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In spring and summer, markets are ideal for strolling around, shopping and savouring delicious food and drink. As the temperatures rise and seasonal and regional produce begins to flourish, the markets come into full bloom too. All across Germany there are weekly markets to be explored.

For instance, there is a delightful regional market in Fischland-Darss-Zingst, in the Western-Pomeranian Boddenlandschaft National Park. Some places offer a variety of different specialist markets where you'll find everything your heart desires – from arts and crafts to painting and woodwork, from organically and sustainably grown produce to oils, spices, tea and coffee.

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Germany has over 1,000 health and wellness hotels and 350 certified spa and health resorts where you can enjoy round-the-clock pampering and recharge your batteries as spring draws to a close. You can also keep yourself fit and active by roaming the countryside on foot, following one of the well-signposted walking routes that form an extensive nationwide network covering some 200,000 kilometres. Cyclists have a similarly wide choice with more than 200 long-distance cycle routes on which to tour the sights of Germany's major cities and explore the great outdoors.

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The Köstritzer Spiegelzelt or 'mirror marquee' on Beethovenplatz square in Weimar presents an unbeatable blend of top entertainment, with music, drama and variety all featuring prominently on the programme. You have until 29 June 2014 to visit the mirror marquee, a historical danspaleis from the Netherlands that dates from the turn of the last century. Red velvet, antique wood and countless mirrors create a unique atmosphere inside.

The programme spans 42 evenings and features a total of 33 artists. This is also the first time that food and drink will be available in the tent. On 27 June 2014 the venue is staging a very special event: Weimar's inaugural Summer Night's Ball.

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The Hörgänge tours offer an experimental form of sightseeing in Oldenburg, weaving the city's attractions into an audio play. Instead of being broadcast on the radio or published on CD, the various short episodes are designed to be mobile experiences. To be precise, they are meant to be listened to at particular locations in the city, on squares, in parks or in public buildings.

This audio play experiment, which has been running in Oldenburg since late August 2013, comprises a series of five episodes that are set at five different sites in the city centre. The episodes can be downloaded from the internet free of charge, for use at any time and by anyone.

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Health-conscious visitors to Germany may already be familiar with 'Kneipp cures'. This form of treatment was invented in the 19th century by Sebastian Kneipp, who was a firm believer in the healing power of nature. Kneipp's method of keeping the body healthy consisted of five pillars: hydrotherapy, regular exercise, a balanced diet, herbal medicine and inner balance.

On 24 May 2014 Bad Nauheim will be hosting its 7th Kneipp Health Day, an event devoted to health, exercise and Kneipp's teachings. From 10am to 5pm there will be talks and a programme of other health-related activities at the Trinkkuranlage concert hall and outdoor grounds.

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The annual Kiel Week sailing regatta has been taking place in Kiel since the late 19th century and is one of the biggest sailing events in the world.

The 120th Kiel Week will be taking place from 21 to 29 June 2014. Every year in June, more than 5,000 competitors gather at the Olympic centre at Kiel-Schilksee to battle it out on the Kiel Firth in the different boat categories. During the nine-day event, Kiel, the state capital of Schleswig-Holstein, welcomes over three million visitors from all over the world, who enjoy the maritime flair and live entertainment at this summer festival by the water.

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At this year's Parkscout Awards, Europa-Park, Germany's largest theme park, once again secured first place in multiple categories. Winning the coveted Best Theme Park Award, as voted for by the public, shows just how popular Europa-Park is among thrill-seekers in Germany.

The resort offers no end of thrills, spills and entertainment with its mix of high-octane rides, enthralling theming and wonderful parks, plus a dozen or so fantastic shows. It is also home to the Silver Star, Europe's biggest rollercoaster. An experience for all the family!

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The Opera Square Festival in Frankfurt will be taking place every day between 11am and 11pm from 25 June to 4 July 2014. In recent years, this event has become a summer festival of fine food and drink set against the backdrop of Frankfurt's Alte Oper concert hall. The Opera Square Festival is a place to see and be seen, where people sit under large white parasols, sipping a glass of wine or champagne and enjoying international specialities. It is also a festival of the arts, with stage productions, street performers and piano concerts as well as a wide-ranging programme of live music. The atmosphere on Opernplatz is particularly magical in the evening when the facade of the Alte Oper and the square around the fountain are lit up in spectacular style.

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The Schleswig-Holstein region is ideal for cycling and can be explored on several long-distance cycle routes. One of the most enjoyable routes starts at the Danish border and runs for 300km along the North Sea coast as far as Hamburg. It is part of the North Sea Cycle Route that passes through a number of countries, starting in Norway and ending in England. At 6,000km, it is the longest waymarked cycle route in the world.

In Schleswig-Holstein, the North Sea Cycle Route passes through a wealth of beautiful natural landscapes. These include the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea, which is both a National Park and UNESCO World Natural Heritage site, and everything else you would expect in this region of Germany: dykes, heathland, sand dunes, beaches and lighthouses.

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If you fancy taking part in a walking event with a difference, then the 'Ab ins Grüne' walking festival on 24 and 25 May 2014 is just for you! Held in nature parks all over Germany, it will include special events and tours run by expert guides, who will give walkers fascinating and surprising insights into nature. The idea of the event is to bring people together to experience nature and make new discoveries. A birdwatching excursion in the Bavarian Forest is one of the highlights on offer.

This event coincides with the European Day of Parks, which is being held throughout Europe on 24 May. Be sure to join in the fun!

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