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Würzburg: Mozart Festival in the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Residenz" (Residence) © Oliver Lang

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Germany’s Mozart City, where Leopold Mozart, the father of the musical prodigy was born, hosts a diverse musical and literary festival in historical venues.

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In the city center are various possibilities to enjoy a traditional Thurinigan Bratwurst which considered being the traditional dish of the region. It’s a must to have a Bratwurst and a local beer while staying in Erfurt.

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The “Münsterplatz“ (Cathedral Square) is full of Baden wines for Freiburg’s six-day wine festival which also  attracts gourmets and wine enthusiasts from neighboring Switzerland and France.

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German Romanticism Heidelberg is considered the epitome of German Romanticism. The German Romantics in the 19th century immortalized Heidelberg in poetry, paintings and music.

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German Corner The “Deutsche Eck” (German Corner) at the confluence of Rhine and Moselle, owes its name  to the Teutonic Order of Knights, who founded a settlement here in 1216.

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Carnival time in Mainz means three crazy days and four nights of partying. Known as the “fifth season of the year” it is a time when jesters rule the city.

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Münster is also called “bicycle capital” because here the bicycle is the most commonly used means of  transport and there are twice as many bicycles as residents.

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Hanseatic town fortifications – in the Middle Ages massive town fortifications were built as a protection. The Hanseatic City of Osnabrück still bears witness to the power of the merchant city.

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Dutch architecture in Potsdam – the ensemble of buildings in the Dutch Quarter is unique in Europe. It was built from 1734 to 1742 for Dutch craftsmen who were invited to come to Potsdam.

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Brick Gothic Rostock owes its charm to the rust-colored stepped gables of this architectural style. Brick Gothic developed its own typical style, strongly influenced by the cathedrals of France.

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Trier is home to the oldest theater in Germany. The stunning amphitheater, designed by the Romans in the 1st century AD to accommodate 20,000 spectators.

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Wiesbaden – Spa Town with hot springs Germany has a long tradition of spa. Romans appreciated the hot mineral springs and in the 19th century Europe’s royalty would meet at the famous spa town.

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Mozart Festival – highlights include festive open-air concerts performed in the beautifully lit garden of the “Residenz“ (Residence) and the Rococo Garden of Veitshöchheim.

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