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This year’s International Museum Day is themed on 'museums for a sustainable society'. And Germany's museums are getting in on the act by hosting an exclusive programme of tours, activities and events on 17 May 2015.

Did you know that Frankfurt is the unofficial museum capital of Germany? One of Germany's Magic Cities, Frankfurt is mainly associated with big business and banking – but it offers so much more than that, including an incredible number of museums covering a huge range of subjects. They're just waiting to be discovered!

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From 1 May to 3 October 2015, a wide variety of cultural events are being held across Rhineland-Palatinate under the theme of 'heroes and legends'. Plays, concerts, readings, art exhibitions and gourmet events are taking place throughout the region from the Moselle to the Taunus hills.

While in Rhineland-Palatinate, don't miss the opportunity to visit a traditional strausswirtschaft. These are inns where vintners serve their locally produced wines. Where better to sample high-quality wines than in the places they are made?

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From 29 to 31 May 2015, Aachen will become an international stage for the stars of equestrian sport. Every year, the biggest names in horseriding descend on the city in the hope of winning one of the coveted gold medals. Disciplines such as show jumping, dressage and vaulting promise plenty of exciting action for spectators.

When visiting Aachen, be sure to explore the historical old quarter around the cathedral. Aachen Cathedral was Germany's first UNESCO World Heritage site – and deservedly so. Built in around 800, the cathedral is of great importance in terms of art history and is a true sight to behold.

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If you love windsurfing, or want to learn, you will be in your element on Fehmarn Island from 14 to 17 May 2015. The Jever Windsurfing Festival is an informative and interactive expo based on a unique concept. It is held on the beach under open skies, there is no admission fee and you can try out the windsurfing equipment free of charge.

Did you know that Fehmarn is Germany's third-largest island? Only the islands of Usedom and Rügen are bigger. Unspoilt nature, mile upon mile of sandy beaches and Rügen's breathtaking chalk cliffs – there are so many reasons to visit Germany's Baltic Sea islands.

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The Rheinradeln cycling event will be taking place along an idyllic route between Oppenheim and Worms on 3 May. The old B9 road, which will be closed to cars on the Sunday, will provide the setting for this fun and environmentally friendly festival for cyclists, runners and inline skaters. All the family will find something to enjoy in the varied programme.

Worms is also home to the Nibelung Museum. The Song of the Nibelungs is one of the most famous stories in world literature and was added to UNESCO's Memory of the World Register in 2009. With an audioguide, you can embark on your very own tour of discovery.

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From May to October 2015, Hannover Zoo is inviting you and all the family to join in its anniversary celebrations. The zoo will be putting on a fun-packed programme ranging from a performance of the family musical Jungle Book to exciting evening walks. A unique attraction in Europe, this long-established city zoo is today a fully fledged adventure park whose various theme worlds are just waiting to be discovered.

Not far from Hannover and definitely worth a visit is Marienburg Castle. Once the summer residence of King George V of Hanover and his wife, Princess Marie, this beautiful castle looks as if it belongs in a fairytale.

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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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See Nuremberg in a whole new light on 2 May when the city will be bathed in blue illuminations. You'll be wowed by light shows, special effects and installations by artists from around the world. More than 70 art and cultural venues in the illuminated old quarter will be offering an experience to remember under this year's theme of 'freedom'.

Have you heard of the German Road of Toys? Running between Nuremberg and Erfurt, this themed route is fun for kids and a great opportunity for grown-ups to take a trip down memory lane! Whether it's the Playmobil FunPark in Zirndorf or a fascinating doll workshop, there are plenty of attractions for the young and young-at-heart.

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