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Light fantastic: From land or air, the aurora borealis is a magnificent celestial spectacle

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A Stradivarius is coated in flame varnish

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Wheel deal: a Trip4Real cycle tour of Madrid

Peer-to-peer tours: Can anyone make a good guide?

Trip4Real lets locals show you their city, such as a tapas crawl in Madrid

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Turkey's spa scene: Istanbul scrubs up well

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Geneva in winter

Geneva: new rail links make the capital of Francophone Switzerland more accessible

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Best Christmas markets in Europe: Mulled wine, smoked sausage and handmade gifts

From Berlin to Birmingham, the festive season is upon us

Star turn: take the train to Lille for a new connection to Geneva

Trains in Europe: From the Channel to the Balkans, it is getting better

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Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry

Applications for studies at the castle college open on 11 December

Skiers on the slopes around St Moritz

St Moritz: A Rolls-Royce of a ski town

Summer-loving British tourists first went to this mountain village in winter as a dare 150 years ago. They never looked back, and Lesley Woit can see why

Bed and board: Faviken

Sweden: My mission to Faviken for the meal of a lifetime

Mark C O'Flaherty journeys to an 18th-century barn in the middle of the snow-covered countryside to try Europe's most remote fine-dining experience

Alex Zane in Gothenburg

Alex Zane in Gothenburg: Three top dishes for a gourmet break

Copenhagen gets all the gourmet attention, but Gothenburg, home to Scandinavia's largest port, is starting to feature highly on foodies' lists.

Scandic To Go: The portable hotel room you can order to your favourite location

Scandic "To Go" is the latest quirky trend to emerge in Scandinavia

Go for a spin: the Christmas market

Maastricht travel tips: Where to go and what to see in 48 hours

From this weekend, a Christmas market brings extra conviviality to this compact and surprising city in the southern Netherlands. Simon Calder explores

The Rialto Bridge in Venice

Venice isn't banning wheeled suitcases to stop noise pollution and protect its historic streets

Officials in the city popular with tourists argue that the clatter of rubber wheels on pavements keep locals awake

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