Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest, Hungary.

Group think and goulash

Supping on hearty stew and history, Nadia Jamal is happy to let others lead the way through the stunning cities of the east.

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Museum of Natural History, Vienna, Austria.

Guide to Vienna

Shaney Hudson shares her tips for this classical European destination.

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Historical arches with landscape in Vienna, Austria.

Coffee with a sweet art

Vienna is a lavishly sophisticated city for culture, contemplation and cake, writes Michael Gebicki.

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Guests watch the opening ceremony at the annual "Vienna Opera Ball" at the Vienna State Opera

Warmth of cool baroque

In one of the world's most liveable cities, Helen Anderson joins the Viennese in their favourite pursuits: art, music and coffee.

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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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