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On 6 June, 11 July and 5 September 2015 you'll have the chance to see Heidelberg in a whole new light. On these warm summer nights, once the sun goes down, Heidelberg Castle will be bathed in a red glow as part of this magical event. The banks of the Neckar river offer the best views of the accompanying fireworks, but you can also watch the spectacle from the city's old quarter.

Heidelberg also has its share of top-notch museums. The German Pharmacy Museum and the Carl Bosch Museum are just two of the city's many interesting exhibitions that are just waiting to be discovered.

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From 5 to 7 June 2015 Nuremberg will be cranking up the volume for its annual Rock im Park music festival. Most of the festival-goers camp on the site itself so that they don't miss any of the fabulous German acts or stellar international bands. Why not come along and join in the fun?

Nuremberg also has lots to offer in terms of culture and history. The impressive fortifications form a complete ring around the city. They illustrate the various periods in which different sections of Nuremberg Castle were built and offer a window into times past. The Fembohaus City Museum and the Tucherschloss are also well worth a visit.

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On 7 June 2015 the new visitor centre opens at the Fagus Factory in Alfeld. The factory was given UNESCO World Heritage status as the first truly modernist structure. It was built in 1911 and over a century later Fagus production continues at the site. You can't fail to be impressed by the steel and glass architecture of this living monument.

Nearby Hamelin is famed as the setting for the tale of the Pied Piper, who in 1284 is said to have lured the town's children away by playing his flute. The beautiful Renaissance house in the centre of Hamelin commemorates this legend.

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From 21 to 24 May the 15th edition of the Saarbrücken Children's Book Fair will take place in and around Saarbrücken Palace. Writers from 22 countries will be presenting their latest books and offering readers of all ages an experience to remember. 'Multicoloured world' provides the theme for the event.

Not far from Saarbrücken are the Völklingen Ironworks, which in 1994 became the first site of industrial heritage in Germany to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The site provides a fascinating insight into the heyday of the iron and steel industry in the 19th and 20th century and is well worth a visit.

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From 31 May to 6 September various walking events will be held across the Thuringia region. On 23 approved footpaths, you'll be able to hike to your heart's content across landscapes of magical beauty. A highlight is the Lutherwanderweg, a trail that takes you to historical sites associated with the great church reformer, Martin Luther.

The Luther memorials in Eisleben and Wittenberg have UNESCO World Heritage status. They include the house in which Luther was born and the house in which he died, the monastery where he lived and the church to which he nailed his 95 theses. Visit these fascinating and authentic sites and you'll feel like you've stepped back in time.

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From 22 to 25 May, around 1,500 yachtsmen and women will assemble off the coast of Heligoland for the annual North Sea Week (Nordseewoche). North Sea Week is one of the biggest regatta events in Germany and the only one to take place out on the high seas. Both the festival and the island are well worth a visit.

Did you know that Heligoland is a car-free island? With its mild climate and clean air it is a popular destination for spa breaks and wellness holidays. A particularly impressive sight are the red sandstone cliffs that make Heligoland appear quite imposing, even from afar.

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Every Sunday from the beginning of May to the end of September you can see the Brothers Grimm fairytale of the Town Musicians performed live on Bremen's cathedral square. The play is acted out under open skies beside the famous sculpture of the four intrepid animals by the town hall. Watching the donkey, dog, cat and rooster tell their story is a spectacle the whole family can enjoy.

Bremen's port Bremerhaven is also well worth a trip. It is the biggest city on Germany's North Sea coast and boasts an impressive array of museums. Klimahaus® Bremerhaven 8° Ost and the German Maritime Museum are two of the most captivating.

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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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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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The Weindorf festival in Würzburg, being held this year from 29 May to 7 June, is a much-loved event. Over a hundred different Franconian wines and a wide variety of traditional food will be on offer on the city's market square. The beautiful timber-framed houses add to the charm of the festival.

But Würzburg's old quarter is not only a delight for wine connoisseurs, it's also a great place for shopping. You'll discover unusual boutiques and the finest delicatessens in the pretty little lanes and around the market square. There really is something for everyone.

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