Citylights: Modern skyscrapers form part of the city's skyline along with 19th-century and Art Deco buildings

48 Hours In: Philadelphia

World-class art and tax-free shopping lure Cathy Winston to the city of brotherly love.

48 Hours In: Hamburg

As a weekend to celebrate its rich maritime heritage looms, make Germany's second city your first port of call, says Simon Calder.

Head for heights: A view of the city from the observation deck of Seoul Tower

48 Hours In: Seoul

New flights and spring blooms make the South Korean capital an enticing prospect, says Susan Griffith.

The sky's the limit: High-rise Seattle

48 Hours: Seattle

The home of grunge, coffee – and the Space Needle – is ripe for exploration in spring.

Painted landscapes: The Art Gallery of Western Australia has an impressive collection

48 Hours: Perth

Gentle temperatures, autumn colours and cheap fares make this a good time to visit Western Australia's pretty and prosperous capital, says Anthony Lambert.

Hot stones: Ancient baths at Kaiserthermen

48 Hours: Trier

Germany's oldest city is marking 500 years since the Holy Robe was brought to its cathedral. But this isn't the only relic of note – the Roman capital of northern Europe is awash with architectural wonders.

Grand design: The Duomo

48 Hours: Milan

With new flights and a spring in its step, this elegant city is all the more appealing, says Simon Calder.

Steam bath: swimming in the Blue Lagoon

48 Hours: Reykjavik

With new flights, longer days and a busy cultural calendar, the Icelandic capital is an appealing prospect, says Nick Boulos.

48 Hours: Dublin

St Patrick's Day is a chance for the Irish capital to celebrate, but there are plenty more reasons to visit this welcoming city, says Susan Griffith.

Sea here: The view from the Fairmont Hamilton Princess

48 Hours: Bermuda

This fascinating Atlantic outpost combines colonial history with great beaches, as Simon Calder reveals.

Sunset strip: The promenade des Anglais

48 Hours: Nice

Warm days lured Queen Victoria to this Mediterranean city, but there's lots more to enjoy in early spring, says Susan Griffith.

Roll out the red carpet: The Kodak Theatre

48 Hours: Hollywood

Make this iconic district your base for a weekend of celebrity-spotting in glamorous LA, says Guy Adams.

Pillar talk: The Ben Youssef Medersa

48 Hours: Marrakech

From the ancient medina to the Palmeraie, Morocco's Rose City offers a warm escape from the cold of winter.

Row your boat: A gondolier

48 Hours: Venice

Italy's most romantic city is the perfect place to take your Valentine – or get into the carnival spirit, says William Cook.

Get set to party: The Rosenmontag parade

48 Hours: Mainz

This German city where the Rhine and Main meet is gearing up for carnival season, says Susan Griffith.

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