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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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'This is how the Grand Duke lived. The forgotten empire furniture of the Würzburg Residence Palace' is the title of an exhibition at the UNESCO World Heritage Residenz Palace and Court Gardens from 12 April to 31 December 2014. The era of the Grand Duchy of Würzburg came to an end 200 years ago when Würzburg became part of the Kingdom of Bavaria. Some of the most important furniture collections from this time have been restored to their former glory and are on display for visitors to admire. The Court Gardens are a sight to behold as well, particularly in spring and summer when they are full of beautiful plants and flowers.

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ART COLOGNE is the world's longest-running art fair for 20th and 21st century fine arts. The 48th edition of the annual fair will be taking place at Cologne Exhibition Centre from 10 to 13 April 2014. Around 200 international galleries will be showcasing works of art at the event. Featuring everything from paintings, prints and photographs to video and performance art, ART COLOGNE has something to suit every taste.

Away from the fair, there are many other attractions for art lovers in Cologne. Probably the most famous is the Ludwig Museum with works by Picasso, Warhol and Lichtenstein.

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Bad Salzuflen became an officially recognised salt-water spa ('Bad') in 1914. This important event allowed the town to develop into a well-known spa resort renowned for its bathing traditions. Today, the state spa of Bad Salzuflen is home to six clinics that offer various types of treatment. For allergy sufferers especially, the saline microclimate at the salt evaporation works is extremely beneficial.

The anniversary celebrations will open with an event at Bad Salzuflen's theatre on 14 April 2014. Other highlights include the Summer Festival in the Park on 26 July 2014 and the Health Day in September.

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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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Active holidaymakers are spoilt for choice in Trier. Thanks to Trier's favourable location on the Moselle, walkers in particular will find plenty of opportunities here. To celebrate this, the city is hosting a special walking programme as part of its Active Week. From 21 to 27 April 2014 visitors to Trier will be able to join five varied walking tours of ten to 15 kilometres in length. On these tours, professional guides will be accompanying walkers on sections of the Saar-Hunsrück Trail and Eifelsteig Trail, two of Germany's many quality-certified hiking routes.

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Berlin will be hosting exceptional concerts and opera as part of the 2014 FESTTAGE festival, which runs from 11 to 20 April 2014. To mark the bicentenary of the births of Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi last year, the programme will focus on works by the two composers. The Vienna Philharmonic is making its first appearance as the guest orchestra and will perform works by Mozart.

In the Berlin State Opera, you will be able to see ballet and enjoy special performances for families, and you can even take the opportunity to glimpse behind the scenes on a guided tour.

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If you visit the Brent Goose Festival on the Hallig islands between 12 April and 11 May 2014, you can watch Brent geese as they make a stop on the North Sea. These migratory birds rest here before continuing their journey towards Siberia. The Brent Goose Golden Feather that is traditionally awarded during the festival honours people who help to protect these birds and their habitat.

There is always plenty to see and do on the North Sea coast in Germany. On a mudflat walk, for example, visitors of all ages can learn about the UNESCO World Heritage Wadden Sea, one of Germany's most fascinating natural landscapes.

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Spring signals the start of the funfair season in Münster. The Spring Send funfair, the biggest in the Münsterland region, will be taking place on Schlossplatz square in the city from 22 to 30 March 2014. With a mix of old and new rides, from white-knuckle rollercoasters to romantic merry-go-rounds, it promises plenty of fun for everyone. A highlight of the event is the spectacular firework display on Friday evening. Families should be sure not to miss family day on Thursday, when they get money off all rides and attractions.

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Despite its name – 'Dom' means 'cathedral' in German – the Hamburg Dom has little to do with religion. The Dom is a huge funfair that takes place three times a year in Hamburg. From 21 March to 21 April 2014 the vast festival grounds will be packed with more than 260 rides and attractions, promising plenty of fun for everyone. Those with a sweet tooth will be in their element too, with around 40 confectionery stalls offering candy floss, roasted almonds, gingerbread hearts and much more besides. If you can't make it to Hamburg this spring, you always have the chance to visit the Summer Dom in August or the Winter Dom in November.

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