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

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

12 of Europe’s most curious Christmas Markets

Think all Christmas Markets are the same? Think again. From touring Santa’s bedroom to mastering the principals of feng shui, there’s a whole world of al fresco festive retail out there. Issy D’Arcy Clark picks on for each day of Christmas

Five hotels in historic buildings

Hidden behind a Gothic church, housed in a former bank and a building that MI6 used during in World War II… these unique hotels are all about original design, striking architecture and old world charm

5 of the best romantic hotels

Five of the best romantic hotels, from Venice to Agra. Chosen by Amanda Morison, Jane Dunford and Ianthe Butt

Alexei Sayle: Why I love Prague

Alexei Sayle reveals a Prague that enthralled and confused him as child.

Where to eat in Prague

The best places to eat in Prague, from traditional fare to elegant dining to Vaclav Havel's local.

Prague: talkin' 'bout a revolution

The Czech capital has seen all sorts of invasions from the Soviet army to British stag parties, but this unbrokenly beautiful city has overcome them all. On the 40th anniversary of the Prague Spring, Mark Jones retraces the old haunts of the revolutionaries – and samples the bourgeois art of fine dining