Is a hotel loved by Greta Garbo, Michael Jackson and Charlie Chaplin too fancy for Aussies?
There are two sides to every story, with some major cities compelling examples of the maxim.
It may be cold outside, but in the streets and cafes of many great cities there is a special warmth during the winter months.
Ugly can be beautiful, you just need to look beneath the surface. Here are some great cities that aren't pretty.
A bike tour of Berlin serves up history with a feast of local fare.
Although the wall dividing East and West Germany fell nearly 25 years ago, visitors to Berlin can't help but be affected by the sight of the remains of the structure that tore the city apart.
Staying at the Almodovar makes you feel as if you're in the 'real' Berlin.
Berlin's past is everywhere, and its people never forget, writes Ben Groundwater.
Understated but cool, Berlin is an eclectic mix of glamour and quirks. River-side bars, posh restaurants and underground clubs; the city is a balance between modern efficiency, grandeur and rich culture. Cruise the city, east to west; wonder through endless halls of museums; explore inner-city graffiti laneways; find gems in the outlying boroughs; but don't miss the Brandenburg Gate or the East Side Gallery.