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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The legendary Cafe Hawelka.

24 hours in Vienna

Along cobblestone streets, Robert Upe enjoys smoky coffee houses and the sweet cakes of this European city.

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Caffeine hits ... the dark ambience of Cafe Hawelka.

Coffee and civilisation

Viennese coffee houses are central to the city's life, especially in winter. Michael Henderson nominates his favourites.

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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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