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Ten museums in the Ruhr region are showcasing their wide-ranging collections from early September to late December 2014 as part of the RuhrKunstSzene event. Coach tours are being run between the exhibition venues in towns and cities such as Bochum, Witten and Oberhausen, and these include a guided tour in each museum.

Active art buffs may also like to discover the surrounding scenery on a cycle tour along the Route of Industrial Heritage and visit the fascinating Zollverein Coal Mine in Essen, a UNESCO World Heritage site. For those who don't want to travel so far, Duisburg-Nord Industrial Landscape Park is a great place to while away the hours. The Ruhr region is full of surprises!

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Leipzig was one of the most important centres of the peaceful revolution in Saxony. On 9 October 2014 thousands of people will be gathering in this historical city to commemorate the events that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall. They will have the opportunity to share in a traditional prayer of peace and listen to the 'speech for democracy'. The festival of lights, held around the entire inner city ring road, is the emotional highlight of the event. Along this historic route, light, sound and video projections create connections between 1989 and 2014 that encourage people to reflect and reconsider.

Exhibitions, talks and commemorative events about German reunification and the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall are being held all over Germany until the end of the year.

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Colour will be the theme for Germany's contribution to European Heritage Day, taking place this year on 14 September. Heritage Day will be officially opened at Hamburg town hall and offers culturally minded visitors the opportunity to find out more about the preservation of historical monuments. On the day, you'll be able to visit countless highlights all over Germany and enjoy the rich tapestry of colours created by the individual buildings. There is also a varied programme of culture and fun activities helping you to get the most out of the surrounding region. You might like to combine your visit with a meal at a cosy restaurant for example, or enjoy a leisurely cycling tour.

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There are many idyllic wine villages to discover along the German Wine Route in Rhineland-Palatinate. One is Deidesheim, which has made a name for itself as a leading attraction on Germany's oldest scenic route. Wine lovers and connoisseurs are well catered for at the Deidesheimer Hof, probably the most famous restaurant in the village, where Michelin-starred chefs – including Manfred Schwarz and Stefan Neugebauer – have hit new culinary heights. Active holidaymakers will also discover wonderful unspoilt scenery on the German Wine Route cycle trail.

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Every year on 3 October, festivities are held throughout Germany to celebrate the Day of German Unity. For this year's 25th anniversary of German reunification the main event will be taking place in Hannover under the banner 'united in diversity'. It will showcase the great diversity of Lower Saxony's state capital with several festivals around the New Town Hall and Lake Maschsee.

In Thüringen too, the Day of German Unity is being celebrated with various small festivals. A number of hiking clubs are offering walks to memorial sites in the Harz mountains and Thuringia, which are a wonderful way to combine history with nature.

Berlin is of course a key location for German reunification and will be hosting a festival over several days featuring many well-known musicians and lots of fantastic parties. Coinciding with this event is the 'Berlin leuchtet' festival of lights, which will see impressive buildings and train stations in the German capital illuminated in spectacular style until 19 October 2014.

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Germany hosts many traditional events, and one of the biggest and most popular is the Cannstatter Volksfest in Stuttgart. The 169th edition of the festival will be taking place from 26 September to 12 October 2014. There will be countless fairground rides that provide plenty of thrills and spills, as well as lots of little stalls offering all manner of regional regional food and drink. Another feature is the market where you can buy spices, leather goods and other handcrafted products. Families will also enjoy Baden-Württemberg's largest farm, which is set up specially for the event and features animals and agricultural machinery. But what really makes this festival so special is undoubtedly the warm welcome from the locals!

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Accessibility plays an important role in the tourism industry in Germany. In a bid to make travel accessible to all, new services are being developed for disabled people across the country. In Thuringia, towns and cities such as Weimar and Erfurt offer guided tours for deaf visitors, and special tours for blind and partially sighted travellers are available in Mühlhausen. Hainich National Park is opening new paths for disabled visitors, and wheelchair users are able to access the treetop trail via a lift. In Bavaria, two woodland high ropes courses have been modified so that accompanied wheelchair users can join in the fun as well!

Click here for more information on accessible tourism in Germany.

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The 44th edition of the Merseburg Organ Festival takes place in the town's spectacular cathedral from 13 to 21 September 2014. The cathedral's organ, completed in 1855, is regarded as the most authentic example of a grand organ from the Romantic period. A programme of internationally acclaimed orchestras and organists makes for a music festival to remember! This town on the Saale river in Saxony-Anhalt also has a very special event in the calendar for 2015: to mark Merseburg's 1,000th anniversary, a one-off exhibition entitled 'Cornerstone of the Empire. One thousand years of the Kingdom of Merseburg' will be on display from 10 August to 9 November 2015.

The countryside surrounding Merseburg is a popular area for wine-tasting – a trip along the Saale-Unstrut Wine Route comes highly recommended!

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Cycling is undoubtedly one of the best ways to get around. On a cycling tour near the water you're treated to magnificent scenery, not to mention opportunities to take a break and cool off. With so many cycle routes in Germany, there is something for everyone. The Berlin-Usedom Cycle Route, for instance, combines the bustling city and the countryside. For castles and palaces from days gone by, there's the Lahn Valley Cycle Route in the Westerland region. And the richly varied Aller Cycle Route near Magdeburg is just one of the family-friendly options. According to the German Cyclists' Federation (ADFC), our most popular long-distance cycle route is the Elbe Cycle Route, which spans seven federal states.

Click here to download the 'Discover Germany by bike' brochure.

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From 18 September to 11 October 2014 you will be able to celebrate the Oktoberfest season in Frankfurt in Hessen. In true Oktoberfest tradition, there will be plenty of singing, drinking and dancing. The most famous Oktoberfest is, of course, the original in Munich, which will be taking place from 20 September to 5 October 2014. Again this year, thousands of visitors in traditional Bavarian dress will be gathering together to soak up the atmosphere in the festival tents and enjoy the entertainment on numerous stages. The fairground rides and traditional riflemen's parades are hugely popular, and not only with families. And if you haven't had enough of swaying to traditional music with a beer in hand, you can carry on celebrating at the Oktoberfest in Mainz in Rhineland-Palatinate from 9 to 26 October 2014. An event that everyone should experience at least once!

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