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  • The 10 most beautiful places in Italy – as voted by you

    The 10 most beautiful places in Italy – as voted by you

    December 7th, 2016Natasha Foges
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  • Vukovar: inland Croatia’s laidback escape

    Vukovar: inland Croatia’s laidback escape

    December 6th, 2016Jonathan Bousfield
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    Pin The fastest-emerging tourist destination in inland Croatia is not one you might expect. Twenty five years ago, the pretty Danube-hugging town of Vukovar was almost razed to the ground in one of the ugliest sieges of recent European history. Falling to Serbian forces on November 18, 1991, Vukovar remained under occupation until 1998. In... Read more »

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  • The surprising history of sex in Central Europe

    The surprising history of sex in Central Europe

    November 30th, 2016Jonathan Bousfield
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    So what is it that draws us to Vienna? The waltzes? The white horses? The cakes? Let’s be honest, it’s the sex. Sex, that is, in the best possible taste: Gustav Klimt’s sensuous portraits, Egon Schiele’s edgy nudes, or the decidedly pervy paintings of Oskar Kokoschka; all with the good Viennese doctor Sigmund Freud offering... Read more »

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  • 10 great winter destinations in Central and Eastern Europe

    10 great winter destinations in Central and Eastern Europe

    November 28th, 2016Jonathan Bousfield
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    Forget the plummeting temperatures and long dark nights, winter is a hugely rewarding season in which to visit Central and Eastern Europe. Frozen rivers, frosty branches and (if you’re lucky) cobalt skies are only part of the story. City life is often at its most vivacious at this time of year, spa tourism takes on... Read more »

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  • Copenhagen for kids: a Scandi family escape

    Copenhagen for kids: a Scandi family escape

    November 28th, 2016Keith Drew
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    Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen is a bit of a conundrum. On the surface, a city that is known for its designer shops and foraged foods, in a region that is often eye-wateringly expensive, might not seem the most obvious family weekend getaway. But the Scandi capital of cool just happens to be pretty cool for kids, too.... Read more »

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  • An expert’s guide: the best area to stay in Berlin

    An expert’s guide: the best area to stay in Berlin

    November 21st, 2016Rough Guides Editors
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    Pin Of all Europe’s capitals, Berlin carries the biggest buzz. In the two decades or so since it was reunified, the city has developed into a heady meld of grit and glamour that’s vastly different from anywhere else in Germany – or the rest of the world for that matter. Today, this is a city... Read more »

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  • Sailing in Croatia: a first-timer’s guide

    Sailing in Croatia: a first-timer’s guide

    November 9th, 2016Eleanor Aldridge
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    Coastlines don’t come much more idyllic than Croatia’s 2000km of ruggedly beautiful Adriatic shore. Along this magnificent stretch are ancient Roman remains standing guard over sheltered harbours; olive groves rising above the winding backstreets of tumble-down villages; and sleek resorts backing palm-fringed bays. In the turquoise waters offshore are scattered more than 1000 islands and... Read more »

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  • 8 alternative UK winter breaks

    8 alternative UK winter breaks

    November 7th, 2016Greg Dickinson
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    The UK gets pretty grim during the winter, with its dark, early nights and splutteringly cold weather. But if you can’t wait until spring to start having fun again, there’s still hope. Rough Guides editor Greg Dickinson has compiled eight ideas for alternative UK breaks during the winter months, from a singing retreat in Northumberland to... Read more »

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  • 6 reasons Wroclaw is Poland’s best weekend break

    6 reasons Wroclaw is Poland’s best weekend break

    October 31st, 2016Jonathan Bousfield
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    Poland has changed more than almost any other European country in the last ten years and Wrocław (pronounced “vrots-waff”) is one of its most transformed cities, a go-ahead place with a huge student population and a burgeoning arts scene. As a place to visit, Wrocław brings together pretty much everything that’s good about contemporary Poland:... Read more »

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  • 7 things you didn’t know you could do in Albania

    7 things you didn’t know you could do in Albania

    October 26th, 2016Lottie Gross
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    Albania often doesn’t get the kudos it deserves. The country still suffers from the echoes of its Communist past: few people travelled in or out for decades during Enver Hoxha’s dictatorial rule, and as travel in Europe developed, Albania got left behind. It’s now somewhat overlooked by tourists, who would rather opt for Greece’s famously... Read more »

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  • 7 reasons you need to go to Romania now

    7 reasons you need to go to Romania now

    October 25th, 2016Norm Longley
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    Pin A vast, remarkably diverse country, Romania packs in an outstanding synthesis of natural and cultural heritage, from majestic mountain ranges and Europe’s most extensive wetlands to startlingly pretty medieval towns and timeless villages. Add to the mix some of the continent’s most impressive ecclesiastical monuments, invigorating treks and an abundance of spectacular wildlife, and... Read more »

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  • You can now rent Dracula’s Castle on Airbnb

    You can now rent Dracula’s Castle on Airbnb

    October 19th, 2016Lottie Gross
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    For one night only Airbnb are offering the chance for a daring traveller and their companion to sleep in the home of Bram Stoker’s Dracula – or so they say. Bran Castle – all ramparts and towers – sits on precipice surrounded by impressive mountains in Transylvania, Romania, just like the castle described as belonging to... Read more »

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