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Calling all walkers and nature lovers! If you are interested in learning more about biodiversity in Germany while also enjoying natural scenery, be sure to take part in the International Day for Biological Diversity on 22 May 2014. The activities associated with the campaign will in fact run from 1 May to 30 June 2014. During this time, you will be able to join guided walks that are all about biological diversity. The idea of these organised group walks is to make people in Germany more aware of biodiversity issues.

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On 13 and 14 May 2014 Europa-Park and the German Association for the Promotion of Science and Technology are inviting young children and their families to a very special event – the tenth anniversary of the Science Days for Kids. For two days, the Europa-Park arena will be transformed into a fantastic forum of ideas and experimentation for children aged between four and nine. "In the not too distant future, our children will play a major role in the development of our country," says Roland Mack, owner of Europa-Park. "It is therefore important to encourage them from a young age and get them interested in science."

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The Fête de la Musique is a unique event that takes place every year on 21 June, the start of summer, in countries all over the world. First held in 1982, this festival of music has now become a global phenomenon. Concerts and musical entertainment are offered in 520 towns and cities worldwide, 297 of which are in Europe. In Germany alone, 42 towns and cities take part. Bands, orchestras, choirs and soloists perform music of every genre. You don't even have to pay, because all of the musicians perform for nothing!

Berlin is one of the places in Germany that hosts the Fête de la Musique – and is doing so this year for the 20th time.

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The Thuringian Palace Theatre Festival is the most popular open-air festival in the area where Thuringia meets Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. It is organised by Nordhausen Theatre and the Loh Orchestra on behalf of the town of Sondershausen and enthrals people of all ages.

The Palace Theatre Festival gives aspiring young singers the chance to work together under professional guidance, getting their first taste of appearing at a festival and gaining invaluable experience in the process. The cast will be performing My Fair Lady this year, from 27 June to 19 July. Be there and see the stars of tomorrow!

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The Hessentag, which first took place in 1961, is an annual festival that showcases the different regions of the federal state of Hessen and is held in a different town or city every year. Germany's oldest state fair will take place this year from 6 to 15 June in Bensheim. To this day, it continues to fulfil its original objective of bringing people together as a festival of integration.

The 2014 theme, which forms the basis for the varied programme, is the 'climate-neutral and connected city'. The festival has something for everyone, with young and old of different nationalities and from all walks of life celebrating together. Concerts by up-and-coming and established artists, countless events, activity areas and much more make this festival one to remember!

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From 29 May to 1 June 2014 Emden will be hosting its 25th Matjes festival in celebration of this soused herring delicacy. The town on the North Sea coast looks back over a 450-year tradition in herring fishing. There will be delicious matjes dishes to try all around the harbour. The festival is a perfect opportunity to explore Emden, or there's the now traditional Matjeslauf running event.

Hooksiel is next up with its own herring festival from 7 to 9 June 2014, when you can sample a wide range of fish specialities in the seaside town. Another culinary highlight follows soon after in the shape of Hooksiel shrimp festival, on from 1 to 3 August 2014.

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Hannover's annual International Firework Competition, now in its 24th year, is held at the magnificent Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen. On five evenings between May and September 2014, a different team will be choreographing the fireworks. This year's competitors come from the Czech Republic, England, Switzerland, Japan and Greece. The teams will be setting out to dazzle the panel of judges with their pyrotechnic displays and accompanying music, with the winner announced on the final evening.

Each night will also feature a programme of live music, variety entertainment, dance and theatre. Experience the magic and the sparkle of the oldest firework competition in Germany!

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From 21 June to 6 September 2014 the Baltic island of Rügen will be hosting the Störtebeker Festival. Held at the stunning open-air theatre in Ralswiek, it brings to life the adventures of the legendary pirate Klaus Störtebeker. More than 150 cast and crew, 30 horses, four ships, spectacular stunts and breathtaking special effects make this a theatre experience to remember. And to make your visit to the island of Rügen even more memorable, there is a firework display every evening above the Great Jasmund Lagoon.

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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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