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The Rhine in Flames firework spectacular takes place every year from May to September along one of the most scenic stretches of the Rhine. During the event, the riverside promenades and famous landmarks between Bonn and Rüdesheim are bathed in a red glow and an illuminated flotilla of boats glides down the river as fireworks light up the skies above. A fantastic spectacle for all the family!

This year's Rhine in Flames festival starts on 3 May in Bonn. Celebrations continue on the section of the river between Rüdesheim and Bingen on 5 July, Spay and Koblenzon 9 August, in Oberwesel on 13 September and, last but not least, on the section between St. Goar and St. Goarshausen on 20 September.

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The Baden-Baden State Art Gallery is mounting a fascinating exhibition on the role of the hotel in the arts. As a semi-public space, the hotel became a popular motif for artists. The exhibition looks not only at the hotel as an artistic theme but also at the design of hotel interiors and at the people who occupy them. To accompany the exhibition, there will be an art-themed walking tour through six prominent hotels in the town.

'Room Service – On the Hotel in the Arts and Artists in the Hotel' is on in Baden-Baden from 22 March to 22 June 2014.

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The WeinTour expo for lovers of fine wines and travel is taking place in Hamburg on 5 and 6 April 2014. On both days, Germany's winegrowing regions will be inviting visitors on an entertaining journey of discovery through German wine country. As well as sampling fine food and drink, you'll also be able to book your next stay in a vineyard region directly with the exhibitors.

While in Hamburg, be sure to visit one of the top restaurants in the Hanseatic city. You'll be spoilt for choice!

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In early April 2014 Germany's theme parks will be opening their gates for a new season of fun and entertainment for all the family. The Heide Park Resort in Soltau is launching a brand-new wing coaster on which visitors can experience breathtaking flying manoeuvres.Phantasialand in Brühl near Cologne is opening a new Mexico theme zone complete with a thrilling log flume. There will also be a new attraction at Europa-Park in Rust: visitors of all ages will be whisked away to the world of Arthur and the Minimoys, where they'll be able to ride through his giant-sized universe. Those with a head for heights are sure to enjoy the 10m freefall tower.

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From 1 March to 27 April 2014 the Palatinate region will be celebrating its Rosa Wochen ('pink weeks'). This annual festival, featuring numerous events and activities, is themed on the almond blossom for which the area is known. You can visit a whole host of events and festivals in the Palatinate region all year round, but the arrival of the almond blossom in March is one of the most highly anticipated celebrations. The swathes of delicate pink blossoms are a sight to behold and signify the end of the cold winter season.

Highlights at this time of year include the Rosa Leuchten (pink lights festival), the Gimmeldingen Almond Blossom Festival and tours on a vintage bus.

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Between 1414 and 1418, the leading religious figures, politicians and scholars of the Middle Ages assembled in Constance to discuss the future of the divided Catholic Church and to elect a new Pope. The decisions that were reached at the council had a significant impact on the future development of the Catholic Church.

This historic occasion is being commemorated in Constance over the next four years with a series of events. The first is an exhibition entitled 'The Council of Constance 1414-1418. A Medieval World Event', which is being held at the Council of Constance building from 27 April to 21 September 2014. Some 300 outstanding examples of western art and cultural history from the period around 1400 to 1420 give a sense of the council's far-reaching influence.

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On the night of 30 April, Walpurgis Night, people dressed as witches, devils and demons gather in over 20 villages around Mount Brocken to welcome in the spring. This festival in the Harz mountains traditionally features street performers and medieval music as well as hearty food and an extensive selection of drinks. Whether you dress up in costume or simply go along to watch, this is a fun spectacle not to be missed!

There are many ways to enjoy the public holiday the following day. You might like to take a long walk in the Harz National Park or discover the region's cultural attractions and UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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The German Wine Institute will be hosting its wine and walking weekend (WeinWanderWochenende) on 26 and 27 April this year. Over the two days, walking enthusiasts can get to know Germany's many winegrowing regions while engaging in their favourite pastime. Many picturesque wineries will be putting on wine festivals and presentations during the weekend. There will also be plenty of good food on offer, ensuring walkers are well fortified for the next leg of their journey.

If you want to combine walking tours with fine food and wine, top regions at any time of year include Baden-Württemberg, Rheinland-Pfalz, Hessen, Bavaria and also Saxony-Anhalt.

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The Thuringian Bach Festival is the largest festival of classical music in Thuringia, a region known for its musical heritage. It is taking place this year from 11 April to 4 May 2014. You can expect a varied programme featuring works by Johann Sebastian Bach at venues associated with this great composer. Bach has close ties with Thuringia: he was born in Eisenach in 1685 and held his first posts in Arnstadt, Mühlhausen and Weimar before moving to Leipzig.

Thuringia is also home to a number of museums that shed light on various aspects and periods of Bach's life.

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The Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago this year, on 9 November. But the first events and exhibitions celebrating this historic anniversary will be starting well before that, in spring. They include an exhibition of photos chronicling everyday life in former East Germany, which opens on 31 March 2014. The history and the fate of the divided Berlin is the subject of a guided cycling tour along the Berlin Wall Trail that stops at former watchtowers and the East Side Gallery. You can also take a step back in time and ride in an authentic East German Trabant.

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