Water under the bridge ... the Hungarian parliament building in Budapest.

Down the Danube

Margaret Turton takes a river cruise laced with spies, revolution and royalty.

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Szechenyi Baths, Budapest ... spas are a part of the city's culture.

In hot water

Ray Cassin is flanked by nymphs and Magyar warriors in the dignified bath-houses and boulevards of Budapest.

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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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Girls sunbathing at Szechenyi Baths.

Party recovery in city of baths

Budapest's bathhouses are the perfect destinations for weary tourists, sore backpackers and hung-over concert-goers.

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River cruises are a great way to see Europe.

Settle in for a wild glide

River cruises are a great way to take in the sights of Europe. Caroline Gladstone looks at some of the year's best.

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Paris's Le Train Bleu

Stops all stations

Inspired by the Orient Express, Alice Russell embarks on a 4000-kilometre train journey from London to Istanbul.

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