48 Hours: Vienna

This handsome city is looking its festive best and preparing to celebrate 150 years since Gustav Klimt's birth.

48 Hours: Lille

The end of the year finds this northern French city at its most welcoming, with a Christmas market adding some seasonal cheer

Harbour lights: Downtown Boston sits on a peninsula

48 Hours: Boston

Art, cuisine and great Christmas shopping are among the treats on offer in the historic Massachusetts capital, says Cathy Winston

Pull up a chair: Cafés line Riga's historic squares

48 Hours: Riga

Latvia's handsome capital embraces the onset of winter with festivities and a warm welcome for visitors. Simon Calder reports

48 Hours: Johannesburg

The jacarandas are blooming in South Africa's largest city, as spring turns into summer. Richard Trillo explores the diverse attractions

48 hours: Agadir, Morocco

New flights, balmy days and absorbing culture make this Moroccan city an enticing option. By Nick Boulos

48 Hours: Marseille

France's Mediterranean capital is still basking in late-season sun. With a healthy dose of culture and history too, it's a perfect autumn escape.

48 Hours: Palma

As the crowds dwindle, the capital of this holiday island grows in appeal, offering an enticing blend of ancient streets and modern art.

48 Hours: Istanbul

As the summer heat subsides, Turkey's premier city buzzes with a host of autumn events.

48 Hours: Lisbon

From cutting-edge design to high-end cuisine, there's plenty to lure visitors to the Portuguese capital this autumn.

48 Hours in: Budapest

Music, culture and innovative nightlife combine to create the perfect autumn break in the Hungarian capital.

48 Hours: Bilbao

The Basque country's largest city has been transformed from industrial eyesore into a culture vulture's delight, says <b>Chris Leadbeater</b>

48 Hours: New York

The past decade has delivered a host of new reasons to visit the Big Apple, says Chris Leadbeater

48 Hours: Doha

Whether you stop over on a journey south or east, or make a special trip, the fast-changing capital of Qatar makes for a dazzling stay.

48 Hours: Toronto

With an international film festival and all-night art event on the agenda, this alluring Canadian city has stellar appeal, says <b>Cathy Winston</b>

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