In Germany, thousands of museums invite you to discover the world of art. The Museum Island in Berlin, the Art District in Munich and the Museum Embankment in Frankfurt combine several exhibition venues at a single site.
Our three-city museum tour takes in the Old and the New Pinakothek in Munich. For generations, the rulers of the house of Wittelsbach collected the paintings and sculptures that make these galleries rank among the world's most important art museums.
In Germany's financial capital, Frankfurt, we visit the Städel Museum and the Schirn Kunsthalle. The Städel, named for banker and art collector Johann Friedrich Städel, is home to more than 3,000 paintings from the Middle Ages to modern times. In contrast, the Schirn has no collection of its own but provides space for visiting exhibitions.
In Berlin, we pay a visit to the Pergamon Museum with its artefacts of ancient cultures. And we stop by the Bode Museum, where the collection includes sculptures from different periods that attest to the beauty of art.
Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was jailed for a decade on grounds condemned as politically motivated, has applied for residency in Switzerland. He was freed in December, after German intervention.
A makeshift border is now under construction between Ukraine's mainland and its Crimean peninsula. While it might be a sign of Russian confidence in Crimea, for now the ad-hoc "crossing" has the makings of a farce.
Borussia Mönchengladbach have confirmed Marc-Andre ter Stegen will leave Borussia-Park this summer - probably to join FC Barcelona. Yann Sommer from FC Basel will be his successor.