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The Seenlandtage festival on 25 and 26 April marks the start of the new season in the Lausitzer Seenland holiday region. As well as lots of accompanying events, you can look forward to a range of discovery tours on land and on water. The Lusatian Lakeland is Europe's largest man-made lakeland landscape and its Seenlandtage festival is one of the region's annual highlights, with fun guaranteed for everyone!

To discover even more of the great outdoors, take a ride along the Prince Pückler Cycle Route. It guides you through the heart of the former Lusatian coal mining region, passing by glittering lakes, splendid stately homes and quaint villages for the perfect family day out.

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25 April 2015 sees the return of Museums Night, when around 50 museums and exhibition houses in Frankfurt and Offenbach stay open late to show what they have to offer. From 7pm to 2am, you can take a journey of cultural diversity that includes concerts, readings, plays and after-show parties. The magnificent museums along the southern bank of the river Main in Frankfurt are a must for all culture buffs!

While in Frankfurt don't forget to try the traditionellen Apfelwein. This cider is the signature drink of the Hessen region and is typically served in blue and white earthenware pitchers called bembel. It's best enjoyed inside a cosy cider house or out in the beer garden on a sunny day.

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From 2 to 8 May 2015, a number of cultural establishments in Germany's capital Berlin will be marking 70 years since the end of the Second World War. And throughout 2015 a series of exhibitions and events will be focusing on various aspects of the war, including the historical background, the consequences of Nazi tyranny and commemorations for the victims.

A must-see while in Berlin is the Friedrichstadt Palast. Europe's biggest and most spectacular revue theatre presents all kinds of different shows that are full of variety, colour and incredible effects.

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One of the world's foremost piano festivals takes place from 17 April to 4 July 2015 in the Ruhr region. Stars including Lang Lang and Gabriela Montero will be demonstrating their skills in a programme of 65 concerts, which also showcases promising young talents. Make sure you're in the Ruhr valley for the region's grand event and you'll be amazed by the choice of concerts on offer.

Reminders of the Ruhr valley's mining heritage still stand tall today as monuments of industry. By far the best known is the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen, which now serves as a centre for art and culture and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Be sure to pay it a visit!

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Art Cologne, the longest-running expo for 20th and 21st century art, will be taking place in Cologne's exhibition centre from 16 to 19 April 2015. Now in its 49th year, this art market is one of the most influential events of its kind. This year 200 international galleries have signed up to showcase their works at the fair.

Cologne is also one of the Magic Cities – a collection of Germany's ten most famous cities – and more specifically it has been labelled the 'City of exuberance' in recognition of the wide-ranging cultural activities and exciting experiences it offers. For example, have you ever been to Cologne Cathedral and enjoyed the breathtaking view from the top?

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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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