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The 22nd Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film takes place from 5 to 10 May 2015. With a wide-ranging programme of animated films, this is one of the largest events of its kind anywhere in the world. Venues include the Mercedes-Benz Museum. A particular highlight is the open-air cinema set against the breathtaking backdrop of Schlossplatz square.

While in Stuttgart why not pay a visit to the Wilhelma zoological and botanical gardens? This oasis of green in the heart of the city offers an experience for the whole family. It is also one of the world's most bio-diverse zoos, providing a home to around 10,000 animals.

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On 25 and 26 April a special weekend of walking is being held on the Rotweinwanderweg, or 'Red Wine Trail', which runs along the Ahr river from Bad Bodendorf to Altenahr. You can walk the entire 35 kilometres or simply pick and choose from the individual sections. The route runs through idyllic landscapes that are dotted with delightful wine villages. This weekend of wine and walking is one of a number of similar events taking place across Germany on these dates.

Did you know that the Middle Rhine Valley is both a wine region and a UNESCO World Heritage site? Between Koblenz and Bingen you'll discover an area of historical castles, picture-perfect palaces and steep vineyard slopes – the ideal setting for walking, cycling and lots more besides.

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Walpurgis Night in the Harz mountains takes place every year on 30 April. More than 20 of the region's towns and villages – including Bad Grund, Braunlage, Schierke and Thale – practice this custom to celebrate the arrival of spring. You'll see people dressed up as witches, devils and demons partying long into the night around the crackling bonfires. A simply spellbinding German tradition!

But it's not just Walpurgis Night that celebrates the myths and legends of the Harz mountains. The Harz Witches' Trail is a walking route that will take you past steep cliffs, babbling brooks and enchanted forests amid a beautiful landscape of idyllic valleys.

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On 3 May 2015 Münster city centre will be transformed into a giant banqueting hall. On Prinzipalmarkt, you will be served a fantastic selection of food and drink under open skies. The Hansemahl, or 'Hanseatic meal', is a reminder of Münster's importance in the Middle Ages as a member of the Hanseatic trading alliance. After enjoying your al fresco dining experience, why not take the opportunity do some Sunday shopping in the city's stores?

Münster also has plenty to offer in the way of culture. The Picasso Museum, which is housed in a heritage-listed building, contains more than 800 of Picasso's prints. Art lovers will find plenty to enjoy in a collection unlike any other in the world.

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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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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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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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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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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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