German Historical Museum, Berlin, Germany. Photograph by Getty Images.  SHD TRAVEL FEB 12 BERLIN.  DO NOT ARCHIVE.

Lure of the bleak city

It's impossible not to warm to Berlin — even when there's a chill in the air, writes Adriaane Pielou.

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When in room ... and from Hotel Le Continental, Bordeaux.

Keys to the cities

A Bordeaux bolthole for $120 a night? A riverside retreat in Lisbon for the same? Here's our guide to some of Europe's best-value hotels and guesthouses this season.

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Crowd pleaser ... NK department store's windows draw crowds.

Ten towns a-trading

From Stockholm to Berlin via Budapest, Paul Ewart explores the best Christmas markets the Continent has to offer - where hand-made gifts, local delicacies and lashings of tradition are to be found.

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