Berlin will be illuminated from 9-20 October during the Festival of Lights, when 70 of the German capital's buildings and landmarks will be bathed in multi-coloured lights from 7-11pm each night (festival-of-lights.de).
Virgin Atlantic has cut fares between Heathrow and Edinburgh to as little as £88 return – an astonishing fare given that tax and airport charges amount to £66. You can also check in an item of sports luggage free of charge (virgin-atlantic.com).
The latest addition to the Falkensteiner chain opened in Vienna last week. The Margareten has 195 rooms blending period furniture with bright wallpaper (falkensteiner.com).
The UK's largest wildlife photography event, WildPhotos, takes place at the Royal Geographical Society on 12 and 13 October, with talks and workshops by professional snappers such as David Tipling; day tickets £115 (wildphotos.org.uk).
Time to slope off
La Marquise is a new ski chalet-cum-boutique hotel in the French resort of St-Foy. Sleeping 16 people, it is available either exclusively or on a room-by-room basis. Weekly from £905pp (premiere-neige.com).
The cost of Huglr, a new app for friends and families to share their holiday snaps and memories on. The iOS app and web browser is invite-only, making it a secure and private way of sharing photos and chatting. Available from the Apple app store and huglr.com.
A new luxury resort opens in Ethiopia's Harenna forest next month. The 30-room Bale Mountain Lodge offers excellent wildlife-viewing of endemic species such as Bale monkeys and Ethiopian wolves (balemountainlodge.com).
Food for thought
A new book by food-writer Colman Andrews takes you on a culinary journey around the US, featuring 250 delicious dishes from Maine lobster to Key Lime Pie and the humble hotdog. Published on 14 October by Phaidon, The Taste of America costs £24.95 (uk.phaidon.com).