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On 20 and 21 June 2015, Nollendorfplatz square in Berlin will be transformed into a sea of colour for the lesbian and gay street festival, which brings with it a laid-back party vibe. The festival, now in its 25th year, is open to all, offering a warm welcome to visitors keen to see the many live shows on five different stages.

It's not without good reason that Germany's capital is known as the city of endless possibilities. Berlin's historical monuments stand in contrast with its offbeat, on-trend attractions, meaning everyone will find what they're looking for. Come and see for yourself!

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The Maulbronn Monastery Festival, which takes place on 27 and 28 June 2015, creates a unique historical atmosphere in the courtyard of the UNESCO World Heritage Maulbronn Monastery Complex. There's a medieval market with performances from swordsmen and singers, as well as an artisan craft market and a wide array of food and drink. It guarantees to be a fun day out for all.

The monastery is not the only impressive UNESCO heritage site Baden-Württemberg has to offer. Take the opportunity to explore the prehistoric pile dwellings in Unteruhldingen, the Monastic Island of Reichenau and the Upper-Germanic Rhaetian Limes.

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The 2015 Rhineland-Palatinate Festival runs from 26 to 28 June in Ramstein-Miesenbach. The hugely popular regional festival has become something of a tradition since its beginnings in 1984. With a diverse music programme, supported by the regional radio and television stations, as well as lots of activities and exhibitions, there's plenty for the whole family to see and do. The festivities draw to a close on Sunday with a procession of the towns, clubs and associations.

If you enjoy the finer things in life, Rhineland-Palatinate is the place for you. You're bound to find your new favourite tipple in one of the six winegrowing areas in the region.

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Head to Kiel between 20 and 28 June 2015 for a festival like no other. Over nine days, the city hosts some 2,000 events – spanning entertainment, the arts, science and sport – that are worth getting excited about. Kiel Week regatta is one of the biggest sailing events in the world and one not to be missed!

Kiel is well worth a visit at any time of year. It is the northernmost city in Germany and exudes maritime charm from its imposing harbour. Besides its historical streets, Kiel offers visitors a vibrant student scene, a serene way of life and an urban flair.

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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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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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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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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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You can experience one of Germany's most popular old town festivals in Erfurt from 19 to 21 June 2015. Now in its 40th year, this delightful event takes place on and around the historical Merchants' Bridge. The wide-ranging programme features music, street theatre, variety entertainment and a traditional medieval market, offering plenty of fun for visitors of all ages.

When you're in Thuringia, be sure to sample the famous bratwurst sausage. The recipe for this much-loved speciality dates back 600 years and is a closely guarded secret among the region's butchers. Guten Appetit as we say in Germany!

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