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'10 countries – 10 days – 1 festival' – that's the essence of the International Danube Festival, a biennial event staged in Ulm/Neu-Ulm. The 2014 festival takes place from 4 to 13 July, with international artists and countless visitors coming together for celebrations on either side of the Danube river. The diverse programme presents a perfect blend of music, dance, literature and art. Running parallel to the stage events are various intercultural projects, including an international youth camp that offers participants a chance to engage with new people and forge new friendships.

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The Saar Spectacular in Saarbrücken, on from 1 to 3 August 2014, revolves around all things water and watersports. Spectators young and old line the Saar riverbank to watch action-packed dragon boat races across various race categories, and to cheer on the competitors splashing around on rubber dinghies and inflatable animals in the hilarious Gummitierrennen. There are also a number of hands-on activities and events for visitors to put their skills – on water and on dry land – to the test. Once again, the Radio Salü stage is the place for fantastic music and exhilarating live acts.

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Immerse yourself in an enchanted world that will awaken all your senses: melodic music, enticing aromas and exciting flavours, plus the sight of mythical creatures walking around the gardens. Sixteen kilometres of paths will be adorned with lavish illuminations for this summer festival in Berlin's Botanical Gardens on 19 July 2014, whisking you away into another world. For botanists big and small there are expert-led discovery tours of the outdoor enclosures, the greenhouses and the historical collection of plants in the museum. Elsewhere, self-confessed romantics will find themselves captivated by musicians and storytellers.

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Soak up the magical atmosphere of beautiful Schwerin Castle in northern Germany with a visit to the Schwerin Castle Festival, which runs until 3 August 2014. An event that was known only to opera aficonados in 1993, it has since evolved into a spectacular, internationally acclaimed festival. Every year, this summer series of productions put on by the Mecklenburg State Theatre enchants tens of thousands of guests with its wonderful music. This year's festival programme centres around Giuseppe Verdi's opera Nabucco.

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This popular festival in Paderborn, North Rhine-Westphalia, dates back to the year 836 and in fact has its roots in religion. The anniversary of St. Liborius' death is traditionally marked by both the church and the city. This year's celebrations take place from 26 July to 3 August 2014. As well as the grand ceremonies and processions, the festival also features a lively market, a funfair and many cultural highlights.

The Libori Festival in Paderborn is one of the oldest festivals in Germany and is expected to attract well over a million people again this year.

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The picturesque town of Wernigerode in the Harz mountains will become the cultural centre of the state of Saxony-Anhalt when it hosts the 18th Saxony-Anhalt day from 18 to 20 July 2014. There will be plenty of entertainment for young and old alike, with live music, enthralling theatre, innovative variety entertainment and breathtaking acrobatics displays on 19 stages. Food and drink will of course be available, and you can round off an enjoyable day in the convivial atmosphere of the wine village.

One of the main events is the festival parade on Sunday afternoon, which passes through Wernigerode's charming old quarter.

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Featuring exhilarating guided walks, religious events, intriguing traditional activities, exciting tours of museums and informative seminars, the German Walking Festival in Bad Harzburg in Lower Saxony is a highlight – and not only for walking enthusiasts. The accompanying programme reflects cultural aspects from many parts of the Harz region, from Walkenried to Bad Harzburg and from Bad Grund to Quedlinburg.

The German Ramblers' Association, the Harz Club and the spa town of Bad Harzburg look forward to welcoming visitors to the festival, which takes place from 13 to 18 August 2014.

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A must for seasoned connoisseurs, the Baden Asparagus Route runs right through the north of Baden-Württemberg from the famous asparagus-producing town of Schwetzingen via Karlsruhe to Scherzheim. It passes not only countless asparagus fields but also wonderful palaces, verdant parks and gardens, interesting museums, exciting family attractions and well marked walking trails. There are also asparagus festivals where restaurateurs present a wide variety of delicacies.

Aside from the Baden Asparagus Route, Germany has many other culinary and scenic routes for you to discover.

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Visitors to this year's Bad Oeynhausen park festival of lights, on from 1 to 3 August 2014, are in for a treat, with lots of up-and-coming German musicians, impressive light installations, exhilarating shows and a spectacular fireworks display.

On the Friday the spa gardens are transformed into a stage for an open-air concert, but by Saturday the park is restored to its full glory. Taking 'light' as its theme, the event encompasses magnificent illuminations, sound collages and striking installations. Sunday's programme is family-oriented, with exciting hands-on activities and tricky obstacle courses to keep younger guests entertained.

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The 100MeilenBerlin on 16 August 2014 is a running event held in memory of the victims of the Berlin Wall. The 160.9 kilometre (100 mile) course traces the exact path of the former frontier, guiding athletes around western Berlin. As usual, the run is being held on the weekend after 13 August, which is an official day of remembrance. It was on this date in 1961 that work began on fortifying the border with concrete and barbed wire.

Another energetic way of discovering the former border installations is on the Berlin Wall Trail, a cycle route that runs along the former border between East and West Germany.

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