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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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The town of Calw in Baden-Württemberg is hosting a series of events in honour of Hermann Gundert that will run until August 2014. Gundert, grandfather of the famous writer, poet and painter Hermann Hesse, was born in Stuttgart and spent much of his life in nearby Calw. He also lived for many years in India, where he translated the Bible and other works into Malayalam, and compiled a dictionary and systematic grammar. Over the course of the year, there will be Ausstellungen, guided tours, talks and even cookery courses shedding light on the life of Hermann Gundert.

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Visitors have until 10 June 2014 to see an exhibition dedicated to the Greek god Dionysus, on display at the Dresden State Art Collections (SKD) in collaboration with the Bucerius Art Forum of Hamburg. As god of wine, ecstasy and fertility, Dionysus was the inspiration for a varied and captivating range of artworks, including the paintings, drawings, sculptures and vases on display in this exhibition.

It's well worth visiting Dresden not only for its fantastic museums, but also for the wealth of history that you'll discover in its old town.

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There's not long to wait now for the highlight of the travel world's calendar, the International Tourismusbörse trade fair in Berlin (ITB). Between 5 and 9 March, keen travellers can gather information for their next trip when some 11,000 exhibitors come from far and wide to the halls of Berlin Exhibition Centre. This year's guest country is Mexico. Destination Germany and many of its federal states, towns, cities and regions will also be out in force at the ITB, providing lots of interesting and practical information for your next trip. Whether it's a cultural adventure, an activity holiday or a city break – there's something for everyone at the ITB.

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The Sports and Media Ball is the highlight of the spring calendar in Würzburg. Now in its 24th year, the ball will be held on 5 April 2014 in the city's conference centre. The soundtrack to the evening is provided by a number of live bands. What makes the event so special is that the proceeds go towards the city's sportsmen and women – all the more reason to celebrate!

There is plenty more to discover while you're in Würzburg, including the UNESCO World Heritage Residenz Palace with its court gardens, and of course the fine Franconian wine.

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Starting on 13 February, Europa-Park in Rust presents its new show 'Teatro Colosseo by Leonardo', which runs until 5 April 2014. During the 90-minute spectacular, you enjoy an exquisite three-course meal in a historical spiegeltent. This 20th century 'mirror tent', decorated all around with faceted glass, enchants audiences with circus romanticism and nostalgic charm.

In the coming season, which opens 5 April, Europa-Park will have a brand-new indoor attraction called 'Arthur in the Minimoys Kingdom'.

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A forthcoming exhibition at the Trier Landesmuseum entitled 'Dreaming of Rome' explores how Roman urban architecture has influenced our towns and cities. The exhibition, which runs from 15 March to 28 September 2014, also offers insights into private houses decorated with frescoes and mosaics.

Trier, founded under Roman emperor Augustus Caesar, is one of the oldest cities in Germany and is famous as an important site for classical monuments. The city and its architectural treasures have been granted World Heritage status by UNESCO.

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At the beginning of the week, the latest Hornstein Ranking of leading restaurants was announced. The rankings, primarily focused on the quality of the food, are based on the ratings given by leading culinary guides such as Michelin, Gault Millau and Feinschmecker. Hornstein's top five restaurants were Schwarzwaldstube in Baiersbronn, Waldhotel Sonnora in Wittlich/Dreis, Vendôme in Bergisch Gladbach, Gästehaus Klaus-Erfort in Saarbrücken and Aquain Wolfsburg. The results again attest to the high standard and great diversity of German cuisine. Indeed you'll find restaurants offering the finest dining experiences in every federal state.

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Exercise enthusiasts and other health-conscious people will be in their element at the FIBO trade fair, on from 3 to 6 April 2014. FIBO is a leading international expo for fitness, wellness and health and takes place in Cologne. Industry professionals gather here to hunt down the latest trends and innovations for gyms, spas, doctors' surgeries, physiotherapy practices and hotels. There is, of course, an accompanying programme of entertainment including live stage shows. And if you wear yourself out at the event, simply avail yourself of the wide range of health and wellness facilities in Germany.

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