The magical allure of Europe’s Christmas markets

Adam Jacot de Boinod, author of The Meaning of Tingo and former researcher for QI, investigates the unique appeal of Europe’s best Christmas markets

Five European destinations best visited in summer

While Europe sizzles in the summer months, the crowds also swell. Luckily for you, High Life has handpicked five short-haul holiday ideas where you can make the most of the warm weather but still escape the crowds.

Lessons learned from cycling across the world

Gus Warner is halfway through a 10,000-mile bike ride from Jersey in the Channel Islands to Hong Kong. So far he’s travelled though France, Austria and Turkey. He hopes to be in Turkmenistan by July. He tells High Life what cycling the world has taught him

The ten best European cities to discover by bike

Want to know what’s wheely cool? Discovering a new city by bicycle. To mark National Bike Week (11-19 June) travel writer Tamara Hinson recommends Europe’s best cities to see on two wheels

Suite dreams: Five hotels that guarantee a good night’s sleep

Whether you’re battling insomnia, jet lag or an iPad addiction, these hotels have made it their mission to help you on your journey to the land of nod, says Anisha Patel

The topsy-turvy travel planner: Salzburg for electronic music

Our regular feature explores travel from a different angle. This month, Salzburg branches out from its classical roots...

Austria: Hotel Goldener Berg, Oberlech

Glittering mountain views, gourmet cuisine and a go-to spa ... Oh and the skiing is pretty good, too. This chalet-style hotel makes for an unbeatable holiday on the slopes, says Rowena Carr-Allinson

Ski: a gourmet guide to the slopes

We’re firm believers that the best way to a skier’s heart is through their tummy, so here’s our guide to ski towns where food will take centre stage this winter

Dave Cornthwaite: five adventures for under £500

Dave Cornthwaite quit his job to skateboard across Australia. Since then he has pedalled a tandem bicycle from Vancouver to Las Vegas, paddleboarded the Mississippi River and trekked across the Atacama Desert... all on a budget. Here he suggests five bold, brilliant breaks that anyone can do — and that won’t cost the earth

Ten of this winter’s most exciting resorts (and when to visit them)

Even the most dedicated powder hounds know that there’s more to a ski holiday than just carving up the slopes. From comedy and culinary festivals to ice climbing and hot air ballooning, here are Gabriella Le Breton’s top tips for which resorts are particularly hot this winter — and when it’s best to visit them

Festive fare: the enduring appeal of Christmas markets

Christmas markets offer a welcome break from the usual global consumerism, says Feargus O’Sullivan

City hot spot: Leopoldstadt, Vienna

Vienna’s second district — a former Jewish quarter now twinned with Brooklyn — is having its moment thanks to a food revival, some outstanding art and a social conscience

Five reasons to go to Salzburg

British Airways has been flying from London Gatwick to Salzburg for nearly nine years. Thinking about visiting this winter? Now's the book. Here's why...

Vienna: the rise of the ply-scraper

Why the development of timber skyscrapers — or ‘plyscrapers’ — are the next big thing in eco-friendly construction

Austria: Melia Vienna

With slick minimalist design, unbeatable city views and a restaurant that’s a destination in its own right, this lofty hotel is the perfect base from which to explore Austria’s capital. Lucy King is impressed

On the road with... Gary Barlow

The British singer and songwriter talks about life on tour, from big nights out in Germany to his first tour in Japan with Take That

Nine luxury hotels where pets are welcome

When it comes to holidays, why should you get all the indulgence? From dog butlers to pooch passports, Hannah Hudson reveals the hotel’s promising to give your furry friend the VIP — that’s Very Important Pet — treatment

Austria: Hotel Lamée, Vienna

A heady mix of Viennese charm and old school Hollywood glamour at this polished hotel will satisfy even the most discerning guests. Ruth Metzstein soaks up the cosmopolitan atmosphere

On the edge: Europe’s best border towns

Looking for a new way to travel around Europe? Head to its borders, where you’ll find towns that are vibrant melting pots of cultures with distinct identities of their own. Best of all? All you need is one flight to tick two or more countries off your list

Yodelling in the Austrian Alps

The hills are alive... with the sound of yodelling? Yes — in Austria’s Tyrolean Alps, this decidedly unhip, traditional skill is undergoing a renaissance. A nervous Mark Jones dons his Lederhosen, clears his throat and hits a Heidi high

Six of the best ski resorts for late season snow

It’s still not too late to hit the slopes. While some resorts start winding down in March, there are others that are covered in the white stuff as late as May. Sunshine Flint picks six reliable spring snow spots

The ultimate ski guide: the Alps

Felice Hardy picks seven of the best ski resorts in the Alps, for every type of snow holiday

Five festival dates for your diary

Eleanor Ross lists five international festivals you need to know about, from Portugal to Wisconsin

Six of the world's best record stores

Just when you thought the stylus had, well, gone out of style, sales of vinyl records are climbing. Here are the world's most unique wax wonderlands

Skiing: the best is yet to come

It isn’t too late to book a skiing holiday. In February, March and even April, you can still find perfect snow conditions on both sides of the Atlantic. Felice Hardy, co-editor of The Great Skiing & Snowboarding Guide 2007, has the lowdown on the best late-season picks