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.

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

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

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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.

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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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Now a Unesco 'City of Design', this Austrian gem is full of handsome medieval and striking modern architecture. Chris Leadbeater explores

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The imminent re-opening of the Kunsthalle museum highlights the cultural appeal of this handsome German city, says <b>Simon Calder</b>

48 Hours In: Dubrovnik

The spirit of this enticing Croatian city is captured in high summer, with an arts festival, al fresco dining and drinking, and plenty of waterside diversions.

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With long summer days and a vibrant arts festival on the agenda, the Finnish capital is now at its most alluring, says <b>Chris Leadbeater</b>

48 Hours: Lucerne

With classical music filling the air, this spectacular Swiss city provides the perfect setting for a summer break.

48 Hours In: Montpellier

Whether you call in en route to Spain, or make a special trip, this cultured and historic city in southern France delivers a memorable stay.

48 Hours In: Cinematic Paris

The French capital has been immortalised in hundreds of films, from A Bout de Souffle to Amélie. <b>Aoife O'Riordain</b> guides you through the film-maker's favourite set

48 Hours In: Strasbourg

This most European of French cities is in its summer stride, with cultural festivities, parks in bloom and boat trips to tempt visitors.

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