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There promises to be plenty of excitement and fast-paced action as the teams vie for victory at the 18th German Polo Masters. Taking place this year from 24 July to 2 August, the tournament in Keitum on the island of Sylt is one of Europe's biggest and most famous polo events. Aside from the beautiful ponies and top sporting action, there will also be a fantastic programme of entertainment as well as food and drink.

If you enjoy fine food, you won't be disappointed on Sylt. Home to several top chefs and three Michelin-starred restaurants, the island is one of Germany's top culinary destinations.

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The Breminale arts festival, Bremen's biggest party on the riverside, runs from 15 to 19 July 2015. Staged on the Osterdeich meadows between the city centre and the Weser Stadium, the festival presents dance productions and readings as well as performances from bands spanning a wide musical spectrum. To round it all off, there are lots of market stalls and food stands to explore too.

No trip to Bremen is complete without visiting the market square, famed for its UNESCO World Heritage town hall and Roland statue. A walk down Böttcherstrasse also comes highly recommended – this former tradesmen's alley is now home to shops selling exquisite chocolates, exotic spices and regional fish specialities.

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Every other year the heathland village of Scheessel in Lower Saxony stages the International Beeke Festival. Between 15 and 19 July 2015, history enthusiasts from all over the world will gather here for one of northern Germany's biggest folklore festivals – a vibrant display of colourful traditional costumes, diverse folk dance and passionate music and song. It's a festival for all ages with lots to see and do.

Traditions are held dear in Germany and are celebrated at lots of different festivals and markets. What's more, old-established customs are practised daily through traditional cookery and crafts.

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Between 26 June and 1 November 2015 you can retrace the steps of Lucas Cranach the Younger in Lutherstadt Wittenberg. 500 years after the artist's birth, the Saxony-Anhalt regional exhibition will be presenting the places where he lived, as well as some of the most important and treasured works of art from the German Renaissance. The exhibition also explores Cranach's links to the Reformation and Luther, whose portrait he famously painted.

There are sites associated with the life and legacy of Luther all across Germany. The best way to discover them is on one of the eight Luther routes!

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The Bamberg Zaubert Festival is an international celebration of street performers and variety acts. Now in its 17th year, it takes place in the World Heritage town of Bamberg in Bavaria from 17 to 19 July 2015. With over 500 acts by artists from all over the globe, festival-goers are in for a weekend to remember. The centre of Bamberg is transformed into a giant stage as magicians, jugglers, fire dancers, musicians and other street performers showcase their skills, providing non-stop entertainment from noon until midnight.

Celebrations first get under way the weekend before with the Fuchs Galas: variety shows of the highest calibre, which have been part of the festival for 12 years now.

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This year sees Germany's biggest theme park celebrate its 40th anniversary. Europa-Park, situated near Freiburg, will be marking the occasion with some new additions. Various visitor attractions have been renovated, themed zones have been expanded and even the characters in the park's grand parade dazzle in brand new costumes. The celebrations culminate in a big birthday party on 11 July 2015 when the park will be staying open until midnight.

Germany has a huge variety of attractions for all the family. With amazing sights to see and fun activities to take part in, there's something for everyone.

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The Cathedral Steps theatre festival in Erfurt is the annual highlight on the Thuringia event calendar and this year's production runs from 9 to 26 July 2015. Every year since 1994, the Cathedral Hill (Domberg) between St. Severus church and St. Mary's Cathedral has served as a spectacular open-air stage for theatrical performances that attract thousands of visitors from all over the world.

Did you know the Cathedral Steps theatre festival is accessible for people with restricted mobility? What's more, public transport in Erfurt is suitable for wheelchairs, there's a model of the city to help blind visitors discover Erfurt and all the major attractions are disabled-friendly.

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This year Jena hosts its 24th Cultural Arena, which runs from 9 July to 23 August. Every evening an audience of up to 3,000 people gathers on the square outside the old theatre to enjoy a varied programme of theatre productions, film screenings, concerts and children's events.

If you're looking for a holiday with culture, Germany is the ideal destination. Countless towns and cities are home to ancient castles and palaces, fascinating museums and historical town centres, and offer a wide array of events. You can visit one of Germany's 39 UNESCO World Heritage sites or experience the country's many traditions and customs. Theatre lovers and opera aficionados are also spoilt for choice here.

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The grounds of Saarbrücken Palace provide the venue for the Sonntags ans Schloss festival every Sunday from June to August in 2015. This free music event sees a diverse range of bands performing from morning through to evening. Visitors also have the chance to see inside the palace during the festival. There's plenty to keep little ones entertained too, with the Culture for Kids series and guided tours with the palace ghost.

While you're in Saarbrücken, why not make a trip to the nearby Völklingen Ironworks? The former plant is now a monument to industry and a recognised UNESCO World Heritage site. It's also a regular venue for concerts and exhibitions.

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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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