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Germany's largest North Sea island will be hosting its international Gourmet Festival from 14 to 18 January 2015, this time featuring Hungary as its culinary partner. The 16th edition of the festival on Sylt will feature chefs and wine-growers from around the world. Visitors can also enjoy wine tastings and gourmet safaris showcasing traditional specialities plus all the latest trends.

As well as beautiful islands, the Schleswig-Holstein region also boasts lots of cultural attractions and natural treasures on its mainland – come and see for yourself!

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The Ice World at Karl's Village of Discovery in Rövershagen near Rostock is open until 31 October 2015. Europe's largest ice sculpture exhibition comprises a rock 'n' roll-themed landscape of ice that's been created by a team of artists and features stunning lighting effects and atmospheric music. The undisputed highlight is the 'ice stage' in the shape of a giant record player and which is used to host rock concerts. You can even watch the ice sculptors at work.

Be sure to also visit Rostock's historical old quarter with its deep-red brick buildings dating from Hanseatic times. Other sights of interest include the partially preserved city fortifications, the Gothic Church of St. Mary and the town hall with its baroque facade.

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The Saxon Switzerland National Park in eastern Germany is one of the most dramatic in the country with its landscape of rocks, crags and cliffs. And in its Elbe Sandstone Massif you'll discover a breathtaking region of castles, palaces and gardens. Active holidaymakers are well catered for too. The Malerweg, or Painters' Way, is one of Germany's most scenic walking trails, and the Elbe Cycle Route has again been voted Germany's most popular long-distance cycle path.

There are plenty of additional cultural treasures to be found in nearby Dresden and Pirna, and in the run-up to Christmas, the medieval Christmas market at Königstein Fortress is another of the region's highlights.

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Berlin steht vom 19. bis 23. Januar 2015 wieder Kopf!
Neue Trends, schicke Garderobe und Ecological Design - das und noch vieles mehr gibt es auf der diesjährigen Fashion Week in der Hauptstadt zu bestaunen. Modeinteressierte kommen alljährlich im Januar und Juli mit der internationalen Modewelt in Berührung und können sich auf den sogenannten Showroom Days Inspiration für ihren ganz eigenen Stil holen.

Doch Berlin hat über Mode und Lifestyle hinaus viele weitere Gesichter. Entdecken Sie die deutsche Hauptstadt als vielseitigen Hotspot!

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You have until 22 February 2015 to see the Outer Space exhibition at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn. This exciting exhibition, designed and mounted in collaboration with the German Aerospace Centre, shows artefacts from space travel as well as art works associated with the theme of outer space. Where else might you encounter Neil Armstrong, Copernicus and E.T.?

While in Bonn, the birthplace of Beethoven, you might also like to visit the Kunstmuseum, home to one of the largest collections of German Expressionism, or the Deutsches Museum, a must for science and technology fans.

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The Gallery of Old & New Masters in Schwerin, which features outstanding art works from the collections of the Dukes of Mecklenburg, is mounting an exhibition entitled 'Art looting | looted art' until 1 February 2015. It presents art treasures that were pillaged, plundered and confiscated in the period between 1807 and the end of the Second World War, and which have since been recovered and returned to their original home thanks to many years of research.

While in Schwerin, be sure not to miss the city's must-see attraction, Schwerin Castle and Park, which has been voted one of Germany's Top 100 sights.

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The Lichter, die verzaubern sound and light installation on Kohlmarkt square in Braunschweig runs until 13 February 2015. Every Friday at around 6.30pm, the facades of the houses are bathed in coloured light to the accompaniment of atmospheric music – a must-see winter spectacle for any visitor to Braunschweig.

And Braunschweig, Germany's City of Science for 2007, has plenty of other attractions: the Guelph palace, the cobbled streets and pretty half-timbered houses of the Magni quarter, and the extraordinary Happy RIZZI Haus designed by New York artist James Rizzi. This winter, experience all that Braunschweig has to offer.

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Dirty Dancing or Mamma Mia? Why decide on only one?

The dance spectacular 'Night of the Dance' features breathtaking dance sequences from six smash-hit shows, including a tribute to the Irish tap-dancing extravaganza Riverdance. You can catch this fantastic show at various venues across Germany, such as Kiel, Wuppertal and Freiburg, from 26 December 2014 to 27 March 2015. You might also like to relax in the local cafés and restaurants before or after the show, or combine your visit with a spot of shopping. Get ready to tap your feet to the infectious rhythms of Night of the Dance!

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Between 7 and 11 January 2015, top athletes from around the world will once again be lining up for the Biathlon World Cup in Oberhof in Thuringia. As well as the exciting individual races and mass starts, the diverse programme encompasses backstage tours and shooting events.

And there's plenty of sport to be enjoyed by non-participants as well. Oberhof and its surroundings are home to the famous Rennsteig walking trail and the Gipfelwanderweg, or Peaks' Trail, which takes in seven hills over 900 metres high. And in addition to downhill skiing, winter brings lots of opportunities to enjoy cross-country skiing on marked routes. Did you know that Thuringia offers 16,000 kilometres of marked walking trails (22 of them with premium status), 13 long-distance cycle routes and over 80 approved accommodation providers?

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From December 2014 until early June 2015, Düsseldorf Opera House is hosting a run of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's last opera, The Magic Flute. This modern production from director Barrie Kosky has already been seen in Berlin, Los Angeles and Duisburg, and will blow you away with its mixture of live action and hand-drawn animations. Don't miss this exceptional cultural event.

Düsseldorf is well known as an excellent shopping destination, not just for the latest fashions but also for all your Christmas shopping.

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