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The Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago this year, on 9 November. But the first events and exhibitions celebrating this historic anniversary will be starting well before that, in spring. They include an exhibition of photos chronicling everyday life in former East Germany, which opens on 31 March 2014. The history and the fate of the divided Berlin is the subject of a guided cycling tour along the Berlin Wall Trail that stops at former watchtowers and the East Side Gallery. You can also take a step back in time and ride in an authentic East German Trabant.

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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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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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Active holidaymakers are spoilt for choice in Trier. Thanks to Trier's favourable location on the Moselle, walkers in particular will find plenty of opportunities here. To celebrate this, the city is hosting a special walking programme as part of its Active Week. From 21 to 27 April 2014 visitors to Trier will be able to join five varied walking tours of ten to 15 kilometres in length. On these tours, professional guides will be accompanying walkers on sections of the Saar-Hunsrück Trail and Eifelsteig Trail, two of Germany's many quality-certified hiking routes.

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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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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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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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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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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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