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The Speicherstadt warehouse district of Hamburg has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. As announced at the UNESCO Committee session held in Bonn on 5 July 2015, the Speicherstadt and the neighbouring Kontorhaus district are being recognised as unique and enduring symbols of trade. Speicherstadt is the world's largest complex of uniformly designed warehouses, and this fantastic example of maritime industrial architecture is best viewed on a port boat trip. The nearby HafenCity and Elbe Philharmonic Hall are also well worth a visit.

The accreditation of the 'Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus' takes the total number of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Germany up to 40. You can discover Germany's world heritage on eight different UNESCO routes or check out #welterbegermany on Instagram for a virtual tour of the sites.

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Mainz's traditional Midsummer's Eve Fair, the Johannisnacht, is taking place this year from 19 to 22 June. There will be a fun-packed programme of theatre, concerts and entertainment on six stages in the city centre. The festival ends on Monday evening with a spectacular firework display over the Rhine – an event not to be missed.

Mainz is also home to a wide array of museums. One of the highlights is undoubtedly the Gutenberg Museum, which is dedicated to the printing press invented by Johannes Gutenberg. While visiting the museum, you can see the Gutenberg Bible, one of the most beautiful books in the world.

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Why not enjoy a different kind of holiday and stay at one the many beautiful abbeys in Rhineland-Palatinate? With your mobile phone switched off, you can concentrate on the important things in life and discover the true meaning of peace and relaxation. In a setting conducive to mediation and spirituality, your everyday stresses will simply melt away.

Cycling by electric bike is one of the best and most enjoyable ways to tackle the steep vineyards of Rhineland-Palatinate. With minimum effort you'll reach the high vantage points. Breathtaking views are your reward.

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From June to September, you can ride aboard the Seenlandbahn railway all the way from Dresden to the beautiful Lusatian Lakeland, the largest man-made region of lakes in Europe. There are six different day tours to choose from – perfect for experiencing the landscape in all its many facets.

The state of Saxony is also home to the grand town of Görlitz. Part of the town is in Poland and part in Germany, but there is no sense of a division between the two. The lovingly restored buildings and the warm welcome from the locals make it a delightful place to explore.

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The town halls of Münster and Osnabrück, where the Peace of Westphalia was sealed, were awarded the EU's European Heritage Label in April 2015. They are the first sites in Germany to be honoured with the label, which is a true acknowledgement of their significance. A visit to these monuments provides insight not only into this seminal event in European history but also into Westphalian culture.

If you're visiting the region, you might also like to travel along the Westphalian Mills Route. This themed route runs for 320km through scenic countryside, linking a series of romantic and historical mills.

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From 21 to 24 May the 15th edition of the Saarbrücken Children's Book Fair will take place in and around Saarbrücken Palace. Writers from 22 countries will be presenting their latest books and offering readers of all ages an experience to remember. 'Multicoloured world' provides the theme for the event.

Not far from Saarbrücken are the Völklingen Ironworks, which in 1994 became the first site of industrial heritage in Germany to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The site provides a fascinating insight into the heyday of the iron and steel industry in the 19th and 20th century and is well worth a visit.

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From 31 May to 6 September various walking events will be held across the Thuringia region. On 23 approved footpaths, you'll be able to hike to your heart's content across landscapes of magical beauty. A highlight is the Lutherwanderweg, a trail that takes you to historical sites associated with the great church reformer, Martin Luther.

The Luther memorials in Eisleben and Wittenberg have UNESCO World Heritage status. They include the house in which Luther was born and the house in which he died, the monastery where he lived and the church to which he nailed his 95 theses. Visit these fascinating and authentic sites and you'll feel like you've stepped back in time.

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From 22 to 25 May, around 1,500 yachtsmen and women will assemble off the coast of Heligoland for the annual North Sea Week (Nordseewoche). North Sea Week is one of the biggest regatta events in Germany and the only one to take place out on the high seas. Both the festival and the island are well worth a visit.

Did you know that Heligoland is a car-free island? With its mild climate and clean air it is a popular destination for spa breaks and wellness holidays. A particularly impressive sight are the red sandstone cliffs that make Heligoland appear quite imposing, even from afar.

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Every Sunday from the beginning of May to the end of September you can see the Brothers Grimm fairytale of the Town Musicians performed live on Bremen's cathedral square. The play is acted out under open skies beside the famous sculpture of the four intrepid animals by the town hall. Watching the donkey, dog, cat and rooster tell their story is a spectacle the whole family can enjoy.

Bremen's port Bremerhaven is also well worth a trip. It is the biggest city on Germany's North Sea coast and boasts an impressive array of museums. Klimahaus® Bremerhaven 8° Ost and the German Maritime Museum are two of the most captivating.

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The International Fair for Applied Arts & Design in Karlsruhe will be presenting all kinds of inspirational creations from 8 to 10 May 2015. More than 350 artists from 20 countries will be showcasing their unique works of art at the event. Whether it's fashion, accessories, outdoor designs or pieces for your home, you will find plenty of eye-catching innovations here.

Another top tip: to mark its 300th anniversary in 2015, Karlsruhe is hosting a programme of events throughout the year for visitors of all ages. Come and join in the celebrations!

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