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9 November 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The highlight of the festivities in Berlin will be the symbolic Lichtgrenze installation. Around twelve kilometres in length, this frontier of light featuring 8,000 illuminated orbs will follow the line where the wall once stood. On this November weekend, there will be many other temporary exhibitions and events themed on the anniversary, inviting visitors to see the German capital from a different perspective.

Much has changed in Destination Germany in the 25 years since the Berlin Wall came down. Explore the country from 25 different perspectives and discover fascinating attractions that have opened since reunification.

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On 6 November 2014 Bavaria's biggest horseback pilgrimage, the Leonhardi Ride, takes place in Bad Tölz. Festively clad carriages and horseback riders proceed through the streets in honour of St. Leonhard of Limoges, patron saint of horses and cattle. Their procession culminates at the Leonhardi Chapel, where the horses and pilgrims are blessed. This traditional religious custom, which dates back to the 17th century, is a November highlight not to be missed.

In Germany, religious festivals and events take place throughout the year, uniting tradition, customs, faith and culture. Pilgrimages, for example, are held on foot, on horseback and even on motorbikes.

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The 11th Saarbrücken Jazz Festival is taking place from 8 to 25 November 2014. A varied programme kicks off with a German-French concert, followed in the days and weeks thereafter by young German talents as well as US and European stars.

Aside from music, the Saarland is popular for its extensive network of quality-certified walking routes, such as the Saar-Hunsrück Trail, and it has the highest number of Michelin stars per inhabitant of any region in Germany.

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From 5 to 9 November 2014, it's all about fun and festivities in Soest as the Hanseatic town in North Rhine-Westphalia celebrates its 677th All Saints' Day Fair. Featuring 400 rides and attractions, the Allerheiligenkirmes is the biggest old town funfair in Europe. The historical setting and the thrills and spills attract almost a million people every year. With exhilarating fairground rides, the traditional horse market on the Thursday and an array of tempting food and drink, it offers something for everyone.

Top tip: from 24 November 2014, you can visit the Christmas market in Soest, which is set amid the old quarter's many buildings made of green sandstone, an ensemble unlike any other in the world.

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The 63rd Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival is taking place this November. This exciting festival, which gives newcomers the opportunity to show their work to large audiences, differs from other events in that it mainly screens films by young first- and second-time directors.

And while you're there, the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region is well worth a visit. As well as the cities of Mannheim and Heidelberg, there are walking and cycling routes through the wonderful landscape, including the Hessische Bergstrasse winegrowing area.

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Plaza Culinaria, the culinary expo and marketplace, takes place in Freiburg from 7 to 9 November 2014. As well as the many stalls offering tastings, you can visit the chef's studio and learn tricks of the trade from Michelin-starred chefs, who'll be demonstrating their skills to a live audience.

And Freiburg has far more to offer than food and drink. The town that enjoys more sunshine than any other in Germany boasts great shopping and is a paradise for families, with the Europa-Park theme park not too far away.

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You have until 30 December 2014 to take in the wide range of art on show at the Appearance of Beauty exhibition in the Gasometer Oberhausen gallery. The exhibition brings together in one place significant artworks from the world's major museums. Over 150 reproductions and photographs take the visitor on a journey through different cultures and historical periods in search of the ideal of beauty. The Oberhausen Gasometer, Europe's highest exhibition space, also houses a light installation entitled 320° Licht.

But Oberhausen is not just about great museums. Excellent shopping and fantastic musicals are also on offer.

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One of the most popular pastimes worldwide is shopping. Germany has everything shoppers could want, from small boutiques selling individual designs to large outlet centres. And that's before we even get on to the major shopping areas, with their main thoroughfares and warrens of side streets. Across the country you can buy not just typical German products but jewellery and clothing by international designers. And after the rigours of a shopping trip, it's not hard to find a café or restaurant where you can relax, recharge your batteries and get a taste of German gemütlichkeit. So come and discover the shopper's paradise that is Germany and find that dream purchase you've always wanted.

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There are around 15,000 stately homes and castles in Germany. The most famous and most popular of all is Neuschwanstein Castle in southern Bavaria, which secured first place in the Top 100 most popular tourist sights in Germany according to a survey by international visitors. Equally impressive are architectural masterpieces such as Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam – one of the most magnificent residences of the Hohenzollern dynasty – and Moyland Castle, a medieval fortress which also incorporates a museum. Albrechtsburg Castle in Meissen has a particularly fascinating history, as does Hambach Castle, which towers above the Palatinate countryside. The latter is a symbol of democracy and a place of great significance to Germany to this day.

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For several weeks starting 31 October 2014, Osnabrück will be filled with the sound of laughter when the city's comedy festival takes place for the 25th time. The extensive and diverse programme of events features old favourites from Germany's comedy circuit as well as lesser-known comics.

Osnabrück will have you smiling before you even take your seat for a comedy show. The city, which is one of the Historic Highlights of Germany, is where the Peace of Westphalia was signed. It has everything you could wish for: besides the many historical sites, there are lots of places to go shopping and eat out.

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