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Frankfurt Airport: Gateway to Germany's Summer of Festivals 2004 - Enjoy Historic Wine Celebrations and Many Other Events in the Frankfurt/Rhine-Main-Neckar Region

    Frankfurt/Main (ots) - With its central location and excellent
rail and road intermodal links, Frankfurt Airport (FRA) serves as an
ideal base for discovering Germany's parade of festivals and other
events this summer. Indeed, the surrounding
Frankfurt/Rhine-Main-Neckar Region offers an especially rich blend of
historic wine villages, scenic  river valleys, relaxing spa towns,
vibrant urban venues and forest-blanketed mountain areas such as the
Taunus, Vögelsberg, Odenwald and Rhön.  Most of the country's wine
regions can be reached within 90 minutes.  The outstanding Rheingau
and Hesse Bergstrasse wine areas  are less than 30 minutes away. Yes,
there is something for everyone:  the romantic Middle Rhine World
Hertiage Valley and other UNESCO Heritage Sites; the cathedral cities
of Fulda, Limburg, Mainz and Speyer; the famous castle city of
Heidelberg; or Hanau - birthplace of the Brothers Grimm and the start
of the German Fairy Tale Road.  Via FRA it is also easy to tour the
rest of Germany, with its vast historic and culural offerings.  The
followng list of events in known as well as some
waiting-to-be-discovered places is just a sampling of summer 2004.
More details are available at:      and

         Via FRA -  Events to Enjoy in the Frankfurt/Rhine-Main-Neckar

    - May 1-31, Wiesbaden:  Intl. May Festival

    - until July 17, Hanau:  20th Brothers Grimm Märchenfestspiel,
        theater festival presenting the beloved fairy tales of Hanau's
        most famous sons (

    - May 28-31, Wiesbaden-Biebrich:  68th International
        PfingstTurnier horse show

    - May 28-June 6, Michelstadt (Odenwald):  50th Bienenmarkt country
        fair celebrating bees and a lot more (

    - June 4-8, Lorsch:  Johannisfest, at this World Heritage Site

    - June 4-6, Frankfurt:  International Dragon Boat Festival, on the
        Main River

    - June 5, July 10 and Sept. 4, Heidelberg:  Castle Illumination
        and Fireworks

    - June 5-6, Rüsselsheim:  Kunsthandwerkermarkt, handicrafts at the

    - June 11-12, Wiesbaden:  27th Theatrium Wilhelmstrassenfest,
        Germany's largest street festival held in the beautiful Hesse
        state capital (

    - June 11-13, Hanau:  Lamboyfest (

    - June 11-13, Frankfurt: Rose and Light Fest (

    - June 16, Frankfurt: JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge, with
        50,000 runners

    - June 18-20, Bad Homburg:  100th Gorden Bennett Race, oldtimer
        car rally through the Taunus starts at this historic spa town

    - June 18-27, Heppenheim:  44th Hessentag state fair

    - June 19, Rüdesheim:  Great Medieval Banquet, feast at 100 meter
        long table

    - June 23-July 2, Frankfurt:  Opernplatzfest, food/music festival
        at Alte Oper square

    - June 25-Aug. 14, Heidelberg:  Castle Festival, with theater and
        music concerts

    - June 26-Aug. 28, Rheingau:  17th Rheingau Music Festival, enjoy
        classical and other music at historic venues in the Rheingau    
        wine region ( ; ;

    - June 28-30, Bingen am Rhein:  Bingen Swingt,  jazz festival

    - July 1-5, Darmstadt: 54th Heinerfest, Germany's second largest
        downtown fest

    - July 2-4, Assmannshausen:  Red Wine Festival near Rüdesheim am

    - July 2-5, Hochheim am Main: Hochheimer Weinfest, Rheingau's    
        largest festival is held every summer in this ancient wine town
        celebrating its 1250th anniversary

    - July 3, Frankfurt:  Sound of Frankfurt, one of Europe's largest
        open-air concerts

    - July 3, Rüdesheim/Bingen:  Rhine Illuminations, with fireworks
        and festive boats at these gateway towns to the Middle Rhine
        UNESCO World Heritage Valley

    - until July 4, Fulda:  St. Boniface - From Angle-Saxon Missionary
        to Apostle of the Germans, exhibition plus many events during
        the 1250th Bonifatius Jubilee

    - July 16-18, Idstein (Taunus):  Hessenjazz Festival, with over 75

    - July 23-25, Hockenheim:  Formula 1 German Grand Prix auto racing

    - July 31-Aug. 1, Aschaffenburg: Carillon Fest in Schloss

    - Aug. 5-8, Offenbach am Main:  Bierfest (

    - Aug. 6-8, Floersheim (Wicker):  31st Wicker Weinfest

    - Aug. 13-22, Wiesbaden:  Rheingau Wine Week, Germany's largest
        wine fest

    - Aug. 12-15, Bad Nauheim/Friedberg (Taunus):  3rd European Elvis

    - Aug. 20-23, Rüdesheim:  Traditional Wine Fest

    - Aug. 27-29, Frankfurt:  Museum Embankment Festival

    - Aug. 27-30, Bad Homburg:  Latern Festival (

    - Aug. 29-Sept. 1, Sept. 5-7, Mainz:  Weinmarkt festival

    - Aug. 6-9, Weinheim: Altstadt Fest, with handicraft market

    - Sept. 4-12, Bensheim:  Bergsträsser Winzerfest wine fest

    - Sept. 9-Nov. 7, Weinheim:  100 Years Salvador Dali - Master of
        Graphics exhibition in the Wachenburg fortress (

    - Sept. 10-12, Bad Orb:  8th International Blasmusikfest (brass

    - Sept. 16-Oct. 17, Frankfurt:  European Culture Days Poland,
        presented by the European Central Bank in cooperation with
        Narodowy Bank Polski (

    - Sept. 17-19, St. Goar/St. Goarshausen:  Rhine in Flames near the

    - Sept. 17-Oct. 10, Schwetzingen:  29th Mozartfest

    - Sept. 25-Oct. 3, Ingelheim am Rhein:  Red Wine Festival

    - Oct. 6-10, Frankfurt am Main:  Frankfurt Book Fair, world's
        largest book fair for the publishing industry and book lovers    
        everywhere (

    Via FRA -  Other Events to Enjoy Around Germany:

    - May 28-June 6, Baden-Baden:  Herbert von Karajan Whitsun Music

    - June 4-6, Idar-Oberstein:  9th Jazz Festival

    - June 4-July 4, Würzburg:  Mozart Festival (

    - June 18-Aug. 29, Hanover: Herrenhausen Festival

    - June 26 -27, Sangerhausen: 29th International Rose Festival, at
        the Europa Rosarium with the world's largest collection of roses

    - June 19-Sept. 18, Quedlinburg: 24th Summer of Music

    - June 26, Würzburg:  Fire Magic; multimedia light, music,
        fireworks show to celebrate the 1300th anniversary of Würzburg

    - July 3-Aug 28, Kassel region:  North Hesse Summer of Culture,
        featuring music and theater of northern Europe

    - July 8-July10, Calw:  Hermann Hesse Colloquium on Steppenwolf

    - July 7-Aug. 28, various locations in the East German states of
        Saxon-Anhalt, Saxony, and Thuringia:  MDR Summer of Music

    - July 25-Aug. 28, Bayreuth:  Richard Wagner Festspiel, opera

    - Aug. 6-8, Saarbrücken:  Saar Spectacle, water/water sports

    - Aug. 13-15, Cologne:  Ringfest, modern music festival

    - Sept. 6-12, Sangerhausen:  ULTIWA 2004, unique DVV/IVV three-day
        wandering marathon in the "Land of the Star Disk", with music    
        and more (

    - until Sept. 19, Berlin:  MOMA in Berlin - Masterpieces from New
        York's Museum of Modern Art, special exhibition with the
         Nationalgalerie Berlin

    - Sept. 25-Oct. 10, Stuttgart:  159th Cannstatter Volksfest,

    - until Aug. 29, Ulm:  Albert Einstein 1879-1955, exhibition about
        Ulmborn Einstein as prelude to the Relativity Theory centennial
        in 2005 (

    - Oct. 15-April 2005, Halle:  The Malleable Sky, Landesmuseum für
        Vorgeschichte presents European Bronze Age artifacts incl. the
        Nebra Star Disk (

ots Originaltext: Fraport AG

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