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Berlin will be hosting exceptional concerts and opera as part of the 2014 FESTTAGE festival, which runs from 11 to 20 April 2014. To mark the bicentenary of the births of Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi last year, the programme will focus on works by the two composers. The Vienna Philharmonic is making its first appearance as the guest orchestra and will perform works by Mozart.

In the Berlin State Opera, you will be able to see ballet and enjoy special performances for families, and you can even take the opportunity to glimpse behind the scenes on a guided tour.

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If you visit the Brent Goose Festival on the Hallig islands between 12 April and 11 May 2014, you can watch Brent geese as they make a stop on the North Sea. These migratory birds rest here before continuing their journey towards Siberia. The Brent Goose Golden Feather that is traditionally awarded during the festival honours people who help to protect these birds and their habitat.

There is always plenty to see and do on the North Sea coast in Germany. On a mudflat walk, for example, visitors of all ages can learn about the UNESCO World Heritage Wadden Sea, one of Germany's most fascinating natural landscapes.

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Spring signals the start of the funfair season in Münster. The Spring Send funfair, the biggest in the Münsterland region, will be taking place on Schlossplatz square in the city from 22 to 30 March 2014. With a mix of old and new rides, from white-knuckle rollercoasters to romantic merry-go-rounds, it promises plenty of fun for everyone. A highlight of the event is the spectacular firework display on Friday evening. Families should be sure not to miss family day on Thursday, when they get money off all rides and attractions.

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You have until 18 May 2014 to see works by Andy Warhol at the Ludwig Gallery in Oberhausen Palace. The exhibition focuses on prints from Warhol's early years. Highlights include the Campbell's soup can and portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Mao Zedong.

The Ruhr region is home to a number of museums that merit a visit. The Zeiss Planetarium and the German Mining Museum in Bochum are well worth seeing, as is the Ruhr Museum in Essen, which documents the history of mining in the region. A must for art fans, meanwhile, is the Folkwang Museum.

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Spring is welcomed in some style at the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz. On 22 and 23 March 2014 the traditional Frühlingserwachen (spring awakening) will be taking place in Wörlitz. The highlight of the two-day festival is the grand parade through the town on Saturday. Other attractions include a spring market, concerts, a gondola race and performances outside Wörlitz Palace.

The Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz is one of 38 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Germany. There are three others in Saxony-Anhalt: the old quarter of Quedlinburg, the Luther memorials in Eisleben and Wittenberg and the Bauhaus sites in Dessau.

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Despite its name – 'Dom' means 'cathedral' in German – the Hamburg Dom has little to do with religion. The Dom is a huge funfair that takes place three times a year in Hamburg. From 21 March to 21 April 2014 the vast festival grounds will be packed with more than 260 rides and attractions, promising plenty of fun for everyone. Those with a sweet tooth will be in their element too, with around 40 confectionery stalls offering candy floss, roasted almonds, gingerbread hearts and much more besides. If you can't make it to Hamburg this spring, you always have the chance to visit the Summer Dom in August or the Winter Dom in November.

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The 'Inca – Kings of the Andes' exhibition, which will run from 11 April to 23 November 2014 at the Lokschuppen Exhibition Centre in Rosenheim, provides a fascinating insight into the pre-Hispanic culture of the Incas. Many remarkable exhibits will be on display including richly patterned textiles, rare offering bowls and gold jewellery. The Inca Empire, which consisted of around 200 ethnic groups, extended for almost 5,000 kilometres along the Andes. A fun-packed programme for children is being organised as part of the exhibition. As well as tours by torchlight and special tours for children and families, there will be the opportunity for children to celebrate their birthday at the museum.

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Husum has a very special way of welcoming the arrival of spring. On 29 and 30 March 2014, this town on the North Sea coast plays host to the Crocus Festival, during which more than four million crocuses transform the castle gardens into a vast sea of purple. The crowning of the crocus queen is a highlight of the event alongside the arts & crafts fair and special guided tours of the town.

The small harbour town of Husum makes an excellent base for exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Wadden Sea or for boat trips out to the North Frisian islands or the Hallig islands.

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The theme for the 2014 Magdeburg Telemann Festival, which runs from 14 to 23 March, will be 'Generations. Georg Philipp Telemann and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach'. C.P.E. Bach was Telemann's godson and so they had a very close bond, which was reflected in their music. The diverse programme therefore also includes works by the younger generation of composers. During the festival high-calibre guest performers, including the St. Thomas choir from Leipzig, will take to the stage in Magdeburg. Another festival highlight will be the production of the opera 'Otto', which was the result of Telemann's reworking of Handel's 'Ottone' and is now being brought to life as part of an international project.

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The 14th 'edition' of the international literature festival lit.COLOGNE will be taking place from 12 to 22 March, welcoming a host of notable authors and other creative souls to Cologne. The festival presents traditional readings – from authors such as Cornelia Funke and Frank Schätzing – alongside numerous other literary events. These include British musician Frank Turner reciting his lyrics and the twelfth award ceremony for the German Audio Book Prize. And at lit.KID.COLOGNE, there is plenty to get children and young people excited about reading.

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