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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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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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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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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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The city of Karlsruhe will be celebrating its 300th anniversary from 17 June to 24 September 2015. A 15-week summer festival will be offering plenty of entertainment for young and old alike. More than 400 events are being held in and around Karlsruhe Palace. There's something for everyone – from music, comedy, theatre and film to dazzling light shows in the evening.

During the day, you might like to stroll along Kaiserstrasse, Karlsruhe's main shopping boulevard. As well as being the longest shopping street in Baden-Württemberg, it's also one of the liveliest places in town. Whatever you want to buy, you'll find it here.

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You can experience one of Germany's most popular old town festivals in Erfurt from 19 to 21 June 2015. Now in its 40th year, this delightful event takes place on and around the historical Merchants' Bridge. The wide-ranging programme features music, street theatre, variety entertainment and a traditional medieval market, offering plenty of fun for visitors of all ages.

When you're in Thuringia, be sure to sample the famous bratwurst sausage. The recipe for this much-loved speciality dates back 600 years and is a closely guarded secret among the region's butchers. Guten Appetit as we say in Germany!

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You can experience the Ruhr region in a whole new light on 20 June 2015. Cathedrals of industry past and present provide the backdrop for an unforgettable night of concerts, theatre and light shows. The programme takes place in 20 different locations that exude industrial charm.

If you want to explore the Ruhr region by day, you might like to travel along the Route of Industrial Heritage. This fascinating themed route, whose centrepiece is the Zollverein mine in Essen, links 20 highlights from Germany's industrial heyday.

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Taking place on 13 and 14 June, the Brandenburger Landpartie is a golden opportunity to explore the scenic Havelland region between Prignitz and Lenzen, get a taste of country life in Brandenburg, and enjoy the local food and drink under blue skies. More than 200 establishments – from holiday farmhouses to agricultural cooperatives – will be taking part in the two-day event.

Another way to explore the region is on the Tour Brandenburg long-distance cycle trail, which takes you past many more places of interest. The route takes you through biosphere reserves, past beautiful riverscapes and to more than 30 historical towns.

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From 5 to 7 June 2015 Nuremberg will be cranking up the volume for its annual Rock im Park music festival. Most of the festival-goers camp on the site itself so that they don't miss any of the fabulous German acts or stellar international bands. Why not come along and join in the fun?

Nuremberg also has lots to offer in terms of culture and history. The impressive fortifications form a complete ring around the city. They illustrate the various periods in which different sections of Nuremberg Castle were built and offer a window into times past. The Fembohaus City Museum and the Tucherschloss are also well worth a visit.

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