Rite of passage ... Regensburg and the Steinerne Brucke bridge.

Ebb and flow of civilisation

Cathrin Schaer absorbs the folklore of central Europe as she floats through five countries and centuries of history.

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World's top 10 weirdest cities

Weird, wacky or simply wonderful. You think you've seen it all but these cities will make you look again. Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2009 names the world's top 10 most eccentric cities.

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