On the road with… Phil Collins

The iconic drummer on visiting Graceland and why he loves German steak tartare when he’s on tour

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

Six of the world’s best Pride celebrations

A riot at New York’s Stonewall Inn 45 years ago prompted a parade to raise awareness of LGBT rights. Since then, dozens of cities worldwide have adopted their own Pride date to celebrate love and lobby for equality. Lucy Thackray picks six of the finest

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

Five of the best distilleries to taste gin

From Sweden to Spain – where gin and tonics are practically the national drink – people can’t enough of the quintessentially British drink. Ahead of World Gin Day, Olivier Ward, co-found of Gin Foundry, picks five distilleries around the world to get spirited away

City guide: Where to eat, stay and play in Berlin

Planning a trip to the German capital? Travel writer Nick Curtis recommends the city’s best restaurants, attractions and hotels

eSports: The rise of competitive gaming

'eSports’ has catapulted the video gamer from darkened bedrooms to sold-out stadia, spawned reluctant superstars, and created a billion-dollar industry. Faris Mustafa enters the arena. Photography by Frank Bauer

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

Six of the world’s best coffee capitals

A city may have awesome architecture, drool-worthy dinners and lovely locals, but what does that matter if you can’t get a good cup of joe? Executive director of Workshop Coffee Co., James Dickson, has travelled the world in pursuit of the perfect cup. Here he shares the places that really know their beans

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

Festive fare: the enduring appeal of Christmas markets

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

Ten of the best wild swims

From secluded Icelandic pools to underground swimming holes in Mexico, Kate Rew, director of the Outdoor Swimming Society, picks her ultimate spots for wild swimming

Paul van Dyk’s ultimate guide to Berlin

The legendary Grammy Award-winning DJ shares his top tips for where to drink, dance and get off the beaten track in his hometown

The topsy-turvy travel planner: Munich for surfers

Travel from a different angle. This month, urban surfing in Munich’s rivers

Political bites: where the world’s leaders lunch

They might get ridiculed for their unusual public eating habits, but that’s not to say that the world’s presidents and prime ministers don’t have good taste. Lauren Steventon reveals where the most powerful people refuel between budget meetings and political summits

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

Germany: Hotel Am Steinplatz, Berlin

If you’re after stylish and slick rather than achingly hip, this is the boutique hotel for you. And it has all the ingredients for a celebratory weekend away, as Kate Chambers discovers

Germany: Sofitel Berlin Kurfurstendamm

On-trend, reliable and luxurious, this German outpost of the Sofitel brand ticks all the right boxes. So please don’t be put off by the fact it’s part of a chain, says Sophy Grimshaw

Ten music festivals you can’t miss in 2015

Looking for a festi-holiday abroad this year? From new kids on the block and old favourites to international expansions, Ianthe Butt rounds up ten of 2015’s finest

Europe’s most curious beers

Seawater, smoky bacon and spicy chillies… craft beer expert Daniel Neilson takes a boozy crawl around Europe’s most innovative breweries that are using unlikely ingredients to create quirky pints

Off-season travel: Friedrichshafen 
in summer

Daniel Neilson goes off-piste and shares his tips for visiting Friedrichshafen in summer

On the road with… Flight Facilities’ Jimmy Lyell

One half of the Australian electronic outfit reveals his highlights of touring the world, from die-hard fans in Mexico to big nights out in Berlin

Europe’s second cities

Swap London for Brighton, Lyon for Avignon, Amsterdam for Leiden and Copenhagen for Malmö. Simon Calder travels away from the main hubs to discover the handsome, historic and ancient destinations a short trip in the other direction

Where to ski in and around Friedrichshafen

There are more than 250 ski resorts within a three-hour drive of Friedrichshafen — and more than a dozen within an hour. But don’t worry about trawling through the entire list — Daniel Neilson has done the legwork for you

On the road with Idris Elba

When the actor and self-confessed petrolhead took a 72-hour road trip, Craig McLean went along for the ride — from F1 racing in Belgium to a DJ set in Berlin

Now, new, next: Costly concert halls

Richard Mellor reports on the growing trend for music venues with blockbuster budgets

Five places to visit on the Baltic coast

Nick Curtis lists five unmissable hotspots along the Baltic coast

The forgotten beauty of the Baltic coast

Once the playground of fascist leaders and Eastern Bloc apparatchiks, the German Baltic was then ignored for decades. Now it's playing catch up with the hip coastlines of Denmark and Sweden, writes Nick Curtis

Hot list 2015: the cities to visit

The most exciting cities to mingle in, explore or simply go back to in the New Year

The best place in the world to... an alien, become a millionaire, get hitched, do nothing... Whatever it is, there's an ideal spot for it. But, finds Simon Usborne, you may be surprised where you end up

Berlin: Q! Hotel

Berlin's Q! Hotel is full of interesting design features and modern touches (plus that all-important bed-bath combination), says Zane Henry

Seven of the world's best beaches

The best beaches from around the world, as voted for by High Life editor Kerry Smith and Lonely Planet co-founder Tony Wheeler

Germany's most innovative restaurants

Germany's food scene has doubled its Michelin stars and is now second only to France and Japan for restaurants with three stars. Lucy Thackray dines out in style

Liberty London Girl’s Perfect Day in Berlin

12 hours, 686 tweets, 12 locations, 1 chocolate plane... Sasha Wilkins, aka Liberty London Girl, takes a trip to Berlin, picking up tips from some of her and BA's 1,885,524* Twitter and Facebook followers along the way

Twitter's guide to Berlin: culture

Berlin has a thriving art scene, with many of its curious industrial spaces dedicated to permanent and pop up galleries. There are also numerous more traditional galleries and museums, not to mention its prolific street art. Twitter had lots to say on the subject

Twitter’s guide to Berlin: shopping

While not as well known for shopping as its continental cousins Paris and Milan, Berlin has the perfect balance of high street names, titanic department stores and off-the-beaten-track boutiques. Twitter had a few suggestions when we spent a Perfect Day in the city

Twitter’s guide to Berlin: best restaurants, bars and cafes

With independent cafés, traditional schnitzel and currywurst joints and tons of cool, hidden bars and restaurants, Berlin's food scene is one of the best in Europe. It was by far and away the most tweeted theme when British Airways asked its followers for tips

Twitter's guide to Berlin: sightseeing

There's much to see in Berlin, from the traditional to the super-modern, but its historical landmarks were high on Twitter's list when British Airways spent a Perfect Day in the city

Twitter's guide to a Perfect Day in Berlin

When British Airways flew blogger Sasha Wilkins (aka Liberty London Girl) to Berlin on a sunny October day, there was nothing on the itinerary. Luckily, Twitter was on hand to help. Here are some of our followers' best tips

Six curious winter breaks

Forget the usual suspects, here Joanne O'Connor uncovers this winter's hottest off-the-radar destinations. And all of them are just a short-haul flight from the UK

Berlin's Christmas markets

Paul Sullivan of Slow Travel Berlin shares the best festive spots in Berlin for a Perfect Day wandering the city's Christmas markets

Berlin: The Waldorf Astoria

With its impeccable service and luxuries aplenty, the Waldorf Astoria may not be in one of Berlin's most happening areas, but if you can afford it you'll love it, says Faris Mustafa

Saxony: Best Western Am Schlosspark

In need of a place to stay while enjoying the beauty of the Saxony countryside? The Best Western Am Schlosspark, tucked deep in the woods, is a comfortable base for the region, says Faris Mustafa

The rise of MotoGP

MotoGP is injecting more than a little va-va-voom into motorsport. Faris Mustafa reports from the German Motorcycle Grand Prix

Bye bye to the Berlin Wall?

The Berlin Wall is once again a source of contention as the last remaining section is threatened with demolition

10 of the best family adventures

Emily Payne rounds up a flurry of imaginative family holidays inspired by classic stories from page and screen

12 of the best city news tweeters across the globe

A new group of Twitter users are chronicling the latest events from the world's most exciting cities — in 140 characters or less. Lucy Thackray follows some of the best

10 of the world's slowest cities

With a more laid back workforce and flexibility on what 'late' means (we're looking at you, Dubai), these cities move at a calmer pace

Weekend break: Berlin

Desperate to discover Berlin's 
latest hot spots? Enlist the 
expertise of on-the-pulse 
insiders, says Ianthe Butt

Keith's connections: Dusseldorf

A new column by a frequent flyer*. This month, the new airport and fashionable locals of Düsseldorf

The curious guide to Europe

You're thirsty for discovery. You're keen to immerse yourself in someone else's world for a while. You are the curious traveller. Francesca Syz discovers Europe's most curious island, city and restaurants

Germany's best Black Forest gateau

On a tour of Germany's Black Forest, Mark Jones goes on a selfless — calorie-laden — quest. His mission? To hunt down the ultimate gâteau. But can this once notorious dessert make a comeback as a protected species?

Five of the best bars for a martini

Every bartender who picks up a shaker regards the making of a martini as a badge of professional honour. Equally, drinks critic Tom Sandham has dedicated much of his career to sampling them. Here he picks five of his favourite bars to drink the James Bond of cocktails

Astrid Kirchherr on The Beatles

The photographer remembers the early days of The Beatles

City secrets: Berlin

Insider tips from the people who really know - the locals. Compiled by Gayle Tufts