Between mid-April and end of June, the asparagus season dominates life in the region.The traditional Lampertheim Asparagus Festival of Lampertheim is the ideal opportunity to savour the region's speciality, but it's not the only one.Schloss Augustusburg, the favourite residency of the archbishop-elector of Cologne, Clemens August, is linked to the Falkenlust hunting lodge by a large park.
From the Swiss Alps to the North Sea, the Rhine has fostered a cultural and economic dialogue between the Alpine arc and Northern Europe for over 2000 years.
Visitors can marvel at the centuries-old hydraulic structures which served to drain the landscape, reclaim land and build towns and villages.
Sea dykes, reservoirs and pumping stations are, together with the 19 restored windmills, all a part of the special attraction of Kinderdijk which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
Capuns is a speciality of the Graubünden canton in Switzerland.
They are meatballs made using dried meat and sausage and then wrapped in a chard leaf.
Russia has unveiled its new fleet of 'invisible' supersonic fighter jets (pictured), boasting that they are the envy of air forces around the world.