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For 123 years, one royal house ruled over the Electorate of Hannover and the Kingdom of Great Britain. This historically significant era is the focus of a major state exhibition in Lower Saxony entitled 'The Hanoverians on Britain's Throne 1714-1837', which can be seen from 17 May to 5 October 2014 in Hannover and Celle.

Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in this fascinating chapter of European history and marvel at the outstanding exhibits on show at five venues in Hannover and Celle, including museums andpalaces.

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Germany will be celebrating the tenth edition of its annual UNESCO World Heritage Day on 1 June 2014. This year's main event is hosted by Muskauer Park, which straddles Poland and Germany.

The purpose of the day is to draw attention to Germany's World Heritage sites and to raise their profile as bearers of UNESCO ideals. Children and young people are a particular focus. Activities are being organised to get these age groups more interested in cultural heritage and the preservation of historical monuments. All of Germany's UNESCO World Heritage sites are called upon to take part by hosting special guided tours and activities.

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If you are a fan of regional German cuisine? then this is the event for you. The green sauce festival (Grüne Soße Festival), now entering its seventh year, will be on in Frankfurt from 17 to 24 May 2014. For one whole week, Rossmarkt square in the city centre will be celebrating this special sauce and its seven herbs: chive, borage, salad burnet, chervil, sorrel, parsley and cress. There will be lunchtime specials and other culinary delights to try, plus a programme of evening entertainment. On the final night, one of 49 restaurants will be awarded the title of best green sauce in the region. All that remains to be said is guten appetit!

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Düsseldorf is regarded as the traditional Japanese heartland of Europe. The city is home to a quarter of all Japanese people living in Germany. This is celebrated with Japan Day – an annual festival of cultures that first took place in 2002. There are calligraphy presentations, samurai displays and performances by music groups, and the ladies can even try on a kimono!

Düsseldorf's 13th Japan Day falls on 17 May 2014. The day's celebrations culminate in a spectacular firework display designed by pyrotechnic masters who fly in specially from Japan. For the ultimate view of the fireworks, watch from aboard a Rhine riverboat.

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If you like the sound of fresh fish nestled in a crusty bread roll, head to Schleswig-Holstein on 3 May 2014 for world fish roll day (Weltfischbrötchentag). Special events and activities will be taking place along the region's Baltic Coast and by the freshwater lakes of the Holsteinische Schweiz region. You can take a trip on a cutter boat, attend shanty-choir concerts and get a glimpse behind the scenes at traditional fisheries and smokehouses.

The first world fish roll day was held in 2011 and has been hugely popular ever since. Come and discover the culinary and cultural variety on offer!

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The Ruhr Piano Festival, now in its 26th year, will be presenting 70concerts starring international pianists from 9 May to 12 July 2014. Performances will be staged in 19 towns and cities across the Ruhr valley. The festival is justifiably considered the highlight of the region's cultural calendar and is one of the world's leading events for pianists.

This year's festival has five main themes, including the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss, the unique Beethoven summit, journeys into the world of the etudes, and the JazzLine concerts.

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If you are an aviation enthusiast, be sure not to miss the ILA Berlin Air Show.

From 23 to 25 May, between 10am and 6pm, you'll be able to see well over 200 aircraft – from historical planes to state-of-the art demonstrators – at the Berlin ExpoCenter Airport exhibition grounds. The breathtaking flying show is a particular highlight.

A big plus for young families is the free, professional childcare offered during the weekend, when the show is open to the public.

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The 44th International Dixieland Festival will be taking place in Dresden from 11 to 18 May 2014. This jazz festival is hugely popular, and not only among jazz fans. The event, the biggest celebration of oldtime jazz in Europe, keeps this musical tradition alive for visitors of all ages and offers a lively and friendly atmosphere, cosmopolitan flair and artistic performances of the highest calibre.

A tip for anyone driving to the festival: because of limited parking, it is advisable to park your car in the outskirts of the city and travel to the event venues by public transport.

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With the arrival of spring, people in Germany are tempted back on their bikes and out into nature! The start of the cycling season gets under way in Brandenburg with an event on 12 and 13 April. The guided tours on offer are between 20km and 50km in length and are also suitable for novice cyclists.

Fans of electric bikes might like to ride through the Jura hills in Bavaria or try out the new touring maps of Lower Saxony. Another option is the inaugural Mecklenburg Lakes 'Seen Runde' event, a series of cycling races held in the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania region on 23 and 24 May.

To find out about other cycling routes in Germany, simply visit www.germany.travel/cycling.

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Face to face with art: can you imagine huge black and white portraits staring back at you from buildings, stairways, walls and rooftops? The latest exhibition at the Frieder BurdaMuseumsin Baden-Baden, on show until 29 June 2014, presents the most important works of JR, the French artist born in 1983 who typifies the international contemporary street art scene.

JR installs his black and white photographic images in urban public spaces all around the world, almost as if they were monumental billboards. The nature of his art means that he works in the most diverse locations, mostly in Paris and New York, and in different culturaland social contexts.

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