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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 22 to 31 May 2015 the city of Leipzig is holding its annual Wagner Festival in honour of the great composer Richard Wagner. Richard Wagner was born in Leipzig in 1831 and you can still trace his legacy in the city today. The programme of concerts and performances featuring Wagner's compositions is a true feast for fans of classical music.

The Saxony region is also home to Europe's original porcelain manufactory – in Meissen. Porcelain was first made there in 1710, and 300 years on Meissen 'white gold' is still synonymous with the very highest quality. But don't just take our word for it, come along and see for yourself.

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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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