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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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Are you looking for a fun-packed day out for all the family? Then look no further than Belantis! East Germany's largest theme park is situated in the southern outskirts of Leipzig and features more than 60 attractions and shows in eight different theme worlds.

Younger visitors, in particular, will love the brand-new attractions for 2014. What's more, admission for children under 1.10m in height is free! But it is not only the little ones that will be in their element. The HURACAN is one of the ten steepest rollercoasters in the world! Reaching a height of 32 metres, it loops the loop no fewer than five times. At Belantis, a fun day out is guaranteed for every member of the family!

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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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Enjoy a night of industrial culture at ExtraSchicht on 28 June 2014. This fantastic event was launched in 2001 to showcase the arts scene of the Ruhr region in an unusual setting and to highlight the Ruhr's transformation from a region of heavy industry to a modern hub of commerce and culture.

On one night every summer, various locations – including former industrial plants, active production sites, collieries and slagheaps – are transformed into spectacular venues for some 2,000 artists. The UNESCO World Heritage Zollverein Coal Mine in Essen is one of the 50 venues in the 25 towns and cities taking part.

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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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The Heidelberg Castle Festival is being held from 15 June to 2 August 2014 and celebrates its 40th birthday this year. The festival actually dates back much further than that, but was interrupted because of the Second World War. If you would like to be part of this traditional festival, you could watch the production of Robin Hood, for example, which offers something for all the family, or the story of the Three Musketeers. The programme also features a series of high-calibre concerts.

Those who stay just a little longer will discover a host of attractions away from the beaten track and will have more time to soak up the unique atmosphere that sets Heidelberg apart from other university cities.

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A wide-ranging programme of concerts will be taking place at Wartburg Castle in Eisenach between 18 July and 23 August 2014 as part of the MDR Summer of Music. As well as piano and violin concerts, there will be an opportunity to enjoy the sounds of the Weimar Wind Quintet. Wartburg Castle, founded in the 11th century, has a unique atmosphere and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1999. Saint Elizabeth of Hungary lived in the castle in the 13th century, and it was here that Martin Luther translated the New Testament into German in the 16th century.

The MDR Summer of Music will also be held at other venues in Thuringia, as well as in Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt.

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