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September is always a month to look forward to for fans of music visiting the Erzgebirge mountains in Saxony. On from 12 to 21 September 2014, the Erzgebirge Music Festival features eleven concerts held across a number of towns and cities and boasts a line-up of international artists. In addition, the silver-mining town of Freiberg will be holding a festival week from 28 September to 4 October 2014 in honour of the organ-maker Gottfried Silbermann and the 300th anniversary of his defining work, which is located in the town's cathedral. A visit to the Erzgebirge mountains to enjoy its music can easily be combined with a holiday in nature. A walking tour along the Saxon-Bohemian Silver Mines Route, for example, is a great way to see the region at its most traditional.

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In the week of 7 to 14 September 2014, Aachen will be celebrating the 600th anniversary of the choir hall at its cathedral. It's another event at which the cathedral will be open to believers as a spiritual retreat. Medieval workmen's huts in the cathedral courtyard will give visitors an in-depth insight into the architecture of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Up until 21 September you will also be able to visit three exhibitions marking 1,200 years since the death of Charlemagne: 'Places of Power', 'The Art of Charlemagne' and 'Lost Treasures' will be on display at the Königsaal in Aachen town hall, at the Centre Charlemagne and at the Cathedral Treasury.

Travel tip: Magic Cities such as Düsseldorf and Cologne are just a short train ride away.

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The Baltic island of Rügen has something for everyone, whether you prefer your holidays active and adventurous, or quiet and close to nature. Keen swimmers will be in their element on the coast of Rügen: Palmer Ort beach in the south of the island and the Bay of Binz are among the top tranquil spots. Baltic seaside resorts such as Göhren offer wellness and relaxation in picturesque settings. The tiny village of Wreechen in the east of the island is a must-see for romantics. For families, the Bodden beaches at Lietzow and Baabe are ideal for swimming, but the South-East Rügen Biosphere Reserve also has plenty to offer. Isn't it time you discovered the many facets of Rügen?

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On 7 August 2014 the Sternenpark at the Rhön Biosphere Reserve officially joined the ranks of the International Dark Sky Reserves. The Sternenpark gives stargazers and nature lovers alike the chance to enjoy the night sky in all its glory. Across Germany there are 14 other UNESCO biosphere reserves where people can feel connected to nature. From the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea and Hallig Islands Biosphere Reserve in the north to the Berchtesgadener Land biosphere region in the south, they offer fantastic opportunities for enjoying the great outdoors while walking or cycling. Discover the natural side to Germany.

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If you enjoy the great outdoors and like to keep fit and active by walking, the federal state of Lower Saxony is an ideal destination. It offers a great variety of natural landscapes: you can explore the flat expanses of the Lüneburg Heath and East Friesland, the Harz mountains and Weserbergland hills, or the verdant oases on the North Sea coast and between the Elbe and Weser rivers. This year, the town of Bad Harzburg in Lower Saxony is hosting the 114th German Walking Festival (Deutscher Wandertag), which promises to be an exceptional event. In addition to a whole host of guided walks, it also includes a number of cultural events. Selected walking trails have been made barrier-free so they can be enjoyed by young families and people with restricted mobility.

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The small town of Freyburg on the river Unstrut in Saxony-Anhalt will be transformed into a grand festival for wine lovers from 12 to 14 September 2014, with stages for live entertainment and lots of great food. Besides romantic wine-growing villages, the Saale-Unstrut wine region boasts medieval castles, abbeys and beautiful unspoilt countryside, which is ideal for exploring by bike.

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Every year, to coincide with the wedding anniversary of Robert and Clara Schumann, the city of Leipzig hosts a week-long festival honouring the musical couple – and 2014 is no exception. The festival will be taking place from 6 to 14 September 2014 at the Schumann House, today a museum and school, and will feature many of the composer's famous early works. But that is not the only music event on in Leipzig around this time: from 11 to 20 September 2014, the Magic City will also be hosting the Leipzig Jazz Festival. Under the banner 'Sound of Home', international musicians from eleven countries will be performing at the opera house, the Schauspielhaus theatre and other venues.

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Summertime is holiday time and a perfect opportunity to visit some of Germany's 39 UNESCO World Heritage sites! Vibrant cities, industrial heritage sites, unique natural landscapes, impressive churches, beautiful palaces and fascinating museums – no matter what you choose, our UNESCO World Heritage is sure to take your breath away.

The Welterbe app for Apple and Android devices is the perfect travel companion if you're planning to visit Germany's UNESCO World Heritage sites. It provides detailed information, handy travel tips and recommended routes and is available to download here.

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One of the loveliest wine festivals in Germany is taking place in the state capital of Baden-Württemberg from 27 August to 7 September 2014. With delicious food and traditional music on offer, the 38th Stuttgart Wine Festival is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy Swabian gemütlichkeit to the full.

To coincide with the wine festival, the city also hosts the Stuttgart Music Festival. 'Aromatic Sounds' is the motto for a series of promenade concerts on 29 August 2014, which will feature a wine tasting during each concert. Between 29 August and 14 September 2014, various orchestras will be performing famous works by Bach, Strauss and Haydn at 22 different venues.

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The history of Prussia and Saxony is the subject of the First Brandenburg State Exhibition, which is running at the Renaissance palace of Doberlug until 2 November 2014. Entitled '…where Prussia kisses Saxony', the exhibition sheds light on the highs and lows in the relationship between the two neighbouring states and marks the 200th anniversary of the Congress of Vienna. Partner exhibitions and a whole host of other events are taking place in Brandenburg and Saxony. There are also cultural routes to discover: you can enjoy a cycling tour and museum visit in the Elbe-Elster-Land or cultural city trips to Dresden, Potsdam and Cottbus – perfect for delving into the past.

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