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Festive music and the aroma of glühwein will fill the air at Maulbronn Monastery in Baden-Württemberg on 6 and 7 December 2014. This historical abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage site, provides an enchanting backdrop for the 120 Christmas market stalls. As well as exquisite handicrafts, the market offers a range of food and drink such as fried potato dumplings, flamed-grilled salmon and the monastery's hot punch. You can also take a tour of the monastery or visit a model train exhibition.

Other UNESCO World Heritage sites nearby include Speyer Cathedral and Lorsch Abbey. The towns of Speyer and Lorsch are particularly magical in the run-up to Christmas and well worth a visit.

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On 30 November, 7 December and 14 December 2014, you can spend an Advent Sunday out on the water in the Altmühl valley in Bavaria. From on board a pleasure boat, you'll enjoy panoramic views of the magical wintry landscape of the Altmühl Valley Nature Park with its castles and palaces. You'll also get to savour delicious Bavarian specialities and glühwein. The tour on the Main-Danube Canal starts in Kelheim.

Not only is the Altmühl Valley Nature Park one of the largest in Germany (3,000 square kilometres in area), but it also offers a wide range of leisure activities. Whether it's the Tauber Altmühl Valley Cycle Route for cyclists, the Altmühl Valley Panorama Trail for walkers or the UNESCO World Heritage Roman Limes for culturally minded visitors, the region has something for everyone!

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The 46th Würzburg Bach Festival takes place from 21 to 30 November 2014. The composers Bach and Mendelssohn form the focus of the celebrations, with a programme of evening oratorios, special church services and various concerts. There are even events designed especially for children.

Würzburg is also popular for its UNESCO World Heritage Residenz Palace and court gardens, a signature attraction in the city, and for its location in the wine region of Franconia, home to over 5,400 vineyards. Come and discover the many sides to Würzburg for yourself!

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Germany's capital will be staging the 25th edition of the Berlin Fairytale Festival from 6 to 23 November 2014. This year's programme is centred around folklore and fairytales from the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, with events being held in various languages all across Brandenburg. Come and take a look and be transported to another world!

Germany has lots to offer for fairytale fans. The main attractions are connected by the German Fairytale Route that spans more than 600 kilometres from Bremen all the way to Kassel and Hanau, where the Brothers Grimm were born. With lots of different activities and events to enjoy along the way, the route has something for everyone.

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The recently opened treetop trail in Bad Wildbad provides sensational views across the Black Forest Nature Park. The Sommerberg mountain railway brings you up to the starting point of the 1.25km trail. At heights of up to 20 metres you'll find ten discovery stations plus three short activity stops that are sure to put butterflies in your stomach. The high point in every sense is the viewing tower at 40 metres above the forest floor. If you're feeling adventurous, you can return to ground level via a tunnel slide. The trail is disabled-friendly and is open every day in October, and from Wednesday to Sunday between 3 November and 22 December.

There are 24,000 kilometres of marked footpaths to explore in the Black Forest and in the winter months there are 200 ski lifts and 2,000 kilometres of cross-country ski trails to make use of. It's well worth a visit at any time of year!

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Hamburg welcomes guests to the Winterdom fair between 7 November and 7 December 2014. The Winterdom, which dates back as far as the 11th century, is the biggest public festival in northern Germany and is held on the Heiligengeistfeld grounds in Hamburg. No trip to the Winterdom is complete without having a go on one of the fairground rides, and sampling some of the delicious treats such as schmalzkuchen doughnuts, bratwurst and glühwein.

If you love that festive feeling you get from a cold winter's day at the fair, and you can't get enough of the local specialities, be sure to visit some of the other Christmas markets in Germany.

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9 November 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The highlight of the festivities in Berlin will be the symbolic Lichtgrenze installation. Around twelve kilometres in length, this frontier of light featuring 8,000 illuminated orbs will follow the line where the wall once stood. On this November weekend, there will be many other temporary exhibitions and events themed on the anniversary, inviting visitors to see the German capital from a different perspective.

Much has changed in Destination Germany in the 25 years since the Berlin Wall came down. Explore the country from 25 different perspectives and discover fascinating attractions that have opened since reunification.

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On 6 November 2014 Bavaria's biggest horseback pilgrimage, the Leonhardi Ride, takes place in Bad Tölz. Festively clad carriages and horseback riders proceed through the streets in honour of St. Leonhard of Limoges, patron saint of horses and cattle. Their procession culminates at the Leonhardi Chapel, where the horses and pilgrims are blessed. This traditional religious custom, which dates back to the 17th century, is a November highlight not to be missed.

In Germany, religious festivals and events take place throughout the year, uniting tradition, customs, faith and culture. Pilgrimages, for example, are held on foot, on horseback and even on motorbikes.

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The 11th Saarbrücken Jazz Festival is taking place from 8 to 25 November 2014. A varied programme kicks off with a German-French concert, followed in the days and weeks thereafter by young German talents as well as US and European stars.

Aside from music, the Saarland is popular for its extensive network of quality-certified walking routes, such as the Saar-Hunsrück Trail, and it has the highest number of Michelin stars per inhabitant of any region in Germany.

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From 5 to 9 November 2014, it's all about fun and festivities in Soest as the Hanseatic town in North Rhine-Westphalia celebrates its 677th All Saints' Day Fair. Featuring 400 rides and attractions, the Allerheiligenkirmes is the biggest old town funfair in Europe. The historical setting and the thrills and spills attract almost a million people every year. With exhilarating fairground rides, the traditional horse market on the Thursday and an array of tempting food and drink, it offers something for everyone.

Top tip: from 24 November 2014, you can visit the Christmas market in Soest, which is set amid the old quarter's many buildings made of green sandstone, an ensemble unlike any other in the world.

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