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October 12 to 23, Berlin: a colored city with the Festival of Lights

October 12 to 23, Berlin: a colored city with the Festival of Lights

The Festival of Lights in Berlin is now at its seventh edition. For ten days the major palaces, tourist centers, and religious institutions of the city will be decorated with thousands of colored lights set up by internationally renowned artists. This is the greatest show of lights and lighting in the world, and attracts millions of tourists from all over Germany and Europe.

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August 31, 2011 in Festivals & Concerts, Leisure.

October 7th to 9th: the Onion Festival in Weimar

October 7th to 9th: the Onion Festival in Weimar

Zwiebelmarkt, the onion market, is a great event held in Weimar, Thuringia, Germany, since 1635. In the three days of the Zwiebelmarkt, the city is filled with the flavor of onions and many agricultural products are exhibited and sold in hundreds of stalls in the main squares of the city. More than 350 000 tourists flock to Weimar every year to attend the Onion Festival: a great number of people considering that the city has just over 65 000 inhabitants.

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August 23, 2011 in Festivals & Concerts, Leisure. 4 comments

September 25th: around Berlin, but on the run. It’s Marathon time

September 25th: around Berlin, but on the run. It’s Marathon time

Last year there were over 40 thousand participants in the Berlin Marathon, a spectacular route of about 42 kilometers that winds through the historical centre of the city. The Berlin Marathon is part of the World Marathon Majors circuit, which involves the cities of Boston, Chicago, London and New York City.

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August 10, 2011 in Events, Leisure.

September 23– October 9: the Beer Festival in Stuttgart, Cannstatter Volksfest

September 23– October 9: the Beer Festival in Stuttgart, Cannstatter Volksfest

Not only Munich has an Oktoberfest. Even in Stuttgart, since 1816, in early October is held a beer festival of all respect. Actually, there’s who appreciates it more than the one in Munich: less chaotic, less touristy and more traditional. This is Cannstatter Volksfest, held in the district of Bad Cannstatt in Stuttgart.

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August 3, 2011 in Events, Leisure. 1 comment

October 14-30: Freimarkt Fair, Bremen’s free market

October 14-30: Freimarkt Fair, Bremen’s free market

This is one of the oldest festivals in Europe, nearly a thousand years old, and takes place in Bremen in mid-October. The Bremen Freimarkt Fair, 14 days of collective madness, between markets, amusement parks, food, parades with floats and parties lasting from morning to evening. The reason for this spree?

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July 27, 2011 in Events, Leisure. 2 comments

Fireworks competing in Hannover

Fireworks competing in Hannover

We had already mentioned it, but the appointment is renewed. In the gardens of Herrenhausen in Hanover on the 10th and on the 24th of September will be held the last stages of the fireworks competition, which involves opposing national teams of Sweden, France, Spain, Austria and Mexico. On the 10th it is the Austrian national team’s turn and on the 24th it will be the Mexican’s.

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July 19, 2011 in Events, Leisure.

August 24 – September 4: Stuttgart becomes a Wine Village

August 24 – September 4: Stuttgart becomes a Wine Village

For over 30 years in Stuttgart, at the end of August, wine is celebrated with an important colorful and festive event. In the central square, the Schlossplatz, and in the Schlossgarten, dozens of food and wine stands are set up where you can sample local wines such as Riesling, Schillerwein and Trollinger.

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July 5, 2011 in Events, Leisure. 4 comments

July 27 – August 14: the Maschsee Lake Festival in Hanover

July 27 – August 14: the Maschsee Lake Festival in Hanover

That of 2011, will be the 26th edition of the Maschsee Lake Festival in Hanover, the Maschseefest. This event takes place on the banks of Lake Maschsee, in front of the centre of Hannover.

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June 24, 2011 in Events, Leisure.

July 28-31: hot air balloons festival in Leipzig

July 28-31: hot air balloons festival in Leipzig

This summer 2011 Leipzig renews its annual appointment with Heißluftballone, hot air balloons, at the Saxonia International Balloon Fiesta. For four days the sky around the beautiful Saxonian city will fill up with over 60 balloons from all over Europe. The more daring visitors can also book a tour of the city’s rooftops.

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June 17, 2011 in Festivals & Concerts, Leisure. 6 comments

August 11-14: vintage ships and boats at the Rostock Hanse-Sail

August 11-14: vintage ships and boats at the Rostock Hanse-Sail

The large bay of Rostock on the Baltic Sea becomes the scene of an exceptional event in mid-August. For four days the waters of the port will be the setting for a gathering of sailboats of all kinds, but especially historic tall ships, museum and vintage boats, which will get back to the sea to delight over a million visitors.

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June 14, 2011 in Events, Leisure.

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