day is themed on 'museums for a sustainable society'. And Germany's museums are getting in on the act by hosting an exclusive programme of tours, activities and events on 17 May 2015.

Did you know that Frankfurt is the unofficial museum capital of Germany? One of Germany's Magic Cities, Frankfurt is mainly associated with big business and banking – but it offers so much more than that, including an incredible number of museums covering a huge range of subjects. They're just waiting to be discovered!

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If you love windsurfing, or want to learn, you will be in your element on Fehmarn Island from 14 to 17 May 2015. The Jever Windsurfing Festival is an informative and interactive expo based on a unique concept. It is held on the beach under open skies, there is no admission fee and you can try out the windsurfing equipment free of charge.

Did you know that Fehmarn is Germany's third-largest island? Only the islands of Usedom and Rügen are bigger. Unspoilt nature, mile upon mile of sandy beaches and Rügen's breathtaking chalk cliffs – there are so many reasons to visit Germany's Baltic Sea islands.

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The Rheinradeln cycling event will be taking place along an idyllic route between Oppenheim and Worms on 3 May. The old B9 road, which will be closed to cars on the Sunday, will provide the setting for this fun and environmentally friendly festival for cyclists, runners and inline skaters. All the family will find something to enjoy in the varied programme.

Worms is also home to the Nibelung Museum. The Song of the Nibelungs is one of the most famous stories in world literature and was added to UNESCO's Memory of the World Register in 2009. With an audioguide, you can embark on your very own tour of discovery.

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See Nuremberg in a whole new light on 2 May when the city will be bathed in blue illuminations. You'll be wowed by light shows, special effects and installations by artists from around the world. More than 70 art and cultural venues in the illuminated old quarter will be offering an experience to remember under this year's theme of 'freedom'.

Have you heard of the German Road of Toys? Running between Nuremberg and Erfurt, this themed route is fun for kids and a great opportunity for grown-ups to take a trip down memory lane! Whether it's the Playmobil FunPark in Zirndorf or a fascinating doll workshop, there are plenty of attractions for the young and young-at-heart.

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The International Fair for Applied Arts & Design in Karlsruhe will be presenting all kinds of inspirational creations from 8 to 10 May 2015. More than 350 artists from 20 countries will be showcasing their unique works of art at the event. Whether it's fashion, accessories, outdoor designs or pieces for your home, you will find plenty of eye-catching innovations here.

Another top tip: to mark its 300th anniversary in 2015, Karlsruhe is hosting a programme of events throughout the year for visitors of all ages. Come and join in the celebrations!

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