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The annual Brandenburg summer concerts have been bringing classical music to Brandenburg's cities and countryside for 24 years. Potsdam, Rheinsberg and Neuruppin will be among the locations hosting concerts between 7 June and 7 July 2014. This year's concert series will have special ties with the inaugural Brandenburg State Exhibition, entitled 'Prussia and Saxony – Scenes from a Relationship between Neighbours'. Alongside the musical components, the programme features many other cultural events such as a series of readings on Brandenburg's cultural history.

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Leipzigwill be hosting its annual Bach Festival from 13 to 22 June 2014 at various venues in the city. These include baroque churches, museums, the Gewandhaus concert hall and Leipzig Opera House. 'The True Art', the motto for this year's festival, marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, the second son of Johann Sebastian Bach. A number of concerts will pay tribute to this lesser known Bach.

As in previous years, there will be a festival pass that gives you 25 per cent off normal admission prices.

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If you have been looking for an unusual place to stay, then why not take a closer look at the treehouse at Schwerin Zoo? Located in the grounds of the zoo, it sleeps up to six people. Admission to the zoo and a snack breakfast are included in the price. Guests otherwise cater for themselves. It's also possible to book an unforgettable adventure tour as an optional extra. Availability is from March to October. Turn a visit to the zoo into a unique experience!

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The Ruhr Piano Festival, now in its 26th year, will be presenting 70concerts starring international pianists from 9 May to 12 July 2014. Performances will be staged in 19 towns and cities across the Ruhr valley. The festival is justifiably considered the highlight of the region's cultural calendar and is one of the world's leading events for pianists.

This year's festival has five main themes, including the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss, the unique Beethoven summit, journeys into the world of the etudes, and the JazzLine concerts.

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Düsseldorf is regarded as the traditional Japanese heartland of Europe. The city is home to a quarter of all Japanese people living in Germany. This is celebrated with Japan Day – an annual festival of cultures that first took place in 2002. There are calligraphy presentations, samurai displays and performances by music groups, and the ladies can even try on a kimono!

Düsseldorf's 13th Japan Day falls on 17 May 2014. The day's celebrations culminate in a spectacular firework display designed by pyrotechnic masters who fly in specially from Japan. For the ultimate view of the fireworks, watch from aboard a Rhine riverboat.

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If you like the sound of fresh fish nestled in a crusty bread roll, head to Schleswig-Holstein on 3 May 2014 for world fish roll day (Weltfischbrötchentag). Special events and activities will be taking place along the region's Baltic Coast and by the freshwater lakes of the Holsteinische Schweiz region. You can take a trip on a cutter boat, attend shanty-choir concerts and get a glimpse behind the scenes at traditional fisheries and smokehouses.

The first world fish roll day was held in 2011 and has been hugely popular ever since. Come and discover the culinary and cultural variety on offer!

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If you are a fan of regional German cuisine? then this is the event for you. The green sauce festival (Grüne Soße Festival), now entering its seventh year, will be on in Frankfurt from 17 to 24 May 2014. For one whole week, Rossmarkt square in the city centre will be celebrating this special sauce and its seven herbs: chive, borage, salad burnet, chervil, sorrel, parsley and cress. There will be lunchtime specials and other culinary delights to try, plus a programme of evening entertainment. On the final night, one of 49 restaurants will be awarded the title of best green sauce in the region. All that remains to be said is guten appetit!

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With the arrival of spring, people in Germany are tempted back on their bikes and out into nature! The start of the cycling season gets under way in Brandenburg with an event on 12 and 13 April. The guided tours on offer are between 20km and 50km in length and are also suitable for novice cyclists.

Fans of electric bikes might like to ride through the Jura hills in Bavaria or try out the new touring maps of Lower Saxony. Another option is the inaugural Mecklenburg Lakes 'Seen Runde' event, a series of cycling races held in the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania region on 23 and 24 May.

To find out about other cycling routes in Germany, simply visit www.germany.travel/en/leisure-and-recreation/cycling/cycling.

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The 44th International Dixieland Festival will be taking place in Dresden from 11 to 18 May 2014. This jazz festival is hugely popular, and not only among jazz fans. The event, the biggest celebration of oldtime jazz in Europe, keeps this musical tradition alive for visitors of all ages and offers a lively and friendly atmosphere, cosmopolitan flair and artistic performances of the highest calibre.

A tip for anyone driving to the festival: because of limited parking, it is advisable to park your car in the outskirts of the city and travel to the event venues by public transport.

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If you are an aviation enthusiast, be sure not to miss the ILA Berlin Air Show.

From 23 to 25 May, between 10am and 6pm, you'll be able to see well over 200 aircraft – from historical planes to state-of-the art demonstrators – at the Berlin ExpoCenter Airport exhibition grounds. The breathtaking flying show is a particular highlight.

A big plus for young families is the free, professional childcare offered during the weekend, when the show is open to the public.

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