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Between 24 April and 1 November 2015 you can discover a special exhibition at Albrechtsburg Castle in Meissen, entitled Cheers! – 1,000 Years of Beer in Saxony. Immerse yourself in the history of brewing from the Middle Ages to the present day. The exhibition features a wide range of displays and will answer any questions you might have about beer. There will be fascinating readings, concerts and even children's attractions, guaranteeing fun for the whole family!

Did you know that Albrechtsburg Castle in Meissen was the site of Europe's first ever porcelain manufactory? To this day the Meissen Porcelain Manufactory is still highly regarded around the world for its extraordinary and unique examples of craftsmanship and its luxury tableware.

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The 2015 Federal Garden Show, or BUGA as it's known, is taking place from 18 April to 11 October in the beautiful Havel region. This year, for the first time in the event's history, the exhibitions are being split across five locations – Brandenburg an der Havel, Premnitz, Rathenow, Rhinow/Stölln and the Hanseatic town of Havelberg. Each of these locations has its own distinctive charm and features splendid displays of flowers to guide you on your way down the river Havel.

The Havel region is situated within the Westhavelland Nature Park, the largest in the Brandenburg region, and stretches all the way to Saxony-Anhalt and the Middle Elbe Biosphere Reserve.

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11 April 2015 promises to be an unforgettable night in the town of Worms as people come out to celebrate Europe's biggest bar, club and pub festival, the Honky Tonk. Various venues will be joining forces on the night to host a major live music event across the town. With reggae, pop, soul, blues, house, salsa and folk just some of what's on offer, there really is something for every musical taste.

Throughout April and May the Honky Tonk festival is held in many other towns and cities too, including Rostock, Leipzig, Braunschweig, Hamelin and Celle. They're all well worth a visit!

Germany has one of the most vibrant music scenes in the world. Be it in palatial opera houses or on the grassy banks of the Rhine, when it comes to musical entertainment you're spoilt for choice in Destination Germany.

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On 11 and 12 April 2015 a festival of porcelain will be taking place across Thuringia. At 15 different stations in and around the towns of Weimar, Jena and Gera, you can learn all about this elegant craft. A number of porcelain manufacturers are opening their doors to the public and showcasing their lovingly crafted works.

Thuringia also holds great appeal for nature lovers. The Thuringian Forest is best explored on foot, including on the eight scenic stages of the Schwarza Valley Panoramic Trail. Winter sports fans will love the region's many cross-country ski trails. New for the 2014/15 winter season are the disabled-friendly ski trails in the Thuringian Forest, which are designed for sit-skis.

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From 20 March to 3 May 2015 you can see magnificent orchids in bloom inside the Palm House on the Flower Island of Mainau in Lake Constance. The exhibition, entitled 'Children of the green underworld', presents a wide range of orchid species, new varieties and wild orchids too. A paradise for budding gardeners!

Lake Constance also has other islands that are well worth a visit. The Monastic Island of Reichenau, for example, has been granted UNESCO World Heritage status and is home to a Benedictine abbey that dates back to the Middle Ages. And the island of Lindau with its historical centre has an especially magical charm thanks to its magnificent views of the Alps.

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Easter time in Rhineland-Palatinate brings with it some extra special Easter customs for you to discover and join in with. On 5 April 2015 you can take part in the Easter egg throwing contest in Horhausen. Will you break the current record of 78 metres? In Schönecken there's the traditional eierlage egg race that pits a runner against a 'gatherer', who has to pick up 104 eggs and place them in a basket without damaging them. Fun for all the family – guaranteed.

Rhineland-Palatinate also has an abundance of castles and palaces. Standing sentinel above the Rhine, both Stolzenfels Castle and Marksburg Castle provide visual reminders of times past.

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On 12 April 2015 the Palmengarten Botanical Gardens in Frankfurt play host to the seventh International Cider Festival. Apfelwein cider is the signature drink of Hessen and no trip to the area is complete without trying a glass or two. The fair offers a culinary journey of discovery with tastings of ciders, fruit wines and fine foods originating from various regions. You'll also learn fascinating facts about the different varieties of German apples and even see some all but forgotten varieties. Which one is your favourite?

Besides being the German cider capital, Frankfurt is one of the Magic Cities – a collection of Germany's most famous major cities, which have everything a culture-buff, shopaholic or party animal could wish for.

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11 April 2015 marks 40 years of the German Fairytale Route. This scenic route was established in honour of the Brothers Grimm and stretches from their birthplace of Hanau to Bremen. Follow the trail of the literary brothers along 600 kilometres of pure imagination: let the fairytale characters Mother Hulda, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty take you on a journey to enchanting medieval towns, castles and palaces, caves and museums.

The northernmost point on the route is Bremen, where you'll come across the Bremen Town Musicians. If you're in town on a Sunday between May and September, look out for the donkey, dog, cat and rooster telling their story on the cathedral square. Other must-sees in Bremen include the UNESCO World Heritage town hall and Roland statue.

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Head to Bayreuth between 3 and 12 April 2015 for the town's sensational and sophisticated Easter festival. The symphony orchestra, comprising over 80 musicians from 30 countries, will be presenting an enticing programme of concerts ranging from classical to jazz.

This town in Bavaria plays host to events of the highest calibre all year round, most notably the Bayreuth Festival. Besides musical highlights, Bayreuth also boasts a UNESCO World Heritage site in the shape of the Margravial Opera House.

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The spring edition of Active Week, a coming together of nature and fitness in the Trier region, runs from 7 to 11 April. On five expert-led walking tours, you'll be able to soak up views of the Moselle valley and the Eifel hills. Some of these walks will be on the quality-certified Eifelsteig Trail or on Germany's most beautiful long-distance trail, the Saar-Hunsrück-Steig. If you're left wanting more, don't forget that Active Week returns in July and September.

Trier, a city that has greatly shaped Germany's culture and history, is one of the Historic Highlights of Germany. Discover all its Roman buildings that have UNESCO World Heritage status and see the day out with a glass of the region's wine.

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