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As in previous years, 2015 saw travellers from over 40 countries vote for their favourite attractions in Germany. The votes have now been counted and the Top 100 has been confirmed: Europa-Park is number one for 2015.

In second and third place respectively are the ever-popular Neuschwanstein Castle and Cologne Cathedral. In the positions below them and returning from last year are Heidelberg Castle and old quarter, Brandenburg Gate, the old town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Lake Constance with Mainau Island and the Monastic Island of Reichenau (UNESCO World Heritage), and the Berlin Wall. New in the top ten are Mount Zugspitze and the Partnach Gorge in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and the Romantic Road.

There are also lots of new attractions that didn't feature at all in last year's chart. Isn't it time you discovered Germany's top 100?

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America's legendary Lollapalooza rock festival is coming to Germany in 2015! For the weekend of 12 to 13 September Berlin's former Tempelhof airport will be transformed into a giant festival site.

Having already been exported to Chile, Argentina and Brazil, Chicago's Lollapalooza is finally taking a spin in Europe! The superb Lollapalooza format brings together international superstars and much-lauded newcomers in one amazing festival. There's so much to discover besides the live music, including fashion, cuisine, art and culture. And there's even Kidzapalooza, the festival within a festival designed for children and families. What are you waiting for? Book your tickets for Berlin now!

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Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart will be hosting the world's largest pumpkin festival from 4 September to 8 November 2015. Come along and see creative sculptures made from ornamental pumpkins, and giant pumpkins that have been skilfully carved by artists. You can even enjoy a bowl of Germany's biggest pumpkin soup! There's also plenty of fun in store at the pumpkin canoe regatta on the palace lake and at the Weigh Off to find Europe's heaviest pumpkin. Last year's winning entry weighed in at a record 1,054kg! An event not to be missed.

A stone's throw from the festival is Schloss Ludwigsburg, one of Europe's most magnificent baroque palaces. As the largest baroque residence in Germany, it offers visitors a fascinating journey back through time in state rooms dating from the baroque, rococo and classicist eras.

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From 3 to 5 September 2015 Münster will be transformed into a showroom for art, culture and entertainment. During the event, the city centre will be brought to life with exhibitions, illuminations and live music as part of a wide-ranging programme. Participating museums will cover a broad spectrum that includes everything from early art to modern art, and from culture and nature to political history. What will be your favourite museum in Münster?

Did you know that Münster is also one of Germany's Historic Highlights? As a bishop's seat, a member of the Hanseatic League and a university city, Münster has always played an important role in the region and beyond, and it earned its place in the annals of world history when the Treaty of Westphalia was signed there.

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The Speicherstadt warehouse district of Hamburg has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. As announced at the UNESCO Committee session held in Bonn on 5 July 2015, the Speicherstadt and the neighbouring Kontorhaus district are being recognised as unique and enduring symbols of trade. Speicherstadt is the world's largest complex of uniformly designed warehouses, and this fantastic example of maritime industrial architecture is best viewed on a port boat trip. The nearby HafenCity and Elbe Philharmonic Hall are also well worth a visit.

The accreditation of the 'Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus' takes the total number of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Germany up to 40. You can discover Germany's world heritage on eight different UNESCO routes or check out #welterbegermany on Instagram for a virtual tour of the sites.

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From June to September, you can ride aboard the Seenlandbahn railway all the way from Dresden to the beautiful Lusatian Lakeland, the largest man-made region of lakes in Europe. There are six different day tours to choose from – perfect for experiencing the landscape in all its many facets.

The state of Saxony is also home to the grand town of Görlitz. Part of the town is in Poland and part in Germany, but there is no sense of a division between the two. The lovingly restored buildings and the warm welcome from the locals make it a delightful place to explore.

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Mainz's traditional Midsummer's Eve Fair, the Johannisnacht, is taking place this year from 19 to 22 June. There will be a fun-packed programme of theatre, concerts and entertainment on six stages in the city centre. The festival ends on Monday evening with a spectacular firework display over the Rhine – an event not to be missed.

Mainz is also home to a wide array of museums. One of the highlights is undoubtedly the Gutenberg Museum, which is dedicated to the printing press invented by Johannes Gutenberg. While visiting the museum, you can see the Gutenberg Bible, one of the most beautiful books in the world.

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Why not enjoy a different kind of holiday and stay at one the many beautiful abbeys in Rhineland-Palatinate? With your mobile phone switched off, you can concentrate on the important things in life and discover the true meaning of peace and relaxation. In a setting conducive to mediation and spirituality, your everyday stresses will simply melt away.

Cycling by electric bike is one of the best and most enjoyable ways to tackle the steep vineyards of Rhineland-Palatinate. With minimum effort you'll reach the high vantage points. Breathtaking views are your reward.

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The town halls of Münster and Osnabrück, where the Peace of Westphalia was sealed, were awarded the EU's European Heritage Label in April 2015. They are the first sites in Germany to be honoured with the label, which is a true acknowledgement of their significance. A visit to these monuments provides insight not only into this seminal event in European history but also into Westphalian culture.

If you're visiting the region, you might also like to travel along the Westphalian Mills Route. This themed route runs for 320km through scenic countryside, linking a series of romantic and historical mills.

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The city of Karlsruhe will be celebrating its 300th anniversary from 17 June to 24 September 2015. A 15-week summer festival will be offering plenty of entertainment for young and old alike. More than 400 events are being held in and around Karlsruhe Palace. There's something for everyone – from music, comedy, theatre and film to dazzling light shows in the evening.

During the day, you might like to stroll along Kaiserstrasse, Karlsruhe's main shopping boulevard. As well as being the longest shopping street in Baden-Württemberg, it's also one of the liveliest places in town. Whatever you want to buy, you'll find it here.

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