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Although the winter hasn't really taken hold in Germany, colder weather is on the way. And that means that the likelihood of snow will increase in the mountains and elsewhere. Snowy landscapes offer plenty of options for all the family. How about taking a morning walk through the forest following the tracks that have been left in the snow? This is a novel way for you and your children to learn about Germany's winter landscapes and the animals that inhabit them. Whether in the Sauerland region, the Harz National Park or the Black Forest, Germany's natural scenery offers plenty of scope for discovery!

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The start of the year is traditionally the time for wedding fairs. So why not start thinking about a relaxing getaway with your loved one after your wedding? Germany is an ideal destination for honeymooners. It features romantic locations to suit every taste: beaches that stretch for miles along the coast, magnificent castles and palaces, and quaint medieval villages with rambling lanes.

Germany's cities are also perfect choices for an unforgettable honeymoon, offering a wide range of events, exhibitions and musicals as well as lively nightlife.

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The subjects of 'countryside' 'gardening' and 'food and drink' are at the centre of the 'Land & Genuss' (Country Pleasures) exhibition that takes place from 20 to 23 February 2014 at Frankfurt Exhibition Centre. Aimed at consumers, the event encourages people to get stuck in and try things for themselves. There are cooking demonstrations on the theme of 'the country kitchen', a practical gardening forum and a BBQ special where you can learn all about the latest trends in outdoor cooking. The exhibition is not just for grown-ups though; there is plenty on offer for kids as well, who can also learn a lot about food.

To round off your culinary experience, why not visit one of Germany's numerous top restaurants?

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From 3 February 2014 visitors can once again enjoy the Mendelssohn House in Leipzig, now boasting around 600 square metres of additional exhibition space. Felix Mendelssohn, one of the foremost musicians of the Romantic period, was born in this house and also died here. Concerts featuring music from a range of different periods are held in the music room of the museum every Sunday at 11am. The rooms of the house with their authentic furnishings offer the whole family a glimpse into what life was like 150 years ago.

Felix Mendelssohn produced more than 700 compositions and was the founder of Germany's first academy of music, which is still located in Leipzig today.

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The impressive Gunter Sachs art collection is on display at the Kunsthalle art gallery in Schweinfurt until 30 March 2014. Gunter Sachs began to collect art in Paris in the 1950s; over time his collection came to reflect his interests and his contacts. The focus of the exhibition is on surrealists like Dalí and on American pop art with artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, who were all friends of Gunter Sachs.

The Kunsthalle in Schweinfurt was originally an indoor swimming pool built by the industrialist Ernst Sachs for his home town. It has been used as an art gallery since May 2009.

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Dessau, the birthplace of Kurt Weill, invites you to the Kurt Weill Festival from 21 February to 9 March 2014. Expect a packed, varied programme that presents many different aspects of the composer and his work, linking jazz, cabaret, theatre and the Bauhaus. As befits the works being performed, the venues are also remarkable. Because in addition to Dessau and Wittenberg, this year's festival also includes performances at the Eichenkranz building in the Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz. All of these locations are UNESCO World Heritage sites and add an extra touch of class to the festival.

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From 6 to 16 February 2014 everything in Berlin will be centred around cinema as the German capital hosts the 64th Berlin International Film Festival, or Berlinale for short. The festival is regarded as one of the most important for the international film industry and is the world's largest film festival that is open to the public. Around 400 films are shown each year as part of the public programme, many of them European or world premieres. This year George Clooney's new film The Monuments Men is among those having their world premiere at the Berlinale. Parts of the film were shot at the Babelsberg studios in Potsdam, in Berlin and in the Harz mountains, mostly around Goslar.

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The Folkwang Museum in Essen is dedicating an entire exhibition to Karl Lagerfeld. The museum has been working closely with the designer and is able to present a comprehensive panorama of Lagerfeld's creative cosmos. As well as fashion Lagerfeld designs jewellery, furniture, musical instruments, books, toys and much more besides – so there will be plenty for you to discover in this sensational exhibition.

The Folkwang Museum is a leading museum, with exceptional collections of German and French painting. Its photography collection is also well worth a visit.

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On 21 and 22 February 2014 Bremen plays host to the largest samba carnival in Germany. Unlike typical German carnival celebrations in places such as Cologne, Düsseldorf and Mainz, festivities in Bremen feature hot samba rhythms rather than red clown noses. Every year, around 35,000 people come out to see this colourful extravaganza with its elaborate costumes, dancers and extraordinary masks. After the great parade a number of samba groups perform at live concerts throughout the city, transporting audiences from the cold of Bremen to the heat of Brazil!

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Am 8. und 9. 2013 März kommen Aktivurlauber in Bremen voll auf ihre Kosten. Dann wird dort die „Rad & Outdoor“ veranstaltet, die größte Fahrrad- und Outdoormesse in Norddeutschland. Es gibt unter anderem einiges zum Thema Ausrüstung, Zubehör und Radreisen zu sehen sowie spannende Angebote zu den Themen „Zu Fuß“, „Zu Wasser“, „Zu Land“ und „Zu Luft“. Das Ausprobieren und Testen steht dabei natürlich im Vordergrund. Auf dem Bremer Messegelände finden zeitgleich noch die Bremer Fotomesse und die PASSION Sport Convention statt.

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