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Seventy towns and villages on both sides of the Dutch-German border will be joining together on 5 July 2015 for the Lower Rhine cycle touring day (Radwandertag), now in its 24th year. Every year up to 32,000 people hop on their bikes on the first Sunday in July and explore the area on two wheels. A 2,500km network of well-maintained cycle paths guarantees variety and fun for every kind of cyclist. You'll pass by mills and castles, meadows and rivers and through historical village centres. There is entertainment at every start and finish point, as well as plenty to eat and drink.

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An absolute must for all motorcycle enthusiasts is the annual Hamburg Harley Days. From 26 to 28 June 2015, countless bikers will once again join together for a Harley event like no other. The latest models are available for test rides and there's a ride-in show offering the best ideas for customising motorbikes. The weekend is rounded off with a fantastic programme of music and a fireworks display on both nights, and celebrations draw to a close with a huge motorbike parade on the Sunday.

Hamburg, the 'gateway to the world', is famous for its mighty port and its maritime charm. But in Germany, it's also known as the place to come to see a musical.

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From 25 to 28 June 2015 Regensburg Palace Park plays host to the second Thurn and Taxis Garden Show. During the event, areas of this romantic palace park will serve as a showcase for high-quality contemporary garden design. You'll forget all your cares as you stroll between flowerbeds and serene little streams. There are also more than 200 exhibitors presenting the latest ideas and trends for your garden. And if that weren't enough, there's a craft market and an extensive range of fresh, natural food and drink products.

Did you know Regensburg's old quarter is one of the 39 World Heritage sites in Germany?

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Wilhelmshöhe Park in Kassel in northern Hessen was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2013. This one-of-a-kind cultural monument, the largest hillside park in Europe, is a masterpiece of baroque landscape design. Every Wednesday and Sunday from May to October you can see the park's magnificent cascades and fountains in action. Follow the water's course from its starting point up by the Hercules monument right the way to the palace lake fountain, where the water is propelled 50 metres skyward.

A special tip: on the first Saturday of the month from June to September the cascades and fountains are lit up by incredible illuminations – the perfect opportunity to experience Wilhelmshöhe Park at night.

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Head to Kiel between 20 and 28 June 2015 for a festival like no other. Over nine days, the city hosts some 2,000 events – spanning entertainment, the arts, science and sport – that are worth getting excited about. Kiel Week regatta is one of the biggest sailing events in the world and one not to be missed!

Kiel is well worth a visit at any time of year. It is the northernmost city in Germany and exudes maritime charm from its imposing harbour. Besides its historical streets, Kiel offers visitors a vibrant student scene, a serene way of life and an urban flair.

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The Maulbronn Monastery Festival, which takes place on 27 and 28 June 2015, creates a unique historical atmosphere in the courtyard of the UNESCO World Heritage Maulbronn Monastery Complex. There's a medieval market with performances from swordsmen and singers, as well as an artisan craft market and a wide array of food and drink. It guarantees to be a fun day out for all.

The monastery is not the only impressive UNESCO heritage site Baden-Württemberg has to offer. Take the opportunity to explore the prehistoric pile dwellings in Unteruhldingen, the Monastic Island of Reichenau and the Upper-Germanic Rhaetian Limes.

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The 2015 Rhineland-Palatinate Festival runs from 26 to 28 June in Ramstein-Miesenbach. The hugely popular regional festival has become something of a tradition since its beginnings in 1984. With a diverse music programme, supported by the regional radio and television stations, as well as lots of activities and exhibitions, there's plenty for the whole family to see and do. The festivities draw to a close on Sunday with a procession of the towns, clubs and associations.

If you enjoy the finer things in life, Rhineland-Palatinate is the place for you. You're bound to find your new favourite tipple in one of the six winegrowing areas in the region.

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On 20 and 21 June 2015, Nollendorfplatz square in Berlin will be transformed into a sea of colour for the lesbian and gay street festival, which brings with it a laid-back party vibe. The festival, now in its 25th year, is open to all, offering a warm welcome to visitors keen to see the many live shows on five different stages.

It's not without good reason that Germany's capital is known as the city of endless possibilities. Berlin's historical monuments stand in contrast with its offbeat, on-trend attractions, meaning everyone will find what they're looking for. Come and see for yourself!

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Why not enjoy a different kind of holiday and stay at one the many beautiful abbeys in Rhineland-Palatinate? With your mobile phone switched off, you can concentrate on the important things in life and discover the true meaning of peace and relaxation. In a setting conducive to mediation and spirituality, your everyday stresses will simply melt away.

Cycling by electric bike is one of the best and most enjoyable ways to tackle the steep vineyards of Rhineland-Palatinate. With minimum effort you'll reach the high vantage points. Breathtaking views are your reward.

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Mainz's traditional Midsummer's Eve Fair, the Johannisnacht, is taking place this year from 19 to 22 June. There will be a fun-packed programme of theatre, concerts and entertainment on six stages in the city centre. The festival ends on Monday evening with a spectacular firework display over the Rhine – an event not to be missed.

Mainz is also home to a wide array of museums. One of the highlights is undoubtedly the Gutenberg Museum, which is dedicated to the printing press invented by Johannes Gutenberg. While visiting the museum, you can see the Gutenberg Bible, one of the most beautiful books in the world.

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