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There are many idyllic wine villages to discover along the German Wine Route in Rhineland-Palatinate. One is Deidesheim, which has made a name for itself as a leading attraction on Germany's oldest scenic route. Wine lovers and connoisseurs are well catered for at the Deidesheimer Hof, probably the most famous restaurant in the village, where Michelin-starred chefs – including Manfred Schwarz and Stefan Neugebauer – have hit new culinary heights. Active holidaymakers will also discover wonderful unspoilt scenery on the German Wine Route cycle trail.

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Colour will be the theme for Germany's contribution to European Heritage Day, taking place this year on 14 September. Heritage Day will be officially opened at Hamburg town hall and offers culturally minded visitors the opportunity to find out more about the preservation of historical monuments. On the day, you'll be able to visit countless highlights all over Germany and enjoy the rich tapestry of colours created by the individual buildings. There is also a varied programme of culture and fun activities helping you to get the most out of the surrounding region. You might like to combine your visit with a meal at a cosy restaurant for example, or enjoy a leisurely cycling tour.

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Every year on 3 October, festivities are held throughout Germany to celebrate the Day of German Unity. For this year's 25th anniversary of German reunification the main event will be taking place in Hannover under the banner 'united in diversity'. It will showcase the great diversity of Lower Saxony's state capital with several festivals around the New Town Hall and Lake Maschsee.

In Thüringen too, the Day of German Unity is being celebrated with various small festivals. A number of hiking clubs are offering walks to memorial sites in the Harz mountains and Thuringia, which are a wonderful way to combine history with nature.

Berlin is of course a key location for German reunification and will be hosting a festival over several days featuring many well-known musicians and lots of fantastic parties. Coinciding with this event is the 'Berlin leuchtet' festival of lights, which will see impressive buildings and train stations in the German capital illuminated in spectacular style until 19 October 2014.

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Germany hosts many traditional events, and one of the biggest and most popular is the Cannstatter Volksfest in Stuttgart. The 169th edition of the festival will be taking place from 26 September to 12 October 2014. There will be countless fairground rides that provide plenty of thrills and spills, as well as lots of little stalls offering all manner of regional regional food and drink. Another feature is the market where you can buy spices, leather goods and other handcrafted products. Families will also enjoy Baden-Württemberg's largest farm, which is set up specially for the event and features animals and agricultural machinery. But what really makes this festival so special is undoubtedly the warm welcome from the locals!

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