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The Hessentag, which first took place in 1961, is an annual festival that showcases the different regions of the federal state of Hessen and is held in a different town or city every year. Germany's oldest state fair will take place this year from 6 to 15 June in Bensheim. To this day, it continues to fulfil its original objective of bringing people together as a festival of integration.

The 2014 theme, which forms the basis for the varied programme, is the 'climate-neutral and connected city'. The festival has something for everyone, with young and old of different nationalities and from all walks of life celebrating together. Concerts by up-and-coming and established artists, countless events, activity areas and much more make this festival one to remember!

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From 29 May to 1 June 2014 Emden will be hosting its 25th Matjes festival in celebration of this soused herring delicacy. The town on the North Sea coast looks back over a 450-year tradition in herring fishing. There will be delicious matjes dishes to try all around the harbour. The festival is a perfect opportunity to explore Emden, or there's the now traditional Matjeslauf running event.

Hooksiel is next up with its own herring festival from 7 to 9 June 2014, when you can sample a wide range of fish specialities in the seaside town. Another culinary highlight follows soon after in the shape of Hooksiel shrimp festival, on from 1 to 3 August 2014.

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Hannover's annual International Firework Competition, now in its 24th year, is held at the magnificent Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen. On five evenings between May and September 2014, a different team will be choreographing the fireworks. This year's competitors come from the Czech Republic, England, Switzerland, Japan and Greece. The teams will be setting out to dazzle the panel of judges with their pyrotechnic displays and accompanying music, with the winner announced on the final evening.

Each night will also feature a programme of live music, variety entertainment, dance and theatre. Experience the magic and the sparkle of the oldest firework competition in Germany!

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From 21 June to 6 September 2014 the Baltic island of Rügen will be hosting the Störtebeker Festival. Held at the stunning open-air theatre in Ralswiek, it brings to life the adventures of the legendary pirate Klaus Störtebeker. More than 150 cast and crew, 30 horses, four ships, spectacular stunts and breathtaking special effects make this a theatre experience to remember. And to make your visit to the island of Rügen even more memorable, there is a firework display every evening above the Great Jasmund Lagoon.

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If you have been looking for an unusual place to stay, then why not take a closer look at the treehouse at Schwerin Zoo? Located in the grounds of the zoo, it sleeps up to six people. Admission to the zoo and a snack breakfast are included in the price. Guests otherwise cater for themselves. It's also possible to book an unforgettable adventure tour as an optional extra. Availability is from March to October. Turn a visit to the zoo into a unique experience!

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Leipzigwill be hosting its annual Bach Festival from 13 to 22 June 2014 at various venues in the city. These include baroque churches, museums, the Gewandhaus concert hall and Leipzig Opera House. 'The True Art', the motto for this year's festival, marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, the second son of Johann Sebastian Bach. A number of concerts will pay tribute to this lesser known Bach.

As in previous years, there will be a festival pass that gives you 25 per cent off normal admission prices.

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The annual Brandenburg summer concerts have been bringing classical music to Brandenburg's cities and countryside for 24 years. Potsdam, Rheinsberg and Neuruppin will be among the locations hosting concerts between 7 June and 7 July 2014. This year's concert series will have special ties with the inaugural Brandenburg State Exhibition, entitled 'Prussia and Saxony – Scenes from a Relationship between Neighbours'. Alongside the musical components, the programme features many other cultural events such as a series of readings on Brandenburg's cultural history.

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If you are a fan of regional German cuisine? then this is the event for you. The green sauce festival (Grüne Soße Festival), now entering its seventh year, will be on in Frankfurt from 17 to 24 May 2014. For one whole week, Rossmarkt square in the city centre will be celebrating this special sauce and its seven herbs: chive, borage, salad burnet, chervil, sorrel, parsley and cress. There will be lunchtime specials and other culinary delights to try, plus a programme of evening entertainment. On the final night, one of 49 restaurants will be awarded the title of best green sauce in the region. All that remains to be said is guten appetit!

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Düsseldorf is regarded as the traditional Japanese heartland of Europe. The city is home to a quarter of all Japanese people living in Germany. This is celebrated with Japan Day – an annual festival of cultures that first took place in 2002. There are calligraphy presentations, samurai displays and performances by music groups, and the ladies can even try on a kimono!

Düsseldorf's 13th Japan Day falls on 17 May 2014. The day's celebrations culminate in a spectacular firework display designed by pyrotechnic masters who fly in specially from Japan. For the ultimate view of the fireworks, watch from aboard a Rhine riverboat.

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If you like the sound of fresh fish nestled in a crusty bread roll, head to Schleswig-Holstein on 3 May 2014 for world fish roll day (Weltfischbrötchentag). Special events and activities will be taking place along the region's Baltic Coast and by the freshwater lakes of the Holsteinische Schweiz region. You can take a trip on a cutter boat, attend shanty-choir concerts and get a glimpse behind the scenes at traditional fisheries and smokehouses.

The first world fish roll day was held in 2011 and has been hugely popular ever since. Come and discover the culinary and cultural variety on offer!

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