On 19 July 2014 the hugely popular Cologne Lights festival will be taking place in Cologne. Throughout the day, there will be a varied programme of events and live performances, culminating in a musical firework display at 11.30pm.

There are many different places from which you can watch the fireworks, but one of the best vantage points is undoubtedly from the boats on the Rhine, which also offer sightseeing cruises. The traditional riverboat parade features a total of 50 boats. Be part of it and enjoy the spectacular fireworks!

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The Saxony Wine Route runs through some of the most scenic sections of the Elbe Valley and the smallest wine region in Germany. Here you can soak up the almost mediterranean atmosphere and sample the local wines in the place where they were made – at seasonal wine rooms on the wayside or at traditional wine taverns and restaurants. The choice of establishments ranges from quaint inns offering a taste of German gemütlichkeit to exclusive gourmet restaurants.

No matter whether you prefer to sample wine in a cool wine cellar, a sunny garden or an elegant vinothek, you will be spoilt for choice on the Saxony Wine Route.

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On 13 April 2014 the Reiss Engelhorn Museum in Mannheim opened its second exhibition devoted to Emperor Maximilian I. Entitled 'The Last Knight and the Court Tournament', it runs until 9 November 2014 and presents around 150 exquisite exhibits on loan from Vienna's Museum of Art History.

Emperor Maximilian I (1459-1519) was one of the most popular rulers from the House of Habsburg. He ruled over the Holy Roman Empire in the late Middle Ages, on the threshold of the modern era, and laid the foundations for his dynasty's rise to world power. It is said that his greatest passion, aside from hunting, was the medieval tournament.

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Germany is home to more than 200 zoos and wildlife parks, which attract over 35 million visitors every year.

But only one can claim to be the best. The winner of the coveted Parkscout Public Award for the 2013/14 season is Hannover Adventure Zoo. The prize has been awarded by the website for more than ten years now and has become a highly regarded accolade in the leisure industry. This is the sixth time that Hannover Adventure Zoo has been voted the no. 1 zoo in Germany, once again beating Hagenbeck Zoo and ZOOM World of Adventure in Gelsenkirchen to the top spot.

So if you're looking for fun and entertainment for all the family, be sure to visit Hannover Adventure Zoo!

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This year's Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival will be taking place from 5 July to 31 August at various venues across Schleswig-Holstein.

Since 1996 the festival has been themed on a different country every year, taking its audiences on a musical journey around the globe – from Finland to Japan, from Russia to the USA. As of this year, the concerts featured in the festival programme will be focused on a single composer. In 2014 it is the turn of Felix Mendelssohn to be honoured by classical music stars. The featured artist for 2014 is the Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta.

Immerse yourself in the magical world of classical music at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.

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