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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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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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