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From 13 to 17 August 2014, gamers will be descending on Cologne and Cologne exhibition centre for the world's biggest expo for interactive video entertainment – gamescom. Last year's trade show welcomed over 340,000 visitors, and tickets for 2014 are selling fast with fans keen to discover the newest and best games. There's so much to see and do, including exciting indoor and outdoor performances, skateboarding and sensational live acts on stage for the gamescom festival.

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Once a year, the Dornier Museum in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance becomes the Flying Museum. For DO Days, a spectacular weekend of flying from 9 to 10 August 2014, the museum is transformed into an aircraft hangar. Those with a passion for aviation or transport heritage are in for a treat, with numerous guest aeroplanes on display outside. But there's more than just flying machines on offer. The varied programme has plenty to keep visitors big and small entertained: from passenger flights and impressive model aeroplane displays to painting your own biplane or dancing to classic rock tunes.

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If you thought that guided tours are only possible on foot, then think again! 'Bremen – Bike it!' is the motto of the Hanseatic city of Bremen. Here, you can enjoy a fascinating guided sightseeing tour from the saddle of your bike without missing any of the main visitor attractions. Alternatively, you can explore this maritime city under your own steam, on the Bremen City Cycle Route for example. The 'Bremen BikeCityGuide' app will help you get your bearings and is free to download. Bremen really does offer the complete package for cyclists, with centrally located cycle hire, charging points for electric bikes and bike repair shops.

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'Egypt – Gods. Humans. Pharaohs. – Masterpieces of the Museum Egizio Turin' is the title of a compelling exhibition on Ancient Egyptian culture that will be presented against the industrial backdrop of the Völklingen Ironworks, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The exhibition in the Blasting Hall, which runs from 25 July 2014 to 22 February 2015, features around 250 high-calibre exhibits that are on display for the first time in Germany. They give a fascinating insight into various aspects of Ancient Egyptian culture over four millennia, such as art, the worship of gods and everyday life.

Besides the Völklingen Ironworks in the Saarland there are 38 other outstanding UNESCO World Heritage sites in Germany that are just waiting to be visited.

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The town of Worms, associated with the saga of the Nibelungs, will be celebrating the biggest wine festival and volksfest on the Rhine from 30 August to 7 September 2014. The Backfisch Festival features many exciting events but also honours old-established traditions. The Worms Fishermen's Guild, the oldest guild in Germany, is, as usual, at the heart of the festival. For the nine fun-packed days, people young and old will be gathering at the Kisselswiese festival grounds to take part in the opening celebrations, to soak up the atmosphere, to marvel at the fireworks, and, of course, to enjoy the cosy ambience in the seasonal wine rooms and sample local wines.

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Experience the indescribable feeling of cruising the ocean at the Hamburg Cruise Days! From 1 to 3 August 2014, six gargantuan cruise ships will be anchored in the Hanseatic city of Hamburg, bringing a magical maritime atmosphere to the city. The breathtaking Blue Port illuminations are a work of art, bathing the port and the cruise ships in a mesmerising blue glow. There is plenty to discover on land as well. The various themed islands – maritime markets, shopping, sport and relaxation to name but a few – are fun to stroll around and offer something for everyone.

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