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You have until 30 December 2014 to take in the wide range of art on show at the Appearance of Beauty exhibition in the Gasometer Oberhausen gallery. The exhibition brings together in one place significant artworks from the world's major museums. Over 150 reproductions and photographs take the visitor on a journey through different cultures and historical periods in search of the ideal of beauty. The Oberhausen Gasometer, Europe's highest exhibition space, also houses a light installation entitled 320° Licht.

But Oberhausen is not just about great museums. Excellent shopping and fantastic musicals are also on offer.

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One of the most popular pastimes worldwide is shopping. Germany has everything shoppers could want, from small boutiques selling individual designs to large outlet centres. And that's before we even get on to the major shopping areas, with their main thoroughfares and warrens of side streets. Across the country you can buy not just typical German products but jewellery and clothing by international designers. And after the rigours of a shopping trip, it's not hard to find a café or restaurant where you can relax, recharge your batteries and get a taste of German gemütlichkeit. So come and discover the shopper's paradise that is Germany and find that dream purchase you've always wanted.

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There are around 15,000 stately homes and castles in Germany. The most famous and most popular of all is Neuschwanstein Castle in southern Bavaria, which secured first place in the Top 100 most popular tourist sights in Germany according to a survey by international visitors. Equally impressive are architectural masterpieces such as Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam – one of the most magnificent residences of the Hohenzollern dynasty – and Moyland Castle, a medieval fortress which also incorporates a museum. Albrechtsburg Castle in Meissen has a particularly fascinating history, as does Hambach Castle, which towers above the Palatinate countryside. The latter is a symbol of democracy and a place of great significance to Germany to this day.

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For several weeks starting 31 October 2014, Osnabrück will be filled with the sound of laughter when the city's comedy festival takes place for the 25th time. The extensive and diverse programme of events features old favourites from Germany's comedy circuit as well as lesser-known comics.

Osnabrück will have you smiling before you even take your seat for a comedy show. The city, which is one of the Historic Highlights of Germany, is where the Peace of Westphalia was signed. It has everything you could wish for: besides the many historical sites, there are lots of places to go shopping and eat out.

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This year the prestigious aircraft manufacturer Dornier celebrates its centenary. The company's long history is brought to life at the Dornier Museum in Friedrichshafen. In recognition of this milestone anniversary, the museum is set to gain a new attraction: the Seemoos shed, in which Claude Dornier developed his first aeroplanes, is being rebuilt on the museum's grounds.

Germany has plenty more to offer fans of technology. Speyer Technology Museum, for instance, is home to one of the world's biggest exhibitions on manned space flight, and in Rostock the Shipbuilding and Maritime Museum in the IGA Park offers fascinating insights into watercraft.

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From 2 to 9 November 2014 the islands and coastal areas of Lower Saxony will be hosting the third Thalasso Health Week. Lower Saxony's North Sea coast is Europe's first certified thalassotherapy region. Learn all about thalassotherapy at the festival's many events and unwind with treatments at selected spa resorts.

The North Sea island of Norderney is particularly famed for its wellness facilities, especially thalassotherapy. After all, the original Norderney mud is sourced here. Situated out in the UNESCO World Heritage Wadden Sea, the island makes the perfect destination for a relaxing getaway.

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Janina Huhn has been crowned the new German Wine Queen! She fended off some tough competition in the contest that took place in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse on 26 September 2014. This annual event is organised by the German Wine Institute with the newly appointed Wine Queen responsible for representing German wine around the world for the next year. The contest is between the 13 wine queens from all Germany's wine regions.

Janina Huhn comes from the Palatinate, Germany's second biggest wine region. It's a landscape that is easily explored on the German Wine Route by bike, on foot or even by car – perfect for sampling German wines in the places where they're made. You'll be amazed by the quality!

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On 31 October 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg to protest against the selling of indulgences. This year, tens of thousands of people will once again be celebrating the anniversary of this momentous occasion, which marked the start of the Protestant Reformation. As well as the spectacle of the historical market, the programme on 31 October and 1 November 2014 will feature concerts, exhibitions, church services and a Renaissance music festival, the highlight of the event. Street performers, musicians, artisans and travelling folk from the Middle Ages will gather on the market square and recreate life as it was 500 years ago. Join in the celebrations and take a step back in time!

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Romance will be taking centre stage on the Flower Island of Mainau on 1 and 2 November 2014 as the island on Lake Constance – an idyllic location for getting married – hosts the Hochzeitsmesse wedding fair. Exhibitors will be presenting all the latest wedding trends, and it is a great opportunity for visitors to admire the many special places on the island, such as the harbour, the palace and the palace church.

Mainau Island, which is transformed into a sea of flowers in spring and summer, is also well worth visiting in autumn when the landscape is bathed in tranquil red and yellow hues. But don't just take our word for it – come and see for yourself!

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Germany's wine-growing regions are particularly inviting in the autumn. Not only can you admire the glorious scenery but there are also lots of events taking place at this time of year. In the Palatinate, for example, the village of Hauenstein will be hosting the 15th edition of its Chestnut Market (Kastanienmarkt) on 20 October 2014. The specialities on offer include chestnut bread and chestnut cake, chestnut sausages and game dishes featuring chestnuts. And if you happen to hear the word 'Keschde', it is the local term for Palatinate sweet chestnuts. Visit Germany this autumn and enjoy the fruits of this wonderful season!

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