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

The new global fashion hotlist

From bespoke tailoring in Tokyo to the world’s most coveted T-shirt in San Francisco, Andy Morris investigates the people and places you need to know if you really want to stand out sartorially

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.

Nine cities with amazing beaches

Why choose between relaxing on white sand by day and the buzz of a city at night? In these places you get the both worlds

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

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

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

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

Six surprising family destinations

Who knew that Paris could be a great place to take toddlers? That Tokyo is top for tots? Or that Tel Aviv is the perfect holiday hang-out for teens? Emily Payne brings you six trips all over the globe, re-imagined for family travel

Trend: Blobitechture

Blobitecture is the name for the growing architectural trend for eye-catching and right angle-free buildings

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