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The 22 best buildings in/from Germany are being featured in an exhibition at the German Architecture Museum from 1 February to 11 May 2014. The award ceremony for the DAM Prize for Architecture in Germany marked the opening of the exhibition on 31 January 2014. Winners included the reception hall at the Palmengarten Botanical Gardens in Frankfurt, the pump house at the Centennial Hall in Bochum and the motorway church in the Siegerland region.

The German Architecture Museum is one of a number of enthralling museums along the museum embankment in Frankfurt that promise plenty of entertainment on cold winter days.

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Germany is now home to 15 national parks after a new one was officially named on 1 January 2014 – the Black Forest National Park in Baden-Württemberg. At the national park centre, visitors can learn all about the area's unique flora and fauna and experience the exciting variety of plants and animals at close hand. There are also a number of educational activities that are fun for all the family.

Nature is given free rein in a national park. And because nature can develop without human interference, the park's scenery and habitats will change over time.

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International Tourist Guide Day (ITGD) has taken place on 21 February, the date when the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations was founded, since 1990. In Germany the day focuses on a new theme every year. For 2014 all of the guided tours that are being offered as part of the event throughout Germany will be themed on 'Fire and Flame.' Rothenburg ob der Tauber is hosting a torch-lit walk for people of all ages under the motto 'from a spark to a flame', while visitors to Munich can find out all about the incredible work of the Munich Fire Service past and present. The opening event takes place on 14 February 2014 and the themed tours will continue until March 2014. To find out when and where you can join these exciting tours run by professional guides, please refer to the programme.

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A photographic exhibition in honour of Noble Peace Prize winner Willy Brandt is being held at the Stadthaus in Ulm until 30 March 2014. The former German Chancellor received the award primarily for his policy of "change through rapprochement" during the Cold War.

Four acclaimed photojournalists accompanied Willy Brandt as he progressed from Mayor of Berlin to become German Chancellor, and it is their photos both of his official appearances and behind the scenes that are on display here.

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People will be flocking to the palace at Grosser Garten park in Dresden from 28 February to 9 March 2014 to enjoy magnificent displays of around 42,000 plants and flowers. The horticulturists and florists at the event are sure to get visitors in the mood for spring, just as wild flowers are beginning to blossom in some of Germany's most scenic regions. Brightly coloured blooms, rare plants and flowers, floral displays and elegant calligraphy work in harmony with the beautiful sculpture collection and the palace's mystical aura to create a walk-through work of art.

Germany is home to a whole host of magnificent palaces, parks and gardens where you can admire romantic architecture and enchanting landscape design.

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Between 21 and 23 February 2014 Mount Feldberg in the Black Forest plays host to one of the most spectacular ski and snowboard cross events in Germany – King of the Forest. The male and female competitors who win through from the qualifying heats will go on to perform breathtaking races and daredevil jumps in the final. Because the promotion of up-and-coming talent plays a big part in the skiing and snowboarding scene, this event will be of particular interest to young people.

There is so much for young travellers to discover in Destination Germany. The major cities are appealing at any time of year and the big music festivals that start in the summer offer fantastic entertainment to suit every taste.

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The Biikebrennen bonfires on 21 February are mainly a tradition on the North Friesland coast but are now also a feature of inland areas of Schleswig-Holstein. This festival dates back some 2,000 years when sacrificial fires were lit to placate the god Odin. In later times, these fires on the coast and on the islands were used to bid farewell to whalers. Nowadays the festival, which symbolises driving away the winter, starts with a torch bearers' procession and ends with a mouthwatering meal of curly kale in a welcoming inn.

Schleswig-Holstein has much to offer in the way of delicious food, including cabbage, fish and lamb specialities. But don't just take our word for it. Visit one of the region's top restaurants and see for yourself!

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From 22 February to 22 June 2014 the Kunsthalle art museum in Bremen will be devoting its attention to Pablo Picasso's 'Sylvette cycle' through the exhibition 'Sylvette, Sylvette, Sylvette. Picasso and the Model'. The artist became acquainted with the model, who became his muse and source of inspiration for several months, in the spring of 1954. Tall and blonde, she embodied the ideal of beauty at the time and is even said to have inspired Brigitte Bardot. Now, 60 years after it was created, the Sylvette series will go on display in Bremen. The exhibition includes pieces from the museum's own holdings as well as outstanding works on loan from around the world.

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The carnival season in Germany is rapidly approaching its highpoint. Fun-loving revellers have been looking forward to this with great excitement since the traditional start of the carnival season on 11 November 2013. Carnival in Germany, also known as Fasching or Fastnacht is celebrated in some style ahead of the symbolic fasting period that begins forty days before Easter. The best of the processions, renowned for their traditional costumes, take place on Carnival Sunday, Rose Monday and Shrove Tuesday (from 2 to 4 March 2014). And, when it comes to celebrating, there are no limits on creativity!

The top locations for the famous Rhineland carnival are Cologne, Düsseldorf, Aachen and Mainz.

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A new interactive exhibition has opened in the HafenCity district of Hamburg and will run until 2 March 2014. 'Die Flut' (The Flood), will tell you all about storm floods and the interplay between wind, water and tides. Although the main focus is the dramatic floods of February 1962, the exhibition also explores how a city like Hamburg would deal with such a threat nowadays. The whole display is presented in an interactive way and has a series of hands-on activities and audio installations, making it an ideal attraction for a family day out.

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